Keynote Speakers Announced For "Oh Sh*t Moments Event"

Posted on: 04/29/2021

Los Angeles Southwest College's Foundation has announced DJ Derrick "D Nice" Jones and Iddris Sandu as the keynote speakers for its second annual Oh Sh*t Moments Event at 11 a.m. May 15. All are welcome to join them as they are interviewed by host Charles Kuykendoll and share their Oh Sh*t Moment stories! 

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Join us on Saturday, May 15th as they are interviewed by our host Charles Kuykendoland share their Oh Sh*t Moment stories! 

Interviews with our keynote speakers will be followed by breakout conversations hosted esteemed leaders from the Beauty, Medical, Aerospace, Food and Hospitality, Legal and Television, Film and Entertainment industries. 

We will also have live DJ Sets, a virtual group networking lounge and 1-1 speed networking booths! 

More details to come, see you there! 

The event continues to be free to attend and all tax-deductible donations will support the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation. Click the links below to learn more about our partnership opportunities.

Learn more about our speakers:

Over the course of an unbelievable journey from the streets of Harlem to touring and recording with Boogie Down Productions to The White House, Derrick “D-Nice” Jones went from being a pillar of the culture’s history to actually making history himself.

The legendary DJ, rapper, beatboxer, producer, photographer, and philanthropist has moved millions on wax with timeless records, on stage at unforgettable gigs, and online with his revolutionary “Club Quarantine” Instagram Live party. The latter notably set a precedent and built a template for numerous Instagram Live series to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. His influence would be recognized industrywide. The NAACP Image Awards named him Entertainer Of The Year, the BET Awards made him an honorary recipient of the “Shine A Light” Award, while he took home the 2020 Webby Artist of the Year award in the category of “Special Achievement.”

After spreading hope online, he now continues to make an artistic statement having released "No Plans for Love" in March 2021, his first single in over twenty-five years. D-Nice is leaving an indelible mark on the game once again.

Iddris Sandu is a Technologist and Entrepreneur who considers himself a "Cultural Architect" who is focused on building new realities for the future world. Sandu is the Founder of @spatial_labs and CEO and Founder of @halt_labs, has designed and consulted with tech's most consumer-driven products including Uber, Twitter, and Snapchat, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Snapchat, and Instagram.

He has served as the CTO for Nipsey Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing, currently works with Kanye West as a design and tech consultant and Adidas on their mission to #EndPlasticWaste. 

  • Breakout Hosts:
  • Dr. Italo M. Brown is an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, and Health Equity & Social Justice Curriculum Lead at Stanford University School of Medicine. Italo is the Chief Impact Officer of T.R.A.P. Medicine, a barbershop-based wellness initiative that addresses the physical and emotional health of Black men and boys. Italo has also served with the ABC News Medical Unit, contributing to health equity & wellness commentary to The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, GQ, Men's Fitness, and The Root. Italo also serves as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant for organizations like Google and YouTube.

  • Feven and Helena Yohannes are Eritrean twin sisters, entrepreneurs and Co-Founders of 2•4•1 Cosmetics, an effortless beauty brand that instills confidence, kindness and integrity. Their line supports women by providing them the ability to enhance their natural beauty and never conceal it. The quality of the line speaks for itself, having landed on Oprah’s Favorite Thing’s 2020 List and they are currently mentored by makeup icon and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown.

  • Antonio Diaz is an Emmy-winning and James Beard Award nominated filmmaker for the docu-series, The Migrant Kitchen on PBS, and founder of the culinary publication and production company, Life & Thyme. For the past decade, Antonio has been at the forefront in food journalism by covering the cultural significance of what we eat across the globe.

  • Rémy De La Peza Esq. is the Founder and Principal Attorney of Morena Strategies, a collaborative community-based lawyering and consulting practice supporting neighborhoods of color. Remy has worked in over 20 local jurisdictions, advocating for stronger affordable housing policies in addition to filing litigation against cities in violation of State planning and zoning laws. She currently serves on the Boards of West Hollywood Community West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, Inclusive Action for the City, and Las Fotos Project. Her current clients include AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and ACT-LA.

  • Ester lou - is a tv & film writer and producer, she received her first break as a writers' production assistant on SHOWTIME’S HOUSE OF LIES and has since worked for an independent collective, Black&Sexy TV to write and direct two web series - SEXLESS and CHEF JULIAN. Ester was a staff writer on PITCH and is currently a Co-Producer for NBC’s GOOD GIRLS

  • Ahmadou Seck is an innovative executive with passion for diverse creatives and amplifying their stories. As Director of Development, he produces projects in the scripted and unscripted spaces. Ahmadou’s professional journey includes experience at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a television network - Participant Media/Pivot, and Will Smith’s production company - Overbrook Entertainment. Seck was an Associate Producer on the critically acclaimed show COBRA KAI and is working on season 2 of Netflix’s RAISING DION.

  • Corey Giather - is a professional leader of diversity & inclusion initiatives with years of experience overseeing and supporting supplier diversity, talent acquisition, and leadership development. Corey has advocated and organized programs with the California State Bar, California State Assembly, and various corporate organizations to diversify representation. Corey has worked with underrepresented communities and connected them with resources to create opportunities.

Wondering why we chose the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation to partner with on our event?  

Lets us take you on a quick journey.

We love the history of the foundation and the college:

  • Los Angeles Southwest College is the product of decades of hard work, vision, and perseverance to achieve the dream of its principal founder, Odessa B. Cox. 
  • The Cox family and a small group of community members started fighting in 1947 to bring a comprehensive community college to South Los Angeles. 
  • Roughly 75 percent of LASC’s students are first-generation college students, 97 percent are students of color, and 85 percent need financial aid. 
  • LASC boasts more than 450 faculty, staff, and administrators passionately dedicated to helping students achieve academic success.

We want to amplify the work they are already doing! 

  • The foundation has provided over 1,100 meals and grocery store gift cards to its scholars and their families who were in need due to the effects of Covid by partnering with #hashtaglunchbag and Beyond Meat 

Supporting the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation helps us with spreading the things we are passionate about: 

  • Access to education 
  • Supporting those who seek to grow their knowledge and contribute to their community
  • Removing the barriers to education that systemic inequality has created

Due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 and its impact, the need for the students continues to grow for:

  • Consistent food sources
  • Resolutions to home insecurity  
  • Laptops
  • Internet hotspots
  • Noise-cancelling headphones

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