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Early Bird Registration Begins March 1, for the 7th Annual Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference

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Independent Gospel Artists Alliance, Inc. presents the 7th Annual IGAA Conference.

July 6 – 8, 2017 at Held at Queen’s Chapel UMC, 7410 Old Muirkirk Road, Beltsville, MD. 20705

Phillip Carter July 6-8 EventCo-presented by Phillip Carter and Minister Earl Bynum, the Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference is an opportunity to provide wisdom and expert assistance and support to advance Independent Artists and their ministries. The Conference is a Registration Begins March 1, for the 7th Annual Independent Gospel business and music conference that adjusts to the ever-changing needs of the Independent Artist. Therefore, conference sessions change from year to year.  Recent conference sessions include Music Distribution, Independent Label Operation, Licensing & Royalties, Structuring Contracts, Marketing, Artist Branding, The REALity of Radio, and Touring Across the U.S. and Abroad, Vocal Master Class, Radio/Marketing/Promotion for Holy Hip Hop Artists, Industry Facts & Myths, and Artwork Fundamentals, Artist Development, Accounting and Tax Tips for the Independent Artist, Worship in a Dry Land, Publicity, and more.

Independent Gospel Artists Alliance, Inc., a U.S. 501 national nonprofit organization, specializes in education, mentorship, and relationship building for artists and musicians with a focus on music entrepreneurship, technology, ministry, and artistry. Formed in 2009 by Award-winning Independent Gospel Artist Phillip Carter, the Independent Gospel Artists Alliance (IGAA) strengthens, motivates, and empowers the independent label owners and independent artists who believe in the power and participation of networking and trade. The IGAA is a leading source of education and mentorship for Gospel, Christian, and Inspirational artists.

Early Registration March 1, 2017

Regular Registration April 15, 2017

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DJ QuickSilva Overcomes Tragic Youth with Music

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When one of the District’s most formidable disc jockeys, DJ QuickSilva, takes to the stage as part of a varied yet talented lineup of entertainers during this year’s Summer Spirit Festival in early August, many of his listeners probably won’t know the daunting challenges he once faced but somehow managed to overcome.

In fact, given the cards he held during his youth, it’s nothing short of amazing that now at 37, the husband, father, nightclub owner, entertainer and highly-sought-after DJ could even muster the fortitude needed to remain focused and positive, refusing to allow his circumstances to define his future or circumvent his potential.

Thus, while he’s racked up a bevy of awards, successfully branded himself both regionally and nationally and owns one of the largest nightclubs in the U.S. in his beloved hometown of East Baltimore — a city long-associated with crime and economic decay — he says his objective remains the same: “I want to show the next generation, those who look like me, that you can come from Baltimore and still become somebody — that it’s possible.”

“I started my career as a DJ when I was only 10 after seeing the movie ‘Beat Street’ and remember asking my parents for a set of turntables for Christmas. That was the beginning, 1990, and I’ve never looked back,” he said, noting that after turning pro in 1994 and quickly asserting himself in both nightclubs and on the airwaves, he only wanted one thing: to make himself the first and the best “QuickSilva” that he could.

“It’s important to me that people understand that even if you’ve faced or face circumstances similar or even worse than what I endured during my youth, you can make it as long as you don’t give up,” he said.

Consider this: at 10, his mother died from cancer; at 13, he faced permanent paralysis following a gunshot wound — regaining the ability to walk nine months after his injury; at 18, his father died, leaving him and his two brothers, one older, one younger, alone with no option but to forge for themselves.

He says his brothers looked for ways to numb both the pain and devastating losses they’d collectively suffered. But he looked in more positive directions for solutions that would help him overcome the unfortunate vicissitudes of his childhood.

“I stayed focused on my music always believing that it would one day save my life,” he said. “Music is still my life. I play everything from hip-hop to R&B, from reggae, dancehall, go-go, gospel and calypso and view myself as an entertainer who happens to DJ.”

“It’s important for me to clearly illustrate that the negative stereotypes about us, folks who came from the tough streets of Baltimore, Black folks, fall far short of accurately describing who we are or what we can accomplish,” said the clearly proud father of two who recently marked his ninth wedding anniversary.

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‘Black Panther’ Is Coming To The Smithsonian’s African American Museum

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After “Black Panther” basically broke the box office back in February, fans of the Marvel superhero movie have been clamoring for a sequel. But if you can’t wait for Hollywood to get its act together, the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture has your back.

The museum announced Wednesday that it has acquired several objects from the film, including the Black Panther superhero costume. That is, the actual outfit that star Chadwick Boseman wore. On his body. While fighting to save Wakanda from evil.

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