Earvin “Magic” Johnson left the NBA earlier this year, but it wasn’t so he could kick back and retire. It was so he could serve more in his church and community. Johnson says his work as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations was simply “not fun” for him, reports the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Los Angeles. And even more so, he says, it hindered him from being able to truly help others in need, according to the Los Angeles Sentinel. Johnson and his pastor, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles COGIC, announced on March 18 that they were launching an initiative to equip African American men to succeed in life.

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