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Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Beginning with LA’s founding in 1781, the African American presence has grown and flourished, greatly influencing not only the city of Los Angeles, but making a tremendous impact on the rest of the country and around the world. It’s no coincidence that the two years President Barack Obama spent at LA’s Occidental College (1979-1981) played a major role in determining his future in politics.
One of the best ways to experience African American culture and heritage in Los Angeles is during Black History Month, which takes place every February. Hosted by various cultural institutions throughout the city, the month-long celebration includes events at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park and the annual Pan African Film & Art Festival. The following guide will help you explore L.A.’s African American culture during Black History Month and throughout the year. Day One covers South LA and Downtown; Day Two features the Beach Cities; and Day Three takes you to the Westside.
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On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. The flight only lasted 12 seconds and a distance of 120 feet, but it was enough to change the course of history. Los Angeles has a historic and important role in aviation and aerospace, which visitors can explore at various cultural attractions throughout the city.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is ranked seventh in the world for number of passengers and tonnage of air cargo handled. LAX is the first and last L.A. landmark for tens of millions of travelers every year, from across the country and around the world, in particular our friends from the Pacific Rim. LAX assures its status as a world-class airport by making vital improvements such as the New Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Located in the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys Airport (VNY) is the world's busiest general aviation airport, handling more than 1,200 operations every day with just two parallel runways. Because of its convenience and privacy, VNY is frequently used by celebrities, politicians, and executives. Many local TV news helicopters fly out of Van Nuys Airport, as well as the LA Fire Department’s Air Operations Unit. VNY also offers convenient FlyAway Bus service to LAX. Generations of movie fans recognize Van Nuys Airport from the closing scene in Casablanca. The 2009 documentary, One Six Right traces the history of VNY.
When it comes to Tinseltown, you'll never run out of things to do, including world famous attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl and Pantages Theatre to name just a few. But there's a whole world of under-the-radar attractions and activities you may be missing. They include music, hikes and other features that Hollywood locals frequent to enjoy their city as one would a neighborhood. Check out the following attractions, shops and weeklies that will have you experiencing an entirely different side of Hollywood.
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A trip to Museum Row and West Hollywood (aka WeHo) provides a true feast for the senses, including art, architecture, history, shopping, dining and nightlife. All it takes for some instant gratification is either a rather long walk or a short local bus ride. This full-day itinerary takes approximately six to eight hours if all stops are visited. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.
Recommended Methods of Travel: DASH Bus, Walking
Total Distance: 5 miles. Walking Distance: 3.5 miles.
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There’s a constant dialogue about whether or not food is art, and that’s a conversation that has no clear-cut resolution. However, one thing’s for sure: people who experience art in museums need sustenance before or after their excursions. Here are some of our favorite restaurants located near key Los Angeles cultural institutions.