Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986). In 1952, as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics, Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 he incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.
Singer Brandy claims she “just took classes” and is no longer a follower of Scientology.
In a 2004 interview, Norwood told Africana.com that she had once enrolled in Scientology classes.
“It basically consists of questions that probe really deeply into your life,” she said. “I am not a Scientologist, but I do love what I have experienced.”
Doug E. Fresh
In 2009, hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh opened up about his affiliation with the Church of Scientology. In an interview with Essence magazine, the star talked about what Scientology means to him and why others should consider it.
“I found it fascinating. It changed how I thought. I’ve learned how to look at things and not judge them but respect them, and use it in a way that people understand that I respect them, show them love and respect their reality. Scientology is not written with disrespect toward God. It doesn’t worship something that is evil. It is scientific, mathematical, and spiritual. The Black community has to check it out and see what’s there. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but you have to take a look. You may be amazed at what you get.”