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September 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Men's Empowerment Summit

This Event is Free! September 8, 2018 (8am-3pm)

102.3 KJLH, California State Senator Steve Bradford and California State University Dominguez Hills are joining forces to bring an impactful day of dialog … The EMPOWERMENT Summit!

Brothers, we’re back with round two of the popular KJLH Men’s Empowerment Summit. Last year, more than 3,000 men showed up on the Campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills to listen, pray and participate in several impactful panels discussing critical issues that affect us in our communities. From Criminal Justice Reform, Veterans Issues, Health & Wellness and Mentorship, men young and old packed the rooms to join the conversation in a meaningful way!

This year, we’re adding more panels to the mix! Father’s Rights, Relationships, Building Cannabis businesses and more will drive dialog throughout the day. In addition, take advantage of the companies that will be on-site hiring men from our communities, and take advantage of the free medical testing available at the summit … your health is important.

Save the date, plan the day, joIn the village! Now is our time to stand up and be heard!

Senator Steven BradfordSenator Steven Bradford: I bring you greetings from California’s 35th Senate District where I represent nearly one million residents in 9 cities across our region. I encourage you to attend this year’s Men’s Empowerment Summit on Saturday, September 8th, which is a FREE event open to men of all ages, as well as women.

This summit – hosted in partnership with my alma mater, CSU Dominguez Hills, and our very own 102.3 KJLH Radio – was created to uplift men through various trainings, speeches and workshops, and by providing valuable resources to help men reach their full potential. If you want to learn how to create generational wealth, become a mentor in your family or community, be a leader or entrepreneur, or simply focus on improving your health and wellness, this event is for you!

Over the years, as both a local and state elected official, I have established a great professional and personal relationship with members of KJLH Radio and CSUDH. As you know, KJLH Radio is the conscience of the community. The programs they have created and partnered with have become icons in our community. And, there could not be a better location to hold the summit than CSUDH, one of the most diverse institutions of higher learning in the country, where they are providing high quality education and developing our future global leaders.

As we grapple with how to deal with discrimination, hatred and divisiveness from national leadership, our summit is a reinvigorating opportunity to join one another and learn how to maintain hope. Plus, this year we have brought a few of America’s foremost critical thinkers to inspire dialogue and get us to think outside of the box.

Please join us to work on becoming a better son, brother, father, friend, man. I guarantee you will be enlightened, entertained, encouraged and EMPOWERED!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire

Benjamin Lloyd Crump, EsquireDistinguished lawyers whose names are on the pages of American History books are not there because of their pedigree, their alma mater, or even their affluence. It is because of the landmark cases they won and how their success has changed jurisprudence. Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal prowess and success have created a significant legal legacy that ensures that the promise found in our nation’s constitution is indeed real in every state, municipality and neighborhood. As President and CEO of Ben Crump Law PLLC, his legal acumen as both a litigator and advocate has ensured that those most frequently marginalized are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. The conspectus of his constitutional battles at both the local, state and federal levels will be the textbook most frequently referenced by this and future generations of civil rights law and the protection of constitutional freedoms.

Benjamin Crump was nationally recognized as the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and Ebony Magazine Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He was also bestowed the American Association for Justice Johnny Cochran Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award. In 2016, he was designated as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law. Attorney Crump is the President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association, he serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors, he was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and was the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He has represented and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States, like Trayvon Martin who was killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer; Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri; the precedent setting Robbie Tolan U.S. Supreme Court case; and 10 of the 13 Black women who were the victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015. He also served as Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida. Attorney Crump and his former law partner, Daryl Parks, donated $1,000,000.00 to the organization’s Capital Campaign to ensure that poor people would continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts.

Attorney Crump understands that the practice of law is a privilege that carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations to our society and to our democracy. He gives freely and unselfishly of his time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless and the oppressed among us. He strives through his work to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump and is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump and legal guardian to Chancellor Isiah Crump and Jemarcus Olajuwan Crump.

Attorney Crump is the host of the critically acclaimed legal docudramas, “Evidence of Innocence” on the TVOne and “Who killed Tupac, The Search For Justice” on A&E. He can also be seen on Fox’s “You The Jury.” His CrumpWatch column, which is a legal essay on law, society, and culture, appears on NewsOne.com. He portrays legendary civil rights attorney Z. Alexander Lobby in the Hollywood production of the upcoming movie entitled Marshall. He also appeared in the documentary, Beating Justice, the Martin Lee Anderson case and BET’s I am Trayvon. He serves as host for the Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute Annual Contemporary Issues in Civil Rights Symposium where national thought leaders gather at Tennessee State University. Check out his sizzle reel »


