Don't let the name fool you. While Africa is represented at the Oran Z African Black Facts and Wax Museum, Oran Z — world-class hairstylist, inventor of the world's first and fastest hair weave and head of Black Media Productions (offering “a wide spectrum of services related to the entertainment industry”) — cuts the jive in this gem across the parking lot of Jerry's Flying Fox (Mayor Tom Bradley decreed Jerry's gumbo the best in town). Hundreds of thousands of items pertaining to African-American history are displayed in the anonymous building, drawn from Oran Z's private collection, including authentic slave shackles, dolls, books and signed sports memorabilia, but it is the wax figures that anchor the museum. Oran's Hair Fusion allowed him to scoop up the darker bits of the Movieland Wax Museum (O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Little Richard) as well as commission figures of Barack Obama and others. 3742 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., #J, Baldwin Hills. (323) 299-8829,

—Skylaire Alfvegren

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