LOS ANGELES – Political consultant, community activist, radio personality, political commentator, and nationally syndicated columnist are a few descriptions of native Angelino Jasmyne Cannick who will celebrate her 4th Annual 30th Birthday on Friday, October 21, 2012. With an 1980’s theme family, friends, celebs, elected officials and the community at large will gather at the new and improved historic Maverick’s Flat located at 4225 South Crenshaw Boulevard on Fri., Oct. 21, 2012 between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. to celebrate with Jasmyne who says that her 33rd year was a challenge and that she’s looking forward to her 34th.
“A lot of people don’t know that I have my grandmother and aunt I help out with on top of everything else I do and this year was a really hard year on my family,” explains Cannick. “Like everyone else, I am trying to make it in this economic depression but still not lose site of what really matters—family, friends, and community. It was a hard year and even though it’s not over, I am hoping things start to turnaround.”
Cannick is best known for her political work which has taken her to work in Washington D.C. as a Congressional press secretary as well as in Sacramento where she worked for her mentor State Assemblymember Mervyn M. Dymally. In addition, she was deputy to the mayor in the City of Lynwood. Most recently she worked as a consultant for Working Californians for Jerry Brown and on newly elected Compton Councilwoman Janna Zurita’s campaign.
A nationally syndicated journalist and EUR columnist who is unapologetically Black and tells it like it is on issues of race, class, and politics, and sex, in her spare time, Cannick remains dedicated and involved in her local community including with her favorite organizations the Pan African Film Festival and Rancho Cienega Tennis Club. In addition, she served as producer on the popular documentary “41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers.”
Jasmyne credits her sense of community and personal growth to her grandmother and mentors of which include Assemblymember Mervyn M. Dymally, Pan African Film Festival founders Asantewe Olatunji, Ayuko Babu, professor Dr. Maulana Karenga, KJLH’s Dominique DiPrima, NBC 4’s Beverly White, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Councilmember Mike Gipson, newspaper publishers Danny Bakewell and Natalie Cole, EURweb’s Lee Bailey, motivational coach Wendy Gladney and Venus Mason, community activist Brenda Marsh-Mitchell, among others.
“I have some great people in my life,” she says. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have a sense of purpose. They steer me right when I am going in the wrong direction and always challenge me to be a better me.”
Cannick, a native of Los Angeles and the oldest of four who traced her African heritage to Cameroon thanks to actor Isaiah Washington and the Pan African Film and Arts Festival’s Ayuko Babu and Asantewa Olatunji, is in the process of applying for dual citizenship.
On what she plans to do in the future she says, “Long term, I am looking towards Africa. I love L.A. but my heart is in Africa and I’d like to go and work for one of the U.S. Embassies abroad. Other than that I plan to continue to take care of my family, and be there for my community. Everything else will fall into place. I am lucky to have a community of mentors who continue to guide me and help make my way through life. For that I am eternally grateful. I just want to celebrate life.”
Cannick is inviting the community come out and help her celebrate her 80s themed 4th Annual 30th birthday celebration at Maverick’s Flat located at 4225 South Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. The event will take place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is free attend.