Jacobs Presents: Preview of Common Ground Theatre’s “Little Rock”

On Saturday, Feb. 29 at 4 p.m., Jacobs Presents’ FREE Black History Month Celebrations will culminate with a preview of Common Ground Theatre’s “Little Rock.”

Directed by Yolanda Franklin, “Little Rock” tells the true story of the nine black students who integrated into the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School after the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education. The play highlights how these brave students suffered and what they ultimately achieved.

Based in Southeastern San Diego since 1963, Common Ground Theatre’s mission is “to produce classics and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.”

Don’t miss the final Jacobs Presents: Black History Month event at Celebration Hall!

Please RSVP here.


Jacobs Center Salutes San Diego Actors at Craig Noel Awards

On Monday, Feb. 10, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle celebrated San Diego’s own version of the Tony Awards, the 18th Annual Craig Noel Awards for Theatrical Excellence. Hosted at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 29 awards were presented for 2019’s top achievements from professional San Diego County theaters.

Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the diverse winners:

Cashae Monya received the coveted “Actor of the Year” award for four performances at three theaters in 2019: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at Diversionary Theatre; “A Jewel in the Crown City” at Lamb’s Players Theatre; and “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Intimate Apparel,” both at New Village Arts Theatre.

Tamara McMillian was honored in the category of Lead Performance in a Play for “Intimate Apparel” at New Village Arts Theatre. She dedicated the award to the memory of her late brother.

Kevane La’Marr Coleman (third from the left) was among the team of actors who won the Outstanding Ensemble category for their combined performances in Cygnet Theatre’s “Angels in America,” Parts 1 & 2.

(All photos courtesy of Ion Moe).

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is proud to support San Diego’s arts, culture and theatre initiatives. Congratulations to all the winners!


Jacobs Center’s Facilities Concierge Alvenesia Sims Completes Certified Property Manager Certificate

Congratulations to Jacobs Center’s Facilities Concierge Alvenesia Sims who recently completed a Certified Property Manager (CPM) certificate from IREM® and received the “Community Jewel Award” at the 27th Annual Kuumba Fest Black 2 Excellence Celebration.

Alvenesia joined Jacobs Center as an in-house security guard in 2013 and has been an integral part of the team ever since. Jacobs Center is grateful for Alvenesia’s dedication to Jacobs Center’s work and the betterment of Southeastern San Diego.


Jacobs Presents: African-American Women in Film

On Feb. 25, enjoy a FREE screening of Netflix’s “Never Heard” & “Together,” as part of Jacobs Presents: Black History Month Celebrations!

To commemorate African-American women in film, we’ll be screening scenes from Netflix’s “Never Heard” by local filmmaker Tamera Hill and the film short “Together” at Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by “Black &” Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chida Rebecca.

Never Heard” tells the story of a father who is incarcerated for a crime he swears he did not commit and his son who is lured into Los Angeles’ merciless drug world and forced between God and gang life.

A family must make a critical decision that will change their lives forever in the film short, “Together,” featuring Efé, winner of the 2019 D.C. Black Film Festival Actress of the Year award.

RSVP here.


Second Service: Live Gospel Music & Food

On Sunday, Feb. 16, enjoy a *FREE* and highly-entertaining SUNDAY SERVICE performance including live gospel music, rap, comedy and more!


  • Eddie Baltrip & Fulfillment
  • M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Recording Artist Men 4 Christ
  • Rapper Lyrik
  • Comedian Saleem Yeargin
  • and more

Food available for purchase. Menu selection includes Catfish & Chips.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 1-4pm at Joe and Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall

Click here to RSVP; RSVP is required.

Hosted by: Evangel & Walter Ko, GODRadio1.com

This event is part of JACOBS PRESENTS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS, an event series saluting theater, film and music.


Jacobs Presents: Black History Month Celebrations

In celebration of Black History Month in February, we’re hosting three events at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall that are free to attend and open to the public. Pay homage to African-American theater, film and music with special performances and cultural experiences on Sunday, Feb. 16, Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 29.


More info. coming soon!


Reginald Jones Interview with KUSI News at UAAMAC’s 25th Annual MLK Jr. Community Breakfast

The United African American Ministerial Action Council’s 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast & Celebration was held at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center on January 20.

KUSI News Reporter Allie Wagner interviewed Jacobs Center for Innovation’s President and CEO Reginald Jones about the importance of the event and day.

Watch the full interview here.


Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center’s January Newsletter

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CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center’s Community Open House

The Jacobs Center will also provide the opportunity to learn more its involvement in ongoing community projects including, but not limited to, the Euclid + Market Complete Streets Project and Southwest Village affordable housing development. There will be an information booth on the ground floor of the Jacobs Center – visit before heading upstairs to the Community Open House.


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