Most people know Compton for its hip hop and gangsta music – but many don’t know about the multitude of good things that go on in the city which are oftentimes not considered when thinking about the hub city. In fact every time you hear about something of negative nature happening in Compton…..I can show you ten positive ones.
So it was true on last night. First Charity Missionary Baptist Church (MBC) & CPB Productions held its First Annual Gospel Comedy Show Fundraiser, A Night of Laughter. The evening’s event included scripture, prayer, singing, sharing of information, and great comedy. The audience was blessed with some of the best crack-up comics around. Headliner Edward D. Smith aka Peanutt was too funny. He is truly a talented entertainer, and he was able to keep his jokes clean – but still hilarious. Other comics were Jarell Jackson, (Finders Keepers, Livin’ Tha Life) and The Wood Doctor & Roscoe, a talented ventriloquist, and Rev. Timothy Price.
Song selections were provided by Evangelist Sharon Moore, Ms. Lorraine Spear, and Minister Pauline M. Brown, and they were all great! Musicians for the event were Bro. Benny Harris who played the organ and Bro. Julius McClendon on the drums. Master of Ceremonies was provided by longtime radio announcer (1460 A.M. KTYM) Pres’ Blackmon widely known as “Mr. Voice” for his smooth baritone voice.
First Charity MBC located at 925 E. Rosecrans Blvd. is one of 200 churches said to be in and around the 10 square miles of Compton, and you will find activities going on throughout the week at many of them. First Charity is lead by Dr. David L. Tate Sr., Pastor/Founder/Organizer along with his first lady Sarah Tate, Associate Pastor, Rev. Charles Brown, Minister Pauline Brown, and Deacon Andrew Tate. Of course a host of attendees who contributed donations and other supporters should be applauded as well.
So the next time you hear something negative portrayed on the news about the 125 year old City of Compton….remember there are countless acts of goodness; including soul saving and life changing things going on at the same time – just as in other american cities across our nation. Good job Compton!