Wayne Pharmaceuticals

Wayne Pharma, located in Cordele GA, is the country's only Black owned Pharmaceutical company.   Wayne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an African American owned company in Georgia, engaged in biomedical research, production, and development. Since the beginning, the company has aimed for superior quality in the production of healthcare products for its customers. It is the promise of Wayne Pharmaceuticals to maintain premium quality products for its users to achieve quality and healthy living. The company integrates its specialty and generics capabilities in its global R&D division to come up with new ways of addressing patient needs.

With over 20 years in the medical field, Dr. Wayne has brought together a group of dedicated professional with decades of experience in their perspective disciplines. Experience is a key factor in one’s ability to overcome difficult situation.

Dr. Wayne, CEO of Wayne Pharmaceuticals, Inc, is dedicated to closing the health disparity gap in the Black community. Based out of Cordele, Georgia, Dr. Wayne operates one of the only Black-owned pharmaceutical companies in the nation. Wayne Pharmaceuticals shares an 18-acre campus with the MD Whitest Medical Institute, right in the heart of Cordele’s west side, the most socio-economically deprived area of the city.

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Sounds of Blackness

Sounds of Blackness is a vocal and instrumental ensemble from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota who perform music from several genres music including gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz.  The group scored several hits on the Billboard R&B and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts in the 1990s. Cynthia Johnson of Lipps Inc. and Ann Nesby are the group's most prominent alumni.

The group was founded in 1969 by Russell Knighton at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the group was called the Macalester College Black Voices. It was in 1971 when current director Gary Hines took leadership over the ensemble, and the group name was officially changed to Sounds of Blackness. The chief lead singer of the group was Ann Nesby until 1995 when Nesby left the group to pursue a solo career. The group continues to perform internationally. The group performed the original songs for the 1999 Disney animated short John Henry (based on the folklore character) as part of Disney's American Legends, the short was re-released in 2015 as part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection. The original songs were written by Gary Hines and Billy Steele, with a score by Stephen James Taylor. On September 30, 2018, group member James "Big Jim" Wright was found dead at his home in Rockford, Illinois.[3] Outside of Sounds of Blackness, Wright was best known as a frequent collaborator of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and an in-house producer for their company, Flyte Tyme Productions.

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The Waters

If you’ve ever listened to records, commercials, watched television, or gone to the movies you have heard one or more of the voices that comprise “The Waters” – Julia, Maxine, Luther, and Oren – a family group raised in Los Angeles, grew up in a rich musical environment orchestrated by their mother Lorena, who was quite a vocalist in her own right. Their voices have been heard on more gold and platinum recordings than anyone in the history of the music industry. The Waters are proud to have received the Ella Voice Award from the Society of Singers in recognition of their contributions both individually and collectively. The myriad of artists on The Waters credit list include such notables as Michael Jackson, Adele, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Don Henley, Glen Frey, Paul McCartney, Noah And The Whale, Guns N Roses, Robbie Williams, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Fray, Muse, Bobby Womack, Julio Iglesias, Donna Summers, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Rick James, Teena Marie, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, The Pet Shop Boys, Billy Preston, David Ruffin, Johnny Rivers, Christina Aguilera, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, BB King, Bob Seger, Dolly Parton, Carlos Santana, and many others.ht

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Lenny Williams

he ultimate soul crooner, Oakland, California native Lenny Williams possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. With his rich, passionate vocal style, he is rightfully regarded as one of R & B’s most influential soul men. Williams began his musical career making records that have subsequently become R & B and Pop classics, tunes like the mega-hit “Cause I Love You” (recorded on his solo album) and “So Very Hard To Go,” which he recorded as the lead singer for Tower of Power. Lenny Williams' style has transcended into the new millennium, influencing many of today’s newest R & B and Pop vocalists. Lenny himself sounds better than ever as he continues to keep the focus on love. “Love is what has gotten me through all of these years. I look for love and I surround myself with it,” Lenny says. When it comes to singing love songs, one must “go there to know there,” and Lenny never left. He is able to take the listener to the heart of love with such soulful aplomb because love will never go out of style and no one does it better. Then...Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Lenny moved to Oakland at a very young age. Learning to play the trumpet in elementary school fueled his interest in music. Lenny’s skills as a vocalist were first nurtured by singing in gospel choirs and groups around the Bay Area, where he was in good company, working alongside up-and-coming artist Sly Stone, Andre Crouch, Billy Preston and members of the Hawkins family--Edwin, Walter and Tramaine.

