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Legendary R&B Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. Memorialized at Apollo Theater



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*Cuba Gooding Sr., the legendary lead vocalist of the Grammy nominated R&B group “The Main Ingredient,” was memorialized in grand fashion recently at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem.  Family, friends and fans from across the United States and Barbados, attended a two-hour service, where they paid tribute to Gooding’s life, music, and legacy.  Gooding, who was born and raised in Harlem, died April 20, 2017 in Southern California.  He was 72.

Immediate family members that attended the memorial were Gooding’s longtime wife, Shirley Gooding; daughter April Gooding; actor and son Omar Gooding; musician and son Thomas Ware Gooding; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Oscar winning actor and son, Cuba Gooding Jr., joined family members at J. Foster Philips Funeral Home in Jamaica, New York, and attended the funeral service and subsequent entombment.

“Our dad is home,” said a somber Omar Gooding, star of Bounce TV’s “Family Time,” as he stood with siblings on the Apollo’s stage.  “My mother made sure that this happened, because Harlem is where it started happening for my father and ‘The Main Ingredient.’  So it’s only fitting that he has come home to Harlem and the Apollo Theater, one last time.”

In addition to other speakers, which included Shirley Gooding, music producer Charles Wallert, and Gerald Riggs from Church on the Way in California, the memorial service featured musical tributes by singers and recording artists Darryl Tookes, Angela Clemmons, and Alyson Williams.  Williams gave a rousing rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer,” a classic spiritual hymn that Gooding, Sr. loved singing.  Tookes, accompanying himself on a Baby Grand piano, also sang a heartfelt version of Cuba and The Main Ingredient’s “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely.”

The memorial service was organized by Wallert, who produced songs for Gooding as a solo artist, which included, “Meant To Be In Love,” “If You Were Mine,” “Never Give Up,” among others.

“Cuba was a one-of-kind-singer who could deliver incredible songs with his patented, natural first tenor voice,” said Wallert.  “Because of our friendship, there was always this trust between us about the music.  For those who love Cuba’s voice and music as a solo artist, I promise there’s much more to come.”

Other Gooding contemporaries in music who paid last respects, but did not perform, were singer/recording artist Shirley Murdock, and R&B and Harlem natives “Guy.”  Words of condolence for Gooding were relayed to Wallert by producer Quincy Jones, singer/guitarist George Benson, and singer and recording artist Freda Payne. “

“Cuba Gooding was an iconic and stellar performer,” said Payne, who recorded with Gooding several times.  “I, too, was a fan of the amazing group ‘The Main Ingredient,’ featuring the outstanding vocals of Cuba Gooding.  Rest in peace, my friend!”

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Letters of condolence and acknowledgement also poured in from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Harlem Week’s Lloyd Williams and Winston Majette, and others.

At J. Foster Philips Funeral home, family, friends, and fans gathered to view Gooding, who was dressed in a white tuxedo and white wing-collar shirt, with a gold cummerbund that matched his casket.  Gooding was ultimately entombed at Trinity Cemetery & Mausoleum in Manhattan.  However, before his entombment, the funeral procession weaved slowly through the streets of Harlem, pausing in front of the late singer’s childhood home and Apollo.  Along the route through Harlem, many Harlemites waived farewell amid chants of Cuba.

The farewell procession through Harlem was poetic, as Harlem’s own Gooding, Luther Simmons, and Tony Silvester (The Main Ingredient) elevated to world prominence with such hit songs as “Everybody Plays The Fool,” “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely,” “Rolling Down a Mountainside,” “Happiness is Just Around the Bend,” “You’ve Got To Take It (If You Want It).”  Other “Main Ingredient” chart-toppers were “You’ve Been My Inspiration,”  “Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love), “I’m So Proud” among many others.

“Everything for Cuba, from the memorial service to the funeral arrangements to the procession through Harlem to his entombment at the mausoleum was beautiful,” said Shirley Gooding. “And the outpouring of love for this man, his life, and music was really incredible.  Although his death is sad in many ways, I know my husband is in heaven with the Lord.  So I’m pleased that God’s will has been done, and I know that all things work together for good, for those who love the Lord.”


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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.”

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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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