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NAJEE’S NOTES: Authors coming to Leimert Park Book Fair

Music legend Charles Wright and filmmaker Matty Rich, are the featured headliners at the 10th anniversary of the Leimert Park Book Fair.

Rich is a pioneering film director turned author whose work includes the critically acclaimed films “Straight Out of Brooklyn” and “The Inkwell.”

Wright, now also an author of the best seller “Up From Where We Come,” is the writer of the hit song “Express Yourself,” which has been sampled heavily over the years by several rappers including N.W.A.

Rich will discuss “Bev,” his gripping best-selling novel that centers on the real life story of a little known figure in the civil rights movement, a white social worker by the name of Beverly Luther. Rich has secured the movie rights to the book for a film adaptation.

Wright will talk about his new book, which highlights historical accounts of his past long before he gained status as a music legend.

The Leimert Park Book Fair is one of our community’s most important and treasured events attended by hundreds every year. As an author myself who did a signing at the festival, I look forward to this event every year.

Other local and new authors who will be signing their books include Shaun-Teka Joyner, author of” Don’t Get Rejected: How to Get into the College of Your Dreams,” and Chris L. Hickley Sr., author of “Admired Man.” Both books are available at

Whatever you do. Don’t make the mistake I did last year and head to Leimert Park. The Leimert Book Fair will be held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Aug. 20, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

The Rams are back! Three people were arrested and seven were ejected from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the stadium’s first NFL game since 1994, police said. Several fights broke out during the Los Angeles Rams 28-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Aug. 13.

I’m excited the Rams are back. What I’m not excited about is violence at the Rams games. I attended several Raiders games at the Coliseum before they moved back to Oakland. The fights were more exciting sometimes than the games.

More than 89,000 fans were in attendance. That clearly demonstrates that Los Angeles can be a market that can support a second franchise. I’m sure the Chargers and Raiders executives are paying close attention to the second biggest market in the nation. Don’t be surprised next year when another NFL team joins the Rams.

Parking was also a problem with prices being as high as $100 by local price-gouging entrepreneurs not affiliated with the Rams. A suggestion to Rams that USC Trojan family figured out years ago. Leave your ego at home. Park your car and catch the Metro Expo Line it’s less expensive, faster safe and convenient.

And finally, Congratulations to Kimberly Benoit, Oz Benoit and the rest of the team at Rainbow Promotions, who put on the Long Beach Jazz Festival. Thousands attended this first-class event with musical icons performing all three days. I even bumped into legendary jazz saxophonist Najee who was backstage. That was a highlight for me. I named myself after him 25 years ago.

Thank you Kimi Rochelle Porter of KRPR Media for a job well done and making it happen.! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the 30th anniversary.

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