Jesse Williams, The Game And Other Celebrities Gather to Discuss Race Relations in America

More than 100 black celebrities, policy makers and activists convened at Cedric the Entertainer's home in the San Fernando Valley, just outside the city of Los Angeles, to discuss the state of race relations in America. 

Jesse Williams, who recently made a powerful speech on racial inequality, police brutality and cultural appropriation at the BET Awards, was in attendance, along with rappers The Game, T.I., and actors Tisha Campbell-Martin, Nate Parker and Boris Kodjoe. According to TMZ, hundreds of people attended the meeting — including, Aja Brown, the current mayor of Compton.

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"Tonight, a meeting was held. A meeting of African-American celebrities at a private location and things were discussed," The Game wrote in an Instagram post after the meeting. "Everyone shared their objectives, opinions and views on political, non-political and everyday issues that have plagued us as a people for hundreds of years. Well, this time we're collectively taking a different approach at burying these problems once and for all."

"This is a fight for everyone. Not just blacks, but everyone and all races, ethnicities, cities, states, countries & continents were brought up and we had a very peaceful meeting where voices from all entertainment groups were heard and no leaf was left unturned," the 36-year-old rapper continued. 

Several other attendees shared their thoughts on last night's meeting. "Last night, many of us within the black Hollywood community came together to discuss what's going on in our country and what we can do with our voices and influence to make change," actor Kimberly Elise wrote on Instagram. "Discussions were had, feelings were expressed, most of all strategies were created." 


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Television personality Terrence J was also among the attendees. "Last night over 100 entertainers, activists, & policy makers from all walks united to share information and set strategic steps in an effort to help our community," he wrote on Instagram. "I vow to continue to use of my voice & platform to spread positive and peaceful change."

Earlier this week, another group of celebrities led by Alicia Keys joined together to create a video, listing the 23 ways Black people can be killed in America, featuring contributions from Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Rock, Chance the Rapper and Taraji P. Henson. 

At the ESPYs Wednesday, four of the biggest names in basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, came made a statement on Black lives. 

"The problems are not new, the violence is not new and the racial divide is definitely not new," Anthony said at that event. "But the urgency to create change is at all time high."

Read more: 
• 23 Everyday Actions Punishable By Death If You're Black in America 
• 7 Things Worth More Than a Black Person's Life in America 
• Beyoncé Response to the Philando Castile and Alton Sterling Shootings Broke the Internet

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