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Hellbent For Leather: USA's Only African-American Touring Rodeo Comes Rollin' Into LA

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Originally created to "entertain" and educate the public about "the history of black cowboys and pioneers," the nation's only African-American touring rodeo, the Bill Pickett Invitational, is making a stop in Southern California this weekend, reports KPCC. The rodeo, around since the mid-80, appeals to "audiences of all kinds - city slickers included."

Bill Pickett, for whom the rodeo is name, was the first African American rodeo athlete inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He "made a sport of wrangling cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. Enthusiasts say his specialty was 'bulldogging' - grabbing a steer's lip with his teeth to gain control." He died in 1932, not entirely surprisingly, from a horse-kick to the head.

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
Industry Hills Expo Center
6200 Temple Avenue
Industry, CA 91744