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Published on December 18th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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Singer Marsha Ambrosius Brings Out Thousands to South Los Angeles for Winter Wonderland Event at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

For the fifth year, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson of District 8 brought holiday joy to more than 7,000 South Los Angeles families for their annual Winter Wonderland Celebration on Saturday, December 14th.

They were joined by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter, Marsha Ambrosius, who performed her soulful billboard chart-topping hits and paid a special tribute to Crenshaw-native, Nipsey Hussle, with their duet “Real Big” from the rapper’s final GRAMMY-nominated album, Victory Lap

Photo Credit: Sean Daniels, DVR Productions

 

This event has become a true holiday tradition in this community, transporting in over 60 tons of snow for children to enjoy sledding and snow play winter activities, and gifting over 2,700 toys to local children. 

The Winter Wonderland celebration makes it a priority to recognize and honor locally-groomed talent making a difference, including Christina Cooper (Actor, Netflix show Dear White People and Film Director, South Central Love), Six Sev (Rapper and Community Organizer), and Angelina Buenaventura (Economic Policy Manager for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti). 

Partnered with LA-based company, Project Pit, the event also featured musical performances by up-and-coming local artists, including R&B singers, Kenyon Dixon and D’anna Stewart and the holiday caroling quintet, The Noelles. 

The entertainment didn’t stop there, families also enjoyed holiday crafts, face painting, video gameplay, a winter-themed photo booth, a special activation from the upcoming film Spies in Disguise, and free food and hot chocolate provided by Hotville Chicken and 7-Eleven. 

The event, emceed by Adai Lumar of KJLH, also brought out special guest appearances by CNN Political Commentary, Angela Rye; Baron Davis’ Black Santa Clause Company, Mr. & Mrs. Claus characters; and TDE Rapper, Reason. 

Additional event partners included Empowerment Congress West Area, Community Coalition, SoCal Gas, Blue LA and South Central Los Angeles Regional Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (SCLARC). 

For more information about Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, please visit www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com or follow on Facebook (@crenshawplaza), Twitter (@bhcgram) and Instagram (@bhcgram).



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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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