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LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as V.P. of Marketing and Special Programming at EURweb.com. Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film.
Rance Allen Group

Rance Allen Group Releases ‘A Lil’ Louder (Clap Your Hands)’

The Rance Allen Group releases 6th project on Tyscot Music

The Rance Allen Group releases 6th project on Tyscot Music

*(Indianapolis, IN)  - Yes, you’ve heard the buzz that the legendary Rance Allen Group has been in the studio and the group’s debut single “A Lil’ Louder (Clap Your Hands)” is nothing less than a gospel hit.

Fans of the Stellar award-winning Rance Allen Group (RAG) will hear a fresh, new sound from one of the most successful gospel trios in history.

Backed by the stratospheric falsetto of Bishop Rance and brothers Thomas and Steve, “A Lil’ Louder” will excite loyal fans and attract new listeners who crave the kind of gospel sound that makes it impossible to stay seated.

The single sets the tone for the much anticipated RAG project.

“We know this song will make anybody listening get on up, clap their hands, and praise the Lord,” said Bishop Allen who started the group over 40 years ago. “You see, all of God’s children face strife, pain and life difficulties.”

“But, through it all, God is there. He’s with you all the way – through all your trials and all your triumphs. ‘A Lil’ Louder’ inspires listeners to just take a few minutes and praise Him. Always remember that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. You have a praise inside of you…you just have to make sure that you give God a praise that is bigger than any problem you might have. So clap your hands a little louder!”

Known for such beloved gospel anthems as “Something about the Name Jesus,” “Do Your Will” and the cross-over smash “Miracle Worker,” “A Lil’ Louder” might be a surprise to some. While it is unmistakably gospel music, there is a heavy layer of R&B and soul sounds to compliment the lyrics. Tyscot Music & Entertainment founder Dr. Leonard Scott calls the fresh, new style the “modern-day ‘Miracle Worker.’

“The horns, the rhythmic hand-clapping and the captivating message behind the song gives this iconic group an updated, 2014 feel,” said Scott. “The Rance Allen Group’s music has captured Christians for more than 40 years and we know that A Lil’ Louder is the kind of song that keeps the trio’s legacy alive… not just for their original fan-base, but for their children, grandchildren and generations to come.”

Co-written by Floyd “Timeless” Thomas and Rance Allen, A Lil’ Louder (Clap Your Hands) reminds listeners to clap hands, stomp feet and raise their voices in praise to God for the good He’s done.

“The energy this song brought out in us in the recording studio was truly God-sent,” said Bishop Allen. “I am humbled by the blessing our Father has bestowed in us and I hope that whoever hears this track will praise Him for what He’s doing and what he brought them through.”

Visit www.tyscot.com to listen to A Lil’ Louder (Clap Your Hands).

About The Rance Allen Group:

Tyscot recording artist, The Rance Allen Group (RAG) is one of the most explosive groups to emerge on the gospel scene in the 1970s. Their sanctified soul hits such as “Ain’t No Need of Crying,” “I Belong To You,” and their consecrated cover of The Temptation’s “Just My Imagination” placed them in a pantheon of deep soul artists like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. In the decades since, the Allen Brothers (Rance, Tom and Steve) built on their strong foundation with the R&B crossover smash “Miracle Worker,” “Do Your Will,” and “Something About The Name Jesus.” Their sacred-secular musical fusion, chunky harmonies, lyrical messages of faith and fraternity, and Rance’s stratospheric falsetto have made them standout as one of the most dynamic groups to ever shuffle across the stage of Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. Their legendary song has earned the Monroe, Michigan natives two Stellar awards, including the Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award, three Grammy nominations, a Soul Train nomination and an induction into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Currently residing in Toledo, Ohio with their families, the group continues to tour and minister through music across the country. The 2014 album release marks the group’s 6th recording project with Tyscot.

For more information and updates on The Rance Allen Group, visit www.tyscot.com.

 

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Atty. General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder Makes Statement on Developments in Ferguson, Missouri

Atty. General Eric Holder issues a statement on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri

Atty. General Eric Holder issues a statement on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri

*WASHINGTON- Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Thursday following his meeting earlier today with President Obama to discuss the latest developments in Ferguson, Missouri:

“This morning, I met with President Obama to discuss the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Like the President, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Michael Brown. While his death has understandably caused heartache within the community, it is clear that the scenes playing out in the streets of Ferguson over the last several nights cannot continue.