Mason C. Burroughs

Moderator: Mason C Burroughs

We plan a candid conversation with individuals from all perspectives of Criminal Justice Reform. We have the unique honor of having a Judge, a Criminal Defense Attorney, A representative from ARC, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition and a practicing Physician.   Each of these individuals brings their own experience, perspective and thoughts on how we as a community of people can help one another to reform our current system which disproportionately adversely affects so many men of color. We are truly lucky to have this discussion facilitated by Mason Burroughs, retired detective and 21 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department


Dr. Anthony A. Samad

Moderator: Dr. Anthony A. Samad

Executive Director of the Merv Dymally Institute /Cal State University Dominguez Hills

Is history repeating itself? African American and Hispanics, particularly our men, are coming under fire with blatant acts of racism popping up across the country. Is “45” fueling it? Has this been swept under the rug for too long? What changes can we institute to stop it?

We’ve assembled a dynamic panel of experts that will break this issue down, and discuss some possible solutions moving forward. Come join the conversation at the 102.3 KJLH EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT: Saturday September 8th at Cal State Dominguez Hills.


Kevin NashModerator: Kevin Nash

Moderated by our very own Kevin Nash, the Relationships series will feature a great panel that will tackle real life issues men face in relationships. What does a healthy relationship look like? Does communication really help? Sex in the 2000’s, Dating multiple woman…good idea? This conversation will be hot!


Dennis TuckerModerator – Dennis Tucker

Dennis Tucker, Veteran Program Manager at Metro will lead the charge on the “Veterans Services” initiative at the Men’s Empowerment Summit. Because our veterans are an important part of our community, we’re dedicating an entire day with expert panelist, resources and local organizations on-site to assist in any way we can. Spirituality. Employment, Leadership and Fitness are just a few topics that will be covered. We’re calling on all veterans to come out for free services!


Dr. Gloria Morrow is one of the nation’s leading clinical psychologists, who devoted her early career to teaching students in undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. As an academician, clinician, speaker, and author, her teaching, speaking, counseling and books have helped thousands of people find true inner healing. Dr. Gloria currently serves as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Golden Shore Medical Group, (Formerly Molina Medical Group), while maintaining a small private practice in Eastvale, CA.

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Curley L Bonds MDCurley L. Bonds, MD is the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine (CDU) and the Medical Director for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles Dr. Bonds is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Jack LightsyModerator – Jack Lightsy

Boys 12- 17
“Rites of Passage” is a Christian faith, biblically-based program designed to develop boys into mature productive men by illustrating the growth qualities needed for manhood. Boys 12-15 years are partnered with mature men who teach and encourage spiritual, educational, vocational, physical and Social growth. Additional community organizations will be included on the Mentorship panel. We’ve assembled a dynamic panel of experts that will break this issue down, and discuss some possible solutions moving forward. Come join the conversation at the 102.3 KJLH EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT: Saturday September 8th at Cal State Dominguez Hills.


Lori Gay Moderator – Lori Gay

What will your legacy look like when you’re gone? Is all that cash & flash worth it? You stuntin’ for the women, but you have nothing to show for it? Come learn how to create generational wealth for your family. Lori Gay, CEO / President Neighborhood Housing Services – LA County will lead a diverse panel of experts that will tackle this critical issue in our communities.


Karen ClarkModerator – Karen A. Clark

Karen A. Clark, SVP Multicultural Marketing at City National Bank will moderate a diverse panel of experts that will be on-hand to share their journey to ownership, tips on securing funding and presenting your personal dreams.


Matt SmithModerator – Matt Smith

Recently, there has been more emphasis placed on strategies Black male students use to be successful inside and outside of the classroom. However, these solutions are often clouded by dominant masculine scripts that do very little to reduce toxic masculinity. In this session, we will redefine Black male success, and examine how notions of hope and healing support the holistic development of Black male students.


Kevin NashModerator: Kevin Nash

We have rights too! A dynamic panel will be assembled to discuss issues face with their marriages and kids on a daily basis. Do you know how to get your child support restructured? How to get custody of your kids? What to do when Child Protective Services is knocking on your door? We’ll have experts and attorneys on hand to answer your questions regarding your rights.


Shawn Newsum - Moderator

Moderator: Shaun Newsum

Highlighting new pathways for communities to invest in themselves. TEC LEIMERT presents “BLACK BITCOIN: A CONVERSATION ON HOW DIGITAL CURRENCY CAN UNLOCK COMMUNITY GROWTH & SUSTAINABILITY.” Come and hear from innovators and thought leaders on how tech is revolutionizing pathways to build ownership and create wealth.  We will learn about investing in crypto currency, how block chain works, and ways to leverage technology for building sustainable communities.


