12/25/17: Bobbee Zeno Rewind – Kwanzaa

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The Lula Washington Dance Theatre
The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is part of the Contemporary Dance Foundation (LWCDF), a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington to provide a creative outlet for minority dance artists in South Los Angeles. The Foundation seeks to build bridges between people of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds through its inter-related parts: the professional Dance Company (Lula Washington Dance Theatre), the Dance School, the Youth Dance Ensemble, and the Dance Studio. More information here.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre presents its 2017 Kwanzaa Festival– two days of high velocity dancing and drumming, mixing African Dance, modern dance, cultural dance forms, and ballet in unforgettable ways. The celebration features a blending of Lula Washington’s youth dancers and the professional members of her world-famous international touring company. This is a cultural holiday celebration, not a religious holiday observance. Lula’s program illuminates the seven principals of Kwanzaa, all of which advocate the development of families, children, communities, and individual well being. This is a family-friendly performance for adults and children alike. The youth dancers often steal the show! Friday, Dec 29th @7:30 PM and Saturday, Dec 30th @7:30 PM The performances are held in Lula Washington’s dance studio, 3773 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA CA 90016 in South Los Angeles. Parking is free in the LWDT parking lot. Reviewers have called this one of the best holiday shows they have ever seen in Los Angeles! Get tickets here. $10.00 – $65.00 (Host: Bobbee Zeno)

Lowell Steward

 Former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Steward received a business degree from Santa Barbara College in 1941, then joined the Army Air Corps. He trained at the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama.
In 1944, he was sent off to Italy with the famed all-black unit’s 100th Fighter Squadron where he flew more than 100 combat missions. At the end of WWII, Captain Lowell Steward was given the Distinguished Flying Cross. However, despite the unit’s and his own impressive war records, Steward returned to a segregated United States, where he was denied a mortgage for a home because he was black. He responded by getting a real estate license so he could help others in the same situation. He studied while working as a railway baggage porter, then went on to have a successful 40-year career as one of the first black real estate brokers in Los Angeles County. Lowell Steward died on December 17, 2014, in Ventura, CA, at the age of 95. More information here. More information about the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen here. (Host: Bobbee Zeno)