EDITOR’S NOTE: Straight Out Of Compton: The Good from the Hood

Here at Kismet Life & Style, We have designated This as the Year of The Finest and no one did their thing like the Compton Natives over the last few years, dominating and exploding on the scene in every area of art, entertainment & sports, as well as politics, education, ingenuity, technology and community development and giving.

I am so proud of the noise they made that I decide to dedicate the entire Black History Month issue to the efforts of these everyday locals doing extraordinary things to change the world through their inspiring actions. I felt they deserved a collective shout out, it seems when we do hear about the South Central part of Los Angeles it usually has to do with gangs or riots.

I hosted my first Young Voices Youth Forum for Black Boys in America at the Compton Library in response and to address all the challenges that seemed to be stacked against our males. It really is a beautiful city with a new young Mayor in place, the future is looking quite promising.

The truth is, as I have always knew about The Hood, we are resilient, creative and beautiful people, we are real and relevant and once we come to that conclusion about ourselves individually, then we can reclaim our hoods and our culture.

These beautiful black folk I present in this issue is proof of this, they have reclaimed and made relevant their community, their accomplishments are remarkable and awe-inspiring coming from any neighborhood, but just that more impressive coming from a community like Compton. I present to you February’s issue, “Compton’s Finest”. The first in the series; 2015: The Year of the Finest” .

Celebrate Culture. My People.
– Kim Afreeka


K.I.M.S. Exclusive Video: David Olewoyo Cries Over 13 yr old Son’s Plight in America

I had the pleasure of participating in the AAFRM Film Screening & FORUM @the Downtown Independent Theater. The forum was in response to the Police Brutality that recently been broadcasted and the sparks of the many movements across the planet.

Hosted by the uber cool and perfectly brillant Director, Ava Duvernay, who is the founder of AAFRM and recent director of the critically acclaimed Movie ” Selma”. She was accompanied by the star of the movie who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and her bud, David Olewoyo. He is beautiful and quite darling, I got a chance to chat it up with the two of them in the lobby after the screening


I also was able to do a selfie with David and take a Sister Pic with Ava, (I couldn’t resist sharing a hug with them and capturing the moment.)  As we all watch, these two stars rise and ascend.
I also was able to capture some footage from the forum, kicked off by David’s moving story of having to ” have the talk” with his 13 year old son about being a black boy in America, he also discuss his experience wiith racisim on 3 continents.

I was overjoyed to have spent the evening hanging with these amazing kinfolks, the entire crowd was the bomb, representing a lot of the L.A. Indy film & art movement . I was able to expand my network and connect with like minds, that looked like me and felt like I did.
May they both continue to create great films and dialogue that moves us-  Kim Afreeka

check out my previous post for pics and look for my Special Editions: “Compton Finest” featuring Ava Duvernay.

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