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Black Music Action Coalition Awards Honor Weekend, Ethiopia Habtamarium

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Civil rights attorney Ben Krump, who represents George Floyd’s family, has become a household name and one of the strongest voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. And keep giving voice to those who don’t have a voice. “

In recognition of last year’s significant contributions to social justice, change and / or equity, Krump joined seven fellow honorees for the opening ceremony. The BMAC Social Impact Award was presented to Shawn Gee of YouTube Music and Live Nation Urban; The Clarence Avant Trailblazer Award went to Motown’s Ethiopian Habtemarium and YouTube’s Tuma Basa; Aurora James, Dina Lapolt and Ben Krump were awarded the BMAC Agent of Change Award; And the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award presented to The Weekend and to her (Diversity Was the media partner of the event.)

Jones introduced Weekend (Abel Tesfaye) via video (after which The Weekend commented, “Can I get that video?”) And Tesfaye, who donated millions of dollars to help the Covid response and help Lebanese residents since last year. Provided the explosion in the port of Beirut, where he and the legendary music producer met a few years ago in Las Vegas. During that first acquaintance, Jones taught him that “giving back is always more important than receiving,” Tesfa said with tears in his eyes. “It’s the best prize I’ve ever had.”

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Habtemarium also recalls meeting a legend, the Black Godfather himself, Clarence Avant, after whom the Trailblazer Award was named. The chairman of Motown delivered an emotionally acclaimed speech thanking his “QC Family” (quality control coach in attendance) and Universal Music Group (UMG) general counsel and EVP of Business and Legal Affairs Jeff Harleston, with whom he was the co-head of UMG. Taskforce for change. During his speech, Habtemariam emphasized: “Understand the power of music, the power and responsibility that we all know.”

Cramp received his Agent of Change award from Floyd’s brother Philonis and Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams. Accepting the award, Kramp George Floyd spoke of the collapse of bilateral discussions on the Justice in Policing Act. Kramp said: “We don’t want to hear that you can’t take this deal to the floor because George Floyd deserved that bill to go to the floor of the United States Senate.”

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<p>As his powerful speech continued, the audience rose to their feet to applaud his words, “I am so grateful for the Black Music Action Coalition because we all need to say together that we are better than this, America.”  Kramp, quoting the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, asked the audience: “Cowardly asks, ‘Is it safe?’  Skill asks, ‘Is it political?’  Vanity asks, ‘Is it popular?’  But, conscience asks, ‘Is that right?’  And there comes a time when one has to take a position that is not safe, not political, not popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells him that it is right.</p>
<p>Top music lawyer Dina Lapolt, whose career began by representing Tupak Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur, is recognized for her advocacy on behalf of lyricists and producers.  As a mother (with promotion veteran Wendy Goodman) to black twins, she sees challenges in raising colorful children.  Professionally, he is taking systemic racism at its core, advising to exclude the use of terms such as “master recording” in the contract.  Lapolt also called on judges and prosecutors who “continue to use rape lyric as evidence of someone’s crime in court.”  Lapolt added: “We don’t see it in country music.”</p>
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Held at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood, the neck marked a cautious return to art events for attendees, including George Clinton, Weekend Manager Sal Slyby, Azaf Company vice-president Susan Zenco, Warner Records co-chairs Aaron Bay-Shack and Tom Carson, a YouTube artist. The global head of the service is Vivian Luit, music agents Cheryl Paglirani and Mike G (both UTA), Jenna Adler (CAA) and Brent Smith (Wasserman), and BMAC board members Damien Smith, Karen Vaji, Willie ‘Profet’ Steiger, Holiday and Jamil Davis (pictured below).

BMAC has released a music industry action report card, which assesses the progress of the music industry towards achieving racial justice and justice on June 1 this year. A year ago, the music industry promised to take steps to address the racial injustices and inequalities that have long plagued the industry. The Music Industry Action Report card companies keep their promises and support them in their progress.

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From left: Damien Smith, Caron VG, Wiley ‘Prophet’ Stigers, Ashauna Iyers, Shawn Holiday, Jamil Davis
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