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Family, thank you to each of you for your words of encouragement, cards, flowers and acts of kindness shown to our family during the loss of my sister Pamela Marie Black.  Her death was unexpected however, she lives on in all of those she mentored, and in the hours of hard work she devoted to ONYX Magazine, the building of the monument to honor Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University and in so many other facets of life.  Her motto in life was, “Do what you got to do!”   She will be missed but not forgotten!

Remaining true to our claim to entertain, inspire and inform this issue is dedicated to National Black Music Month.  We are proud to feature legends who gave rise to much of the music we know and love today as well as a few new artists who are starting to climb the charts.

On the cover, meet Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton. He is best known for his portrayal of ‘Papa Pope’ of ABC’s hit show ‘Scandal.’ As the hit series ends, Morton is delving into a music career of his own. Check out what he’s up to now as he transforms his career from television to the big stage.

This issue will also include musical reviews from Full Force to Funk Fest. You’ll meet a few of Central Florida’s rising stars; Lady Smooth Sax (Jo Anna Fleming) and CeCe Teneal and Soul Kamotion,  recap the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented to the choir and band at Jones High School, one of Florida’s oldest Black high schools, as they were selected to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and much more.

Enjoy!

Rich

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