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Vicki Mack Lataillade, Byron J. Smith & Lisa Collins to be Honored at BBA’s ‘Salute to Black Music’

*Los Angeles, CA — The Black Enterprise Affiliation (BBA), the oldest ethnic business organization within the State of California, will host its Annual “Salute to Black Music Awards Dinner” on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037.

Reception is at 6 PM and the dinner is at 7 PM. The event is held in recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month,  that includes a Celebration of Gospel Music legends, “The Business Behind the Music.”

Special confirmed honorees are: Vicki Mack Lataillade, co-founder of GospoCentric Data is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Lisa Collins, Writer of L.A. Focus will receive the Excellent Gospel Publication Award and Byron J. Smith, President of Nationwide Affiliation Negro Musicians will obtain the Outstanding Inventive Vision Award.

Awards dinners have been held by the BBA for many years recognizing Black Music Month. This yr we’re honoring the significance of Gospel music based by the “Father of Gospel Music,” Thomas Andrew Dorsey.  Gospel is the basis, the soul of music.  Gospel is the shining beacon of hope of a incredible journey of joy divine in triumph victory in God that comes from deep down within the souls of God’s chosen individuals.

African-American Music Appreciation Month is a commemoration that takes place annually in the USA, throughout the month of June.  Initially proclaimed “Black Music Month” by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations for the celebration underneath that identify until President Barack Obama introduced the observance beneath a brand new title: “African-American Music Appreciation Month.”

Music icons who’ve been honored by the BBA embrace: Clarence Avant – Godfather of Black Music; Berry Gordy – Founding father of Motown Data; Smokey Robinson – Acclaimed singer/songwriter and Janet Jackson – world famend singer, songwriter, dancer and actress;  Siedah Garrett – GRAMMY-winner and twice Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter, amongst others.

For extra info to take part as a sponsor for the Black Music Month event, call the BBA at (323) 291-9334 or e mail: [email protected]; or visit our website at

About Gospel Music

Modern Gospel is a improvement of our schools and powers by way of a relationship with God. It reinforces the assumption that God is the Grasp of our Religion and the Captain of our soul.   We’d like, by the way, to know whose we are and what we’re right here for. This new music had its crossover into the world of leisure via such stars as Ray Charles, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The Edwin Hawkins Singers (“O Happy Day”) and Andrae’ Crouch (“The Blood Will Never Lose its Power”, which was composed by him when he was only thirteen years of age).

There has by no means been a time when Gospel Music has not been a part of the African American Expertise. Once we think about the tragic, dreadful, and catastrophic experiences which happen to so many which will consider that there isn’t any method out, Gospel Music is there to “Take our Hands and Lead us On.”

Gospel Music shouldn’t be a mere form of leisure to be had when desired. It’s a form of character, obedience, and spirit. It follows upon the long self-discipline, which provides a individuals self – possession, self – mastery, a behavior of order and peace and common counsel and reverence for God’s will that directs our lives.

“My roots were religious; the gospel in the church certainly provided for me a training ground as a singer.” – Aretha Franklin.

Finally, this admiration of Gospel Music, is now felt throbbing in each corner of the globe and are the Musical Chords that bind the Nations of the world collectively.

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About Black Enterprise Affiliation

Since 1970, the Black Enterprise Association (BBA), a 501(c)(three) nonprofit group, headquartered in Los Angeles, has been instrumental within the progress and improvement of hundreds of African American businesses, offering revolutionary info and repair packages to our constituents.  We advocate for change and adherence to legal guidelines and packages. BBA assist corporations and individuals transfer up the ladder of success.

