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TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands Makes History as First HBCU Band to Win Grammy for ‘Best Roots Gospel Album’

Los Angeles–The 65th Grammy Awards kicked off with a historic win by TSU Aristocrat of Bands, who took home the award for ‘Best Roots Gospel Album’ for The Urban Hymnal. This marks the first time a collegiate marching band has received a nomination and won in this category in Grammy history.”

The Urban Hymnal was co-produced by renowned songwriter and producer Dallas Austin, Sir the Baptist, and TSU Professor Larry Jenkins. During his speech, Professor Jenkins acknowledged the hard work of his students, saying “Your hard work and dedication created the pen that allowed you to write your own page in the history books. We all know we made history, but this is also February. We also made Black history.”

The complete “Aristocrat of Bands” couldn’t accept their win in person. Still, the university held a Grammy watch party on Saturday, February 4, where dozens of students gathered in support.

On January 15, 2023, the National Museum of African American Music will unveil Living Legends: Dr. Bobby Jones, a quarterly lobby exhibit to celebrate the career of Dr. Bobby Jones. The exhibit will highlight many aspects of his monumental career, including his time at BET, and various honors and awards he has received.

Kansas City Chiefs win second Super Bowl in five years

Patrick Mahomes was magical when the Kansas City Chiefs desperately needed him to pull off another Super Bowl comeback.

Playing on an injured ankle, Mahomes threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and scrambled 26 yards on the go-ahead drive before Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

The Chiefs won their second NFL title in four years and two-time NFL MVP Mahomes earned his second Super Bowl MVP award.

“I thought guys just embraced the moment,” Mahomes said about rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit. “In that first half, we were playing and doing some good stuff, but I felt like the guys were getting consumed by everything around us.”

Mahomes and Jalen Hurts excelled in the first Super Bowl matchup featuring two Black starting QBs. But Mahomes turned it up in the second half after reaggravating a sprained right ankle.

“It took everybody to win the game,” Mahomes shouted as red and yellow confetti littered the field.

Nashville's new six-figure jobs: These weren't $100K jobs before the pandemic, but they are now

Most airline pilots, sales managers and nurse practitioners weren't making $100,000 in Nashville before the pandemic.

But they are now.

Those are three of the 11 occupations (seen in the chart below) in the Nashville area for which median annual salaries reached six figures between 2019 and 2021, according to a new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by The Business Journals.

The gains come as salaries have soared since the economy recovery ramped up after the initial shockwaves of the pandemic, with a tight labor market and elevated turnover rates fueling significant raises and bonuses.

Nashville has experienced strong recovery following the pandemic. The region's economy expanded at more than double the national rate in 2021, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the Nashville metro area added a net of 63,800 jobs from October 2021 to October 2022. That 5.9% gain ranked third among large metro areas in the nation, with populations of 1 million or more.

The national picture

As salaries soared since the pandemic, 12 occupations moved into the $100,000 club at the national level between 2019 and 2021, according to BLS data. 

One of the biggest jumps was for industrial and organization psychologists, which saw median annual salaries grow from about $92,880 in 2019 to about $105,310 in 2021 — a 13% jump.

Companies have been worried about slipping productivity and employee burnout since 2020, and industrial psychologists have been in demand as they help organizations navigate those challenges.

Other roles that climbed into the $100,000 ranks were information security analysts, biochemists and post-secondary health specialist teachers, among others. 

The occupational salary data analyzed by The Business Journals does not cover 2022, in which record inflation pushed prices, costs and salaries even higher.

Employees have seen wages skyrocket since the middle of 2021, as companies competed for scarce workers amid massive demand for goods and services. In June 2022, workers saw 6.7% annual median wage growth over the same time in 2021. That growth eventually slowed to 6.1%, but remains higher than at any point in the last 25 years, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found the average reservation wage, which is the lowest wage survey respondents would accept for a new job, increased to $73,667 in November — the highest it had recorded.

But despite the best efforts of the Fed, the job market still remains tight, with about 10.5 million job openings on the last business day of November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate is hovering around 3.5%, the lowest it has been in decades. Quit rates are down from their record peak during the pandemic, but still above pre-pandemic levels.

Metro Nashville warns homeowners of deed scams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Officials are warning homeowners to be weary of deed scams in the Nashville area.

Local homeowners have been receiving mail falsely claiming that the deed to their property has been transferred and recorded, according to Nashville Davidson County Register of Deeds Karen Johnson.

Johnson said in order to obtain a copy, the scam mail tells recipients they must send a payment to a fraudulent address in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“We’ve had several calls from concerned homeowners who got false information about the deed to their property being transferred,” Johnson said. “We had one gentleman who had the good sense to come into our office to ask what the mailing meant and did he have to pay the $89 service fee that was mentioned.”

Johnson said the scam mailings are causing property owners to worry that they might have lost their homes.

