You Won’t Regret Being a Part of This Movement, It Has Changed My Life

Find out what drew 20,000 protesters to march in solidarity in Hollywood, including actor Kendrik Sampson from Insecure and rapper YG

Cristal McLaughlin

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 15th, 2020 4:45 pm pst

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Sunday June 7th, 2020 was a beautiful day to march for the Black Lives Matter movement. The protest was incredible, so much love everywhere. All ages, all backgrounds, from young to old, different religions, a variety of ethnicities, even our furry little four legged friends and those who are handicap. Everyone was united together, looking out for one another. Some chanting for change, while others danced and played music that inspired the cause. There were supporters on the side lines offering medical aid, passing out water and snacks. It really was a monumental day. You couldn’t help but to feel the energy that flowed from the hearts of the crowd, our voices meant something and we banded together pushing forward for something bigger than us. It felt powerful and I know everyone felt that too. 

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Before we began officially marching, one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter LA, reminded the crowd why they were there she shouted,

“We are about to start marching, but one thing, safety is a priority, it’s children out here, its people who might need some extra help, look out for your brothers and sisters ok! We need to protect each other, you hear me! Black lives, they matter here!”

This was an example of how we banded together peacefully as a unit, making sure we were supporting each other no matter what. Actor Kendrik Sampson from Insecure and Rapper YG hyped the crowd while chanting for justice. It was so surreal walking through Hollywood, to see the blinking lights from the famous El Capitan Theatre, passing by other famous buildings like The Chinese Theatre and Capitol Records. And all the while watching the police helicopters and drones hover above circling us like we were hardened criminals; it felt like a scene from the movie, The Dark Knight Rises. We were here protesting peacefully because of the many black lives who have been murdered and still continue to be. 

The crowd chanted,

“Say their name!?”…. “Which one?!”

“Say their name,”….“Breonna Taylor,”…. “Say their name,”…. “George Floyd”

“If we don’t want it!”… “Shut it down!”

As we moved further along a Memorial for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, was set up in the middle of Hollywood and Highland. Protestors left balloons, candles were lit and flowers adorned the surrounding area. I watched as some looked up into the sky as if they were having intimate conversations with those many black lives who were murdered. Others said a few words, but most were silent in tears and prayers. As we marched on the protestors paused for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; the time Officer Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck before he died. It was unreal, there was a wave of people kneeling one by one in silence and a majority of them thrusted their fist into the air, holding it high and proud. It was so impactful, to kneel down for that little time felt like an eternity, it really put into perspective how Floyd fought for his life and I for one felt connected to him. That moment will forever be embedded in me. 

We continued into West Hollywood and every few miles stopping again to kneel in silence. The protesters ended up at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, chanting outside. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of something so powerful, I have been to many protests, but this is something I have never experienced. If you thought about supporting a BLM protest, but were unsure what to expect, let me assure you that it is life changing and I would highly recommend all ages and backgrounds to attend. You won’t regret being a part of a movement that supports the black community against systemic racism and violence. It has changed my life.

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About The Author:

Cristal McLaughlin grew up in the Bay Area, she made her way to Hollywood to live her dream as an actress. She is a producer and host for Maria Menounos’ digital networks AfterBuzz TV. She’s passionate about meditation, her Lovebird Bogi and of course memes, you can always find her laughing @Cristal823 on IG.

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