The Academy Nashville Gives Small Business Owners Guidance, Support, and Opportunities to Learn from Business Leaders

Nashville, Tenn. – Once again aspiring entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to turn their ideas into something sustainable and thriving, as Corner To Corner announces March 6th, 2018 as the date for The Academy Nashville’s spring cohorts. The Academy Nashville is a ten-week program that equips its participants with the guidance, entrepreneurial support, and the means needed to take action and turn their passion into a business.

Will Acuff of Corner To Corner

This spring will see The Academy Nashville run three simultaneous cohorts at local community centers throughout the city. All three will be held every Tuesday evening at 6 PM for 10 weeks. The course cost a total of $100 to cover the cost of material and students can now reserve their spot for only $25 by visiting

During the program, students will develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining each part and determining their next steps through real-time feedback from experienced entrepreneur facilitators. In addition to exploring their own growth as business owners, participants will experience weekly guest speakers who will enrich the conversation by teaching from their own entrepreneurship experiences.

The Academy Nashville was launched in 2016 as collaborative and action-driven way to help small businesses grow. “We know what it feels like to have a dream without a clear path, and a desire for a community of support to get your back,” explained Corner To Corner Cofounder Will Acuff. “Our goal is to give those in the community the tools and support needed to launch a business by learning from each other.”

Students who enroll will be side by side with other entrepreneurs who have the drive and commitment to turn their dream into a business reality. Participants will learn:

· How to sharpen their product to meet the needs of their customers

· How to start small in order to start NOW

· How to choose what kind of legal structure they should have – LLC, S-Corp, etc.

· How to find their bottom line to start making profit

· How to market their business – even without a marketing budget

· And More!

At the end of the program, students are poised to walk away with a plan to see real growth in their business. The 10-week course concludes with a community graduation party where three lucky winners will have the chance to present their business idea for prizes in front of the entire Corner To Corner community.

To show that you have the passion, creativity and hustle to start your own business visit the today.


About Corner To Corner

Corner to Corner is a Christian nonprofit that exists to extend hope to every corner of our community. We do this by attacking the cycle of despair often caused by high-rates of incarceration, in a model we call “Connect, Invest, Grow.” Programs include Literacy Tutoring, Baking Classes, Offender Job Readiness, and The Academy Nashville. To learn more visit

Route of Peace-Route of Artisan

Tennessee Minority Pages Business spotlight on Marcela Gómez

Marcela Gómez

Marcela Gómez is one of the many foreign-born entrepreneurs in Nashville, Tennessee. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela moved to Music City in 1994 with her then four-year-old son, Esteban.

For Marcela Gómez entrepreneurship has been her life since 2002 after being laid-off from her job as marketing director of the Spanish-language division of global book publishing company. Her new path became a passion that she uses to mentor women entrepreneurs. Since 2014, Marcela has served as president of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce based in Nashville guiding the organization through the rapid growth of the Latino population in Davidson County, offering programs all its members and supporters.

In 2016 Marcela was invited to help in several Nashville projects in partnership with Colombian organizations. Through this involvement and hearing stories of how her Nashville friends were traveling to her homeland, she decided to go back to Colombia after seven years of not visiting. However, this time, was not for a vacation. Marcela knew she was going back with a different purpose.

“One of my greatest passions is to help women become entrepreneurs, achieve financial independence, and be able to support their families. I have been doing this for several years in my beloved Nashville Tennessee, now I am sowing seeds of that passion in my homeland of Colombia” says Marcela.

Gómez, the passionate entrepreneur, began her tour of Colombia by following what she calls “The Route of Peace. The Route of the Artisan”, she now travels to small rural towns meeting and purchasing handmade items by the women artisans who are from indigenous groups of Colombia or women who have suffered the fifty-year plus armed conflict in this country.

