Thursday, October 23, 2008

Who's Who in Black Los Angeles

Scenes from the unveiling:  right - Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad congratulates honoree Student Minister Tony Muhammad.  

At far right, award-winning, international photo-journalist Monica Morgan

Right - KJLH Program Director Aundrae Russell, Bro. Tony Muhammad and actor Michael Jai White ("Why Did I Get Married," "The Dark Knight")

Hundreds of black men and women achievers in Los Angeles gathered inside the Staples Center tonight, not to see the L.A. Lakers play, though none would have complained if they were.  They sacrificed their weeknight to participate in the unveiling of a new publication, which presents a collective presence of African American influence in Los Angeles and celebrates their achievements.  Creators, sponsors and supporters of the Who's Who in Black Los Angeles Inaugural Edition gathered at center court for the event, which was moderated by KJLH Radio Program Director Aundrae Russell.

Who's Who in Black Los Angeles was founded by C. Sunny Martin, CEO, Who's Who Publishing Co., LLC and Associate Publisher for the L.A. edition is Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad.  

Nation of Islam Western Region Student Minister Tony Muhammad, Pastor Lewis Logan (Bethel AME Church), Karen Slade (KJLH General Manager) and Charisse Bremond-Weaver (President & CEO, Brotherhood Crusade), were among those honored.

Announcements of the unveiling began when I was on travel status, however, award-winning photojournalist and friend, Monica Morgan (Publisher of Who's Who in Detroit), invited me as her guest when we met up at the Salaam Restaurant in Chicago, IL following the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's Day of Atonement address, "A New Beginning."

Thanks a million, Monica!

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