Sheryl Lee Ralph’s ideal Sunday in LA begins with family time

In Sunday Funday, LA folks piece by piece tell us their ideal Sunday in the city. Find ideas and inspiration on where to go, what to eat and how to enjoy life on the weekends.

As Sheryl Lee Ralph floated across the LA Live stage to accept her first Emmy for her performance on ABC’s Abbott Elementary, her two children, Etienne and Ivy Coco Maurice, exploded with excitement and shouted “Yes Mommy!” from the audience . Their warm reaction was captured in a viral video that has been viewed more than 1 million times.

“I told people, ‘If that was your mother winning an Emmy, you would react the same way,'” Etienne said, reflecting on the memorable evening.

That night was just one of several moments in which Ralph and her grown children showed the world how much they love and support each other. Etienne — a filmmaker who also helps his mother create content — has posted videos of Ralph receiving flowers from celebrities like Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey after winning her Emmy. And Ivy Coco — a fashion stylist and designer who chooses her mother’s looks — shared a video honoring Ralph with the Order of Jamaica in October.

“Family is everything to me,” Ralph said, adding that she appreciates being able to work with her children. “I don’t have to drag her through life. They literally carry themselves and sometimes help me – even while driving me crazy – but it’s a good thing.”

Family is “the foundation of who we are,” added Ivy Coco.

It’s also not uncommon for Ralph – who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe – to show up at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, where Etienne, Ivy Coco and their cousin Marley Ralph host a donation-based yoga class called BreatheGood every Sunday. courtesy of her nonprofit WalkGood LA, which champions racial justice through arts, health and wellness.

“In the times when she’s free, she’ll join us for WalkGood because everyone always enjoys seeing our mom at the park,” said Etienne, who founded the organization in 2020. His sister serves as vice president.

Ever since Etienne, 31, and Ivy Coco, 27, were young, spending Sundays together has been a priority for their family. Though their schedules have become more demanding, they try to hang out at least a few Sundays a month, they said.

The family’s Sunday get-togethers have changed little since Etienne and Ivy Coco were children. Here’s a recap of how they would spend their ideal Sunday together in LA. This breakdown has been edited for length and clarity.

8:30 am Yoga in the Park with WalkGood LA

Ivy Coco Maurice: We start our Sundays with our yoga experience called BreatheGood. We are prepared and ready for it Kenneth Hahn Park no later than 8:30 a.m. every Sunday and we start our flow at 10:00 a.m. It lasts an hour.

A woman in front of a large crowd all doing yoga in a park.

Ivy Coco Maurice helps run a yoga gathering at LA High Memorial Park.

(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Sheryl Lee Ralph: What I find so fascinating is that for the last two years you have inspired young people of color to do something so healing and wonderful together. That’s the kind of thing they just don’t make enough time for. People doing great things for themselves before the tragedies, before the injuries, but to keep themselves on a great path.

Etienne Moritz: I never thought I would still be doing WalkGood LA. It wasn’t until the first year as we continued that I realized there was something special about us to gather and heal in solidarity through yoga classes. But what kept me going was my family. What has kept me going is that there is a community of young Angelenos who rely on WalkGood to get their week off to a great start, and it’s a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly.

We’re expanding our efforts with WalkGood, launching our seasonal film festival for underrepresented filmmakers called FilmGood in February. We’ll be hosting this once a quarter, so we’re excited.

1:30 p.m.: Time for brunch

SLR: When I do WalkGood, when they come back, it’s time to go to a place like brunch My 2 cents LA, Met him at a bar or Met here in a bar, CJ’s coffee shop or right here in the kitchen at home. Etienne still makes the best crepes. Ivy Coco makes the best of what she puts her mind to and Miss Mae, our house technician, makes the most incredible Jamaican food. People always say to me, “Where do you all go for Jamaican food?” I’m like, “Ah mi Hof! In ah mi kitchen!” Everyone orders what they want, because we love a full table.

ground floor: Whenever I’m at CJ’s Cafe, I always order the strawberry mango smoothie with catfish and grits. At My 2 Cents, I usually get their catfish, kale, and sweet potato hash lemonade.

SLR: Brunch can last for hours. I think very often people cheat themselves about the time to be with family and friends. Don’t make the time together too short. Use the time.

4:30 p.m.: Off to the cinema

ground floor: When we go to the cinema, we like to go the grove. But before that it was her Beverly Center.

SLR: Oh my god yes! We would get a good shop there.

ground floor: The Beverly Center was like the Place. I remember when Mommy was on Moesha she would always meet her castmates at the Beverly Center like we always saw Brandy and Marcus T. Paulk. I remember it was really, really fun.

6:30pm Channel Marlon Brando while you get ice cream

SLR: We love finding great ice cream spots in LA. Love it! We like to go Masti Malones. It’s so interesting because it’s one of those places that has amazing ice cream and I was like, “Are you telling me that not everyone knows about this place?”

The exterior of Mashti Malone's ice cream shop.

Mashti Malone’s ice cream parlor has been in Hollywood for decades.

(Liz Moughon/Los Angeles Times)

ICM: A lot of people don’t know about Mashti Malones and the legacy it has. It has been family owned for years.

SLR: You can get things like lavender ice cream.

ICM: And ask for the ice chips on top! You’re so good.

EM: I love their mango ice cream, raspberry sorbet and waffle cones. And I just like the fact that it was a delicacy that Marlon Brando used to frequent and when I go there I like to feel the spirit of one of the greatest actors of all time.

7:00 p.m.: Relax

SLM: I usually have to get ready for work around this time. I get calls at 5am which means I have to be in bed by 8pm or 8:30pm. Anything after that, I’m kind of confused.

EM: I’m going home after ice cream and then I’ll probably watch Reasonable Doubt.

ICM: To be honest, I don’t do anything. I’m just chilling and laying in bed, probably on my phone.

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