To offer the women artisans of Colombia an international platform for their beautiful work, Marcela with partners, opened a new company, “Mi Tribu”, which means My Tribe. The mission of Mi Tribu is to support disenfranchised women in developing nations by helping them establish sustainable means of providing for themselves and their families. We do this by purchasing high quality, handcrafted products directly from the artisans who create them for a fair price. Our goal is to provide our buyers with one of a kind style items that have a truly global impact. Mi Tribu also invests a portion of every sale back into the communities in which the goods were produced. These funds go toward education, housing, and small business loans for women. “We believe that as women, we are all a part of one beautiful tribe; interdependent and meant to lift one another up,” says Gómez.

The handmade products of Mi Tribu can be purchased online through the company’s website,, where you can also watch interviews with the artisans themselves and learn what makes them smile and give them the power to keep working. Marcela continues with her work in Nashville as the Hispanic marketing consultant and president of the TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce while working on the mission of Mi Tribu.

Nashville’s New Hot Spot: Plaza Mariachi Music City

Plaza Mariachi Music City

Offers Multiple Opportunities for Cultural Experiences

Mark and Diane Janbakhsh would visit the land on Nolensville Pike where the empty Elysian Field Kroger once operated and dream how to redevelop the property to benefit both the community and Nashville. After taking a leap of faith and purchasing the property, they defined their vision and began work to create a special place unlike anything else in Middle Tennessee.  In May 2017, they opened Plaza Mariachi Music City, a mixed-use development designed to be a cultural and retail epicenter that celebrates Hispanic culture and history.

The south Nashville location was a perfect site to build a family-friendly, retail and entertainment center because of the highly diverse population along Nolensville Pike. Living and working in the area are Kurdish, Salvadorian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican families who comprise this diverse community.

The Janbakhsh, owners of Plaza Mariachi, know first-hand how to market a culturally diverse development, it’s in their DNA.  Mark, born to Iranian immigrants, grew up in Nashville and has been a very successful businessman and entrepreneur.  Diane, whose parents are Hispanic, grew up in Mexico and Tennessee and used her talent in the design, art and music fields to help create a visually stunning Mexican marketplace.

In 2010, Hispanics made up 10% of Nashville’s metro area population. Projections indicate that number will increase to 34% by 2040, making Nashville one of the fastest growing Hispanic cities in America.  Plaza Mariachi was created to impact the local Latino community and to also educate non-Latinos.  The owners view Plaza Mariachi as a place to celebrate all cultures and how they intertwine.

During trips to Mexico, Diane and Mark were drawn to the architecture and the beauty they saw in streets, archways, doors, and windows. They incorporated these designs in the 70,000-square-foot space that now resembles a traditional Mexican marketplace. The transformation took over two years and more than 10 artisans to create the five calles (streets) named for Mexican revolutionary heroes and storefronts bearing Latino names.

The opening of Plaza Mariachi created 200 new jobs for Nashville with positions in the restaurants, retail shops, service-based businesses, art gallery, dance studio, Maz Fresco -a fresh market grocery and other businesses.Plaza Mariachi Music City Offers Multiple Opportunities for Cultural Experiences

The Food Hall is Plaza Mariachi’s central meeting place and is open from morning to evening.  The 300-seat space provides complimentary WiFi for those having breakfast, lunch or dinner….or just dropping in to listen to live music.

For people looking for authentic cuisine, there are numerous menu options and price ranges from fine dining to a pop up cantina.  All Latino communities are represented including Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan. Currently, there are 10 vendors in the food court. For a list of all food vendors, visit

Music, dance, and art fill Plaza Mariachi on a daily basis. Musicians play from the state-of-the-art stage with LED lights in the Food Hall.  Bands invite everyone to enjoy the dance floor. The most popular night is Thursday Salsa Night. Salsa lessons start at 7:30 p.m. followed by salsa music. For a list of singers and bands performing each week, visit

Children can learn about Hispanic culture through dance classes taught at the Baila Dance Studio.  To learn more about dance classes for children and adults, go to

The Ceiba Art Gallery is a fine arts studio showcasing local and international talent. The showcased art connects people of different backgrounds. Weekend art projects are held for kids to expose them to different cultures in Latin America. For more information, visit

Shoppers can find a variety of options at the various retail shops located inside Plaza Mariachi.  The HFF Gift Shop features artisan gifts from Mexico, Guatemala and Peru.  Sales from the shop directly support the Hispanic Family Foundation, which is located at Plaza Mariachi.  Browse the shops.  You can count on finding unique items in all the stores.

