One On One: Laurence Fishburne
Oct13

One On One: Laurence Fishburne

If there’s one word to describe Laurence Fishburne, it’s versatile. From single father in Boyz N The Hood to Morpheus in the blockbuster science fiction movie series The Matrix, Fishburne has built a diverse resume of stellar performances on stage, screen and TV – proving along the way that he can master almost any role. Among his notable screen credits are Clint Eastwood's Mystic River; Oliver Parker's Othello, for which he was the first African-American actor to play the title character in a major film version; John Singleton's Higher Learning; & Francis Ford Coppola's classic Apocalypse Now. In 1992, he earned an Emmy Award for his performance in the HBO-series Tribeca. But it was his role as Ike Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It that earned him his biggest honor – an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. For Fishburne, who began acting when he was 12, success is no patent formula. These days the Georgia native is doing a lot more primetime as a regualar cast member on NBC’s Hannibal and a co-starring role in the new ABC series Black-ish.

Wright Alleges Racism Contributed to Felony Conviction
Oct13

Wright Alleges Racism Contributed to Felony Conviction

I would like to have my rights, such as they are, restored from being a felon,” said state Senator Rod Wright (D-Inglewood), who submitted his resignation after being sentenced to 90 days in jail for lying about living in his Inglewood district when he ran for office.

“My senate career is over. My legislative career is over,” said Wright, who alleged his treatment “amounted to a 21st century lynching.”
It is a charge being reiterated by Assemblyman Steven Bradford of Gardena, who told reporters, “Currently, five of our colleagues don’t live in their district and it’s no issue with any of those D.A.’s in any of those counties. Yet only Senator Rod Wright, who is African American has been prosecuted.”

Saving Grace: Jurnee Smollett
Oct13

Saving Grace: Jurnee Smollett

That Jurnee Smollett is a natural when it comes to acting is something that has mirrored her success from critically acclaimed films such as “Eve’s Bayou”—which she co-starred in at the age of ten with Samuel Jackson, Lynn Whitfield and Meagan Good—to the “Great Debaters” alongside Denzel Washington, the award winning TV drama, “Friday Night Lights,” opposite Michael B. Jordan and presently, in her stage debut as a young Army bride in the star studded revival of “The Trip To Bountiful” at the Ahmanson Theater through November 2.

Reality Star’s Real Life Triumph Over Toughest Opponent of All
Oct13

Reality Star’s Real Life Triumph Over Toughest Opponent of All

Brandi Maxiell may be known for her dueling arguments as a reality star on VH1’s “Basketball Wives L.A.,” but in real life she’s battled a much tougher opponent – that is, ovarian cancer.

Maxiell was planning her dream wedding to NBA player Jason Maxiell in 2007 when she was stricken with excruciating back pain in the prime of her life.

“I had just graduated from college and I was engaged, so I thought I was going to come to Detroit, live with my fiancé and have a lifetime of fun,” Maxiell said.

Rev. John Hunter Says He Is Vindicated, Seeks Apology
Oct13

Rev. John Hunter Says He Is Vindicated, Seeks Apology

Two years after he was falsely accused of embezzlement and misappropriation of church funds—Rev. John Hunter of First African Methodist Episcopal Church was cleared of all charges by a Los Angeles county judge last month—after the accusers “simply walked away from the lawsuit.”

During a news conference, Hunter joyously proclaimed, “This is a day of victory and a day of vindication.” He also demanded an apology from the church and said the ordeal had left an indelibly stain on his reputation.

Christ Our Redeemer Hosts Business Conference In New Facility
Oct13

Christ Our Redeemer Hosts Business Conference In New Facility

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, a coalition of faith leaders, bank executives, business entrepreneurs, educators and the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will converge at The National Faith Leaders, Educators, Small Business and Youth Conference on Friday October 3rd and Saturday October 4th.

“The church must do more to complete the unfinished work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Mark Whitlock, Senior Pastor of Christ Our Redeemer, AME Church in Irvine, California and conference host.

First Ladies High Tea
November will mark the 20th Anniversary of our Annual First Ladies High Tea, honoring the contributions of female leaders and women of faith to the Los Angeles community. For more information, visit www.firstladieshightea.com
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