On May Day, the first of the month, downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood became a little redder — in a good way.
#WalkAway movement founder Brandon Straka hosted a screening of his “documonial" The Great Awakening, followed by a panel discussion with six others: Angela Stanton-King (American King Foundation founder), Jesse Lee Peterson (media personality), Isaiah Washington (actor), Major Williams (politician), Anomaly (news analyst and hip-hop artist) and Joy Villa (singer/songwriter).
The topic of the evening was racial minorities, primarily black Americans, leaving the Democrat Party. And although LA is a liberal bubble, the event was sold out. Unfortunately, the theatre itself wasn’t at full capacity; for some reason, Regal Cinemas staff had misdirected ticket holders to line up on the other side of the huge complex.
I spoke to a number of attendees and panelists to ask them what it was like being an African-American, and a Republician, in Los Angeles.