In addition to the retail shops, Plaza Mariachi is home to businesses designed to serve the Latino community. Businesses that provide help with purchasing cars, homes and insurance are located at Plaza Mariachi.  In addition, companies that provide tax services and legal services for immigration, criminal and personal matters are available.

Plaza Mariachi is located at 3955 Nolensville Pike in Nashville. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Cristina O. Allen, Chief Marketing Officer


3955 Nolensville Pike

Nashville, TN 37211



Tennessee Minority Pages Releases 27th Edition

Directory Focuses on the Importance of Diversity in the Tennessee Business Community.


Nashville, Tenn. – Publisher and CEO Tunisia Scott announces the release of the 27th Edition of her business directory the Tennessee Minority Pages (TMP). This year’s issue focuses on the unstoppable rise of the entrepreneurial spirit of minority populations. TMP continues to recognize the diverse communities throughout the region with a goal of building bridges into the invaluable services of minority businesses.

Opening this edition is a profile of Dr. Min Wang, director of Wang Vision 3D Cataract and LASIK Center and world-renowned laser eye surgeon. Dr. Wang is also the co-founder of the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group, an organization that provides support to diverse cultural and ethnic companies. “Dr. Wang is a perfect example of what represents the businesses featured in the Tennessee Minority Pages,” said Scott.

The twenty-seventh edition offers various articles about organizations, businesses, and people of importance throughout the state of Tennessee. “We truly believe that we are more than a directory, better than a magazine,” explained Scott. “The Tennessee Minority Pages offers both consumers and business owners not only access to products and services they need but also information that is exclusive to the reader.”

TMP articles of interest include:

  • An Urban League of Middle Tennessee Spotlight on 50 years of community development
  • A visit to Plaza Mariachi, Nashville’s new hotspot
  • Profiles of various Tennessee industry leaders
  • A spotlight on Beauty Queen Lashan Mathews Dixon.
  • And much more!


To download a free copy of the 27th Edition of the Tennessee Minority Pages visit To pick up a copy a list of distribution locations can be found at


About the Tennessee Minority Pages


Tennessee Minority Pages is the premier vehicle for Minority businesses to bridge the gap and cross-pollinate our rich, vibrant businesses with one another. The pages of TMP will be filled with the restaurants, community organizations, health and beauty and hundreds of other organizations that make up the melting pot that is the new and improved, diverse Middle Tennessee community! To learn more visit

WAKO Team USA and Team Canada Kickboxing Comes to Nashville

On Saturday September 30th the organization American K-1 Kickboxing promotions hosted a World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO). Patrons enjoyed an international competition in Nashville, TN. The event packed them in and drew even more productive, positive light to the city and Mid-State. The United States National K-1 Kickboxing Team battled the Canadian National K-1 Kickboxing team at Tennessee State University’s Kean Hall.

The event got even better as one of the Music City’s own took center stage, representing the sport here in his hometown. The main event of the evening featured Nashville’s own, TSU graduate Omari Boyd (aka “The Body Snatcher”) and the undefeated Canadian kickboxing champion Adam Weber.

Boyd recently made history and became the first American kick boxer to medal at the World Games by securing the Bronze for the United States this July in Poland. This event featured 12 bouts, 5 main card with 7 undercard bouts including the highly-anticipated match-up between Pan-American kickboxing champion Royelle Gogins (out of Memphis, TN) as well as the Mixed Martial Arts National Champion Brittney Cloudy from St. Louis, MO.

This matchup of the top female athletes was one bout that stole the show! Various top athletes from six different local martial arts schools were on display competing.” I am very proud of the athletes that will be competing”, stated Rob Zbilski, President WAKO USA.

The Live Pay Per View (PPV) stream for the event was provided by Developed Over Coffee Productions (DOCP) and with United Fighting Alliance it will be broadcasted to over 110 million homes. OPACO International is the event’s main sponsor. The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations or WAKO is the largest international organization of kickboxing, and the governing body of Amateur kickboxing sport certified by SportAccord.

