*(Los Angeles, CA) — The Living Legends Foundation, Inc. (LLF), recently celebrated its 26th Anniversary at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood.
Hosted by veteran broadcaster and media personality Rolonda Watts, the LLF honored eight distinguished individuals at its 21st Annual Living Legends Awards Gala with its new late-night format.
The 2017 honorees included Varnell Johnson, LLF President and CEO of Junes Entertainment, who was presented with the Chairman’s Award by LLF Chairman David C. Linton. Don Jackson, founder, Chairman, and CEO of Central City Productions, Inc., received the Broadcast Icon Award, presented by Jalila Larsuel; Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, Partners of Chew Entertainment were presented with the Creative Visionary Award by LLF General Counsel Kendall Minter; Morace Landy, Chief Marketing Strategist of Empire Distribution received the Music Executive Award by Ghazi Shami; Steve Crumbley, Senior Vice President of Programming/Operations Manager of Apex Media Charleston was presented with the Jerry Boulding Radio Executive Award by radio personality Jay Michaels; Tyrone Williams, Chairman of the Board of Brooklyn United and former CEO of Cold Chillin’ Records received the Hip-Hop Visionary Award, which was presented by his family Brittany Williams, Tyrone Williams, Jr., and William Ashbourne; and Larry Jackson, Head of Original Music Content of Apple Music was presented with the Digital Music Executive Award by Jon Platt, LLF board member and CEO/Chairman of Warner Chappell Music.
“Congratulations to our 2017 honorees, who join an elite group of the best creative thinkers and innovators in music and entertainment,” says Linton. “As we expand the mission and goals of the organization, we will continue to recognize and celebrate individuals who are leaders, ground breakers and culture creators in various areas of media and entertainment.”
This year’s LLF Honorary Event Chairpersons included Geo Bivins, Executive Vice-President, Urban Promotions of RCA Records, and Siedah Garrett, Grammy Award winner and two-time Oscar-nominated singer, songwriter, and producer. Patricia Shields, Partner of Black Dot, LLC, and LLF Officer, served as Dinner Committee Chairperson.
The LLF Dinner Committee included an esteemed group of executives from radio, records, and media, including Eulis Cathey, Radio Personality of Watercolors, Sirius XM and WBGO-FM; Skip Dillard, Program Director of WBLS-FM (New York), and LLF Advisory board member; Sheila Eldridge, CEO of Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting, and LLF board member; Ethiopia Habtermariam, President of Motown Records; Karen Kennedy, President of 24 Seven Artist Development; Vicki Mack Lataillade, CMO of Premiere Label Group; Pat Prescott, Radio Personality of 94.7/The Wave Radio; Lynn Scott, Vice President, Marketing of Warner Bros. Records; and Phil Thornton, Senior Vice-President/GM of RCA Inspiration/Sony Music.
This year, the LLF presented international recording artist Sheléa, who headlined the entertainment and performed a three-song set; and independent artist Lydia Renee performed a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Sponsors for the 2017 LLF Awards Dinner and Gala included Warner Chappell Music, Empire Distribution Group, RCA Records, Apple Music, All Access Music Group, Atlantic Records, City National Bank, Columbia Records, Def Jam Records, REVOLT Music, eOne Music, Epic Records, RCA Inspiration, Warner Bros. Records, WU Music, Nicole Avant, and Universal Music. Media sponsors included EURweb.com, Moses Media, Music Industry, Quarterly, RadioFacts, and The Urban Buzz.
This year’s gifting sponsors provided a variety of donations for honorees, celebrities and VIP guests including 37Ink, Atria Books, Black Momma Vodka, Concord Music Group, Enliven, Glamazon Beauty Cosmetics, HBO, Jane Carter Solution, Johnson’s Popcorn, Khuraira Cosmetics, Mack Avenue Records, Miss Jessie’s Original, Motown Gospel, Nelson Books, RCA Inspiration, Revel Spirits, Roslynn Wright, The Sitoto Collection, and Warner Bros Records. The LLF gifting sponsors also provided numerous book titles including copies of Long Road To Hard Truth by Judge Wilkins, which were given by an anonymous donor. Actor Wesley Snipes and Monica Wood donated books of Snipes’ new novel, Talon Of God; new author and award-winning songwriter Taura Stinson gifted copies of 100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know; and author Monika M. Pickett provided books of her debut novel titled, Little Boy Blue. Gift bag sponsors for the general guests included the LA Dodgers, Fox Sports, ASCAP, Breath of Life Records, Empire Distribution Group, D3 Entertainment, and the American Heart Association.
For additional information on the Living Legends Foundation, please visit www.livinglegendsfoundation.com.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*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.
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.
“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.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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