celebration of life

Honoring the Life and Work of Educator Dr. Rex Fortune

Dr. Rex Fortune, who was a husband and father, an educator, author and advocate passed away on January 29, at the age of 81. He devoted his life to lifting up the most vulnerable students and closing the academic achievement gap and in doing so made a lasting impact on the lives of countless students and faculty members during his extensive career.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ Stephen’ tWitch’ Boss Found Dead at 40

DJ Stephen’ tWitch’ Boss, the former DJ, choreographer, and co-executive producer with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday. He was 40 years old. Boss was husband to fellow dancer Allison Holker and father of three. According to his social media post, Boss celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary with Holker a few days ago.

A Ray of Light, Love, and Laughter. Celebrating the Life of Teddy Ray

Los Angeles born-and-bred comedian, Teddy Ray (Theadore Brown), was a hilarious and beloved performer who filled many of our homes and hearts with laughter. Born on July 30, 1990, Ray was a man of many talents. Best known for his work in the comedy sector, with appearances on hit networks such as Comedy Central, BET, and HBO, many may recognize him from his hilarious improv skits, short films, and standup routines. Teddy Ray came into the entertainment business back in 2011. His first major appearance was on BET’s Comic View. As his career excelled, the beloved comedian went on to

Rev. Millicent Collins, Noted Vocalist and Choir Director, Passes Away

The community lost a dedicated soldier for the Lord with the passing of the Rev. Millicent Jeanette Collins. A talented choral director and vocalist, she died on May 20, following a brief illness. Rev. Collins was acclaimed throughout the AME Church, especially in Southern California, for her service to several congregations including Ward AME Church in Los Angeles and First AME Church of Compton. Most recently, she shared her talents in multiple capacities at Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church in L.A. Working closely with her dear friend, BKCAME Pastor Mary S. Minor, Rev. Collins oversaw the children’s and youth ministry, taught

World Mourns Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights activist who fought tirelessly to dismantle apartheid in South Africa, died on Sunday, Dec. 26 in Cape Town at the age of 90, announced South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Celebration of Life: Dr. Mae Pendleton Cowan

Dr. Mae was a founding member of the Pasadena Chapter of the AKA Sorority. She held membership, supported, counseled, and set on the boards of NYC Program, the Pasadena Chapters of the NAACP and SCLC, Pasadena Unified School District PTA, and other numerous educational and youth organizations. Dr. Mae’s list of credentials is extensive. From Tuskegee Institute Mae received her B.S. degree in Social Studies. She acquired two M.S. degrees from Mount St. Mary’s College, one in Administration and Supervision, the other in Urban Education and Minority Group Studies. Mae earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Education Psychology, Early Childhood Education and Drama. She had multiple credentials/certificates – the California Community College Supervisor and Instructor Life Credentials, a Standard Teaching Credential, a General Elementary Life Diploma, the Certificate of Specialist Teacher in Reading. Mae was also an Early Childhood Education Specialist.

Celebration of Life- Emma Daniels McFarlin

Emma Daniels McFarlin affectionately called, “Dr. Mc, Ahma, Auntie Emm” was born on November 14th,1921 in Camden, Arkansas to Fred Daniels and Bessie Bell. The union produced three children, Shelton Daniels and Fred Daniels, Jr.