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5 Ways to Show Support for L.A.’s Black Community If You Don’t Feel Comfortable Protesting

June 3, 2020

We’re living in unprecedented times of uncertainty, but more importantly, times of beautiful and powerful change

Although we at skyelyfe never condone violence, we see this as a time for the world to truly usher in greater levels of awareness, social justice, peace and harmony on this earth. It’s difficult to see the light when it feels like darkness is closely around us, but we’re here to tell you to keep the faith. Darker energies what’s been hidden in the shadows are now being brought to the surface for healing as the planet is flooded with light. Transformation is uncomfortable and it’s easy to get pulled into pessimism, but now it’s more important than ever to remember where we’re going. 

The black community of Los Angeles is facing major challenges, but if you don’t feel comfortable protesting, there are still ways for you to champion this cause. Scroll through below for a few fun and easy ways to provide assistance.

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Participate in Los Angeles Brand Valfré‘s NAACP Fundraiser

Rebellious and fiery L.A.-based clothing and accessory brand Valfré is standing in solidarity with the black community by donating 100% of the proceeds from orders placed within the next 24 hours to NAACP Legal Defense. This civil rights organization provides assistance to people of color that can’t otherwise afford legal counsel. Valfré has plenty of adorable items to choose from and you’ll be backing movements for change and social justice in the process.

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Donate to the People’s City Council Freedom Fund

The People’s City Council has a top priority of voicing the concerns of the people of L.A. They’ll aid with bail fines, medical fees, and legal assistance for protestors and community medics during this time through a GoFundMe that you can contribute to HERE. Excitingly enough, the fund has reached almost two million dollars! Help them further reach their goal by donating and sharing on social media.

Donate to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Show your support for the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, who has dedicated themselves to organizing non-violent protests and compiling demands to help the black community, which has been severely impacted by coronavirus. Their vision, drive and passion for building a just and free society is something we deeply resonate with and admire. Donate to their chapter and cause HERE.

Order Food from L.A. Businesses Supporting Black Causes

Provide even more support for NAACP, Black Lives Matter and the ACLU by hitting some of your favorite local food joints. Many restaurants are giving a portion of their current proceeds (others donating 100 percent of them) to these causes, making it easier than ever for you to indirectly be of service to these organizations. To name a few, Highland Park’s Block Party, vegan Cuban pop-up Señoreata and Offshore Tea will dynamically contribute to these valiant causes.

Order From and Support Black-Owned Businesses Directly

Indirect support is always great, but make even more of an impact by ordering from black-owned businesses directly. Shoutout to incredible food writer Kat Hong for putting together and sharing a Google spreadsheet of restaurants owned by people of color in L.A. The list is broken down by area, Instagram, website and phone number, and can be shared on all social platforms. Grab some takeout from these places, be sure to tip generously and share the spreadsheet with friends and fam!

Food Angelenos

Top L.A. Bartenders Battle It Out at 4th Annual All-Star Mixology Competition at Roosevelt Hotel

October 19, 2016

It was a battle of the bartenders recently at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel—but all in good fun (and for a good cause).

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

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Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Top L.A. and Las Vegas mixologists from spots including Culver City’s The Corner Door and DTLA’s The Varnish came out with their finest handcrafted cocktails, all for the sake of raising money for the Covenant House of California, an organization that keeps homeless and trafficked youth off the streets.

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Guests purchased tickets to try a wide variety of (very strong) cocktails, while noshing on burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese. Ultimately, it was Zach Patterson of Melrose Umbrella Co. who won the coveted honor of top mixologist, thanks to his Casa Noble Tequila with ginger creation. Being the anti-tequila drinker I am, I can’t say I indulged in this winning concoction (but I’m sure it was plenty divine!).

But Palazzo Resort and Casino‘s Wendy Verdel-Hodges won me over with her unique Warhol cocktail (2.5 oz. Black Moth vodka, 1 oz. tomato basil shrub, 1 drop truffle oil).

Either way, regardless of guests’ sips of choice, everyone left a winner, walking out with a fancy Tumi mini-travel kit from event sponsor Delta.

Cheers!

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Photo Credit: Luka Olex

Music Angelenos

PHOTOS: Billy Idol, Dave Navarro Among Hard Rock Heavyweights Who Performed for Charity in L.A. at Rhonda’s Kiss

November 4, 2015

Last night was a who’s-who of rock royalty at Rhonda’s Kiss, a benefit held at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre to raise money for cancer patients who can’t afford treatment.

The approximately 3.5-hour extravaganza featured a silent auction, open bar, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres by Wolfgang Puck – and most importantly, live appearances by Billy Idol, Dave Navarro, Juliette Lewis, Kesha, Duff McKagan, Dave Kushner and Mark McGrath, among others, who performed some of the most iconic rock of all time. Prior to the event, I hadn’t seen the majority of these folks live, so this was definitely a monumental treat!

Thanks to generous donors, guests even got to snag goodies from the upstairs gift lounge, which included products from VonZipper  sunglasses, Monster headphones, Ax+Apple jewelry and Arbonne beauty.

All of the proceeds from the energetic evening – which was emceed by actor and comedian Bill Burr – will go to City of Hope.

Photo credit: Jonathan Leibson

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Beauty Food Angelenos

New L.A. Eatery Stir Market Hosts Exclusive Wine & Dine Event to Celebrate Charity Milestone

March 18, 2015

It always puts a good taste in my mouth (pun intended) when charitable accomplishments are celebrated with fabulous gourmet dinners!

Such was the case last week, when executive chef Chris Barnett‘s new L.A. eatery Stir Market hosted a wine and dine night, honoring Cheeky and Feeding America‘s collaborative milestone.

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Since just launching in Nov. 2014, Cheeky – a lifestyle brand that creates colorful paper and plastic table wear – teamed up with Feeding America and has since helped provide one million meals through the sale of its products exclusively at Target.

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To toast the momentous occasion, Cheeky CEO and founder PJ Brice invited friends, supporters and various tastemakers to try some of the new restaurant’s hors d’oeuvres and signature chicken, salmon and Brussels sprout dishes, while guests sipped on wine and took pictures in a personalized photo booth. Attendees left with gift bags containing Cheeky products (I’m especially stoked about my disposable on-the-go coffee cups!). Here’s to many more charitable milestones!

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