The Southern Truth
By Gloria Zuurveen
Last Saturday was a night to remember as I made my way to the West Adams Avenues Jazz and Music Festival off of 7th Avenue and Adams Blvd. It was a Labor Day weekend that appeared to be filled with labor of love from the community and a collaboration of love with sponsorship from the West Adams Heritage Association and Los Angeles City Councilmember Heather Hutt.Shout out to brother Michael King one of the longtime coordinators of the annual festival. Also, thanks to Tori Bailey, Chair, Homelessness Liaison Committee for the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council (UNNC) for her keeping me informed about what is going on in the community, I was in attendance at least one night and it was a night under the beautiful stars.It was amazing to meet Chef Marilyn and her crew doing what they do serving soul food going on 35 years. Chef Marilyn has been a steady and consistent business owner in Los Angeles and she was on hand handing out her delicious soul food to go. She say she is looking forward to celebrating bringing her 99 cents specials for everyone during her upcoming celebration of 35 years. Jazz and blues singer Marguaret Love and her lovers lit up the stage as a diverse audience serenaded from food booths to vendors who offered a variety of handmade art, perfumes and oils.This year’s festival was filled with fun for families to celebrate the full three-day Labor Day weekend. Three fun-filled days of music and good food brought out locals in the neighborhood and people from miles to join in this annual festival that highlighted cultural and heritage at the same time. The one and only Black Santa Claus, James Green, who makes Christmas everyday was jamming to the beat and enjoying the sounds as he shuffled his feet. A Park Windsor Baptist Church member, Paul Turner and his sister, passed by as I was checking out a vendor and they said hi. It was good to see so many people out under the beautiful sky on this Saturday night. I can hardly wait for next year to join in the fun and I am hoping and praying that it is just as fund as this Labor Day one.