Daily Archives: May 23, 2012

R.I.P. Hal Jackson

Hal Jackson who is considered to be the Godfather of Black radio passed today. His career started in the ’30’s and he achieved many firsts for African-Americans in the field of broadcasting. He is the first African-American sports announcer and host of The Bronze Review that aired on WINX in Washington. Jackson co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Company with Percy Sutton in 1971 and the company acquired WLIB making them the first Black owners of a radio station in New York City. Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens International was also started that year. Jackson’s autobiography, The House That Jack Built: My Life As a Trailblazer in Broadcasting and Entertainment was published in 2001. The nonagenerian was still hosting a radio show up until two weeks prior to his death.


MCA’s Rolling Stone Cover

MCA is on the cover of the new Rolling Stone and most the issue is dedicated to him. Ad-Rock and Mike D give their first interviews since MCA’s passing and credit him for being the foundation of The band’s creativity. The issue goes on sale May 25.


Curtiss King – Ratchets Still Jockin

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Cali rapper Curtiss King has a sense of humor on this track about class-less women who are still attracted to him despite his financial difficulties. King has a Kickstarter campaign going right now to pay for his debut album Atychiphobia” (The Fear of Failure) and an accompanying DVD documentary Kings + Queens. You can download “Rachets Still Jockin'” here.


Community leaders honored at National Coalition’s Spirit of Democracy Awards

Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala Celebrates Our Brothers. Pictured (L – R): William Kellibrew IV, NCBCP; Richard Womack, Sr., NCBCP; Jonathan McDaniel, honoree/actor; Debra Speed, Verizon; Al Dotson, honoree/100 Black Men of America; Donna Frisby Greenwood, Knight Foundation; Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP; Tanya Lombard, AT&T; Shawn Dove, honoree/Campaign for Black Male Achievement Open Society Foundations; Joshua DuBois, honoree/The White House.

Washington, DC – The powerful and positive visual of over 200 strong black men standing to represent as mentors, community organizers and leaders will be deeply embedded into the mind of nearly 300 people who attended The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (The National Coalition) 15th annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala in Washington, DC last week.

Spirit of Democracy Awards honoree and SEIU executive vice president, Gerald Hudson, holds a plaque given to Janet Campbell (right) in memory of her daughter Ruby Campbell Pulliam. National Coalition president Melanie L. Campbell looks on.

As the night was dedicated to “Celebrating Our Brothers,” six phenomenal men doing constructive work to empower the African American community were honored. There was also a special Servant Leadership and Community Service Award established in memory of the former manager of the annual Spirit Awards, Ruby Campbell Pulliam.


Recordings By Donna Summer & Prince Added To The National Recording Registry

The National Recording Registry just released the list of songs that entered their archive for 2011. Donna Summer, Prince, The Sugarhill Gang, Parliament, Booker T. & The M.G.’s and Bo Diddley all have tunes in the collection from last year’s selection process. It’s interesting that Summer’s “I Feel Love” induction is announced on the day of her funeral and Robert Moog’s birthday. See all of the urban selections to the registry below.

Donna Summer I Feel Love

Prince Purple Rain

Booker T. & The M.G.’s Green Onions

Parliament Mothership Connection

Bo Diddley I’m A Man

The Sugarhill Gang Rappers Delight