*New York, NY – Goal-based savings and financial literacy app Goalsetter, has teamed up with Robert F. Smith, chairman of Vista Equity Partners, Black TikTok Influencers, and Sean Ali-Waddell, Jr., activist and cousin of Muhammad Ali, in a Juneteenth movement to sign one million Black youth up for Goalsetter savings accounts.
The #SavingOurSelves initiative, designed to help break the cycle of generational poverty in the African American community by teaching financial literacy and championing family savings, is the brainchild of Goalsetter’s Founder and CEO, Tanya Van Court. Juneteenth (June 19th), is the day that marks the end of slavery in America in 1865.
“After enduring generations of inequality, disenfranchisement and marginalization, the African American community as a whole continues to struggle to achieve financial independence,” says Van Court. “Goalsetter provides a gateway to overcome financial hardship by educating youth at the earliest ages and demystifying savings and wealth creation. We are excited to play a leadership role in helping our young people to achieve financial freedom and build a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.”
“Juneteenth is a celebration of our freedom from slavery, but African-Americans can’t truly celebrate freedom until we are financially liberated and the wealth gap is closed,” says Robert F. Smith, chairman of Vista Equity Partners and Goalsetter investor. “By giving Black youth a Goalsetter savings account and financial literacy app to engage with, created by a Black entrepreneur, we can change the way a whole generation learns about money and thinks about building wealth. Early savings can have a profound, long-term impact on our entire community,” says Smith. In 2019, Smith gifted Morehouse College, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), with $34 million dollars freeing nearly 400 graduates and their families of crippling student loan debt so graduates could begin their lives debt-free.
In 2020, Black Americans are still feeling the economic burden of centuries of racism. “Studies have shown that White Americans have 10 times the net worth of Black Americans, and Black Americans are projected to have a negative net worth by 2053,” adds Van Court. “Young people who have savings accounts in their names – no matter how much is in them – are six times more likely to go to college and four times more likely to own stocks as young adults. Our job as a community is to show young people the way forward and support them.”
In addition to partnering with leading community organizations, Goalsetter is partnering with Black TikTok Influencers during their “Blackout” on Juneteenth to spread the word about the #SavingOurSelves campaign, and encourage their followers to sign up for savings accounts through the Goalsetter app. Skai Beauty, TikTok Creator and student at the HBCU Florida A&M University (FAMU) says “Black Lives Matter is the top trending hashtag on TikTok. That means that Black creators are fueling the economy of TikTok yet are not able to participate in that wealth creation. We are spreading the word about this movement because financial freedom can only be achieved if Black people learn to build wealth as early as possible and are able to participate equally in the wealth that we create.”
Sean Ali-Waddell, Jr., activist, cousin of Muhammad Ali, and HBCU student at Howard University adds “Getting one million Black kids to save is like teaching a million slaves to read. It’s putting them on the path to freedom.”
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As a family saving platform, Goalsetter makes it easy for parents to save for emergency funds, teens to save for college funds, and kids to save for fun funds. Goalsetter also enables friends and families to gift GoalCards instead of gift cards on birthdays and holidays, so GoalCard recipients receive real money towards real dreams in an FDIC-insured account. Goalsetter’s fun financial literacy quizzes are mapped to Jumpstart.org national financial literacy standards and uses meme and gifts from hip hop artists and popular culture to teach financial literacy to family members of all ages.
About Tanya Van Court, Goalsetter Founder & CEO:
Tanya Van Court is the Founder and CEO of Goalsetter, with an extensive track record in the digital space. Prior to her role at Goalsetter, Van Court led digital products at Nickelodeon and served as Senior Vice President of Partner Marketing at Discovery Education, where she launched digital textbooks to schools across the country. Prior to Nickelodeon and Discovery, Van Court served as Vice President of new media products for ESPN, where she led the launch of online streaming service, ESPN3.
Van Court holds two degrees in engineering from Stanford University, and three degrees in parenting from her children Gabrielle, Hendrix, and Maxwell.
Juan and Lisa Winans Claim Number One On Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart
*Earning widespread gospel airplay, a legion of new fans, and critical acclaim, recording artists Juan and Lisa Winans are heading into a notable 2020 holiday season. Their debut single, “It Belongs To Me” featuring Marvin L. Winans has landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart this week.
