Several months into the coronavirus pandemic, throughout the country, nightlife has effectively come to a standstill.
Knowing what we know now, it's evident that bars and nightclubs –– the places where vibrant nightlife culture happens –– will be amongst the last places to open back up, leaving LA's nightlife in a state of emergency for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the country as a whole has faced a grand reckoning, as the longstanding racial injustices impacting Black individuals and communities have been laid bare in the past months. LA's nightlife is not immune to these ills. Black nightlife creators and operators have long suffered from discriminatory practices and policies that have targeted their bars, clubs and events and shut them out of the nightlife space.
In response to these interconnected crises, LANA has partnered with our friends at Black Hour LA, a community-based group focusing on issues impacting the city's Black nightlife, to organize an online panel discussion that examines the current crisis from the perspective of LA's black nightlife operators, and looks to what we can all do to rebuild our cherished nightlife communities in a way that reflects that Black Lives Matter.
...for a rich discussion amongst some of LA nightlife's leading voices as we look at the past, present and future of Black LA nightlife, and LA's nightlife as a whole in the midst of unprecedented crisis. Further details forthcoming! We look forward to gathering, digitally, for now to have this important and illuminating conversation.
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