“For one thing, while the vast majority of protests have been peaceful, acts of violence by members of the public cannot be condoned. Looting and willful efforts to antagonize law enforcement officers who are genuinely trying to protect the public do nothing to remember the young man who has died. Such conduct is unacceptable and must be unequivocally condemned.

“By the same token, the law enforcement response to these demonstrations must seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them. Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times. And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told.

“At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message. At my direction, Department officials have conveyed these concerns to local authorities. Also at my direction, the Department is offering – through our COPS office and Office of Justice Programs – technical assistance to local authorities in order to help conduct crowd control and maintain public safety without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force. The local authorities in Missouri have accepted this offer of assistance as of this afternoon.

“Department officials from the Community Relations Service are also on the ground in Missouri to help convene law enforcement officials and civic and faith leaders to plot out steps to reduce tensions in the community. The latest such meeting was convened in Ferguson as recently as this morning. Over time, these conversations should consider the role that increased diversity in law enforcement can play in helping to build trust within communities.

“All the while, the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting incident itself continues, in parallel with the local investigation into state law violations. Our investigators from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. attorney’s office in Missouri have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses on the scene at the time of the shooting incident on Saturday. Our review will take time to conduct, but it will be thorough and fair.”

LeA Robinson

Who is LeA Robinson?

LeA Robinson, new music sensation

LeA Robinson, new music sensation

*Affectionately known as the “Granddaughter of Hip-Hop,” LeAnetta Robinson, or simply LeA, is the granddaughter of musical legend Sylvia Robinson, founder of Sugar Hill Records.

The outgoing, ambitious, and eccentric singer, songwriter and dancer is also recognized by her elaborate MTV Super Sweet 16 episode. Born and raised in New Jersey, LeA’s creative ambitions are running parallel with her destiny, which is bound for success.

At the age of 16, LeA became a Teen Ambassador for the United Nations and also partnered with charity organization, Comedy Cures.   As an ambassador LeA was able to perform the National Anthem for the NETS & Bucks NBA team, World AIDS Day events, UN Year of Youth, The Waldorf Astoria for First Ladies and much more. Making appearances at such events, LeA has been able to generate and connect with her growing fans, which refer to themselves as #LeAnation.

LeA Robinson.  Granddaughter of hip hop,  next generation star.

LeA Robinson. Granddaughter of hip hop, finds her voice!

As LeA grew and matured, her music began to reflect her true emotions and life experiences. The songs that she would pen reflected more of an autobiographical tone. Her debut album 808s & Leggings, is a true reflection of her transparent process blossoming into young womanhood through R&B and hip-hop infused sounds. Collaborating with burgeoning producer Kyle “K2” Stewart II [WeTV Tamar & Vince theme “Monday & Friday” and Fantasia “Without Me”], LeA’s songs speak to #LeAnation with passion and power. With titles “What Love Will Do,” “Flowers and Candy” and the Fonda Rae infused “Higher,” there’s no escaping LeA’s infectious energy through her music and performance.

LeA is fully able to express and share her life with the world in a three-minute song. Her music is influenced by a variety of genres including country, hip-hop, classical and rock and roll with her mother and legendary grandmother playing a large role in the support of her career.

LeA believes that her star is still being molded and the best is yet to come. Planning to make her mark by staying true to God and her purpose, LeA is currently preparing for the release of her first single “Pump It Up” featuring Sonyae Elise while promoting her 808’s & Leggings Mixtape stating, “I’ve never felt more proud to release such a great collection of music to the world.” And the legacy continues.

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logan westbrooks

Logan H. Westbrooks Receives Honorary Doctorate

Pictured Left to Right: Cheryl Golden, Ph.D, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Academic Officer; Robert Lipscomb, M.B.A & Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Johnnie B. Watson, President of LeMoyne Owen, L.L.D.; Jeff Johnson, Honorary  Doctorate Recipient and Commencement Speaker 2014; Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks, Honorary Doctorate Recipient 2014.

Pictured Left to Right: Cheryl Golden, Ph.D, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Academic Officer; Robert Lipscomb, M.B.A & Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Johnny B. Watson, President of LeMoyne Owen, L.L.D.; Jeff Johnson, Honorary Doctorate Recipient and Commencement Speaker 2014; Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks, Honorary Doctorate Recipient 2014.

*Music industry legend Logan H. Westbooks was recently conferred an honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters from LeMoyne Owen College in recognition of his leadership in improving education and the quality of life in Memphis and the nation.

