Entries by Antoinette R. Banks

Remembering Pastor Andrae Crouch

Pastor Andraé Crouch, known as the father of modern gospel music, has gone to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 8. The 72-year-old singer, producer and composer had been hospitalized since Jan. 3 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area after suffering a heart attack, says USA today. In a 2011 interview […]


Bishop Blake Calls for Peace, Prayer in the Wake of Michael Brown Shooting

Bishop Charles E. Blake on Thursday issued a request for prayer regarding the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown, as the nation continues to keep its eyes on the happenings surrounding Brown’s death. Below is Bishop Blake’s statement: The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) joins the family of Michael Brown in asking for […]

BET Gospel Experience comes to LA LIVE June 28th

One thing we know about the members of West Angeles Church is that they love to lift up the name of Jesus. Minister Jonathan Coleman of our music department extends an invitation for the saints of the greater Los Angeles area to come and support the BET Gospel EXPERIENCE, taking place on Saturday, June 28, at 7 […]

Grace is expensive, time consuming, but so worth it

I was born into a family of writers and historians. I used to sit in on studio writing sessions and see royalty checks coming in.  I recall sitting at the foot of my grandmother’s bed and listening to stories of her being the first female music editor at the Hollywood Reporter.  My first job was […]

Bishop Joe L. Ealy talks The Centennial Celebration

We had the honor of speaking with Bishop Joe L. Ealy, Prelate to our First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, and gather his thoughts regarding the upcoming Centennial Celebration. Sitting in the pews, within the walls of the North Campus Sanctuary, Bishop Ealy gave some insight into the week’s celebration of events from June 23- June 29. As we are […]

What it Means to be Healthy

There’s always a mad dash to get in shape. All the pounds we pack on during the holidays are issued warrants, where the only judge is morphed into two things: a swimsuit and a mirror. So, with summer approaching and wild motivational stickies becoming my new wallpaper, I felt it was time to get back […]