It was formed of two organizations: WAKO for amateur sports and WAKO PRO for professional sports. Besides holding world championships, WAKO sanctions the champions of kickboxing in six rule styles. WAKO holds a world championship every two years, with youth (18 and under) and adult categories (18–45) and on separate years only national teams are accepted.

Each member country can present only one competitor in each weight class. Competitors are commonly the national champion of their weight class in that particular kickboxing style. Many are officially recognized by their National Olympic Committees or Ministry of Sports. WAKO is leading the effort for kickboxing to receive International Olympic recognition.

WAKO National promoter Kevin Walker added “Nashville is the perfect home for Team USA Kickboxing events. It’s a great location and we have the best fans. We also have the top kick boxer in America, the Titans, and the Predators.

We have the Sounds and Music City USA and we considered to be the it city.” WAKO Team USA online platforms are on various Social Media outlets to follow or check out the official website:

Nashville NAACP Membership Luncheon was a phenomenal success

Recently, the Nashville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) solidified their effort, to show unity across multiple generations and backgrounds. This was done by hosting the ‘Coming Together…Unity in Action’ Life Membership Luncheon at the Cal Turner Family Center at Meharry Medical College. During the event, local leaders were recognized for their significant commitment to unifying the Nashville community.

Recognitions included four President’s Awards to recipients;  Nancy Nichols, Don Majors, Dr. Blondell Strong Kimbrough and Gordon Larkins. As well as four Legacy Awards, those recipients included; Rosetta Miller Petty, Walter Searcy, Ben Rechter and Isaac Addae .  Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough received the Medal of Honor to Judge Richard Dinkins.

Ludye Wallace

Each award given represented the highest honor and esteem granted for the recipients’ tireless work within the community and beyond.  The President’s Award is presented to a member of the Nashville Branch who has gone above and beyond to support and perpetuate the work of the organization, in the past year.

Legacy Awards are given to an individual who creates positive, impactful change and a measurable difference within the greater Nashville community.  This individual should exemplify the tenets of the NAACP. To ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough Medal of Honor is presented to an individual who has an established history of dedication to the protection, advancement and/or promotion of all people, while exhibiting leadership and providing inspiration to those around them, within a specific organization or the community at-large.

The program included performances by Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s Praise Team, Mr. Miles Slay and Ms. Tyler Samuel. The event garnered significant support from various areas of the community. Sponsors included Belmont University, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Meharry Medical College, Doctors. James & Phyllis Hildreth, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Vice Mayor David Briley, Giarratana Nashville, duGard Communications, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, Nashville General Hospital, DVL Seigenthaler, Bill Freeman, Citizens Bank, Tennessee Minority Pages (TMP)  and American Baptist College.

Ludye Wallace, President of the Nashville NAACP Branch sated: “Seeing everyone, today, demonstrated that Nashville has the heart and desire to be a unified city. With multiple generations represented, we heard how important it is that we speak truth to one another and that we encourage our youth to continue the fight for the advancement of all people.  We stood together, today, in what is the first of several actionable steps towards a unified Nashville.


In its second year, the luncheon included panelists and entrepreneurs from multiple industries.

Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 13, 2017) – Nashville nonprofit organization Legacy Makers held its second “Power of WE: Women Entrepreneurs” Luncheon at Belmont University’s Inman Conference Center on Thursday, March 9. More than 100 women entrepreneurs and businesswomen were in attendance.

“We think that this year’s event was even better than last year’s inaugural WE Luncheon!” said Shawntaz Crawford, Executive Director of Legacy Makers. “This year, we crafted a panel-style discussion as the main feature in order to enhance engagement and the experience for our guests. We felt that this created an organic networking experience to be enjoyed by all who attended.”

In alignment with Women’s History Month, celebrated nationally each March, the luncheon offered guests the chance to hear from a panel of some of Nashville’s most esteemed business leaders including Dr. Katherine Y. BrownMarcela Gomez, and Kim Sasser Hayden. The panel was moderated by Krystal Bonner (CEO of Phoenix Forrester Events).

