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Homecoming Service for International Opera Star Jessye Norman Set with 4-Day Weeklong Services and...

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Black radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singersThe family of international opera star Jessye Norman announces today through the family spokesperson, Gwendolyn Quinn, the Homegoing Service, and the weeklong services and celebrations. The funeral is set for Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the William B. Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA, doors open and seating begins at 12:00 p.m. (there will be a private interment). The four-day, weeklong events start on Thursday, October 10, and runs through Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Augusta, GA. (see full schedule below). In November 2019, there will be a celebration of life event, scheduled in New York City.The lineup of distinguished performers and speakers will include longtime friend and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, Michael Eric Dyson, and Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes, and Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr., and Augusta’s natives Laurence Fishburne and Wycliffe Gordon, with musical tributes by six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Harolyn Blackwell, and Lawrence Brownlee, and other confirmations expected this week. Musical direction by Damien Sneed, a longtime friend and Augusta native.Elder Raymond Sturkey will deliver the eulogy, and Reverend Dr. Clyde Hill, Sr. of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church will officiate the homegoing service, which will include family, friends, dignitaries and special guests, and seating will be available to the public.There are two public viewings scheduled for Norman on Thursday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, October 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30901.On Friday, October 11, the City of Augusta will present the Honorary Street Naming Ceremony to Norman’s family, which is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, 739 Green Street, Augusta, GA 30901.The weeklong celebration will conclude on Sunday, October 13. The Jessye Norman School of the Arts will present its Annual Benefit Concert: “An Evening with Audra McDonald” at the Miller Theater, 708 Broad Street, Augusta, GA, at 4:00 p.m.Ms. Norman, 74, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, NY, surrounded by loved ones.Jessye Norman’s Homecoming Service, Public Viewing and Celebration ServicesDate: Thursday, October 10, 2019Time: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Event: Jessye Norman’s Public ViewingLocation: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1260 Wrightsboro Road Augusta, GA 30901*** Date: Friday, October 11, 2019Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Event: Jessye Norman’s Public ViewingLocation: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30901***Date: Friday, October 11, 2019Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Event: Honorary Street Naming Ceremony to Jessye Norman BoulevardLocation: Jessye Norman School of the Arts (JNSA) 739 Green Street Augusta, GA 30901 *Followed by a reception in the Ann and Ellis Johnson Gallery of Art (at JNSA)***Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019Time: 1:00 p.m.Event: Jessye Norman’s Homecoming ServiceLocation: The William B. Bell Auditorium 712 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901 *Doors open and seating will begin at 12:00 p.m.*** Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019Time: 4:00 p.m.Event: The Jessye Norman School of the Arts’ Annual Benefit Concert: “An Evening with Audra McDonald”Location: Miller Theater 708 Broad Street (Downtown Augusta) Augusta, GA 30901Flowers: J. Norman Funeral Service c/o Williams Funeral Home 2945 Old Tobacco Road Hephzibah, GA 30815 *Please direct resolutions and/or proclamations, cards, and condolences to the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, 739 Green Street, Augusta, GA 30901 to be read at the service and/or provided to the family.*In lieu of flowers, foundation endowment gifts in honor of Jessye Norman can be made at www.jessyenormanschool.org.*Donations may be sent to the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, 739 Green Street, Augusta, GA 30901.Publicity Contact: Gwendolyn Quinn Gwendolyn Quinn Public Relations GwendolynQuinn@aol.com 917-769-7808
10 Things You May or May Not Know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  13

10 Things You May or May Not Know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Radio Facts: KING1In honor of his birthday, we wanted to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by pointing out a few things that you may or may not know about the acclaimed Civil Rights leader. Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. May you rest in prosperity. (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)1. Today, January 15, 2014, is the anniversary of founders day for the lovely ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. What does that have to do with Dr. King? Well, Martin's lovely wife, Coretta Scott King was a member of the sorority as Martin himself was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I will say #SkeePhi to all of those that understand what that means. photo-46 (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)2. King's name was originally Michael, not Martin.  His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr.  However, after a trip to Germany in 1931, Michael King Sr. changed his own name in homage to historic German theologian Martin Luther.  Michael King Jr. was two years old at the time and King Sr. made the decision to change his son’s name to Martin Luther as well. KING3 (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)3. Martin skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered Moorehouse College at the tender age of 15 in 1944.  By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.kinGMORE (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)4. In 1963, he became was the first African-American to be named Time magazine's Man of the Year. MLK5_1 (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)5. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday in his name, and is the only non-president with a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. mlk_statue (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)6. King actually won a Grammy!  He won it in 1971 for Best Spoken Word Album for “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam”. kinggrammy (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)7.Before his death, King had survived another assassination attempt. A mentally ill black woman named Izola Ware Curr stabbed King on Sept. 20, 1958, at a book signing in Harlem. izola (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)8.There are at least 730 cities that have streets named after King and Chris Rock once jokingly said, you know you are in the hood if you are on any street named after Dr. King. Street signs mark the corner of Rosa Parks Blvd and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Detroit (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)9.The King family and others believe that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the US government, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993, and that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat. In a 1999 civil trial that did not name the US government as a defendant and sought $100 from Jowers[vague], with both the family and Jowers cooperating together and the only presenting parties, the jury ruled that Loyd Jowers and others, including unspecified governmental agencies, were all part of the conspiracy to kill Martin Luther King Jr. Martin-Luther-King-Jr_-assassination (FOR MORE FACTS ABOUT MLK CLICK NEXT)10. Dr. King was a smoker and he was always trying to quit according to several sources including his driver. He also liked pork chop sandwiches from BB Beamon’s or Henry’s Grill on Auburn in his hometown of Atlanta, GA. Photo of Martin Luther King Jr 
The GRAMMY Museum To Honor Berry Gordy And Smokey Robinson

