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Grammy Nominated, Andra Day, is up for San Diego Music Award

Neo-R&B singer Andra Day, who earned two Grammy Award nominations last year, is nominated for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year (for “Cheers to the Fall”).

Online voting runs from Jan. 16 through Feb. 26 at sandiegomusicawards.com. The public can vote in every category except the eight best album categories, which is voted on by members of the San Diego Music Academy. Tickets for the March 21 awards fete go on sale Monday through the event’s website.

Newbirth Baptist Church Pastor, Eddie Long, Succumbs at 63

Eddie Long

Eddie Long

On Sunday, January 15, many received the news on the passing of megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long. He was 63-years-old.

Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality, but he also settled a lawsuit by four young men who said he pressured them into sexual relationships.

“When he spoke, black people all over the country listened to him,” said Shayne Lee, a sociologist who studies the black Pentecostal church. “He was part of the repackaging of Christianity for post-civil rights African-Americans.”

Long’s wife, who stood by him through his rise and fall from national fame, released a statement.

“Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace,” Vanessa Long said.

Photo Recap: Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC) Hosts 37th Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- On Monday, January 16 the Inland Empire of Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC) held its 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast at California State University, San Bernardino. Political, city, and state dignitaries came out to honor Dr. King. After the breakfast, the group went downtown to the statue to continue to honor and celebration. Mayor Carey Davis spoke during the statue acknowledgment.

Photo credit: Reginald Young

Photo credit: Reginald Young

MLK Breakfast Event