Mark Ridley-Thomas: Reflects on 25 Years of Empowerment
Jan04

Mark Ridley-Thomas: Reflects on 25 Years of Empowerment

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, and in the process becoming the most powerful black elected official in the Southland.

“His success is driven by his understanding of the intersection between political power and societal change,” observes Kerman Maddox, CEO of Dakota Communications, one of the city’s foremost public policy consulting firms. “You can't make real change in people's lives unless powerful institutions believe you have power. Nobody conveys real or perceived power to improve their community better than Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and over the past twenty-five years nobody has been more effective at solving major, big picture policy issues or problems that affect real people.

Through the Storm: From The End of the Road To The Life of His Dreams
Jan04

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.

Dubbed “the godfather of Gospel jazz,” the Grammy-nominated recording artist has

21 albums and 14 Stellar Awards to his credit. Off screen—and stage—he is senior pastor

of the Nashville-based Destiny Center and an established author with two books to his

credit, including his latest release, The Full Tank Life.

Inmates Eligible for Early Release
Nov06

Inmates Eligible for Early Release

No matter what Michael Green, a reformed gang member does for an honest day’s work, lingering legal troubles could be his toughest challenge.

The 48-year-old demolition worker, who was arrested last month for failing to pay a court fine, has little confidence in Proposition 57, a measure on the November ballot that would change criminal sentencing guidelines. In his view, it is another initiative inherently rigged against poor people and communities of color.

Pastor Wayne Chaney Releases a New Book!
Nov02

Pastor Wayne Chaney Releases a New Book!

Noted Long Beach community leader, radio show host, entrepreneur and former “Preachers of L.A.” cast member Wayne Chaney can  now add author to his list of credits with the release of Your Miraculous Potential, now available where books are sold.

In the book, Chaney explains in lay terms how to surpass human limitations and release  the power of God into all areas of life.

“We are all wired with a sense that there is more to our existence than we experience day-to-day,” he says.

“This desire is without question a craving for the fulfillment of a potential that often goes untapped.”

Black Churches Rally Against SB 1146 Igniting Heated Debate Over Religious Freedom
Aug17

Black Churches Rally Against SB 1146 Igniting Heated Debate Over Religious Freedom

Hundreds of African-American pastors gathered for a lunch meeting with faith-based institution representatives at the University Club of Pasadena last month.

The gathering was supposed to address mounting community anxiety over a bill (SB 1146) that strips legal protections for religious colleges and universities.

It has triggered a strong reaction from the Interdenominational Action Network (IAN), a coalition of six churches representative of approximately 100,000 registered voters in Los Angeles County that include Faithful Central Bible Church (Inglewood); City of Refuge (Gardena); West Angeles COGIC (L.A.); Crenshaw Christian Center (L.A.); Holman United Methodist Church (L.A.); and Citizens of Zion M.B.C. (Compton).

 

Changing the Face of County Social Services
Aug17

Changing the Face of County Social Services

In the midst of the State of California’s observance of the 50th Anniversary of the implementation of the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi-Cal), which today serves as a safety net for millions of Los Angeles County residents, the Department of Public Social Services, continues to build on its reputation as a national leader in providing social services.

Under the current leadership of its director, Sheryl L. Spiller, the department currently provides services to over 3.5 million county residents, managing an annual budget of over $4 billion. With a workforce of 13,500-plus employees, the department is the second largest social service agency in the United States.

 

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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