This has been a year of firsts for the musical partners. Juan and Lisa’s first non-holiday track, released on DARE Records, marks their first time charting together as recording artists. “It Belongs To Me” is a beautifully rendered and timely message of faith and assurance, needed during the world’s current time of social and political unrest.
“Getting the news that ‘It Belongs To Me’ had hit No. 1 gave me an overwhelming sense of gratitude because I know how many people supported this journey,’ says Juan. “Success is a team sport and I’m incredibly grateful for our team, all of the fans, and listeners. I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come!”
“This is such a thrilling moment!” adds Lisa. “We’re so grateful for the programmers, radio personalities, and listeners who have supported this song and helped bring it to this point. It is remarkable that the message of ‘It Belongs To Me’ is being heard by so many people! Praise God and many, many thanks to our phenomenal DARE Records team.”
“We are so excited for Juan and Lisa Winans on their first No. 1. The journey of this song — from the first voicemail from Juan and Lisa to the release of the single, to the news of today — is a story for the ages. Beyond grateful,” says Michael Anthony Taylor, CEO of DARE Records.
The dynamic duo also contributes a one-of-a-kind, live inspirational performance on the brand-new EP recording DARE Records Presents Countdown To Christmas with a soon-to-be classic, “Piece of My Soul,” available as a single on December 11, 2020, on digital and streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, and Tidal, among others.
DARE Records partnered with 95.7 Hallelujah (iHeart Media) to presents its first-ever virtual special holiday event, the “Hallelujah Countdown to Christmas,” series, which will be broadcast on the station’s streaming platforms, including WHAL-FM (Memphis, TN); WHLW-FM (Montgomery, AL); WMXC-FM (Mobile, AL); WERC-FM (Birmingham, AL); WSOK-FM (Savannah, GA); WTLM-FM (Auburn, AL); and WHLH-FM (Jackson, MS) on December 11, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. CT, on the station’s streaming platforms.
Recognized as accomplished recording artists and songwriters individually – each with previous GRAMMY nominations – Juan and Lisa are today’s millennial Christian couple. Juan, a third-generation member of the legendary Winans family, began his career as a member of Winans Phase 2, along with his eldest brother, Carvin, and his cousins Marvin Winans, Jr., and Michael Winans, Jr. The group’s first recording, We Got Next, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Album charts and was nominated for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000. Juan’s father, Carvin Winans, is a member of the five-time Grammy Award-winning group, The Winans, which includes his uncles Marvin, Michael, and the late Ronald Winans. Juan also starred in the theatrical production of Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story, written by his uncle BeBe Winans and also starred his sister, Deborah Joy Winans of the hit drama series, Greenleaf.
Formerly Lisa Kimmey, who is best known as a member and lead songwriter of the chart-topping Contemporary Christian music trio Out of Eden with her sisters Andrea Kimmey-Baca and Danielle Kimmey Torrez. The group released seven career albums from 1994-2006 including the critically-acclaimed No Turning Back, This Is Your Life, and Hymns, which was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category. During Lisa’s tenure, she made a special guest appearance on the ‘90s hit sitcom, “Moesha,” which streaming giant Netflix recently added to its lineup of African American classics from the 1990s and early 2000s. She also was a host of original programming for the Gospel Music Channel and hosted the Verizon Wireless “How Sweet the Sound” choir competition along with Donald Lawrence.
For more information on Juan and Lisa Winans, go to www.juanandlisawinans.com.
‘Life After Lockup’ Exclusive Clip: Lamar Reunites with Daughter Shante [WATCH]
*W*WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns this week with an all-new episode that finds Lamar reuniting with his daughter Shante reconnect.
“Growing up without my dad was really hard for me,” says Shante in the clip. “I only had one little picture to show me what my dad looks like. I missed out on a lot. I didn’t know who I was.”
Will old feelings come up when father and daughter reconnect or can they move forward?
Check out their emotional moment via our exclusive clip above.
