Celebrities shine light on issues still plaguing African American communities

“Are you white officers, do ya'll go in there and say we are going to kill ourselves a black man today? Or is it is a quota or someone gets a bonus?" 

Strong words coming from Grammy award winner and Broadway actress Stephanie Mills as she asked tough questions at the "Saving our Black Community- the conversation."

"We’ve sat back and watched the politicians and the “this one” and the “that one” say all these things. Now we have to do the work. We want to have to change," Mills, one of the event organizers, said. 

This forum brought together celebrities, police officers from the community and former gang members. All of them are working together to bring ideas to life, such as changing certain police procedures and stopping black on black violence.

"We want to change policies. We are going to have a voting registration. I want to teach and remind our community that we do have a vote, that we can vote the sheriff out, the politicians out. We are not marching, we are not singing, I’m here to change policies," Mills said. 

Many are hoping this eclectic group of personalities and celebrities could get results by getting people to pay attention.

"To see them connect with CMPD, community leaders and stakeholders and just everyday people, I think with that we may be able to find out different areas that we are missing as far as change," Bobbie Stokes said.

Others say more is needed to make real change happen.

"The main thing I want to hear is accountability. That will show how sincere the individual really is. Whether they are a police chief or a council member or mayor, lets collectively take responsibility," Nathan Bey said.