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2012 Celebration Of Gospel Prayer Breakfast

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By Angela Reliford

Rise Up! Renew! Rejoice! was this year’s theme for the 2nd Annual Celebration of Gospel that airs on BET Television Network Sunday, April 1 at 8p/7c with Host Steve Harvey, special guests and performances by Kirk Franklin, James Fortune and FIYA, Ricky Dillard, Yolanda Adams, The Rance Allen Group, Faith Evans, Fred Hammond, Earnest Pugh, Dr. Bobby Jones, Johnny Gill, and many more at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.

The Celebration of Gospel pays tribute to the rich history of gospel music in a unique format that combines today’s leading gospel and secular music. This year's show pays tribute to the life and legacy of Mahalia Jackson who is also referred as the "Mother of Gospel” or the "Queen of Gospel". Jackson is a powerhouse and gifted legend in the gospel community. She has many memorable songs to include "Trouble of the World" which appeared in the movie Imitation of Life in 1976. Jackson won a Grammy Award for her well-known song "How I Got Over". She was also a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and honored him by singing, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral.

Another powerhouse and legend in the gospel community, Shirley Caesar along with others like Yolanda Adams sung a musical tribute to Jackson. The singer, songwriter, recording gospel artist, Pastor Shirley Caesar has won several Grammy and Dove Awards and is known for such songs as “I Remember Mamma,” “He's Working It Out For You,” and “No charge.” Pastor Caesar is also known as The First Lady of Gospel and is one of this reporter’s favorite gospel artists. Not only does she have visible beauty, but inner beauty.

Paying tribute to singer/actress Whitney Houston was “A Moment in History,” with a display of photos of Houston in her younger years to the precious moments with her mother family and friends. Kelly Price, who was close to Houston, gave tribute to her in song.

Pastor Marvin Sapp gave an awesome performance of his latest single, “My Testimony.” Pastor Sapp warmed and touched the hearts of the audience as he became emotional and caught up into praise with his testimonial song.

Tanya Moore also hosted a prayer breakfast at the W Hotel in Los Angeles created to unite various religions, cultures, and denominations the day prior to the taping of the show. There was plenty of food to go around and much praise and worship going up to the Lord. The prayer warriors came together as one to include Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, D.Min PhD of Faithful Central Church in Los Angeles. Dr. Ulmer is currently the Presiding Bishop over the Macedonia International Bible Fellowship based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Ulmer gave a phenomenal message about maintaining faith. Many have seen Bishop Clarence McClendon on BET and TBN television network stations. Bishop McClendon came all the way from Irvine, Texas to provide the message of "Your Talent is a Gift Given to You by God." He also spoke about the talented Whitney Houston.

Among other guests at the prayer breakfast were: Ezekiel Azonwu who performed spoken word, Saxophonist Donald Hugh, Judge Mableam Ephriam, Isaac Caree, Lonnie Hunter, Adrine Anderson former member of Trint-i-tee 5 7, Isaac Car, and radio host Humilitee closing the prayer.

Allen Chapel Hosts Annual Women’s Day

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On Sunday, March 25 at 10:15AM, Allen Chapel AME will celebrate its annual Women’s Day. The guest speaker will be Minister Karen Sykes of Cross Word Church in Riverside.

This year they are asking women to adorn themselves in purple and to cover their heads during the morning service.

Finally, in support of this great day, Allen Chapel is asking women to make a sacrificial love offering in support of the ministry.

Allen Chapel AME is located at 4009 Locus Street, Riverside. For more information, contact the church office at (951) 686.9406.

March Gladness at Good News CBC

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Good News Community Baptist Church is celebrating the month of March with “Gladness!” It begins with a dynamic Men’s Breakfast on March 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM at the church. The donation is $5.00. Brother Vincent Woods is the Chairperson.

There will be a Free Community Health Fair on March 17, 2012 from 10 AM-2 PM. Dr. Highshaw, an Urologist & Urologic Oncologist will address the subject of Prostate Cancer at 12 noon. Mrs. Charlene Davis- Long will address HIV/AIDS; Mr. Jerry Green will address the subject of Diabetes and Fitness, and Dr. E.M. Abdulmumin will address mental health issues.

Several vendors will have information available including Arlington Dental Group, American Heart Association, Braille Institute, CareMore Health Plan, New Beginnings Fitness Boot Camp, Tillman’s Mortuary, the American Diabetes Association, The Dubois Institute, and many more.

The culminating event will be the Women’s History Month event Women of Achievement Luncheon on March 24, 2012 at 11 AM.

The theme of the luncheon will be Power Personified. Seven women from the community will be acknowledged for their achievements and contributions to the community. They are Cheryl Brown, Ellen Batch, Colleen Hairston,Casey Howard, Waudieur Rucker-Hughes, Nicole Pernell, and Lisa Stefanov. The donation is $10 and tickets are available.

All events will be held at Good News Community Baptist Church, Overseer Levonzo Gray, Sr. Pastor, 178 Iowa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507. Please call Mrs. Ira K. Gray at 951-231- 9131 for further information on these March Gladness events.

'Steppers of God' March at San Bernardino Black History Parade

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By Naomi Parks, Brandy Pless and Brittany Pless –

For the 5th consecutive year, the ‘Steppers of God’ drill team from Crossover Outreach, honored their community by participating in this year’s Black History Parade.

The parade route began on E street and proceeded to 4th street in downtown San Bernardino. Several drill teams came together from the greater San Bernardino area to honor the legacies of African Americans who impacted our history and made positive change for all of us.

“As members of the Steppers of God, we learn that it’s so much more than winning parades and competition. It’s a sisterhood. Some of the people who helped to train and encouraged us are, Lady April Jones (director), Dalia Mcneil (instructor) and Stormi Jones (Head Captain). We would just like to thank them for their support and for all of the help we received along the way,” states Naomi, Brandy, and Britany.

This year’s Black History parade has been a wonderful learning experience for the drill team. As African Americans, they appreciate all of the fellow African American people who have blazed the trail, suffered, and sacrificed for them.

Dr. Alton Bryant Celebrates 60-years in Gospel Ministry

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On Sunday morning, January 22, 2012 at the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Riverside, Dr. Alton Bryant will celebrate his 60th year in the gospel ministry.

Dr. Bryant began his preaching ministry at the metropolitan Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 27, 1952 under the late Reverend Clifton L. West, Sr. He attended Langston University, Oklahoma School of Religion earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology.

He has also had two honorary doctorate degrees bestowed upon him. Dr. Bryant has worked extensively with district, state and national congress and conventions. He has also worked as the full time minister of Christian Education and pastored churches in both Oklahoma and California.

Dr. Bryant, who is retired, has worked closely with Pastor L.E. Campbell at Park Avenue Baptist Church for the past 15-years and is a friend to all preachers.

All of his friends and the entire public are invited to help celebrate this momentous occasion. For further information contact the Park Avenue Baptist Church office at (951) 684-8782. Park Avenue is located at 1910 Martin Luther King Blvd in Riverside.

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