Cultural and Community Events 

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Music and Social Change

A concert and discussion on music that inspires social change featuring author Naomi Andre. Panel Discussion led by Moderator, Malesha Taylor.

Presented by The Atlanta Opera, The Baton Foundation and Challenge the Stats

Naomi Andre, author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement and a performance of "Songs from Prison" by Jamaican American composer Joel Thompson and more.


"I, Too, Sing America"

Premiered at Dizzys Jazz on August 5, 2017 and is returning to San Diego Downtown City Library on Sunday, April 14, 2019. This vocal recital features African-American art song set to the poetry of Langston Hughes and Paul Lawrence Dunbar in a 45 minute performance with Pianist/Composer/Professor, Richard Thompson of San Diego State University. For booking information, contact us at


The Spot First Saturdays

Pillars of the Community hosts a monthly marketplace at The Spot in Southeast San Diego. For more information, click here.


Brioxy Leadership Summit Los Angeles 2017

Malesha was selected to convene with 100 of the country's top social innovators of color in their 20's and 30's driving solutions to build opportunity for young people of color. The Summit took place at the California Endowment. It was an unforgettable weekend! See for more information.


The Fannie Lou Hamer 100th Birthday Celebration

Project New Village hosted the annual Fannie Lou Hamer Celebration at the Jacobs Center, October 6, 2017. Artists included: Natasha Ridley, Musa Kaleem and Vibrational Tones, Alyce Smith-Cooper among others.


Gentry's 55th Anniversary Celebration

Join us as we celebrate this family-owned business whose legacy is deeply-rooted in the San Diego black community. The Gentry family will celebrate 55 years of business in the community at the Handlery Hotel San Diego. The event includes, live music, DJ, 3-course dinner and awards ceremony. Master of Ceremonies is William Tayari Howard.

The 13th Annual African Culture Festival

Malesha produced and managed the festival musical selections and booked artists for this year's annual festival. The theme was Women, STEAM and Global Competitiveness! A beautiful family, friendly event!

Moxie Theater,

"Blue Door"

One of California's only woman's theater companies, the MoxieTheater, presented a production of Tanya Barfield's "Blue Door." Malesha was hired as a consultant to support audience development and community engagement efforts.

African-American Children's Book Authors

Malesha organized a local Black San Diego Authors event during Black History month. The event was sponsored by the Skyline Hills Branch Library. Authors included: Ishe, Starla Lewis, Kalif Price, Alyce Smith-Cooper and John Brooks.


Ordinary Magic: A Spoken-Word Opera

Spoken Word Artist, Gill Sotu wrote and produced this premiere production featuring local talent, Cedrice, Kendrick Dial, Wrekless Watson, among others. The production was directed by artist-entrepreneur, Ise Lyfe.

See this interview we conducted in The Chocolate Voice