From The Pulpit: of the 47th Annual National Convention
Sep11

From The Pulpit: of the 47th Annual National Convention

“This Is Your Turning Point” 1 Deuteronomy 21

I’m here to tell you the recession is over. You’ve got to speak it in your life.  Look, you can keep that 2008 mindset, but we are coming out in Jesus’ name and God said that it’s our season and we’ve got to be the first to catch it.

We pray for the family, deliverance is happening in families. Families are coming back together.

God told me to tell somebody today: it’s your turning point. Your turning point is the point where things change. Some of you have to understand that your breakthrough is just that close.

Rave Reviews
Sep11

Rave Reviews

No Good Deed
Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother living an ideal life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri soon finds herself fighting for survival. In theaters Sept. 12.

Oprah Set To Play Richard Pryor’s Grandmother in Highly Anticipated Biopic
Sep11

Oprah Set To Play Richard Pryor’s Grandmother in Highly Anticipated Biopic

Seems like director Lee Daniels has a fan in Oprah Winfrey. The former talk show Queen, who starred in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” has joined the cast of Daniels’ upcoming biopic based on the life of comedian Richard Pryor’s as legend’s grandmother.

Comedian Mike Epps has snagged the role of Pryor while Winfrey will play Pryor's grandmother, an abusive brothel owner who raised Pryor after his mother left when he was ten-years-old. Nick Cannon, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and even Eddie Murphy were purported to be in the contention for the coveted role of Pryor, who died from a heart attack in 2005.

Wayne Brady Set To Star In “Kiss Me Kate”
Sep11

Wayne Brady Set To Star In “Kiss Me Kate”

“Let’s Make A Deal” host Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the musical comedy masterpiece “Kiss Me, Kate.” Brady, a multi-Emmy Award winning and Grammy nominated comedian, actor and singer will star opposite Merle Dandridge and head a cast of 17 in the Shakespeare inspired revival. Sheldon Epps will direct the 2014–2015 season opener, which will run from September 16 through October 12, 2014 at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Eye on Gospel
Sep11

Eye on Gospel

On The Five

On the heels of the success of Fred Hammond’s United Tenors come the latest dynamic vocal collaboration to hit the gospel marketplace—Five (V) Men. The group consists of Grammy-nominated quartet powerhouses Melvin and Doug Williams (The Williams Brothers); Shawn McLemore, whose vocals have helped to power James Fortune’s “I Believe” to the top of the charts; Wess Morgan, who soared to the top of the charts in 2011 with his smash release, “I Choose To Worship”; and R&B recording artist/actor Christopher Williams who hit pay dirt in 1991 with the release of “I’m Dreamin” from the New Jack City Soundtrack.

The group signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Central South Distribution for the release of a new CD “Champions” on October 14.

Economists Caution: Save Now Or Pay Later
Sep11

Economists Caution: Save Now Or Pay Later

Some troubling numbers have recently emerged that hint towards difficult times financially during two of the most fiscally important periods in a person’s life: when they first graduate from college and get a job, and when they retire.

Bankrate.com found that 36% of adults don’t have retirement savings - and 14% of Americans 65 and older haven’t even begun putting money away. This is particularly concerning when taking into consideration the fact that financial experts suggest savings at least 8 times your ending salary to ensure you can support your lifestyle for 25 years or so after you stop working.

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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