This weekend was hot in Los Angeles and I’m not talking about the weather.

Things kicked off Friday night with the 45th birthday celebration of Michelle of Michelle’s XXX at Level 3 in Hollywood. I don’t know how I managed to stay up and go but I did and I had a good time.  Michelle and Roz have been putting it down for year’s and I have mad love for them both.

Then on Saturday, I hung out in the CPT for the annual Compton Summer Soul Jam which featured among others Linda Hopkins, Barbara Morrison, Clarence “I Be Strokin” Carter, Yolanda “Victory” Adams, Angie “Baby, Baby, Baby” Stone, and the great Isaac Hayes.

The crowd was nice, the food was good, the music was great and the sun was hot, but that didn’t stop thousands of Black folks from getting together in the heart of Compton’s at its Par 3 Golf Course to celebrate Compton’s new changing face.

The event was hosted by my friend and city councilman Isadore Hall III and featured a stellar line up.  My favorite performances were Clarence Carter, Yolanda Adams, and of course my girl Angie Stone, who by the way looked absolutely beautiful.

There were no gunshots, no fist fighting, so you know that means no mention of it in the mainstream news.  But let it be known, it went down and it’s all good.


Moving onto Sunday…

Sunday we, and we meaning Black lesbians, descended upon West Hollywood for the 3rd Annual Serafemme Queer Women of Color Music Festival and damn was it hot.  For real, a sista was already Black but now I am even darker, lol.  But it’s all good.

At least 300 women and some men too, from all over Los Angeles and even Las Vegas and Texas came out to celebrate this annual music festival.

I enjoyed myself and caught up on some work at the time (always the multi-tasker, lol).

From Khandi Cole and Neb Luv who rocked the house to Shauna Marie, Jade Ross, and Skim, Serafemme was the lesbian event to be at.  It all came to a close with dynamic performances from Houston’s Miss Money and New York’s Hanifah Walidah and poet Stacyann Chin.

What else can I say?  Beautiful women, great music, and lots of sun, a perfect close to the weekend.

Big ups to Marquita and looking forward to next year.

Next up, Van Hunt at the Temple Bar and Macy Gray, Zap Mama, and Brazilian Girls at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday.

Keep reading to see more photos…

Compton Soul JamPhoto Credit Shon Smith of D’Angelo’s Photos



Isaac Hayes


Clarence Carter


Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell Jr., Compton Councilman Isadore Hall III, Angie Stone, Compton Mayor Eric Perrodin, and Danny Bakewell Sr.

Serafemme Queer Women of Color Music Festival


Poet Stacyann Chin and Marquita Thomas