Dr. Katherine Brown has led her company Learn CPR America, LLC for more than 10 years,  providing CPR training to more than 200,000 people. The organization’s roots began on the southside of Chicago, expanded to Israel and is now, reaching thousands in Nashville.

Marcela Gomez serves as the president of Hispanic Marketing Group, a company that provides marketing and public relations strategies that relate appropriate and compelling messages to Hispanic consumer markets. Additionally, Gomez serves as chairman of the board and president of the Tennessee Latin America Chamber of Commerce (TLACC).

Kim Sasser-Hayden serves as senior manager of external affairs for Nashville’s Comcast corporate headquarters. The veteran strategist and thought leader has nearly 10 years of experience in project management and executing marketing efforts for corporate clients, non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and political campaigns.

The panel-style discussion allowed attendees to hear advice from seasoned professionals who shared personal experiences, learning and growth opportunities, as well as tips on how to get ahead. Guests left feeling inspired and empowered after hearing from three remarkable women.

The luncheon garnered much support from the community. It was sponsored by Belmont University, Advance Financial, duGard Communications, The Maynard Group, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Goodwin Construction, Bill Freeman, The Don Hardin Group, STAYONTHEGO Magazine and Foundation Nashville.

“This event strikes a personal chord with our team, because it celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women in business right here in Nashville,” said Crawford. “Collectively representing more than 45 years of combined experience in business and entrepreneurship.”


Nashville Hosts Successful Black History Month My Music Matters Luncheon

June marks the sensational Black Music Month nationwide and Nashville wasn’t left out of the loop at all. We welcomed the month of June, 2017 in with a history making Black Music Month kickoff luncheon. The memorable event was themed:  “My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Lunch.

Nashville, TN is known worldwide for honorably bearing the title of:   “Music City USA” As the mid-state, capitol city host legendary, award winning artist in the genre’s of Country, Gospel, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues; tourism and relocation is growing in leaps and bounds, weekly.

The luncheon was designed to celebrate the contributions of iconic artists and benefits the Museum’s educational programs, recognized several top names in various industry categories and music genres. Such as;  legendary singer Patti LaBelle, gospel icon Kirk Franklin, King of New Jack Swing Teddy Riley, and Stax music producer David Porter.


Actor/comedian David Mann served as host, and music executives Phil Thornton of RCA and Catherine Brewton of BMI served as co-chairs.

This year’s  honorees also enjoyed fitting  tribute performances from artists Tamela Mann, Kelly Price, Dave Hollister, Mannie Fresh, Le’Andria Johnson, Avery Wilson, and Jeremy O’Bryan. Everyone in attendance, performers, museum personnel, contributors and media alike were dressed to the nines for the landmark event.

The lunch was held to benefit the Museum’s educational programs, such as From Nothing to Something, a series of one-hour workshops that educates students in grades 3-8 about the innovations used to create music by memory, and Sips & Stanzas, a social networking event that provides adults with an opportunity to experience sounds from emerging artists and participate in engaging discussions about American’s music culture.

The National Museum of African American Music is set to open its doors in 2019. It is to be the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, or inspired by African Americans. Being built in Nashville, the Museum integrates history and interactive technology to share the untold story of the American Soundtrack.

“We could not do any of the work we are doing without your support. Consider donating today to keep the legacy of African American music going”, stated Lolita Toney. NMAAM Director of Development and Chief of Staff

For NMAAM and other music industry updates, photographs and valuable future coverage, keep a close eye on “Spotlight Tennessee.” We will continue to bring the best in relevant news, photography and video coverage as it unfolds in the Mid-State.


As we move past the half way mark for the year 2017, there is already a lot to savor for the months gone by. Summer NAMM 2017 enjoyed a successful wrap up and infused a myriad of greatness into Music City USA, once again.

Summer NAMM took center stage in Nashville again and packed the Music City Center Convention Center. NAMM is an invaluable resource and credit to the music industry as a whole. The city known to the world as Music City USA, lived up to the expectations of vendors, conference attendees, media and entertainment industry professionals.

The trade convention style platform covers a myriad of information over the 3 ½ day period. It’s fun, upbeat and the vendors are experienced, well rounded in their product and services line. Many popular, local and national bands and musicians will play at various times throughout the event.

