February 11, 2013

In Honor of Black History Month AULA’s Diversity Uprising Presents Soul Divas: A Special Tribute to Black Female Vocalists

Culver City, CA – February 11, 2013 – In Honor of Black History Month, Antioch University Los Angeles’ Diversity Uprising will present Soul Divas: A Special Tribute to Black Female Vocalists. On Friday, February 15, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the historic West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles at Café Club Fais Do Do, students, staff, faculty, alumni and neighbors will come together to honor and appreciate black history by recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of African American musicians.

Dr. Claudia Shields, AULA’s former director of Clinical Training in the graduate Psychology program, hosts the evening of live music. Songstress Tina Meeks and a four-piece band will perform songs made famous by Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, and more. The evening will also feature soul food, dancing, and a cash bar.

“This year Antioch University honors the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history by presenting a retrospective of black female vocalists,” says AULA’s director of Student Affairs, Josh Williams. “Audience members are encouraged to sing and dance while a live band pays tribute to female vocalists who have inspired us throughout our lives.”

Tina Meeks, a soul-stirring songstress, has been a featured soloist at Madison Square Gardens with Lionel Hampton and his band and she has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East inspiring audiences with her vocal talent. Mikal Majeed, keyboardist, has played with Gladys Knight, Stemsy Hunter, sax, has played with Jimmy Hendrix, Wil Brooks, drummer, has played with R&B artist Wilson Pickett, and Kaleem Ali, guitarist, son of the original guitarist on Motown hit, “Papa was a Rolling Stone”.

AULA’s annual celebration in honor of Black History Month is free for AULA students, and alumni; and $5.00 for friends and guests. Café Club Fais Do Do is located at 5253 W Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90016. There is street parking available.

AULA values being present and engaged in the diversity of the Los Angeles community, and chose the West Adams neighborhood for its culturally rich history.  In the early 1940s successful African-American entertainers moved into West Adams Heights and dubbed it “Sugar Hill.” In 1948, the United States Supreme Court declared racial restrictions housing unconstitutional and soon West Adams was the place for wealthy African-Americans who quickly became the dominant group. Today the West Adams neighborhood is one of Los Angeles’ most diverse communities.

About Antioch University Los Angeles

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution and part of the Antioch University system, has served the greater Los Angeles area for 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the BA degree completion program and master’s degree programs in Organizational Management, Education and Teacher Credentialing, Psychology, Creative Writing, and Urban Sustainability.

Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. www.AntiochLA.edu