By Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com
For quite some time, day parties and brunches have gathered hundreds of young Black millennials in cities such as Atlanta, New York, Houston and DC. With large Black populations, college graduates and a strong presence of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO’s) this community was only natural to happen. But while these cities have developed a strong Black community, other cities like Los Angeles have struggled to create something similar. “CAN LA Kick It” is Mike “Orie” Mosley’s answer to this problem.

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As diverse as LA is, I’ve often found it difficult to find large groups of people who look like me and around the same age. My hope is to create this community through a new African American focused entertainment company called Afrotrak. “CAN LA KICK IT” is a new monthly day party designed specifically to celebrate young, Black millennials in the Los Angeles area. A lot of things I saw in New Orleans, Chicago and other places, I’ve struggled to find it here in Los Angeles. I’ve talked with both people who’ve relocated here, and people who were born here. It’s a common conversation we all seem to be having.

But I may not be alone in his thoughts; an article written by the LA Times highlights the exodus of African Americans on the West Coast. With a huge population shift of Blacks to southern cities such as Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Charlotte, cities like LA now have a lower Black population than they did in 2000. We may be spread out, but LA’s the second largest city in the US. We’re definitely here, just not in the same place, atleast not yet.

CAN LA KICK IT premieres this Sunday, May 29th from 1-6pm at Blue Whale. Advanced tickets are available for general admission at $10, and $20 including bottomless mimosas. You can purchase tickets now at www.canlakickit.com

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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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