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Johnny Mathis, Denice Williams Among Guest at the High Tea

Over 850 women, celebrities, church figures and community leaders gathered together at the Westin LAX on October 12 for L.A. Focus’ 16th Annual First Ladies High Tea. Grammy Award winning artist Deniece Williams received the Legacy Award presented by legendary singer Johnny Mathis, who surprised the audience by singing his signature hit “Chances Are” as…

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Gospel Artist/Pastor, Ben Tankard in new Reality Show

Move over Preachers of L.A. Make room for what some have dubbed as “gospel’s Brady Bunch” with the premiere next month of “Thicker Than Water”, Bravo’s entry into reality TV’s faith-based market. The docu-series stars Nashville-based Gospel Jazz artist-turned-pastor Ben Tankard and his wife Jewel along with their blended and extended family as they live,…

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Saving Grace: Sheree Fletcher

Reality star and famed ex-wife of A-list actor Will Smith, Sheree Fletcher has easily maintained her own spotlight. From her role as mother to their son, Willard ‘Trey’ Smith III, to co-starring in the popular VH1 reality show “Hollywood Exes,” Sheree has kept busy, in both career, family, and love.              A successful entrepreneur in…

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“I Remember”

I remember the March on Washington. Although I was just a kid, I remember the excitement around the household as my Dad prepared to escort a group of celebrities—including Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Lancaster and Charlton Heston—to the March.     As the Executive Director of the Western Christian Leadership Conference—then the western arm of the…

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Yolanda Adams Wows With New Collection

“There’s a market out there for taller women; there’s a market out there for ample beauty-bodied woman. We didn’t need to reinvent the wheel — we’ll just improve it.” And most of the 800-plus women who composed the near standing room only crowd at the 15th Annual First Ladies High Tea seemed to agree with…

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Red Carpet Hits

Red Carpet Hits by Tatiana Ri­vera This year’s 16th Annual First Ladies High Tea, hosted by L.A. Focus, attracted over 850 guests, including 50 stylish first ladies, who gathered to recognize and give praise to five ­active members of the community. [wowslider id=”27″]

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2013 Essay Contest Winner

Our 2013 Essay Winner Our 2013 winning essayist: Jamilah Sims and first lady of Faithful Central Bible Church Togetta Ulmer Winning Essay Excerpt LISTEN, BELIEVE, AND WORK The statistics could be scary. I should not be on track to have a prosperous, successful and joyous life. After all, I am a foster child, I am…

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Is The Church The Next Frontier for Reality TV? TLC’s The Sisterhood (of First Ladies) Gears Up For Prime Time

Think The Real Housewives of Atlanta—the men, the fashion, the drama. Now, just add the church. So begins People Magazine’s exclusive sneak peak of what is expected to be one of the most controversial new reality TV shows set to debut in January, “The Sisterhood.” The show, set in Atlanta, delves into the public and…

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Mary Mary, Tamela Mann & Cedric The Entertainer Set For High Tea

Stating that they were humbled to receive an award with the magnitude of women being honored, Erica Atkins-Campbell and Tina Atkins-Campbell of Mary Mary received the L.A. Focus First Ladies High Tea Spirit Award 2012. “To be here and to be celebrated by such wonderful women who do such great work is an honor,” said…

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Preachers Of L.A.

The recent release of a three-minute video teaser of the show featuring Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Pastor Ron Gibson and Grammy-nominated gospel recording artist/preacher Deitrick Haddon, already has the internet buzzing, with viewers mixed on what works in reality TV when it comes to the church. “We…

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