With Tragedy Comes Blessings For Gospel Star J. Moss
Dec04

With Tragedy Comes Blessings For Gospel Star J. Moss

Imagine losing everything you own in a matter of minutes. Well, for Grammy award nominated gospel recording artist, J. Moss, losing all he owned was anything but his imagination.

It was just before sunset on October 14 when—at approximately 4:30 PM—a fire broke out in the basement of Moss’s suburban West Bloomfield (Michigan) home. Believed to have been sparked by electrical issues, the fire quickly spread to each floor.

Moss,—whose wife and two sons had not arrived home from school—was alone working in his studio on post production for his latest CD, when he said he heard a popping noise.

With A Record Number Of Members In The Statehouse, How Will The California Legislative Black Caucus Leverage A Rare Moment In History?
Dec04

With A Record Number Of Members In The Statehouse, How Will The California Legislative Black Caucus Leverage A Rare Moment In History?

Following midterm elections that sent their party reeling nationwide, a key block of Democratic lawmakers in California saw their numbers swell with victories won by a record number of African-Americans.

With five new members — Autumn Burke, Tony Thurmond, Jim Cooper, Kevin McCarty and Mike Gipson — winning election to the Assembly on Nov. 4, membership in the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) will soar to an all-time high of 11. That number is widely expected to increase by one after Dec. 9, when a special election has been scheduled to fill the seat vacated by former State Sen. Roderick Wright.

Saving Grace: Elise Neal
Dec04

Saving Grace: Elise Neal

With her first reality series, “Hollywood Divas,” having debuted in October on TV One and playing Gladys Knght in the controversial Lifetime biopic “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” which premiered last month, actress Elise Neal is keeping it moving.

“I have a very busy schedule right now,” laughs the Memphis native known for her work in films such as “Money Talks,” “Hustle & Flow,” “Scream 2;” and on television in “The Hughleys,” “All Of Us,” “Belles” and a string of guest appearances including “Scandal.”

Obamacare & the african american church: Will The Church Make The Critical Difference?
Dec04

Obamacare & the african american church: Will The Church Make The Critical Difference?

Pastor E. Wayne Gaddis of the Greater True Light Missionary Baptist Church knows first hand what President Obama set out to accomplish with his establishment of the affordable care act. Just last year, the 58-year old pastor racked up over $1 million in medical bills in the treatment of what had become a life-threatening illness.

“They told me two more weeks and I would have been out of here,” said Gaddis of the condition caused by poisonous gas released in his body when a knee replacement surgery he’d had in 2009 came loose.

Forescee Hogan Rowles Sets Her Sights On 8th District
Nov04

Forescee Hogan Rowles Sets Her Sights On 8th District

A margin of less than one percentage point is all that stood between Forescee Hogan-Rowles and what could have been a forced run-off with sitting Councilman Bernard Parks for the District 8 Council seat back in 2011.

Many said the oh so tight race—one of the most-watched in the city— was a referendum on Parks. But others were impressed by the mark Hogan-Rowles made on the city’s political scene with the impressive showing.

One On One: Nate Parker
Nov04

One On One: Nate Parker

Growing up poor in Virginia, Nate Parker had one goal: a college education that would bring a job he could support his family on. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, fate took over when an agent approached Parker, which prompted Parker to move to L.A. In less than a week he acquired representation with one of the top ten agencies in the city and three months later, he’d landed his first job—a guest stint on CBS’ “Cold Case”—and he hasn’t stopped working. From his role of troubled star debater in “The Great Debaters,” to Alicia Keyes’ love interest in “The Secret Life Of Bees,” to portraying the first NAACP President Ben Chavis in “Blood Done Sign My Name,” and starring in George Lucas’ film “Red Tails,” the married father of three leans toward playing strong black characters that provide a positive male image. This month, Parker stars alongside up-and-coming British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw in “Beyond The Lights.”

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