It’s hard to believe that Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas had no plans of being in public office given the ease with which he has traversed L.A. County’s political and civic intersections, engaging and impacting the approximately 2 million residents he has represented since he was elected supervisor of the Second District in 2008

Upfront: Trump Ushers In New Cadre of Black Powerbrokers

There was little surprise that Dr. Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault would play key roles in Trump’s transition to the presidency, given their high profile roles in his getting elected. But who are the other Blacks who will likely rise to power or land positions in a Trump administration?



One on One with Jamelle Monae

Grammy nominated singer Jamelle Monae parlayed her music success to the big screen last year, making her debut in the critically acclaimed independent film, “Moonlight”. But it is her portrayal of NASA’s first black female aeronautical engineer Mary Jackson in “Hidden Figures” —alongside Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner and Taraji P. Henson—that is turning heads in Hollywood. ’



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Through the Storm: From The End of the Road To The Life of His Dreams

Today, Ben Tankard is living his dreams. His reality TV show, Thicker Than Water, has had three successful seasons on Bravo TV following the lives of Tankard, wife Jewel and their six children. But getting what Tankard’s got means surviving against a great many odds, not the least of which was being born dirt poor.

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Saving Grace: Brian White

Brian White is not one to waste words. The film and television actor who has been paired on screen with powerhouse talents as Angela Bassett, Teraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington says he governs about every facet of his life with two defining core values: “honesty and integrity.”

Church News: Pastor Michael Fisher Announces Engagement to Marnessa Metters

In the ballroom of the Torrance Marriott before a crowd of 400 or so members at annual Christmas gathering for the Greater Zion Church Family, Senior Pastor Michael Fisher formally announced his engagement to Marnessa Metters.


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