Snoop And The Game Are Holding A 'Gang Summit' In L.A. Today
Snoop Dogg and The Game, Southern California-born rappers and activists, are hosting a summit with gang members in L.A., dubbed "Time To Unite: United Hoods + Gangs Nation." According to a post on Game's Instagram, Louis Farrakhan will also be in attendance at the meeting. Game writes:
on behalf of myself @SnoopDogg, & the honorable @louisfarrakhan I want to extend the invitation to all CRIPS, BLOODS, ESE's & all other gang members, major figures & GANG LEADERS from every hood in our city as well as the surrounding cities to our meeting 11am this morning, July 17th at 8039 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles, California 90044 to have the much needed conversation amongst ourselves about our influence on the youth in our respective neighborhoods & how we can serve as better role models to them & the brothers we stand beside daily
We have to show that OUR LIVES MATTER to US !!!! WE have been responsible for more of the KILLING of ourselves than anyone else by a long shot & the percentages in which BLACK on BLACK, BLACK on BROWN, BROWN on BLACK, BROWN on BROWN murders are so fucking high verses any other killing of us that it is disgusting & this needs to be addressed & laid to rest !!!!! Don't think we can't change it & better ourselves, lead by example & make our city a safer place for our children.
In fact, just yesterday, a father of four was killed in a South L.A.barbershop that police say could be a result of gang violence.
As the Associated Press notes,The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, and grew up in Compton. Both he and Snoop (born in Long Beach) have emerged as powerful voices for Black Lives Matter, as advocates against unwarranted police violence, and for safety in the communities that they came from.
On July 8, the two led a march on LAPD headquarters in the wake of the police shootings that killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. Following the peaceful march, Snoop and the Game held a press conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck in which they addressed violence, public safety, and relationships between police and minority communities. It was awesome.