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Ellenae Fairhurst: First Black Female Lexus Dealer Shares All in Radio Interview



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Ellenae Fairhurst: 1st Black Female Dealer Shares All

* Ellenae Fairhurst, a pioneering new-car dealer and the owner of Lexus of Huntsville (Alabama), visits “Auto Trends with” over the next two Saturdays in honor of Women’s History Month.

It’s been widely reported that women influence over 85 percent of today’s car sales. Still, this group only owns 975 out of the approximate 20,000 new-car dealerships in America.

Ethnic minority women account for even a smaller percentage of dealerships, owning only 56 of them.

And when the ethnic numbers are divvied up, 6 black women are found to be steering the wheel of 15 today’s new-car dealerships. Which leaves this group with owning less than 1 percent of all new-car franchises, according to the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers latest census report.

Ironically, in the African American household women are responsible for 51 percent of last year’s new-vehicle registrations, slightly outpacing men.

More importantly, black women have surpassed other ethnic and non-ethnic household new vehicle registrations by women by a whopping 11 percentage points – according to Marc Bland of IHS Automotive.

Despite the latest numbers showing black women dominating new-vehicle purchases in their household and when compared to other women, for black women, finding a dealer who looks like them to support and purchase a vehicle from is like locating a needle in a haystack.

Ellenae Fairhurst

Fairhurst, like the handful of other black women in her tight-nit car sorority, have beat the odds by quietly squeezing through every closed door they have encountered in this male dominated industry.

Fairhurst, who was the first and continues to be the only ethnic minority female to own a Lexus franchise, also wears the title of being the first black dealer to secure an Infiniti franchise.

In a rare interview, the elder stateswoman of this sorority, who is actively engaged in the day-to-today decisions of her store, shares how television steered her in the late sixties toward a career in corporate America.

And also how marriage sidelined her initial corporate career path to how she acquired the funds to purchase her first non luxury dealership. Then how she became the first black woman to acquire two highly desirable luxury new-vehicle franchises.

Saturday, March 19 and 26

Auto Trends with

Phoenix’s 1280-AM,

3:15 pm EST/12:15 a.m. PCT

For smartphone and tablets, access the free KXEG App & TuneIn App

 About Auto Trends with and Jeff Fortson

 Auto Trends with is a Phoenix-based radio show executive produced by Jeff Fortson, editor and founder, of, an online educational car-buying website.

The 30-minute automotive show, which airs every Saturday, includes in-depth interviews with some of today’s industry influencers and pioneers. The show also highlights the latest recalls and new car reviews too.

Fortson has over 25 years of both automotive corporate and retail experience. He has also penned several extensive car-buying guides for both Black Enterprise and Essence, two of the premier magazines in the black community.

In April 2009, Essence recognized Jeff a “The Top Guru for Sound Car-Buying Advice.” His contributions and articles have also appeared in The Washington Post, Ebony, Jet, and Added to that, Jeff has appeared on such programs as CNN and NPR, serving in the role of an automotive analyst.





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Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)




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*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.

Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)




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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

MORE NEWS/RELATED: BMEE Authors: Urgent Steps Are Necessary to Address Implicit Bias in Early Education  

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’



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Goodbye 2020 Jazzy Rita Shelby

After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.

Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

This year has been a year like no other.  “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead.  Radio Programmers click here for adds.

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“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA.  Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita.  The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture.  “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms.  Click here to listen on Spotify.


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