*Los Angeles– As the box office continues to increase for the hit film, “Straight Outta Compton,” former Death Row Records singer turned preacher and gospel artist, Elder B. Alexander McCargo and his choir, Kingdom Worship, headlines the free, outdoor gospel music concert, “Love Fest 2015” (“Love Fest”) being held in downtown LA on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 1 pm – 5 pm with free food and beverages (non-alcoholic) for attendees.
And that an artist of McCargo’s caliber will perform at the inaugural Love Fest, speaks volumes that it’s the first of many more to come – a great stamp of approval from someone who’s worked with Grammy-winning artists, such as gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Coles and Mary, Mary, also stars of their own WEtv series.
And McCargo isn’t the only former rapper at Love Fest – DJ Cue of Virgin Records ‘90s hit group College Boyz of “Victim of the Ghetto” fame, now Pastor Cue of The Row Church, will perform his signature spoken word.
Opening Love Fest is powerhouse choir, Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum who’ve performed with gospel superstars, Marvin Sapp, Kim Burrell, Bebe Winans and Kiera “Kiki” Sheard.
Others performing at the interfaith Love Fest include: popular eclectic music group, Rock Boy Fresh; Latino Christian contemporary group, All For Love Sound; MTM/Minister Through Me; Park Windsor Baptist Church Men’s Choir, and the award-winning Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir, that’s performed with major artists such as, Grammy-winners Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Tye Tribbett.
The acclaimed praise dance troupe, Daughters of Zion will also take the stage. Revered jazz saxophonist, Larry O. Williams, who also has two Christian album, will perform—as he has at the famed Baked Potato and played with music icons of various genres, such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry and The Gap Band.
Love Fest was created by Pastor William Binion of the Valley’ Perpetual Praise Worship Center. However, he’s presenting Love Fest under the umbrella name, “Kingdom Minds,”because for him the adage “great minds think alike” also has a spiritual take, “good minds think alike”… And the “good” comes from his wanting Love Fest to be an annual conduit to bridge the unfortunate, but well-known divide between downtown’s upscale residents and lower income residents as well as the homeless in shelters and on the streets.
With the scripture, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 25:15) as the event theme, Pastor Binion believes there’s no better way to show such love than to have Love Fest at the intersections where those diverse economic worlds meet – 5th Street & San Pedro, and the intersection’s four corners will be closed off by LADOT.
Though Love Fest is new, Pastor Binion and his church working with the homeless is not—they’ve supported the Downtown Women’s Center for 6 years. And of course, Pastor Cue has been a homeless advocate for years, with the Row Church’s ministry and “church without walls.”
But at the end of the day Pastor Binon notes, “I also want this to be a free event that draws everyone from around LA County regardless of race, religion or nationality, who just want to enjoy good music and good food, where the only admission is to have a good time.”
To enable grassroots and community support of Love Fest’s mission, Pastor Binion established a Love Fest gofund.me
account for the event. However, he’s been blessed with sponsorsthat include: Gerard Cosmetics, company of mega-Hollywood favorite “Whitening Lighting”; stage and event suppliers, All Valley Party Rental; popular Valley practice TLC Sports Medicine; Faith in Christ Ministries and Sylmar Christian Fellowship Church. In addition, Pastor Binion has received various levels of support for Love Fest from entities such as, Farmer John® and Azusa Lighthouse Mission, which also serves the homeless.
Parking facilities (charges vary) and street parking on a first-come/first-served basis (including the closed off area by San Pedro and 6th entrance) will be available to the public.
Pastor William Binion
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THE REAL: Oscar-Winner John Ridley Stops by + Queen Naija Visits the Ladies! / WATCH
*On Tuesday, Nov. 24, as co-host Adrienne Houghton says, “today’s the day!” The Real welcomes back co-host Jeannie Mai! She has a lot to say about what she’s been doing while recuperating from throat surgery and how she realized she’d been prioritizing work over her health.
Then Academy Award-winning director John Ridley visits to talk about his five-issue miniseries, The Other History of the DC Universe. He shares his views on actress Janet Hubert’s recent comments during The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reunion about being called “difficult” and how that term affects a Black woman’s career in Hollywood. He also reveals which medium – films, books, plays or comics – is the most difficult to write and why!
And singer-songwriter Queen Naija drops in to chat about her debut album, misunderstood. And it turns out she is a huge fan of Adrienne’s husband, Israel Houghton!
The Real Co-hosts Welcome Jeannie Back!
Jeannie Explains How She Was Prioritizing Work Over Her Health
Director John Ridley Discusses Janet Hubert’s Comments About Leaving The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Oscar-Winning Director John Ridley On Which Medium Is The Hardest To Write
Queen Naija Is A Huge Fan Of Israel Houghton!
Jeannie Explains How She Was Prioritizing Work Over Her Health
Jeannie Mai: Man, we already know how precious health is, but I am a workaholic and I do prioritize my work more than my health. And in this situation, I absolutely kind of just thought taking a steroid shot or just taking Theraflu or Dayquil would help cover it, because – I was in a competition, yo, and I was not going to let down. I really took that too seriously, more than my health, and then I – God taught me a lesson. So, um – it was a… the part that… Getting sick wasn’t the upsetting part, it was actually just being depressed because I let myself get to this, and for the last few weeks, I gotta be honest, I was pretty upset at myself, because everything ended. I stopped shooting my favorite talk show every day, and I had to step out of a competition, which I feel like I was doing good, and I could have staying in the running…
Adrienne Houghton: You were gonna win!
Jeannie: So, I’ve, I’ve just… thank you, Adrienne. I believe I could have too. But I didn’t give up!
Adrienne: I believe you were gonna win!
Jeannie: I really – I really appreciate that. I, I really learned a lesson. Being in a dark place where you actually just feel like you have no… you’re helpless – it’s the worst feeling ever. Like, you did it to yourself. And so, I take full responsibility.
About THE REAL
THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated talk show now in its seventh season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken hosts, Garcelle Beauvais and Emmy® Award-winners Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and Co-Executive Producer Tenia Watson (Judge Mathis, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, WGN-TV Morning News, Just Keke, The Test) and shot in Los Angeles, California.
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*You’ve heard that the Trump supporters within the conspiracy movement Q’Anon believe that Democrats are running a pedophile ring and eating babies to extract a life-extending chemical from their blood. And that these child eaters/molesters include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.
But did you know these folks also believe that Donald Trump’s misspelled tweets – like “covfefe” and “the smocking gun” – are secret, coded messages for Q-Anon members? And that Trump was secretly recruited by top military generals to run for president in 2016 in order to break up this criminal cabal of Dems, end their control of politics and the media, and bring its members to justice?
Did you know that two Q’Anon believers were just elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing areas in Colorado and Georgia?
On “The Daily Show” Monday night, Trevor Noah broke down Q’Anon’s origins, their infiltration into mainstream politics and just how removed from reality its members really are
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