Dr. Johnny Watson, President of LeMoyne Owen College stated: “Logan Westbrooks’ work as a pioneer in the music industry, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and church leader, along with his commitment to furthering education, makes him an inspiration to our students.”

LeMoyne Owen is a private, church affiliated, Historically Black, Liberal Arts college and has served students since its founding by the American Missionary Association to provide opportunities for the newly freed slaves in 1862.

Logan H. Westbrooks and Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton as Westbrooks receives the Key to the City of Memphis.

Logan H. Westbrooks and Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton as Westbrooks receives the Key to the City of Memphis.

Westbrooks was also presented with the key to the city of Memphis by Mayor A. C. Wharton. He was interviewed on every TV station in Memphis and hailed as an icon of the music business.

Dr. Westbrooks was one of the first African Americans to work as a music industry executive and he is widely recognized as a pioneer who paved the way for the African American music executives of today. Dr. Wesbrooks has helped to guide and promote the careers of Mahalia Jackson, Sandra Crouch, George Beverly Shea, Elvis Presley, Nancy Wilson, The Jackson 5, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Chuck Brown and many more.

Currently Dr. Westbrooks has authored the 2nd Edition of the Anatomy of the Music Industry, which will be released in late 2014 at www.LoganWestbrooks.com. Dr. Westbrooks has authored many books and articles which include the Harvard Report, a study of the soul music environment. Additionally Dr. Westbrooks has contributed several of his personal and professional artifacts to the University of Indiana Archives of African American Music and Culture.  The Logan H. Westbrooks Collection may be accessed online at http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc/general.html.

Dr. Westbrooks will also be among honorees such as member of The Manhattans, Denise Lasalle, Craten Armmer, Ann Peebles, G. C. Cameron and other living legends at the Jus Blues Awards on July 31st in Tunica, Mississippi.  For tickets and information go to http://www.jusblues.org/ or call (678)403-1993.

Dr. Westbrooks and his wife Geri reside in Sherman Oaks, California and Memphis, Tennessee.

 

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BHERC Supports The 70th Port Chicago Commemoration

 

Port Chicago 1944 survivor captures photos of sailors' grave site. Photo courtesy of BHERC.org.

Port Chicago 1944 survivor captures photos of sailors’ grave site. Photo courtesy of BHERC.org.

*For the conscious minded, they will go down in history as heroes. They are the 320 men that died on July 17, 1944 at Port Chicago Naval Magazine in the San Francisco Bay area.

The overwhelming majority of men involved in the blast were black. Those that did not die in the devastating blast lived with painful memories, imprisonment, or the reality of working under dreaded conditions at the orders of the U. S. Navy during a racist and segregated America.

50 black men took a historic stance when they refused to return to their previous duties of loading cargo with live ammunition under the same deadly conditions that caused an eruption equal to 5000 tons of dynamite. The men were willing to work, what they protested were the conditions. They were consequently tried and convicted of mutiny by an all white governing body.

The overwhelming majority of men involved in the blast were black. All of these men demonstrated courage and a willingness to serve our country during World War II, despite that they were treated as unequal to their white counterparts as enlisted men.

Grave of an unknown sailor who perished July 17, 1944.  Photo courtesy of BHERC.org

Grave of an unknown sailor who perished at Port Chicago naval station on July 17, 1944. Photo courtesy of BHERC.org

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center recognizes all of these men as Men Of Valor. The BHERC also encourages further research of the Port Chicago incident of 1944.

Like most stories that concern African Americans, it is a heart wrenching glimpse at what was blatant hate, racism, discrimination and indignation that many times resulted in physical harm or death.

Still there is great nobility to uncover, though stained by disgraceful proceedings (that were often considered legal), there are those who dared to stare adversity in the face and stand for justice at all costs.

Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center salutes the sailors of Port Chicago 1944 on the 70th Commemoration of the event, with a special salute to The Port Chicago 50, who have also been documented in a book by Steve Sheinkin.

The National Park Service pays homage to the fallen sailors by hosting visitors and tourists at The Port Chicago National Memorial where this tragic event occurred.

The Golden Gate Memorial Cemetery is home to the remains of most of the victims of Port Chicago 1944, however the majority of those who died were burned beyond recognition, and only marked as an ‘unknown sailor.’  The sight of it is a bitter and proud history lesson.

A youth visits the graves of the fallen sailors of the   Port Chicago tragedy of 1944.

