Just like the drum; which has echoed from Mother Africa's soil to US cotton field. Communication has been expressed through the music and dance of our ancestors. It is the mission of IBBA to acknowledge and honor our responsibility to speak truth into the world.

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MEET MR. TONY GRAY TODAY

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Tony Gray is a Chicago radio programming consultant. He is president of Gray Communications.

 

Anthony Brent Gray (born May 1, 1958) is an American radio broadcast executive best known as one of the country’s leading programmers.He is President of Gray Communications Inc., based in Chicago and established in 1990. He previously served as Operations Manager in New York at WRKS (98.7 FM) and as programming executive in Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis and New Orleans.

 

On April 21, 2010, Gray was named one of Radio Ink magazine’s “Most Influential African Americans in Radio.”  The annual list is compiled by broadcasting trade publication Radio Ink, which accepts nominations for outstanding contributions to the promotion of the African American radio industry. This marks the second consecutive year Mr. Gray has been recognized by Radio Ink.

 

Gray Communications is a programming consultancy that serves urban contemporary, Urban AC and hip hop stations in the United States.

 

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MEET MS. KAREN BEVERLY WITH THE FCC TODAY

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Karen M. BeverlyConsumer-Industry Affairs Specialist and Assistant for Management

 

Ms. Beverly serves as OCBO’s Consumer and Industry Affairs Specialist and the Assistant for Management. In that capacity, she fields inquiries, oversees outreach to small, minority and women-owned businesses and oversees the day-to-day administrative management of OCBO. Ms. Beverly has been recognized by the FCC through numerous Special Act and Performance Awards including the Catherine Foster Public Service Award (1994 and 2000). She began her career at the FCC in May 1975 as a student intern. She returned to the agency after graduating cum laude in August 1980 from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in English/Media Journalism.

 

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MEET MR. CHARLES EVERS TODAY DON’T MISS IT

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Charles_Evers.jpg-2015 Mr.Charles Evers, older brother of the civil rights hero and martyr Medgar Evers, has been an important leader in the civil rights struggle in Mississippi. Born in Decatur, Mississippi in 1922, Evers had a strong, devoutly Christian mother and a fearless father, who taught his sons never to be afraid of whites. Evers never forgot his father’s advice after witnessing an incident in which his father stood up to a white man and made him back down: “Don’t ever forget son. Look a peckerwood [anti-black white man] in the eye and he won’t do nothin’.”

"We realized that all the hardship we had came from elected officials." Charles Evers
During World War II, Charles and Medgar both served overseas in the U.S. Army. Charles fell in love with a Filipino woman, but could not marry and live with her in Mississippi because her skin was too light. In the 1940s, when he and his brother returned to Mississippi, they began to organize voter registration drives. They tried to register to vote in the 1946 election campaign but were turned away at the polling station by armed whites.
He and Medgar graduated from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi) in 1950. Settling in Philadelphia, Mississippi, they engaged in various business pursuits while organizing for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Charles Evers had worked a variety of jobs, including cotton picker, dishwasher, bootlegger, and short-order cook. Around 1956, his activities and economic dealings got him in trouble in Philadelphia. He left town and moved to Chicago, Illinois.

 

When an assassin shot and killed Medgar Evers in 1963, Charles took over his brother’s position as state field secretary for the NAACP’s Mississippi chapter and led many demonstrations for the rights of blacks. In 1969, Charles Evers was elected mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, the first black to hold elected office in the state since Reconstruction. He served as the city’s mayor until 1981 and again from 1985 to 1989. He made an unsuccessful run for governor of Mississippi. Charles Evers was also an informal advisor to a diverse group of politicians, including Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Governor George Wallace.

 

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IBBA Schedule of Events/Mr. Charles Evers Book Signing

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IBBA CONVENTION 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

3 pm – 5 pm                      Registration

5 pm                                   Press Conference

6 pm                                   Mr. Charles Evers Book Signing
Civil Rights Icon and Brother of
Medgar Evers in Cypress Room at
L’ Auberge Casino

9 pm                                   IBBA/AMS Radio Powered Artist Stage
Showcase at Foundation House

Saturday, October 24, 2015  -  All Saturday Events will be at the Casino

10 am – 12 noon                 Registration

1 pm – 2 pm                        “What’s your next move after the Obama year’s”
Moderator Mr. David Lawerence, President DLA
Promotions, New York,NY

2 pm                                      IBBA 2015 Broadcast Panel
Moderator Mr. Tony Gray, President of Gray
Communications Chicago,IL

3:30 pm                                The Music Biz Panel
Moderator Mr. Lester Pace, President Setting The Pace
Atlanta, GA

4:30 pm                               A Conversation with Mr. Charles Evers
” The Importance of Voting”
Moderator Mr. Rob Neal

 

 

 

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JUST CONFIRMED MR. TONY GRAY PRESIDENT OF GRAY COMMUNICATIONS, CHICAGO

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CONFIRMED LOOK’S WHO COMING MR. BO MONEY-PROGRAM DIRECTOR KQBT 93.7 THE BEAT HOUSTON, TEXAS MR, ROCKY LOVE-OPERATIONS MANAGER WJZE 97.3 FM TOLEDO,OHIO MS. KAREN BEVERLY-FCC WASHINGTON,DC THE HONORABLE MR. CHARLES EVERS CIVIL RIGHTS ICON & PRESIDENT OF WMPR 90.1 JACKSON, MS MR. JERRY WILLIAMS CEO JWBP BROADCASTING KMXH MIX 93.9-KBCE-B102 JAMZ, ALEXANDRIA, LA MR.LESTER PACE-CEO STP,ATLANTA,GA

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THE IBBA FALL CONVENTION AND VOTER ID PANEL WAS HELD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21,2012 HAY-ADAMS HOTEL WASHINGTON, DC

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The 13th Annual International Black Broadcasters Association Fall Conference and Icon Awards Reception was held September 20-23, 2012 at The Historic Hay-Adams Hotel, located in  Washington, DC.  It kick off  Congressional Black Caucus weekend.  It was three days of powerful information with program directors, music directors, record executives, and broadcasting professionals at all levels of the industry from radio and television.  June 7th, 2014 was extremely exciting for the IBBA at The Hilton Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi, we were honored to have actor Dan Aykroyd not only attend the IBBA conference but perform one of his big Blues Brothers hits ” Soul Man “.   We hope  you had a great time see you next year.
Sincerely,
Rob Neal
Executive Director
International Black Broadcasters Association, Inc
ROBNEALWQID@GMAIL.COM
IBBA OFFICE-601-545-7854
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ACTOR DAN AYKROYD AT IBBA JUNE 8, 2014 JACKSON, MS

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