— WE tv (@WEtv) November 25, 2020
Elsewhere in the episode, Lindsey hatches a plan. Shawn’s M.I.A. fiancée might be pregnant. Lamar’s secret meeting puts his relationship in jeopardy. Tennison storms off and Andrea loses it. Michael risks all with a sexy date, and Shavel’s family pressures her to cut off Quaylon.
Meanwhile, this season on “Life After Lockup,” the couples will face plenty of firsts in their new lives together – from new marriages to divorce, new homes to new children, all while living under the challenges of their parole. Possible restrictions abound: early curfews, random check-ins, drug tests, travel prohibitions, consorting with ex-cons combined with the temptations of alcohol and drugs, the stakes have never been higher. Will they stay together and stay out of prison?
Catch “Life After Lockup” Fridays at 9/8c.
NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington and Band Social Science Earn 2021 Grammy Nomination for Ambitious Double Album Waiting Game
*Drummer, producer, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington and band Social Science have received a prestigious nomination for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for their 2020 double album project, Waiting Game, released on Motema Music. Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science is the drummer’s collaborative project with pianist Aaron Parks and guitarist Matthew Stevens, along with multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin, vocalist Debo Ray, and DJ/rapper Kassa Overall.
The album’s special guests include Esperanza Spalding, Nicholas Payton, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Rapsody, Meshell Ndegeocello, Maimouna Youssef, Raydar Ellis, and Kokayi. The slate of nominations was announced November 24, 2020, by The Recording Academy during a special hour-long livestream on GRAMMY.com. The 63rd annual Grammy Awards will take place online on Sunday, January 31, 2021, recognizing excellence in music released in late 2019 and 2020.
“We are beyond thrilled about this project being recognized this year by the Recording Academy,” says Carrington. “We poured our hearts and souls into this music, speaking our truths without knowing what 2020 had in store for our country. So happy our work resonated with so many people because unification is critical right now and music has the power to heal and create bridges.”
Aaron Parks notes, “This band is like a family and I’m grateful to be able to create music with them that feels pertinent to the moment we’re living through, looking squarely at many of society’s ills and searching for new ways to tell difficult stories through song.”
“A sincere thank you to everyone who lent their ears to this record and who connected with the music and the message,” says Matthew Stevens. “This nomination is a testament to the power of diverse collaboration to address current injustices and to imagine a better future.”
Carrington is already a three-time Grammy Award winner, earning Best Vocal Jazz Album in 2012 for The Mosaic Project; Best Instrumental Jazz Album in 2014 for Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue; and Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2015 for producing jazz vocalist Dianne Reeve’s Beautiful Life. Carrington was the first woman to receive a Grammy Award in the Jazz Instrumental Album category.
In October 2020, Carrington was named a 2021 NEA Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship is the nation’s highest honor in jazz.
From a child prodigy to a world-class musician, Carrington has a wealth of diverse experience as a multi-genre performer, composer, producer, and educator. Her most recent album, Waiting Game with Social Science, boasted a triple-crown win in Downbeat magazine’s International Critics Poll, for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Group of the Year, making her the first woman instrumentalist to win simultaneously in all three categories in the 68-year history of the magazine.
Carrington has received honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, where she currently serves as the founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. The Institute recruits, teaches, mentors, and advocates for musicians seeking to study jazz with gender justice and racial justice as guiding principles, and asks the important question, “What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy?” She also serves as Artistic Director for Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop, and as Artistic Director of The Carr Center in Detroit, MI. In 2019, Carrington was granted the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award in recognition of her past and ongoing contributions to jazz music.
Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career in Massachusetts at 10 years old, when she became the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. She was featured as a “kid wonder” in many publications and on local and national TV shows. After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Carrington worked as an in-demand musician in New York City and later moved to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late-night TV as the house drummer for both “The Arsenio Hall Show” and Quincy Jones’ “VIBE TV” show, hosted by Sinbad. To date, Carrington has performed on more than 100 recordings and has been a role model and advocate for young women and men internationally through her teaching and touring careers. She has worked extensively with jazz giants and legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Joe Sample, Esperanza Spalding, and many more.
For more information about Terri Lyne Carrington, go to terrilynecarrington.com.
For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
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