Kobe Bryant as a Laker in 2015

Kobe Bryant as a Laker in 2015; credit Keith Allison

Los Angeles Trivia

The 17 million person metropolis consists of 1.3 million African-Americans, 4 million Hispanic-Americans, 1.8 million Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, 95,000 Native Americans and a balance of European-Americans.

140 distinct cultures live in Los Angeles County.

Marina del Rey in Los Angeles County, is home to America’s largest yacht harbor.

LA is a foremost visual and performing arts destination that boasts over 300 museums, theaters and concert venues.

LA’s Digital Coast fills more multimedia jobs than Silicon Valley and New York City combined.

Greater LA is headquarters to 20 Fortune 500 companies and a West Coast division for a hundred more.

California Institute of Technology, UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, University of Southern California, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, CSU Long Beach, Loyola-Marymount University, Pepperdine University, California Polytechnic Pomona, Otis Art Institute, Pasadena Art Center make LA one of the largest collegiate regions in America

LA has more than 120,000 jobs in the fashion industry, most in the nation.

Los Angeles County employs more people in manufacturing than any other county in America.

Los Angeles County attracts over 25 million visitors per year.

Famous Residents

Notable persons born in LA or made their mark here:

Venus and Serena Williams – Tennis champs
Biddy Mason – Founded First AME church in LA Dr.
Ralph Bunche – First African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize
Tom Bradley – Former 5-term major of Los Angeles
Jackie Robinson – Broke the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947
Wilt Chamberlain – Celebrity NBA player, helped expand endorsements by black players
Earvin “Magic” Johnson – All-time great NBA player and businessman
Kobe Bryant – All-time great NBA player, Oscar winner and businessman
Danny Bakewell – Newspaper publisher and civic activist
Julian Dixon – Congressional Black Caucus founding member
Maxine Waters – U.S. Representative and former head of the Congressional Black Caucus
Nat “King” Cole – Music legend, helped break down residential segregation in LA
Paul Williams – Architect of several magnificent structures around LA Rev.
Chip Murray – Former First AME pastor and civic activist
Bishop Charles Blake – West Angeles COGIC pastor
Dr. Maulana Karenga – Founder of Kwanzaa
Stevie Wonder – Musical artist and radio station owner
Arthur Ashe – Tennis champ and humanitarian
Dorothy Dandridge – First African American nominated in the Best Actor/Actress category
Halle Berry – First African American to win the Oscar for Best Actress
Sidney Poitier – First African American to win an Oscar for Best Actor
Denzel Washington – Second African American to win an Oscar for Best Actor Kobe Bryant – One of the 10 greatest NBA players
Tavis Smiley – Black intellectual with a news program

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