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In this week's episode, we're celebrating Women's History Month featuring a conversation with Jeanie Buss - talking about her mentor Billie Jean King and Kim Prince, owner of Hotville Chicken - talking about 'Regarding Her', a non-profit supporting female-owned restaurants
ERICA OLSEN: Hi, I'm Erica Olsen, and welcome to "Inside SoCal Sunday Morning," a brand new series featuring all things SoCal. Today we're celebrating Women's History Month and honoring the women who have shaped us, mentored us, and paved the way for our brighter future.
Kicking it off is one of LA's most successful and celebrated women, Jeanie Buss, who as Governor of the Los Angeles Lakers, has shattered glass ceilings for women.
JEANIE BUSS: I know what it felt like when I was younger when I saw a woman in a position of power, how it inspired me and made me think differently about anything that I wanted to take on.
One of my mentors and friends to this day is Billie Jean King. And I'll never forget her match against Bobby Riggs back in the 70s, when it was the Battle of the Sexes. And you know, I was watching the match with my dad. And he said, I want you to remember this moment. I want you to watch this because this is going to change the world.
I'll quote Billie Jean King, and something that she said that really meant a lot to me was that the moment that I know held the trophy that the Lakers were crowned champions, how important that is that people realize that women can not only lead women, but lead men as well.
I've just been really lucky to have someone like Billie Jean King, who's been a leader and very outspoken about gender equality. It's so important now with everything going on that women use their voice and stand up for what they believe in.
Our community looks to especially women in positions like mine that have a platform. And we all have a voice, and we all have to use it. And we all have to stand up for what we truly believe in. We may not all agree on everything. But it's important to express your beliefs and use your voice.
ERICA OLSEN: Next we head to Baldwin Hills, where Kim Prince, a third generation restaurant owner, is heating up the fried chicken scene.
KIMBERLY PRINCE: Hoo, back in 1936, the story goes my great, great uncle Thornton had a lot of women in his life. And one of the mistresses got back at him about putting cayenne pepper all over his favorite meal, which was fried chicken. And he liked it.
ERICA OLSEN: He liked it.
KIMBERLY PRINCE: Yeah, so in 1936, they launched the Barbecue Hot Chicken Shack. Later changed the name to Prince's Hot Chicken Shack. And I'm here in LA as an extension of the branch on the tree, doing Hotville Chicken.
ERICA OLSEN: Kim opened the doors to Hotville Chicken late 2019 only to be closed a few months later due to the pandemic. So she joined forces with other female restaurateurs and co-founded the nonprofit Regarding Her.
KIMBERLY PRINCE: Regarding Her food is women-owned restaurants supporting other women-owned restaurants in Los Angeles. We're well over 100 members now. But the founding members are a group of nine women. We network. We get on the phone with each other, and we find resources that other restaurants may not have access to.
COVID-19 made you feel like you were all by yourself. You know, honestly, it's like you didn't know. Is any other restaurant dealing with this? And how are they dealing with it? There's restaurants that are really struggling. There are restaurants out there that are women-owned that have had to close down.
We don't give up. These women are so resilient. And I say that they have their capes on. We've got capes on. We might have them tucked in, but those capes show how capable we are, right? We're capable of doing the work. And we encourage each other and remind each other, like, hey, you can't quit. Don't give up.
ERICA OLSEN: And thank you to all of you for submitting your sheroes I'd like to salute my sheroe, my grandmother, who at 105 is still teaching me how to be a better person every day. Next Sunday, it's madness-- tournament madness. As college hoops heat up, we're getting in on the action.
JEANIE BUSS: If it's USC-Kansas, it's on.
ERICA OLSEN: All right. You heard it here.
Show us your team spirit at cbsla.com/insidesocal. We want to know who you're rooting for. Until next Sunday, I'm Erica Olsen.