Hey, what's up, everybody? Welcome to ball is live.
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I'm Brian s Cullin.
Um, SLC is on the road right now, so I'm gonna be running this one solo today, But I am joined by a guest.
I'm super excited to get on here.
Watt sticks a k a founder of think Watts, a k a hype music for on a ****.
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So you're stepping into the hockey arena.
So, man, welcome.
The ball is left, um, super excited to get you on here.
I know you're busy.
You're currently at a photo shoot right now, so I appreciate you setting aside the time Thio, come on and talk.
Um, but I wanted to get you on here to help promote this event that you're doing this weekend.
That I think is dope is hell.
I think it's really, really cool, man.
Um, talk to me a little bit about the think Watts health Fair? Absolutely, man, This this weekend, we're doing it two days back to back Saturday and Sunday.
We gotta think, What's health fair? And what we're gonna be doing is we're going to be given out free medical screenings for diabetes.
High blood pressure.
We're gonna give STD tests, HIV tests.
Uh, we're doing dental screenings.
X rays to check for cavities, root c****s, etcetera.
We can actually sign you up in and schedule an appointment to get depending on, you know, income level.
You could get free treatment.
Um, then also we got We're giving out free vegan food.
Free boxing lessons.
Ah, free workout session.
Just a multitude of free free giveaways.
There's closed The Rams giving gave me a bunch of sweaters and shirts to give out Dollar Shave Club gave us, um, hygiene kits.
We got mask, we got sanitizer.
You know who else, man, There's a ton of ton of giveaway, man.
We're throwing in this goody bag and everything's free.
All you gotta do is register at think watts healthcare dot com.
And it's way good to go.
That's awesome, man.
So a Sfar is like the screenings and all that goes is it is health insurance requirement.
How does that work out? No, you don't have to have any health insurance.
You can have health insurance or you don't have to have any health insurance.
And you could still get your screenings.
You could still get your giveaways.
You could still get the training sessions and everything, or we're giving out holistic alternative medicine to So, um, the goal is to try toe treat people who are in need during these hard times.
Obviously, Cove, it has been heavily impacted many communities, and the goal is in no organization is really stepped out and done a health fair.
I've seen a bunch of food drives which I've been a part of.
I've seen a bunch of, you know, different drives, but no one has focused specifically on health, Aziz from the areas that I focus on it.
So I wanted to make sure we brought some attention towards that and create some type of awareness and some type of assistance to aid those who may need it, whether they have insurance or don't have insurance.
That's amazing, man.
That's really cool.
So how did how did this start? what was like the like, the inception of the health fair.
And what did that look like? Man? I'm always innovative, man.
I sit with the team and we come up with these crazy ideas on what's not being done for the people.
Um, I started to see I have been doing the food distribution all the way since March.
Or why would donate food Thio students in L.
A U S D um, we will bring it to their house.
Then it grew into a huge food distributions where we will serve 2000 people, 2000 families in one day.
And so we've done.
We had did that multiple months throughout the year, ever since Kobe.
It started well, that it really became heavy in March.
And, you know, I started this shift.
I wanted to pivot a little bit.
I'm like, Okay, it's great.
A lot of other organizations are starting to do the food drives.
What else is not being done, you know, So in the in between that time, we end up doing a teacher school drive where we donated to teachers, um, like white boards and dry erase markers.
And, you know, all kind of stuff like that.
Bottles of wine that not the stress off on.
Then, you know, as we we'll move forward.
I was like, Man, we need to focus something on health.
There's a lot of individuals in the low income communities who don't have insurance who may not have been getting may not have been able to get a covert test may not have been able to get a STD.
Tests are going through some health issues that they can't address because they don't have insurance or they just can't even go out the house.
They're seniors who knows? Um, so I wanted to try to target that specific focus and, uh, offer something for the people.
Yeah, it's interesting, man like a You see a lot when people are talking about areas like what? South Central? Um, you know, they call them food deserts, and there's a big emphasis placed on that which I think it's super important.
I think healthy food needs to be available, but it nobody talks about it being really like Health Desert, where it's not just the access to food, but it's the access to like nutrition information thio, you know general health information, exercise All of that, like these areas are completely deprived of.