The ROD Office, where all property documents in Metro Nashville are recorded, never sends out any such mailings, according to Johnson. She also stressed that the office never mails out or emails any payment requests.

Johnson said their office offers a property alert program that allows homeowners to protect themselves and their property.

To sign up for the program, download the Davidson County ROD app or visit their website.

Fisk University Gymnastics Docuseries Coming Soon

Los Angeles, CA – January XX, 2023 – Global independent studio wiip is developing a new documentary series (working title “Flipped”) following the 2023 Inaugural season of Intercollegiate Women’s Artistic Gymnastics at HBCU Fisk University in Nashville, TN. The project originated with award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper (“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”) and Baller Alert Films CEO Robin Lyon (“All In”) who will executive produce along with Gail Lyon (“Pistol”) and Paul Lee (“Mare of Easttown”) and Hope Hartman (“The Summer I Turned Pretty”) from wiip, and Fisk University.

The series will follow college gymnastics’ only all BIPOC team as they navigate the pressures of their first season while challenging the stereotypes and norms in women’s athletics. With no university gym of their own, Coach Corrinne Tarver and her gymnastics team at Fisk University, consisting primarily of first-year college students, aim to take on the best in NCAA gymnastics without mitigating or changing who they are as women of color. The series features unprecedented access to the coaches, student-athletes, parents, and administrators at Fisk University and the trials and triumphs of HBCU sports.

The team includes several Division-I athletes who de-committed from high-profile programs. Just four months after the team’s first practice, Fisk University became the first historically Black university gymnastics squad to compete at the NCAA level, taking the mat at the 2023 Super 16 gymnastics invitational in Las Vegas, NV. 17-year-old Morgan Price, a Fisk University freshman, competed in all four individual events, earning the meet’s highest score (9.9) on the vault.

Talk a walk through Nashville's Civil Rights Sit-Ins history

NASHVILLE. TENN. (WTVF) — Nashville is a place full of history. Now, with the help of a Fisk University professor, you can learn more about our city's history and the Civil Rights Movement.

You can spend a little over an hour on a one-mile walk to learn more about the civil rights sit-ins and their ties to Nashville. This is an audio tour written and narrated by Fisk University professor Linda Wynn.

It is all concentrated in the downtown area. All you need to do is log on to the website. There you can look at all 11 stops and listen to more about each place and its role.

Here are all the different stops:

  • Harvey's and Cain-Sloan Department Stores
  • Woolworth, McLellans, and Kress
  • The Arcade and Walgreens
  • Davidson County Courthouse and Witness Walls
  • War Memorial Plaza and Auditorium
  • Hermitage Hotel and Cross Keys Restaurant
  • Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
  • Doctor's Building
  • Civil Rights Room and Greyhound/Trailways Bus Stations
  • John Lewis historical marker and the Freedom Riders
  • First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill
Tennessee Native Launches Conference and Career Fair for Professionals of Color During Black History Month

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TN Tribune) – Mimconnect will host its 2nd  virtual conference and career fair “In Good Company” on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. The conference is presented by Intuit Mailchimp with guidance from The White House’s Initiative on HBCUs.  The conference is dedicated to advancing media, marketing, and tech professionals of color in their careers. The forum provides attendees with necessary tools needed to level up their career paths with opportunities to connect one-on-one with hiring managers, thought leaders, and executives from global companies. To learn more about the virtual conference and career fair, head over to www.mimconnect.com.

“In Good Company creates a virtual space for professionals of color to connect, network with companies to build truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environments, and hear from more advanced professionals and thought leaders to gain tips on navigating their careers. I hope that In Good Company becomes one of the staple events emerging professionals attend to secure their first corporate internships, dream roles, and beyond,” said Netta Dobbins, Founder of Mimconnect.

More than 153,000 people in the tech world lost their jobs last year and in the marketing and media industry, that number reached 50,000 people. This February, the In Good Company Virtual Conference and Career Fair will once again be a positive force for meaningful impact in the industry.

The In Good Company Virtual Conference and Career Fair  successfully launched in 2020 with over 500 attendees focused on career growth, personal success and enhancing their working environment. On February 21st, attendees will network with a variety of employers, speakers, thought leaders and career coaches in the tech, media, marketing and advertising worlds. Additionally, the conference emphasizes “networking across” giving attendees a unique platform to meet and network with fellow professionals.

Elyse Jones, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at the White House’s Initiative for HBCUs believes “this collaboration will increase the knowledge, access and available resources that are disseminated to Black and Brown students; while helping eliminate those barriers that our marginalized communities encounter when entering the workforce.”

More than a dozen panelists will share their journeys and insights into navigating the Media, Marketing and Tech fields and how they believe companies can prepare to build more diversity, equity, inclusivity and allyship internally. To learn more and register for the conference, visit www.mimconnect.com.

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