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Beloved Pastor Dr. Billy Ingram Succombs

In order to accommodate the large capacity crowd expected, the date and location of the funeral service for Dr. Billy Ingram has changed to:
FRIDAY, MARCH 18th – 11:00 A.M.
West Angeles Cathedral
3600 Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90016
(323) 733-8300

Dr. Billy G. Ingram, founder/pastor of Maranatha Community Church in Los Angeles for 31 years, passed away suddenly on March 8, 2011 of a heart attack at home in his sleep.  He was taken by paramedics to Kaiser Permanente on Cadillac in Los Angeles where the doctors declared his passing.  Pastor Billy, as he was fondly known, was 58 years old.

Born on July 19, 1952 in Florence, Arkansas.  The Ingram family relocated to Los Angeles in 1956.  Ingram graduated from Morningside High School in Los Angeles in 1970. While in high school, he believed in himself enough to set records and goals for his followers to reach, much like his ministry.  He was a standout basketball player, receiving a full scholarship to the University of Oregon.  There, he continued to set records and standards for his followers athletically, academically and spiritually.  Ingram transferred to Biola University after receiving the call to ministry.  He graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor in Biblical Studies.

The same year he was married to Margaurite Ingram and to that union three children were born.  In the early 70’s Ingram preached his first sermon passionately with the power of God, seeking to reach souls for the kingdom of God.  He did as he was called to do, but did not stop there.  He continued to take God’s direction.

One of the greatest highlight of his life was to spend 21 years studying under the brilliant and humble international scholar, Dr. Butrus Abdul Malik.  Through his direction and guidance he later received his Ph.D. in History with an emphasis on Greek and Hebrew from the California Graduate School of Theology.

Over the last nearly four decades, Dr. Ingram captivated crowds and used his charisma to communicate God’s word with clarity.  His unique style was insightful, engaging and inspiring.  Ingram was the founder and pastor of what has become a highly respected place of hope, help and healing in the community.  On April 26, 1980 Maranatha Community Church was birthed out of a home prayer group of six people.

Over years, numerous ministries have been launched and young ministers have been equipped, trained and gone forth in the service of God.  As a philanthropist, Dr. Ingram sought to help the poor and downtrodden.  He had provided scholarships to worthy and needy students in the community and congregation.

Dr. Ingram took the education and experiences of our youth to heart as he had been a part of giving them more than what’s expected.  He took the phrase of ‘children are our future’ seriously.  In 1996, he led a group of 21 teenagers on a tour of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, where they met tribal chiefs and elders of the land.  The group was exposed to the ancient slave ports where many of their ancestors began their painful journey to America.  In 2004 he established Boys to Men, a mentorship program for boys ages 12-21.

Dr. Ingram was known around the world.  He had traveled and trained pastors in London, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and many throughout the U.S.  He had a pastor’s heart and his love for God’s children has led him to create outreach ministries in other countries.  His care was extended to leper colonies and vocational schools for the blind, schools for the disadvantaged and AIDS orphanages.  Dr. Ingram served as a Diplomat and Good Will Ambassador to Korea with a delegation of Korean and African American pastors.  In 1994, he led a handpicked group of 30 African American pastors on a tour of Israel at the request of the Israeli government.

Dr. Ingram revisited Africa numerous times as well as Asia and The Holy Land, all with the purpose of serving God.  On his last visit to Israel, the Minister of Tourism personally came to greet Dr. Ingram and his group at their hotel and was shocked that Dr. Ingram addressed and thanked the Minister in Hebrew.

Dr. Ingram was a renowned scholar, he speaks in simple terms to children, young adults and elders and he also inspired and influenced those on Hollywood’s front line (celebrities, athletes and entertainers).  Countless numbers have benefited from his latest book Faith Lifts, as well as his Inspirational and Motivational Prayer Book.  His most magnificent piece of work was his spoken word piece, “The Legacy,” which captures the true essence of black history and even inspired the late Rosa Parks.  Several authors, entertainers and fellow poets have spoken highly of this marvelous work, some comparing it to the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Additionally, Dr. Ingram served as a professional photographer for Getty and Wire Images.  He had been privileged to photograph President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Snoop Doog, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and the list goes on.  Dr. Ingram was an author, actor, educator, poet, percussionist, humanitarian, philanthropist, husband and a father.

