Pastor Profile:   Pastor Marcus Murchinson • Tree Of Life MBC
Jul03

Pastor Profile: Pastor Marcus Murchinson • Tree Of Life MBC

Name: Marcus Murchinson
Church: Tree Of Life Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles
Hometown: Portland Oregon
Education: Majored in African Studies and Sociology
Family: Single

At 30 years old, you would be considered a young preacher, how early were you called?

When I was 12 years old. I was a different kid. I come from a very strict religious family and I picked up religion early. I just had a yearning for the scriptures and I was already actively involved in my small church. My nickname was preacher boy. Everybody called me preacher boy. I wasn’t good in sports but I loved the bible and I loved the stories. So I knew that was my calling.

Entrepreneur’s Queens Of Africa Dolls Outselling Barbie In Nigeria
Jul03

Entrepreneur’s Queens Of Africa Dolls Outselling Barbie In Nigeria

With blue eyes, blonde hair, long eyelashes, a slender figure, pale skin and features that promote unrealistic beauty standards, Mattel’s Barbie doll is fighting to remain No. 1 on children’s wish lists.

And now that the Queens of Africa Dolls are gaining traction, Barbie, whose sales have been slumping for the past three years, has some fierce competition.

In 2007, when Taofick Okoya, CEO of Fico Solutions Ltd and creator of Queens of Africa Dolls, was in search of a gift for his niece and was unsuccessful, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The result was designing a line of inspirational ethnic dolls.

Shaun Robinson Leaves ‘Access Hollywood’ After 16 Years, Signs Deal With NBC Universal
Jul03

Shaun Robinson Leaves ‘Access Hollywood’ After 16 Years, Signs Deal With NBC Universal

Host Shaun Robinson is leaving “Access Hollywood” after 16 years with the entertainment news show. The 52-year-old, who joined the team in 1999, left the show last month to focus on her production company, which just signed a deal with NBC Universal. Under the new deal, Robinson will develop and/or produce scripted and unscripted television projects.

“I have a production company called Robin Hood Productions, and my passion is empowering young women to live their lives as fully as they can,” she says. “So I'm working on a few projects now that show women in very powerful positions.”

Akon Company Invests $400M So Far In African Solar Power Venture
Jul03

Akon Company Invests $400M So Far In African Solar Power Venture

When not recording hit singles or producing hot music, R&B artist Akon, who is worth $80 million, has been busy bringing sustainable electricity to Africa through his organization, Akon Lighting Africa.

The Senegalese-American singer, who was born in St. Louis, recently launched a solar academy project in West Africa to supply electricity to 600 million people.

According to co-founder Samba Baithily, the solar academy will open this summer with the purpose of teaching people effective ways to maintain solar-powered electricity systems in a continent that has 320 days of sun per year.

Jul03

Calendar July 2015

Ongoing

L.A. County Parks Department hosts Free Summer Lunch & Snacks Program (Through August 8)
A healthy alternative for children under 18 to eat during the summer months.
Call for (over 100) participating parks location and times
Free • Info: (818) 546-2384
laparks.org/foodprogram

On Stage: The Gospel At Colonus (Through July 19)
Starring Tony Award Winner Roger Robinson
8pm • $25.00–$35.00
Nate Holden Performing Arts 4718 W Washington Blvd
ebonyrep.org

Isadore Hall Lands Major Support In Bid For 44th Congressional Seat
Jul02

Isadore Hall Lands Major Support In Bid For 44th Congressional Seat

Less than seven months after he was elected as State Senator in a landslide, Isadore Hall has already jumped into the 2015 congressional race—with all eyes on the 44th Congressional seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Janice Hahn—who in February announced she will be retiring from Congress—but declared “enthusiastic support” behind Hall to replace her congressional seat.

So far, the 43-year-old Compton Democrat has garnered some major congressional endorsements that not only include Hahn, but also Governor, Jerry Brown, Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Rep. Robert Garcia (Long Beach), and City Council Members Albert Robles (Carson) and Jose Solache (Lynwood).

 

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