Join us for an informative series of FREE talks and discussions on the history and the current state of Black America at this pivotal time in our nation. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC's Black Collegians Program. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Phat Girlz

Film Screening and Q&A with Nngest Likké

Phat Girlz Nngest Likké

Filmmaker Nngest Likké presents a screening and discussion of her feature film Phat Girlz, which looks at the difficulties 'large' women encounter as they seek acceptance and love in a culture where 'thin is in.' Likké, an award-winning Los Angeles filmmaker of Ethiopian descent, is the director of Ben & Ara, exploring a romance between two people of very different worlds. Additional sponsor: SMC's Adelante Program.

Tuesday, February 26 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex

Dana Johnson

"In the Not Quite Dark and Other Stories: A Reading by Dana Johnson"

Dana JohnsonAuthor Dana Johnson reads selections from her short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. An English professor and director of the Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature Program at the University of Southern California, Johnson authored Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and numerous publications, including Zyzzyva and The Paris Review. Part of the Literary Talks & Lectures Series. Additional sponsor: SMC English Department.

Tuesday, February 26 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

A Conversation with: Former LA Radio Personality Ben Kelly and Entertainment Project Manager Joi Hardy

Ben Kelly Joi Hardy

Ben Kelly and Joi Hardy will talk about career strategies in radio and entertainment media. Kelly covered benchmark events like the O.J. Simpson trial and the 1992 L.A. Riots while at legendary 92.3 The Beat (now The Real 92.3), and currently serves as the Young Life College Director at the University of Southern California. Hardy works as an entertainment project manager. For NBCUniversal, she managed custom sponsorships and creative content across Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes,, and Flixster for studio, streaming, and brand clients, including Disney, Sony, Fox, STX, and Netflix. Part of Black History Month and the Communication & Media Series. Additional sponsors: SMC's Black Collegians Program and the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Thursday, February 28 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Derric J. Johnson

"Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"

Derric J. Johnson, founding director of Crossroads School's Equity and Justice Institute, former senior deputy for public safety and justice in the Office of County Board Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and a longtime community leader working with a variety of youth-focused programs, will talk about the importance of social justice for the advancement of society. Additional sponsor: SMC's Adelante Program.

Thursday, March 7 | 11:15 a.m. | Free& | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)