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PBS SoCal and Transformative Arts Celebrate Muhammad Ali with Immersive Artist Series

PBS is joining with Transformative Arts to launch their four part documentary series about Muhammad Ali and his impact on Southern California.

This four part documentary series will air regionally, Sept. 19 and nationally, on Sept. 25. 

Executive produced by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, the documentary covers not only his influence, but also his support for communities of color in the Los Angeles region. 

Transformative Arts is an organization and movement that drives young artists in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles to create pathways that reconnect art and daily life. The group focuses on: equality, freedom, justice, accessibility and the African Diaspora. 

The series features exclusive talks, workshops and experiences led by six notable artists at the Transformative Arts.

When he moved to Los Angeles, he moved into the Larchmont Village and after his retirement, he diligently worked on improving the surrounding communities as a active, Muslim man. 

“As a boxer, he transformed the sport with his speed and grace, as a man he challenged us to think about the world differently and proudly spoke about the power of love. He early on recognized that he could use his platform to speak for those discriminated against and at home and abroad, and refused to tolerate racism directed at him or others,” stated Ken Burns. 

The Ali to LA project will feature six native artists and one artist from Paris. It will highlight the deeds and works that Ali helped develop and nurture in Black and Brown communities. 

The artists include Edgar Arceneaux, April Banks, Kendell Carter, Veronica De Jesus, Manuel Lopez, Mariangeles Soto-Diaz and Kuamen.

Ali to LA series is free and open to the public. It will run Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The final date for the exhibition will be on Sept. 18, located on 410 S. Spring St., Los Angeles 90013. 

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Malik Patterson

Malik Patterson is a journalism student at California State University, Northridge. He has attained an Associates of Arts in Cinema and Broadcasting at Chaffey College. He will also be graduating with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcasting in May 2021. Malik is also a member of the National Honors Society and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In his spare time, he has a podcast that has been running since May 2020, called the 2Brothers Podcast exclusively on YouTube. He sees himself working as a sports broadcaster and anchor for a major network in the near future. He has a true passion for sports and also coached track and field at two high schools in the past: Etiwanda High School and Alta Loma High School, both located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

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