About Vicki Mack Lataillade

Vicki Mack Lataillade, the founder and proprietor of GospoCentric and B-Ceremony Music,  has modified the face of gospel music.  One in every of their first tasks was from a little-known artist named Kirk Franklin and his self-titled undertaking changed the game endlessly!  Mack’s artist roster consists of; Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers, Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Kelly Worth, David Hollister, Dorinda Clark Cole (B-Rite), Papa San, Gospel Gangsters, God’s Property (B-Proper), – Particular songs & tracks with Bono, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, and so on…(partial record), Soundtrack-Kingdom Come- Jill Scott, Tamar Braxton, Kirk Franklin, Preacher’s Spouse, Whitney Houston (Marketing consultant), and Get On The Bus- (Spike Lee). Lataillade, a Los Angeles entrepreneur, reigns as President with 4Ground LLC (Music & Script Placement for TV & Film), LillyMack Publishing and Central South Distribution  (Might 2007 to Feb 2017) in Nashville.

About Lisa Collins

In 1995, Lisa Collins based the L.A. focus Newspaper, which boasts a readership of 120,000+, offers protection that mirrors the considerations and issues dealing with the African American group, reflecting the significance of the church as both its heart and cornerstone. As well as to conventional circulation stops, L.A. Focus will get to the guts of the African American Group by way of its strongest establishment: the church, with distribution in more than 350 church buildings. No other newspaper can make that claim and may again it up with numbers, with affect, and with trusted relationships, while our “Ultimate Guide To Churches in Los Angeles” has turn out to be a key useful resource for those looking for to understand and navigate L.A.’s  Black faith group.  In 1998, L.A. Focus established its first annual First Women Excessive Tea, which pulls upwards of 1,000 ladies and 90 churches collectively annually for an afternoon of inspiration and praise. Collins, a Los Angeles native and resident, additionally publishes “The Gospel Music Industry Roundup” (dubbed  “the Bible of the gospel music industry”) and has served as a phase producer for BET whereas contributing properly over 300 articles on quite a lot of issues for various nationwide publications from Essence to Upscale, together with a 12-year stint at Billboard Journal.  Her background in the area of leisure reporting is in depth, featuring cover tales and interviews with the likes of Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson and Prince.

Her career in gospel began in 1988, together with her creation of “Inside Gospel”, a day by day/weekly syndicated radio collection that offered news, profiles and product updates relative to the gospel music group.  For the subsequent eight years, she would additionally serve as government producer of the show that was broadcast in additional than 100 markets nationwide. For more info or to buy tickets visit:

About Byron J. Smith

Byron J. Smith is a native of Los Angeles, is the National President of the 100 yr previous /oldest African American Musicians’ organization, The Nationwide Affiliation of Negro Musicians, Inc. He is an associate professor of music at Los Angeles Harbor School for the last 35 years. There he focuses on business music, educating music business programs comparable to “The Business of Commercial Music”, Music Writers Workshop, Choir and Business and Classical piano and voice.

Byron freelances as music director, studio musician, arranger and producer; working with numerous artists together with Wynton Marsalis, Barbra Streisand, Clifton Davis, Barry Manilow, the late Daryl Coley, Bebe Winans, Brenda Jackson and lots of more. He’s a flexible musician and his experiences span the gamut of all types of music. He has acquired rave evaluations for his music course of each theatrical and stay productions. Byron is the composer of the musicals “Shades”, “Black Pearls” and the award profitable musical, “Children of the Night” where he gained the NAACP Theater Picture Award for greatest unique rating and greatest music path. Byron’s latest musical “ONE” starring the late Daryl Coley and Henrietta Davis was staged and acquired with rave critiques. This unique gospel musical is the story of Peter and his reminiscences of Christ 50 years after his dying.

Mr. Smith’s choral works have bought tens of hundreds of copies all through the country and the world. He is the resident orchestrator for numerous group orchestras in southern California. Byron is the owner of the Professional Pianist Leisure Group and Onyx Music Publishing Co.; a musicians contracting group which both performs and publishes outstanding music of African – American Composers, young and previous.  His skilled ensemble, “The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles” has been a nicely – respected ensemble for 28 years. This 16 member ensemble of outstanding solo voices has acquired rave critiques all through the world and have released 4 CD tasks.

Byron can also be a member of many music and efficiency organizations together with AFM, SAG – AFTRA, ASCAP, NAMM and Refrain America.  He’s the Music Coordinator, organist and director of the Grant A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles and in addition directs a choir at the Macedonia Baptist Church for the last 40 years.

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