Black Lives Matter, LA has called for the boycott of 24hr Fitness following the death of two black men in two years after employees called the police on these black men. 

On March 8th, 2017, Dennis Todd Rogers was shot and killed by LA County sheriff’s deputy outside of 24hour fitness. Rogers had signed up for a gym membership 5 days earlier and according to 24hr fitness management, was spending up to 12 hrs at the gym. They claim he was harassing other members and management asked him to leave the building. Rogers left the building but 24hrs management still thought he was a treat to them while standing around in the parking lot. 

On October 29th 2018, Albert Ramon Dorsey was shot and killed by LAPD inside 24hr fitness in Hollywood, California. According to the police, Dorsey was involved in two incidents at that specific gym in previous days and had trespassed on the day of the shooting. Employees of 24hr fitness called the police in an effort to have him removed. What resulted was the death of Mr. Dorsey.

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Our short documentary below looks into the demands of BLM and accompanies the organization as they protest outside of 24HR Fitness, Hollywood. 

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Roman Debotch is a filmmaker, photographer, and co-founder of Through the platform that is Black Excellence, she has been able to marry her passion for story telling with her passion for issues affecting the black community. Roman earned her B.A. in Film and TV Studies and ventured into the world of video production after college. She produced music, corporate, and event videos for years before co-founding Since then, she has been working as a contributor to the platform as well as continuing her video production business. The very limited time Roman is away from either writing or shooting a video, she can be found hiking or enjoying one of Southern California's beautiful beaches.

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