A youth visits the graves of the fallen sailors of the Port Chicago tragedy of 1944.

Port Chicago is one of America’s darkest and long forgotten secrets. The black sailors who served their country under horrific conditions deserve recognition for their journey in the segregated Navy.

Since 1999 the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), under the leadership of Sandra Evers-Manly, who formed a support group for the African American men who served in Port Chicago, brings them together to commemorate the tragic day of July 17, 1944. While most of the survivors have passed on, some of them still live and the BHERC commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Port Chicago Blast – the largest military disaster on American soil.

For detailed information contact BHERC at 310.284.3170 or visit online at www.bherc.org. EURweb presents a rebroadcast of the audio series “Port Chicago 1944: Singed and Unsung Heroes By The Sea.”   Don’t miss this compelling program produced and narrated by Lee Bailey, and written by LaRita Shelby for Rabercom Enterprises, in association with the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center.

Listen to it below:


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The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center Remembers Port Chicago 1944

Sailors from Port Chicago 1944 memorialized at national park at the Concord Naval Weapons Station

Sailors from Port Chicago 1944 are memorialized at The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial Park at the Concord Naval Weapons Station

*The deadly blast at Port Chicago Naval Magazine in 1944 has now been duly documented in history. An explosion equivalent to 5000 tons of TNT killed 320 sailors.  202 were African-American, because at the time the Negro sailors were disproportionately assigned the risky duties of loading extremely deadly ammunition from locomotives and onto cargo ships headed for battle ground during World War II.

Fifty of the survivors refused to return to their previous duties without further training and safety precautions. Though they had great reason to protest for better work conditions, their demand was met with a guilty charge of mutiny, after a lengthy court martial. The long road to some semblance of justice and honorable memories for the deceased, as well as the survivors, has been a vigil and a shared vision by many individuals and organizations.

A symposium on “Race & The Military During World War II” takes place with noted speakers and authors including Robert Allen, author of The Port Chicago Mutiny, from 8:30 am to 1:30pm on July 17th, 2014 at the Diablo Valley College, and on Saturday, July 19th there will also be an official 70th Commemoration at the Port Chicago National Memorial (Richmond Shipyard No. Three) in Contra Costa County, California.  Both events are free .  Registration is required for the symposium by calling (925)695-PORT (7678) or via http://portchicagomemorial.org/  Some form of honor is now enshrined for the sailors who lost their lives in the form of The Port Chicago Memorial.

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center also pays homage to Port Chicago at their website with a photo tribute, and other historic information.  The BHERC got involved in 1998 by launching a Port Chicago Survivors Support Committee. This provided for a cohesive annual gathering of survivors & their families, and also a continued commitment to raising awareness about the acts of heroism, despite the stench of injustice that prevailed, even in our nation’s own military system at the time.

State Senator Rod Wright (CA 35th District) issues resolution in honor of Port Chicago 1944  Heroes & Survivors

State Senator Rod Wright (CA 35th District) issues resolution in honor of Port Chicago 1944 Heroes & Survivors at a past event.

35th District State Senator Rod Wright from California and U. S. Congressman George Miller issued resolutions that led to The Port Chicago Memorial site, which was dedicated in 1994.  The site now has national park status at its location at the Concord Naval Weapons Station.

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Sandra Evers-Manly and The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center have brought Port Chicago survivors and their families to the memorial each year, as well as to the Golden Gate National Cemetery in the Bay Area. The BHERC has also hosted other tributes and offered other means of support, such as the 55th commemoration in 1999 in Los Angeles (Pictured above).  At the time five of the living African American survivors remained. It is inarguable that what happened on that dreadful day 70 years ago at Port Chicago, and the actions of heroic sailors in the aftermath, helped to end segregation and racist policies in the United States Navy.  Port Chicago is one of America’s darkest and long forgotten secrets. The black sailors who served their country under horrific conditions deserve recognition for their journey in the segregated Navy.

Since 1999 the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), under the leadership of Sandra Evers-Manly, who formed a support group for the African American men who served in Port Chicago, brings them together to commemorate the tragic day of July 17, 1944. While most of the survivors have passed on, some of them still live and the BHERC commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Port Chicago Blast – the largest military disaster on American soil.

For detailed information about Port Chicago symposiums, and events contact BHERC at (310)284-3170 or visit online at www.bherc.org.

Below, EURweb presents a special edition rebroadcast of “Port Chicago: Singed and Unsung Heroes By The Sea.” Listen to this compelling story.