Taylor to serve as next presiding judge

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Eric C. Taylor has been elected as the next presiding judge for the Los Angeles County’s Superior Court system.

Taylor has served as assistant presiding judge since January 2019, and
will take over the top spot in January.

He was appointed to the bench in 1998, has served as a Superior Court site judge for the Inglewood courthouse, along with assistant district supervising judge and supervising judge, both for the Southwest district.

He was the first judge to be elected a second time as president of the California Judges Association and helped expand and solidify the organization’s membership and give judges a strong voice throughout California.

Longtime TV executive Pearlena Igbokwe will take over leadership of NBCUniversal’s global television studio business from Bonnie Hammer in the latest shake-up at the studio.

The promotion will make her one of the highest-ranking Black women in the entertainment business, as the TV industry veteran Hammer moves into the role of vice chairman, NBCUniversal said.

Igbokwe takes over the company’s growing global television studio business, including Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP) and NBCUniversal International Studios and will report directly to NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Shell.

“Our television studios are key growth engines for the company, and Pearlena is ideally suited to lead them,” Shell said in a statement. “She has extraordinary taste and is well-respected within NBC.”

Morgan Apolonio of Inglewood has been awarded the Earth Day Scholarship by the National Society of High School Scholars.

Apolonio attended California Academy of Math and Science and says she has always had a passion for the environment. With that passion, she decided to create a program called Reduce, Reuse, Innovate and Create, which teaches children in elementary school how they can help protect the environment.

The National Society of High School Scholars provides a wide range of opportunities for students on their  journey from high school to college.