NAMM U is one of the best draws of the summer show, providing key and inside tip information through their course in: Sales, Marketing, Management, Finance and Industry Lessons. It’s suggested that attendee’s take in at least one of the power packed music industry sessions.

To venture deeper into “all things NAMM” take some time out to become familiar with the carefully tailored NAMM Foundation. It’s truly been a catalyst to support the younger crowd via academics and a staunch tie in to the music industry.

Notable Events form Summer NAMM 2017

  • Best in Show, Breakfast Session
  • The Future of Production in Nashville – A Masterclass in Contemporary Country: Sheryl Crow, TEC Tracks (held at Booth 263), Music City Center
  • NAMM Headliner: Charley Pride
  • World’s Fastest Drummer Finals
  • NAMM Foundation Announced New Board of Directors

NAMM Board Announced New Executive Committee Members

If Summer NAMM 2017 was such a big hit and packed daily, imagine what the larger NAMM show will be like in January, 2018. Known as The 2018 NAMM Show, that major event takes place annually in Los Angeles, California.

Like Summer NAMM 2017, The NAMM Show 2018 will have a great deal to offer (even more since it’s a larger event) some of the highlights of that show will include; NAMM and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), have announced an alliance between the two non-profit organizations that will offer event technology.

As well as, John Stadius to Receive Audio Innovator Honor at Parnelli Awards. The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced that pro audio pioneer and DiGiCo technical director John Stadius will receive the 2018 Parnelli Audio Innovator Award.

Black Music Honors 2017 Rocked Music City USA

The weekend which the Black Music Honors & Awards took place can be scaled down to one word – the word “WOW” is what initially comes to mind. The classy lady known as both Nashville and Music City USA. A live taping television special took place on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, TN.

(l-r) Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett

Central City Productions will pay tribute to various high profiles, award-winning entertainers. They included: The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley during the Black Music Honors.

The two-hour event acknowledged the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Rickey Smiley, television/radio personality and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017 and on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

The legendary groups, The Jacksons graciously received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Music Award during the star-studded television taping. The Jacksons are still considered one of the hottest and most popular groups worldwide. The much-celebrated Jacksons made a remarkable performance debut at the event. Playing to a packed venue, the noted Jacksons performed some of their greatest hits, commanding an attentive audience to stand on their feet and cheer.

(l-r) Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin of Kid ‘n Play

Stellar Awards and Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin, received the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy (creators of the New Jack Swing sound) was given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Grammy® nominated rapper Slick Rick was presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award. Timeless beauty, Grammy® nominated-singer Oleta Adams proudly received the Legends Award. Another Grammy® Award-winner, Jody Watley was recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award.

“I am pleased and thrilled to honor some of today’s most influential and iconic music artists”, said Don Jackson, founder of Central City Productions and executive producer of Black Music Honors. “The caliber of this year’s honorees speaks to the incredible impact, breadth and depth of the music these artists have given to the world. I am truly excited about this year’s show. From a legendary group like The Jacksons, to Jody Watley, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Oleta Adams and Guy, we are paying tribute to extraordinary artists from various genres of the music industry”.

The Black Music Honors list continued to light up the night with other noted music and entertainment icons and special performances. There were special performances by Avery Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Karen Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more.

The Black Music Honors is produced by Central City Productions. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the National Museum of African American Music, scheduled to open in Nashville, TN, in 2019.

The event took place in Nashville, TN at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) located at 505 Deaderick St., in Nashville. The doors opened at 6:00 p.m. and the shows taping kicked off at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) However, due to CCP working with various networks and industry partners, it will be seen worldwide. Check your local and other listings and stay connected with social media and the websites for this and future productions.Also be sure to like

About Central City Productions (CCP)

Chicago’s premier TV Production Company. With 46 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, Central City Productions (CCP) is a leader in minority- targeted television. CCP is a full-service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all its programs. CCP programs reflect the widespread diversity of talent, the one-time specials and the annual and/or weekly programs that have achieved tremendous mass audience appeal, including its flagship production of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards.