Black Owned


All of this potential for change raises a deeper question of ownership among African-Americans in Leimert Park and what’s considered progress, said Ben Caldwell, founder of the KAOS Network, a media group and performance space.

“Our community is owned by blacks, but they’re owned by a new sense of what black is. It’s not a BBQ shop, it’s not a beauty shop, it’s high finance and brokering,” said Caldwell. “We have to re-look at what black is and black ownership within this 21st century.”

Excerpt from KPCC – Take Two’s story:

Leimert Park: Big changes for LA’s historic heart of African American culture


From Letters of Note: To My Old Master


From Letters of Note: To My Old Master

In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated). Rather than quote the numerous highlights in this letter, I’ll simply leave you to enjoy it. Do make sure you read to the end.

– From Letters of