Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘Global Communicator’ July Social Justice Curated Playlist Honors Civil Rights Icons John Lewis and C.T. Vivian

Left to Right: C.T. Vivian, John Lewis talking with Andrew Young.

*Global Communicator, the e-publication for communications professionals, has once again teamed with music producer Brennan Williams, founder of Coloan Records, to create a specially curated playlist highlighting the theme for the July 2020 issue: Social Justice. Dedicated to the legacies of recently departed civil rights icons, the Rev. C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis, this month’s special 30-track collection is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

Included on the playlist are inspiring and time-honored recordings by artists who paint musical portraits of a nation in dire need of change and healing. Such tunes as Marvin Gaye’s indelible “What’s Going On,” The Isley Brothers’ funky “Fight The Power,” James Brown’s groundbreaking “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud,” Kendrick Lamar’s hopeful “Alright,” Gil-Scott Heron’s prescient “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” and Public Enemy’s enduring hip-hop battle cry “Fight The Power” from this year’s BET Awards are all on the list. These are joined by handpicked tunes by Aretha Franklin, Childish Gambino, War, Donny Hathaway, Beyoncé, Queen Latifah, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Nina Simone, the Impressions, and others.  As with last month’s well-received playlist for June, Williams programmed the YouTube list with live performance videos where possible.

Gwendolyn Quinn, the Chief Content Officer of Global Communicator, says she wanted to honor the late Rev. C.T. Vivian and the Hon. John Lewis – who both died on July 17, 2020 – with this collection. “Two of Black America’s leading heroes changed the direction of this country with their bravery, courage, and lifelong commitment to civil rights and social justice. Their leadership has inspired generations,” she notes.

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Left: Areva Martin, Top Right: Rachel Noerdlinger, Bottom Right: Dreena Whitfield

The July 2020 Global Communicator: Social Justice Issue features long-form profiles of communications professionals on the frontlines of the nation’s current struggle for justice and equality: Civil rights attorney and TV commentator Areva Martin, PR expert and media activist Rachel Noerdlinger, and PR professional Dreena Whitfield, who represented a founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Martin, Noerdlinger, Whitfield, and Quinn selected the songs for the July Playlist.

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Brennan Williams

Brennan Williams’ playlist for the June premiere relaunched Global Communicator remains available to listeners as well. Handpicked by the communications professionals and Quinn, the collection can still be heard on YouTube, Apple, and Spotify.

Global Communicator is a monthly e-publication for people of color that features in-depth profiles of publicists, public relations and communications professionals, journalists, marketing and advertising executives, and content creators. The magazine is published on the Medium.com platform.

Founded by Brennan Williams in 2008, Coloan Records creates theme mixes that combine original and remixed tracks to deliver eclectic and complex music programming. With unparalleled expertise in sensory branding and cultural programming, Coloan Records delivers unique viewing and listening experiences that captivate and move audiences across the globe. Coloan Records has created musical experiences for such clients as The Recording Academy, Harvard University, Toyota, McDonald’s, Black Portraiture Conferences (presented in New York, Italy, and South Africa), Misty Copeland’s Dance Tribute to Wynton Marsalis, and the African American Museum of Philadelphia’s 40th Anniversary Gala honoring media trailblazers Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins.

For the current and past issues of Global Communicator magazine, please visit www.medium.com/global-communicator.


Gwendolyn Quinn
Gwendolyn Quinn is an award-winning media consultant with a career spanning over 25 years. She is the founder and creator of the African American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC) and the Global Communicator. Her weekly columns, “Inside Broadway,” “The Living Legends Series,” and “My Person of the Week” are published with EURWEB.com. She is also a contributor to BE.com, BE Pulse (via Medium.com) and the Huffington Post. Quinn is also a contributor to "Souls Revealed" and "Handle Your Entertainment Business." She is the curator of The Living Legends Foundation’s “The State of Black Music and Beyond” essay series published on the Huffington Post. Contact her at GwendolynGQuinn@gmail.com.




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