Dr. Ingram was married to Solombra Ingram for 11 years.  They have twin sons, Samuel and Solomon Ingram, who are 9 years old.  Dr. Ingram also had three children from his first marriage; Billy G. Ingram II (31), Marian Ingram (28) and Karis Ingram (25).  He was the son of the late Will Chester Ingram and Anna Juanita Ingram of Los Angeles.  He has one brother, Michael Ingram, and four sisters Stacey Gipson, Taanasa Ingram of Los Angeles and Stephanie Ingram of Atlanta and the late Trina Weir of Florida.  He leaves a host of faithful church members, nieces, nephews and friends.

The Celebration of the Life of Dr. Billy G. Ingram service will be on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Maranatha Community Church, located at 3800 W. Martin Luther King Bl., Los Angeles, CA  90008, (323) 295-4044.                                                                                                 

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celebration will be at the church  March 19 at 10 a.m., 323-855-8350
March 7 - International icon Jennifer Lopez has stormed the music charts, online video viewing channels, dance clubs around the globe, the world radio airwaves and has become the television superstar of 2011.

With the convergence of two major endorsement agreements launched this year (Venus/ Gillette Goddess and an international L’Oreal campaign), the #1 most watched TV series – American Idol - and with extensive radio and dance club play of her latest single has resulted in the #1 download on iTunes and a staggering 13 million views on YouTube.   The single is the “Hot Shot Debut” on Billboard’s Hot 100 at # 9 and jumps to # 7 on the Billboard Dance Club Play Chart.

Lopez and her music label, Island Def Jam, partnered with the juggernaut TV show American Idol to offer fans the opportunity to select the ending of the “One The Floor” music video.    The winning-ending was broadcast with an unprecedented World Premiere on the TV series.   The show broke a viewership record (over 25 million) as the #1 most watched for a Thursday night in over four years by ANY network.

“On The Floor” has gone #1 on iTunes in 10 countries around the globe including Australia, Austria, Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Greece, New Zealand and the U.S.

Jennifer Lopez is an actress, entertainer, recording artist, film & TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Lopez has sold over 55 million records worldwide and has starred in multiple No. 1 box office films, including “The Wedding Planner” and “Monster-In-Law.”

This is a milestone year in her lustrous career.  In addition to serving as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL now in its 10th season and the global ambassador of L’Oreal and Venus Gillette Goddess campaigns and she has been named the spokeswoman of the Boys & Girls Club of America. It was Lopez who set the standard for celebrity branding in fragrance, apparel and accessories, and she will launch an exclusive collection with Kohl’s, the first ever for the retailer. In addition, her recent fragrance, Love and Glamour, has marked 17 successful launches and has taken in over $1 billion combined.

In 2001, “The Wedding Planner” was the nation’s top-grossing film while her album, “JLO,” was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The two simultaneous honors made Lopez the first woman in history to have a No. 1 movie and album in the same week. Lopez made her feature debut in the highly acclaimed feature “Mi Familia,” which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as young mother “Maria Sanchez.” Lopez earned widespread acclaim for her work in the title role of “Selena,” which brought her a Golden Globe Award nomination. The National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group in the nation, named her Entertainer of the Year at the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards.

Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican, is in development on several film and TV productions that includes a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Film. She founded The Maribel Foundation along with her sister, Lynda, with a mission dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children and raising the level of medical care available to them. The foundation is currently working with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on a telemedicine program that will help underserved communities by providing technology and top-notch doctor resources. The first telemedicine center opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2010.

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Monday, March 7, 2011


"Nephew Tommy"

Byron Cage

In perhaps one of the best pranks ever, Nephew Tommy of the "Steve Harvey Morning Show" has stepped into the Gospel industry and rused Byron Cage.

Cage, aka "The Prince of Praise," won the 2011 Stellar Award for male Vocalist of the Year. Nephew Tommy, claiming to be a representative from the Stellar Awards Headquarters, told Cage the votes were miscounted and he received the award mistakenly.   Under the circumstances, the singer was fairly even tempered, but  the prankster crossed the line when he said he would come to the singer's home to get the award.  
In response Cage said, "I wish you would. We saints love the Lord. We love Jesus, but now you ain't dealing with no punk.  You come up in my house it might be something else.. . .I come with the good Lord and the Bible in my hand, but  I also come with a strong fist."

Watch to video to hear  Byron Cage like you've never heard him before.
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