(Top row (l-r): Siedah Garrett, Valerie Ervin and John Acosta.
2nd Row (l-r): Dr. Michael Davis and Ellis Hall. (Courtesy Photos)

The Black Business Association (BBA), the oldest ethnic business organization in the State of California, will host its Annual “Salute to Black Music Awards Dinner” on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Reception is at 6 PM and event at 7 PM. Held in recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month, this years’ theme is “The Business Behind the Music.”

Special confirmed honorees are; Siedah Garrett, a GRAMMY-winning and twice Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter whose contributions to popular culture are unparalleled. Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation. Ms. Ervin is the guardian angel of the Ray Charles Legacy, John Acosta, President of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 and The Honorable Dr. Mike Davis, President Pro Tem of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioners.

Ellis Hall will perform at the Salute to Black Music Awards. Ellis Hall, “The Ambassador of Soul” known for singing, songwriting and as a musician playing every instrument with a strong 5 octave vocal range and was the lead vocalist and keyboardist for the soul-funk band Tower of Power. He performs with elite symphony orchestras worldwide including: His first being the Hollywood Bowl under the direction of his mentor Ray Charles.

African American Music Appreciation Month is a commemoration that takes place annually in the United States, throughout the month of June. Originally proclaimed “Black Music Month” by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations for the celebration under that name until President Barack Obama announced the observance under a new title, African American Music Appreciation Month.

Other nominees include, Dr. Dre has been selected to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award and Kendrick Lamar for his Outstanding Accomplishment in music as Pulitzer Prize winner for ‘DAMN,’ the first rapper and winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.

In addition, the California African American Museum is featuring an outstanding exhibition – “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles.” Black music is a vital facet of American life and commerce, it touches all communities, and it demonstrates the enduring impact African Americans have worldwide.

For more information to participate as a sponsor for the Black Music Month event, call the BBA on (323) 291-9334 or [email protected]; bbala.org.

About Black Business Association

Since 1970, the Black Business Association (BBA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Los Angeles, has been instrumental in the growth and development of thousands of African American businesses, providing innovative information and service programs to our constituents, advocate for change and adherence to laws and programs, and assisted companies and individuals to move up the ladder of success.
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