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Da’ud Ramiz Carter, also known as King Carter, rose to prominence in the music industry by managing the Grammy-nominated rapper, DaBaby. Today, he is focused on building an empire of his own to develop other talented creatives through his label, Social Currency Enterprises, which recently announced a partnership deal with Empire. The partnership will allow the label to provide management, booking, publishing and publicity. Social Currency Enterprises’ mission is to do more than manage an artist, but to educate them as well. “They have to understand the importance of building their social currency to grow within the industry,” he said. Those in the Hip-Hop culture or who follow the Charlotte Hip-Hop movement, have probably heard of King Carter. He became a local and regional success on the Carolina Hip-Hop scene in the late 2000’s. After retiring from the mic, Carter shifted his focus to A&R (artist and repertoire) and artist development. He took advantage of an opportunity to help build Arnold Taylor’s vision for South Coast Music Group in 2014. “When I was coming up, there wasn’t any true local representation for artists besides Arnold Taylor’s South Coast Marketing. I knew with my ear for talent and Arnold’s expertise in working with labels, we would be a force to be reckoned,” Carter said. Taylor and Carter started looking for the label’s first act. After a year and a half of searching, Carter found a young artist named Baby Jesus. Fast forward seven years and DaBaby (formally known as Baby Jesus) …
Grab a front row seat from the comfort of your home this Saturday as Livingstone College celebrates women in history with a virtual program. The Livingstone College Katharine W. Osborne Women in History Program will begin at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom on April 10 featuring author M.J. Simms-Maddox, Ph.D., as the guest speaker. Simms-Maddox is an independent author and the publisher of the Priscilla Series. She earned her doctorate degree in political science from The Ohio State University; has served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate; operated a public relations agency; and is a retired tenured professor in political science for thirty-odd years at Florida A&M University, Livingstone College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College and Wilberforce University. Her debut as a fiction writer was “Priscilla Engaging in the Game of Politics,” for which the author’s background, education and early life experiences form the foundation for the fictitious Priscilla. Also on the program will be Mrs. Kim Sheeks, also known as “The Hat Lady.” A retired educator and storyteller, Sheeks will share humorous stories about hats – and she has lots of them. Deborah Johnson, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) director at Livingstone College and program coordinator for the luncheon, is encouraging all women to adorn their hats on Zoom as the annual hat contest will be taking place. Rosalind Mitchell of Livingstone College will serve as mistress of ceremony for the program, of which Food Lion is a corporate sponsor. The Women in History Brunch started in 2000. Katharine …
Livingstone College has won $30,000 in the Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program, which will be used to build a podcast café and upgrade its game room. The Home Depot Retool Your School Program strives to give back to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) what they have so generously given to their communities: a strong foundation, renewed purpose and distinctive character. Livingstone will use its $30,000 to repurpose its existing game room, located on the first floor of the Walls Center, into a Podcast Café and Game Room that would benefit students and serve the community. Click here to read more: https://livingstone.edu/lc-wins-30k-for-podcast-cafe/
Broadcast legend William “Bill” Reid Rollins has donated $200,000 to Livingstone College to support the genesis of a communications program. Rollins, former chairman and chief operating officer of Suburban Radio Group, visited the Salisbury campus on April 30 with his attorney, Mark Prak. During a business luncheon in the Hilliard Room, Rollins presented Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., with a check for $200,000. The gift was due to a proposal submitted by Dr. State Alexander, vice president of communications and public relations. Alexander worked for Rollins when he owned WPEG FM in Charlotte. More details coming soon.
Other incentives also offered Livingstone College will offer each incoming freshman and new transfer student in the fall of 2021 a free new laptop computer. All freshmen and new transfers who are fully enrolled and registered, have completed their 2021 FAFSA, cleared the student health services office and satisfied all related fees will receive the new laptop. “An area of concern for the college is closing the digital divide,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We have discovered that as a result of this pandemic, many students do not have the necessary tools to render their matriculation successful. A critical tool is having access to a laptop computer, which is compatible with the upgraded campus network.” Click here to read more: https://livingstone.edu/freshmen-to-get-free-new-laptops/
The 2021 Dr. Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian Awards Virtual Program will air Thursday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. on WSRG – Hotwire (HD channel 394) and Spectrum (channel 16) as well as the Human Relations Council Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SalisburyHRC/. This year’s honorees will also be featured in the April issue of the Lamplighter newsletter. Koontz is a notable alumna of Livingstone College. She was the first African-American president of the National Education Association and director of the United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. She died on Jan. 6, 1989.