Thomas Parham

Moderator: Dr. Thomas Parham

The Challenges of African Centered Maleness “Males Struggling with a sense of Identity.” Plan to join the new President of CSUDH, Dr. Thomas Parham, a nationally known speaker on a variety of topics pertaining to the Black community and black men.


Pastor Whitlock

Moderator: Pastor Mark Whitlock

Looking to start a business, or a new business owner? Join Pastor Mark Whitlock from Christ Our Redeemer Church in Irvine and a panel of financial experts if you’re looking to start a business or have a new one.  They’ll cover ways to get your new business ready to become bank qualified and loan-ready to receive funding. The panel will discuss marketing, how to structure your business and other assets for financial sustainability and the success of your business venture.


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Theater (Seats 425)

9:00a-9:45a Opening Session

  • KJLH Jocks
  • Prayer – Jawane Hilton (Carson Mayor Pro-Tem / Presiding Bishop)
  • Senator Steve Bradford – Welcome / elected officials
  • Thomas Parham – CSUDH President- Welcome
  • KJLH Jocks
  • Keynote Speaker – Ben L. Crump. Esq.  Civil Rights Attorney

10a-11:30A Mentorship – Faithful Central Bible Church – Men of Action “Changing Choices, Changing Lives”

  • Moderator – Jack Lightsy
  • Panelist
    • Irving Tolbert – Chairman, Rites and Passages
    • Nason Buchanan – Senior Coordinator, Gang Reduction Youth Development
    • Ramsey Jay, Jr. Principal, Ramsey Jay, Jr. & Associates

LOKER STUDENT UNION – Ballroom A (Seats 150)

10:00a – 11:00a “Spread the Word Live” (Religious panel)

  • Moderator – Aundrae Russell
  • Panelist – Pastor Wayne Chaney (Antioch Church)
  • Pastor Andre Chapple (Answer City Church)
  • Pastor Shep Crawford (Experience Christian Ministries)
  • Pastor Chris Bourne (Bethlehem Church of Pasadena)
  • Bishop Jawane Hilton (City on The Hill)

11:15a – 12:15p Conversations with CSUDH President Dr. Thomas Parham

  • The Challenges of African Centered Maleness
  • Males Struggling with a Sense of Identity

12:30p – 1:45p Sports Legend

  • Moderator – Jim Hill – Former NFL great, current Sports anchor
  • Panelists Jim Clemons – Former NBA Player / Coach
  • Mack Calvin – ABA Hall of Fame
  • Willie McGinest – Super Bowl Champion / NFL great
  • Marcellus Wiley – Former NFL great
  • Derek Richardson – Current NBA Referee

LOKER STUDENT UNION – Ballroom B (Seats 150)

10:00a – 11:15a Relationships – “Keeping it Real & Raw”

  • Moderator – Kevin Nash (KJLH Personality)
  • Panelists:  Jahmil Lacey – Charles Drew University
  • Zo Williams – Podcast personality
  • Dr. Jeshana Avent-Johnson, PhD. – Clinical Psychologist / Sex Expert
  • Pastor Fredrick “Dr. J.” Jacobs – Counselor
  • Van Brown – Actor, Motivation Speaker

11:30a – 12:30p Building Generational Wealth

  • Moderator – Lori Gay
  • Panelists: Tamela Rucker – Combined Insurance
  • Audrey Schmedes – Merrill Lynch
  • Mike Grimshaw – CSUDH Professor

12:45p-1:45p Father’s Rights

  • Moderator – Kevin Nash (KJLH Personality)
  • Panelists: Vincent W. Davis, Esq. – Juvenile Law Specialist
  • “My Child Say’s Daddy” representative
  • Aaron Johnson (Bobo) – KJLH Talent / Producer
  • Harold Diaz, Staff Attorney, Child Support Services
  • Chevonne Smith, LA County Child Support Services

LOKER STUDENT UNION – Ballroom C   (Seats 400)

10:15a – 11:30a Mental Health

  • Moderator – Adai Lamar (KJLH Personality)
  • Panelists: Dr. Curley Bonds. PhD – LA County Dept. of Heath
  • Dr. Gloria Morrow, PhD – Psychologist, Author, Playwright
  • Dr. Lakeisha Sumner, PhD – Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Wallace – CSUDH Professor

11:45a – 1:15a Criminal Justice Reform

  • Moderator – Mason C. Burroughs, Retired LAPD officer
  • Panelists: Senator Steve Bradford
  • Sam Lewis – Inside Program Director – Anti-Recidivism Coalition
  • Honorable Judge Rupert Birdsong – LA Superior Court
  • Dr. Bill Releford, MD – Foot & Ankle Institute

1:30p – 2:45p TEC Leimert

  • Moderator: Shaun Newsum
  • Panelists: TBA

LECTURE HALL – Administration building patio (Seats 250)



September 8, 2018
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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