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Klymaxx Band

Klymaxx was created and formed in 1979 by Bernadette Cooper (producer/drummer/vocals); the other original members included Lorena Porter Shelby (lead vocals), Cheryl Cooley (guitar), Robbin Grider (keyboards), and Lynn Malsby (keyboards). Joyce "Fenderella" Irby (bass/vocals/producer) joined the band later, before the recording of their debut album. The women developed their core sound in rehearsal, and continued with Cooper becoming the band's figurehead. Their debut album Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman was released in 1981, and their second album was Girls Will Be Girls.
 However, their first album to achieve national recognition was the 1984 released Meeting in the Ladies Room, featuring the top 5 US Billboard R&B chart successes "The Men All Pause," written by Cooper and Irby, and the title track. The band's self-produced "I Miss You," penned by Lynn Malsby, became the band's pop breakthrough, peaking at #5 on the Hot 100. Critics mentioned that Irby's voice was similar to Michael Jackson's, according to music historian Scot Brown.[1] Bernadette Cooper wrote and produced much of the band's material, and subsequently began writing and producing for other artists from the mid-80s onward, including Cheryl Lynn, Shalamar, Madame X and Mazarati. She subsequently signed to MCA Records as a solo artist, and released the 1990 album Drama According to Bernadatte Cooper, featuring cameo appearances from Teena Marie and Chuckii Booker.

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Kanda Chocolate

 Kanda™ Chocolates is a brand of Sage & Alms which is a Black-Owned, Woman-Owned benefit corporation. We've based our business model around partnering with the source. We've gone straight to Ghana and partnered with a local business to bring you a unique bean to bar experience. Our products are produced from 100% Ghana Cocoa beans and infused with simple, non-genetically modified ingredients.  Kanda Chocolate is grown, processed, packed, and posted straight from Ghana. This means that we honor the bean to bar process because it truly makes a difference. It's some of the best in Africa. You'll taste the difference!

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Central Neighborhood Health Foundation

CNHF is a Medicare-certified clinic serving Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. Our mission is to minimize disparities in healthcare access and outcomes by providing superior quality patient-centered healthcare through an integrated delivery system for under served and vulnerable multi-ethnic communities in our service areas.

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Kingdom Pay

KingdomPay has created a mobile money platform called Kard that allows one to receive and send payments in the US and around the world. Users can load their accounts via payroll deposit, bank transfer, linked debit card, virtual check deposit and peer to peer transactions. Say goodbye to PayPal, Venmo, CashApp and Zelle. 

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OBAP - Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Founded in 1976, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers. OBAP members encourage diversity in the industry by supporting aspiring aviation professionals through Project Aerospace, a series of scholarships, mentoring, training, and youth-focused education programs. In 1976 Ben Thomas, a young African American pilot with Eastern Airlines, spearheaded an effort to form a permanent body to address discrimination in the airline industry. He invited thirty-seven African American pilots, representing nearly 50% of the industry total at the time, to convene at O-Hare Hilton Hotel in Chicago on September 17 and 18. The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), then called The Organization of Black Airline Pilots, was formed as a result of that collaborative meeting with a focus on preparing youth and young adults to realize successful careers in aviation.

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Charles Mattocks 

CHARLES MATTOCKS is an Award-Winning Actor, Director, Producer, Television Host and Health Advocate whose priority for health first and saving lives does not get in his way of excelling in all areas of the business.The Nephew of the late great Bob Marley, Mattocks comes from a very high profile family lineage so it is no surprise that he is taking the Healthcare world by storm. An accomplish Actor, Charles Mattocks notably starred with a pivotal role in “ The Summer of Ben Tyler” along side legends James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern. The movie garnered six nominations during the award season and Variety Magazine declared, “In Charles Mattocks, a star is born'. As an author, producer, and director, his work has been showcased with appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Fox News, Good Morning America, The Talk, The Martha Stewart Show and numerous media outlets worldwide. Charles’ world changed the minute he was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. As he stared death in the face, he knew he had a larger mission to make changes not only for himself but so many others! He armed himself with education and determination and began to reverse his condition. He documented his process in a provocative documentary,

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Bootsy Collins

BOOTSY COLLINS Funk Legend Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singer/bandleader. From 1969 to 1971, the group functioned as James Brown’s backup band and was dubbed the J.B.’s. In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship. He launched Bootsy’s Rubber Band as a spinoff of P-Funk in 1976. Collins’ inspired, clever progressions and patterns were a vital part of such records as “Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine.” Bootsy Collins’ influence on popular culture is inescapable. His SOUND and LOOK are literally stitched into the fabric of modern music, be it R&B, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop or E.D.M. Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Flea, Dr. Dre, Rick James, Prince, Daft Punk, Primus, and Thundercat—to just name a few— are all Brother-Natures’ disciples. Today, a whole new generation of music fans have embraced Bootsy’s legacy via Childish Gambino’ platinum hit “Red Bone”, a loving homage to Collin’s 70’s smash “I’d Rather be with You.”

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