African Americans and Los Angeles
Dr. Michael Cheers, Leimert Park Village
Residents in Leimert Park African Village outside Ora Lee and Bubba's Books on Degnan Blvd. Leimert Park Village is a center for African American arts and culture in Los Angeles. The area features many small, locally owned businesses, such as art shops and cafes, and is home to a flourishing music scene. A fixture of the music culture is the World Stage which was set up by drummer Billy Higgins and poet/activist Kamau Daáood as an education and performance venue. It holds public workshops, concerts, jam sessions, and other programs.