The GRAMMY Museum To Honor Berry Gordy And Smokey Robinson

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Radio Facts: Smokey+Robinson+Foundation+Join+Give+Back+WZ87VW2Zd3-lMotown founder Berry Gordy and grammy winner Smokey Robinson will be honored with The grammy Museum's first-ever Architects of Sound Award, it was announced today by Bob Santelli, executive director of the Museum. Proceeds from the inaugural grammy Museum benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles — will provide essential support for the Museum, an educational and interactive museum dedicated to engaging both children and adults in the power of music through dynamic exhibits, educational programs, live performances and more. The event will be hosted by music industry veteran and television personality Randy Jackson.In recognition of their unparalleled contributions to the Motown genre, Gordy will receive the Architect of Sound: Vision Award and Robinson will receive the Architect of Sound: Artist Award. Selected by the Museum and its Board of Directors, the Architect of Sound Awards are dedicated to honoring those who are catalysts in changing the musical legacy of America, and who helped shape the sound of a specific genre. "We are honored to celebrate both Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson as the first-ever recipients of the Architects of Sound Awards," said Santelli. "Their contributions to Motown have truly changed the landscape of American music. We are grateful to these extraordinary industry leaders who will be helping us celebrate not only our first gala, but also our upcoming five-year anniversary of The grammy Museum." (FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE EVENT CLICK NEXT)Berry Gordy is the founder of Motown Records, the hit-making enterprise, birthed in Detroit, that nurtured the careers of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, and many other music greats. Mr. Gordy is also a songwriter, boxer, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, he also released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His films include Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues, which together garnered five Academy Award nominations. Among the awards recognizing Gordy's accomplishments are the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, the Gordon Grand Fellow from Yale University, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, the Rainbow Coalition's Man of the Millennium Award, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, the T.J. Martell Foundation's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, and the grammy Salute To Industry Icons® President's Merit Award. Berry Gordy's unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture is chronicled in his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown. It is the basis for his play, Motown the Musical, which had its world premiere on Broadway on April 14, 2013, garnered four Tony nominations, with the New York Times calling it "the biggest box office hit of the year." Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson's career spans more than four decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the grammy Legend Award, The Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters' Hall of Fame and has been honored at The Kennedy Center. Born and raised in Detroit, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. They were the first group managed by Berry Gordy. The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960s and early '70s, and Robinson became Vice President of Motown records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. Following his tenure at Motown, he continued his impressive touring career and released several successful solo albums. Robinson continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage. In early 2014, Robinson plans to release a duets collection of his greatest hits and compositions performed with today's top recording artists. Gala Tribute ConcertThe 2013 grammy Museum Architects of Sound Gala will begin with a reception and touring of the grammy Museum, followed by a dinner and awards presentation, hosted by Jackson. The celebration will culminate with a concert, produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions, featuring four-time GRAMMY-winning group Boyz II Men and four-time grammy winner Kelly Rowland. In addition to serving as a grammy Museum Board member, Ken Ehrlich has produced the GRAMMY Awards® telecast since 1980 and is responsible for the creation and presentation of the show's most iconic GRAMMY moments during that time. Major gala sponsors include The Recording Academy, AEG, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Additional sponsors include CBS Corporation, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Ziffren Brittenham LLP, Carolyn Powers and The David Geffen Foundation. Media sponsorship will be provided by Los Angeles Magazine.
Harry Belafonte Sues the Martin Luther King jr. Estate

Harry Belafonte Sues the Martin Luther King jr. Estate

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Radio Facts: harry bIn an attempt to auction off some original works of Martin Luther King Jr at the Sotheby auction, Harry Belafonte was met with some opposition from the Martin Luther King Jr. estate when they blocked the sell. Belafonte has the notes that were in Dr. King's suit pocket when he was assassinated in 1968. He also has a condolence letter written to Coretta King by President Lyndon Johnson. And, he has various King speeches, including the outline for the famous "The casualties of the war in Vietman" speech.The attempted auction occurred in 2008 but Belafonte has waited until now to act by filing a lawsuit asking a judge to confirm he's the rightful owner. Currently Sotheby's is holding all the docs until a court decides who owns the priceless stuff.Mr. Belafonte gained possession of the docs due to having a very long and close relationship with King during the civil rights movement. Harry Belafonte and King worked tirelessly together to give the less fortunate equal rights.
ASPiRE to Broadcast Live The 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

ASPiRE to Broadcast Live The 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

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Radio Facts: Radio Facts: ASPiRE today announced it will carry the live broadcast of tomorrow’s national “The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to...
BET Commemorates and Airs Live Coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

BET Commemorates and Airs Live Coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on...

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Radio Facts: Radio Facts: BET Networks celebrates the 50th anniversary of the history-making March on Washington with LIVE coverage starting Saturday, August 24 at...

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