Just the resource is not just a food but toe overall health.
And you know, food.
Desert is the proper term.
It's It's a real thing, you know.
What I mean is it exists, especially in areas like what's you know, there's a lack of fresh produce.
So you know, there's different organizations who have gardens and starting to grow gardens and different things like that in a partner with a few.
And the goal is to just address these needs, man, where wherever there is a lack our avoid, my goal is to try to fill those voids and assist those who really need it.
That's awesome, man.
So So this is all part of It's the think Watts Health fair.
Tell me a little bit about think.
What is what is think Watts.
You know, how can people get involved? Absolutely.
So the websites think What's foundation dot org's Um, that's, uh, the foundation page where you could just get a couple of little bullet points on what we're doing and how we're doing it.
But think, watch you know I'm the founding I created Think Watch Foundation.
It's a five on one C 32 It's a 501 C three as well for those who who are probably interested.
But the goal was to try to assist those with financial literacy.
Create resource is and job training opportunities to help people find careers.
And I have partnerships with a lot of various different corporations from A T and T to LFC to the Dodgers Clippers, you know, um um lfc Dodgers, Clippers DRAMs.
You know, Planet fitness.
You know, I have a l a U S d a huge construction pathway program where individuals can transition right into a job or a contract with l.
A U S D doing construction.
Okay, so think watch was created to help create pathways, educate those with financial literacy and help refurbish uh, you know, areas that may need a little bit of upkeep.
And we also have a secondary focus on like, uh, permanent supportive housing and assisting with housing for the homeless and things like that.
So the goals were just filling all of these gaps, man, find out all of the areas.
I pulled a lot of data, and I've identified all the areas that people who grow up in low income communities, these are the type of things that they need, or these are the type of things they need assistance with.
So I focus on all of those specific areas.
That's amazing, man.
That's really cool.
So I think what's foundation dot org's anybody who wants to get involved or help or learn mawr they could go there.
Um, you know, this will be posted online will have all the links to all this stuff posted below so that people can just click and go and check it out will be really easy.
Um, so I mean, I don't want to take up too much more of your time.
I know that that you've got a busy day here.
I I just wanted to help get the word out on this.
So it's Saturday Sunday.
Where Where are the events? Where can people go? Okay, Saturday it's in Watts at Freedom Plaza addresses 9901 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 9002 and then on Sunday is in Leimert Park.
That's right off of Crenshaw on 43rd Street.
I think the average dresses like 3333 Something I can't remember by heart but legal Leimert Park.
It's right there, very active.
And so it's a back to back events.
Saturday, then Sunday, and it's gonna be great, man free for everybody.
Bring the family.
If you want to get the free goodies, you gotta register because that allows us to control the flow of traffic.
But like I said, it doesn't cost you anything.
All it takes is for you to feel something out.
Put your name in there, it acts.
Do you have insurance or you don't and Boom, That's it.
So I just wanna encourage all the ball is left.
Everybody just just go check that out.
I think it's really cool.
We talk a lot on this show about community mutual aid, looking out for each other.
You know, I live here in the community.
I'm not too far from the Mark Park and just just seeing all the stuff that's popping up to help people out, especially during co vid.
I live right next to to community fridges that you know we take food to every week and supplies and all of that.
So I'm all about helping people out the community.
I think this is an amazing event.
Like I said, it's It's not only benefiting the people that that live in these areas, but it's it's bringing awareness to the lack of the resource is that exists in these areas and hopefully can can bring about some more change and making those resource is readily available.
Um, you know, and and improve everybody's health overall.
So full support on that one.
I appreciate it.
And I appreciate you. Allow me to come on.
You know, we got to do another day when I got more time so we could talk about some hoop.
Yeah, I was I was gonna say this is not the first time.
There's not an only time thing.
We're gonna get you on an actual episode because I got 1000 questions about your work with I mean, half of the teams in L. A.
Your musical background.
There's so much that they don't want to break down.
So that set up another day and it's on.
You got me, man.
I'm actually excited, Thio Awesome will definitely do that Well, thank you, man.
Thank you so much.
Everybody for checking, then on.
We'll catch you soon.
Appreciate it, man.