Cali HBCU 2018

6th Annual Cali HBCU & Greek Reunion (2018)

HBCU Black Excellence

HBCU Black Excellence

Over this past weekend, Loma Alta Park in Altadena, CA served host to the 6th Annual Cali HBCU & Greek Reunion. The park was full of tents representing different HBCU’s and Divine 9 Greek organizations; food and dessert trucks, apparel boutiques, a DJ, good music, and great vibes! Nicole Ford, an alumna of Bethune-Cookman University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the organizer of the event where it has grown tremendously since 2012.

 

HBCU Black Excellence

HBCU Black Excellence

Tuskegee, Morehouse, Clark-Atlanta, Spelman, Grambling State, Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman, and many more HBCU’s were represented. Towards the back half of the event, each Greek organization got a chance to exhibition in a “stroll off.” It felt good to be around our people having a genuine good time with each other. No hate. No judgement. Just love. From the friendly school rivalries, to the game of musical chairs, to the epic signature “Swag Surf” to close out the evening, this was truly the best reunion to date. 

 

The overall outcome of this event was great! Considering our nation’s current and blatant racial divide, it gave us a sense of power in culture and togetherness. It truly showed that when we all get together for one cause, the atmosphere can’t help but to shift in our favor. 

Eat Occasion Food Truck

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@chef_forreal | Eat Occasion Food Truck

@chef_forreal | Eat Occasion Food Truck

Anthony Stemley, aka @chef_forreal is the owner of the Eat Occasion Food Truck—a New Orleans street food experience based in Los Angeles. He specializes in bringing the authentic flavors and signature dishes of his New Orleans roots to the LA county streets. 

We got a chance to holler at he and his team at the Block Party Friday Night event at Leimert Park on June 8th. It was almost as if we’ve known them for some time as we shared brief backgrounds discovering that some of our family members also come from parts of Louisiana. 

Fish Basket w/ Fries

Fish Basket w/ Fries

Of course you know we had to try the food! Everything on the menu looked fire. We got the fish basket with fries and let me just tell you, the flavor was out of this world! Eat Occasion ( @eatoccasion ) is in the process of establishing their centralized restaurant in the greater Los Angeles area. In the meantime, you can find out their monthly food truck locations via Eatoccasion.com as well as their app! Make sure you support this business as Chef Anthony and team make your taste buds smile!

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The Pudding Truck

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Friday Night Black Party (Leimert Park, Los Angeles, Ca)

Friday Night Black Party (Leimert Park, Los Angeles, Ca)

This past Friday we hit up Leimert Park for the Friday Night Block Party that occurs quarterly throughout the year. The event features some of Southern California’s most gifted and talented BLACK chefs, cooks, and bakers displaying their food trucks and spreading good vibes through GOOD eats. The Pudding Truck ( @thepuddingtruck ) was the tasty stand-out we felt deserved our feature this week for #TasteTuesday.

@thepuddingtruck

@thepuddingtruck

Just before we left, we had to stop for dessert. Upon approaching the truck we asked what was recommended—the red velvet cheesecake pudding. Yes, you read it right, and all that can be said is,  O-M-G! If you have not tried them you don’t know what you’re missing. Follow them on IG to keep up with their various daily location(s). 

 

Black Panther BTS
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Records have already been broken for new "black buster" cinema, Black Panther.  February 16th has been long awaited by millions; the black superhero movie is finally here!  Behind this action packed cinema is the real superhero, director and co-writer, Ryan Coogler.

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Coogler is noted for his most recent work on 2015 award-winning film, Creed. We feel it is important to highlight Coogler for Black Panther considering the memories he will help create for both children and adults.  I'm sure you can recall your favorite superhero(s) growing up.  You had the action figures, the wall paper, the bed spread, the movies, comic books, you name it!  The nostalgic experience for adults who used to read comic books about the Black Panther, I'm sure will be beyond excited as this will be the first time this Marvel character has been brought to life.

This is a call to action to keep the rally going!  Let's blow the record books back and support this great director and this awesome cast of kings and queens! More Black History will be made. Shoutout to Black Excellence!

 

Phase 1 - West Coast

“What is Phase 1?” you may ask. It’s rather simple. We at TBA are collecting data for the first portion of our index—Culture Directory—which includes the following west coast counties: Los Angeles, San Bernadino, Alameda, and Clark County. 

 

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We know there are gems of businesses that we’ve yet to discover and that’s where YOU step in to contribute to this powerful movement in helping recycle the black dollar. If you own or know someone who owns a restaurant, bakery, ice cream parlor, food truck, bar & grill, farmers’ market, even a grocery store, you can now:

1. ADD THE BUSINESS TO OUR QUICK & EASY TBA WEBSITE REGISTRY | Add-A-Business Linkhttps://theblackapp.org

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2. FOLLOW @THEBLACKAPP & CONTINUE TO SPREAD THIS WORD

That’s it! Two easy steps will help us get closer to finishing this race. 

All Phase campaigns are about unifying the culture through collaborative efforts that benefit our community while providing convenience.