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The Game's Anti-Gang Summit Deemed a Success

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, middle, holds hands with The Game, left. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

By    |   Monday, 18 Jul 2016 11:27 AM

The Game's anti-gang summit on Sunday, an overflow crowd drawn by the rap singer to a community center in South Los Angeles, was deemed a success.

Former gang members, entertainers, activists and Nation of Islam preachers offered pleas for peace at the event, and Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck showed support by shaking hands with The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, The Associated Press reported.

Taylor said he organized the event in memory of a former gang member who he grew up with in Compton who recently died in a shooting. 

He invited leaders of the Crips, Bloods and other street gangs to the event, which he dubbed "Time To Unite: United Hoods + Gangs Nation." Dozens of gang members attended, according to the AP.

“Your life should mean more to you,” Taylor told the crowd, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Your life should mean more to you than what you’re showing.”

At one point, hundreds of people stood indicating that they had lost someone to gang violence.

The event was supported by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and held at a Church of Scientology center.

Entertainers at the event included radio personality Big Boy, singer will.i.am and rappers Shorty, Problem and Bad Lucc.

Earlier this month, Taylor joined Rapper Snoop Dogg in leading a peaceful march of about 100 demonstrators aimed at creating dialog with police, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Snoop Dogg was expected to attend Sunday's summit but was absent.

Twitter users applauded the effort.


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