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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 to face Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII
The Kansas City Chiefs are advancing to Super Bowl LVII following a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
After suffering a high ankle sprain last week in the Chiefs’ Divisional Round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Patrick Mahomes led the team to a victory in a back-and-forth game.
Kansas City got out to a 6-0 lead after two field goals and before halftime, Mahomes found his favorite target – tight end Travis Kelce for a touchdown to take a 13-3 lead. Kelce was listed as questionable to play coming into the game due to a back injury.
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.
Opposition grows for TN bill that would change portion of Rep. John Lewis Way to President Donald Trump Boulevard
NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN) — Two state Republican lawmakers want to change the name of one of Nashville’s most iconic streets. They’re sponsoring a bill to rename a portion of Rep. John Lewis Way to President Donald Trump Boulevard.
The bill would rename the part of the road that stretches from James Robertson Parkway to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Many community leaders can’t believe anyone would want to change the iconic leader’s honorary street. They also say instead of uniting the community, it would only divide it.
Less than two years ago, Metro Councilmember Zulfat Suara and other city leaders helped rename part of 5th Avenue to Rep. John Lewis Way, creating a dedicated marker to honor the civil rights icon.
“We took a lot of time to do the name change,” Suara said. “We thought about Congressman Lewis’s connection to Nashville.”
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.
NASA AWARDS MILLIONS TO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES
NASA is awarding $11.7 million to eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through the new Data Science Equity, Access, and Priority in Research and Education (DEAP) opportunity.
These awards will enable HBCU students and faculty to conduct innovative data science research that contributes to NASA’s missions.
“We’re pleased to make progress through awards like this to intentionally build the STEM pipeline of the future, especially in communities of color,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. “It’s fitting during Black History Month that we make this tangible step to build on the talent pool at HBCUs in our ongoing work to bring to the table all the talents and perspectives we’ll need to send humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond, and do amazing science throughout the solar system.”
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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.
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