Recap of the “Virtual Salute to Black Music” tribute from the Black Business Association to Dick Griffey


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* Los Angeles, CA – It was a night filled with love, compassion and respect for Dick griffey, founder of Solar Records (posthumously) at The Black Business Association (BBA), “Virtual hi to the Black Music Awards” held recently on Facebook Live.

Griffey received the Lifetime Legacy Award at the annual event in recognition of Black Music Appreciation Month which recognizes the laureates for their contributions to the theme (BBA): The company behind the music. Siedah Garrett opened the show with a powerful song, The new frontier discuss Black Lives Matters.

Renamed Lawyer Virgil Roberts and founder of the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California received the award on behalf of Griffey, while Carolyn Griffey shared her father’s mission, passion and life purpose.

GRAMMY Award-winning singer Howard hewett sang her popular song “Say Amen,” while Joyce Irby sang by Klymaxx hit song “I miss you,” in addition to sharing their memorable Mr. Griffey stories. Throughout the tribute, Solar’s stable of artists joined in the celebration by expressing their love and thanks to Griffey, who included; The Whispers, LA Reid, Leon Sylvers III, Lakeside’s Otis Stokes, The Calloways, and Dina Andrews, one of Solar’s first employees, told the story of Solar Records.

KJLH radio station, the oldest radio station on the west coast, founded in 1965 by John Lamar Hill, owner of Angeles Funeral Home, and purchased in 1979 by Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions, received the Historic Black-Owned Radio Station Award of Excellence, received by Aundrae Russell, Program Director and Air Personality of 102.3 KJLH. KJLH is the home of kindness, joy, love and happiness with a contemporary urban format and programming expanded to include R&B, hip hop, a bit of smooth jazz and gospel. KJLH connects the diverse populations of Los Angeles. KJLH’s involvement and community service is unmatched by any other station in Los Angeles. A beacon of social justice and the first to tackle the issues of the day, KJLH has become the heart of the black community.

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The BBA also honored Gail Mitchell, Executive Director of Billboard R&B & Hip Hop receiving the Outstanding Excellence in Journalism Award. Introductory videos were released to commemorate Gail Mitchell’s stellar achievement as a 21-year-old Billboard reporter, showing her interviewing or writing work on legends like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, John Legend , Chuck D, Nipsey Hussle and Jay Z.

Special guest appearances included; Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Supervisor, James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood, and Board Member Herb J. Wesson, Jr. The show was MC by Andre Ray, Former Lead Vocalist, LTD (replacing Jeffrey Osborne) and Solar Records Editor. Event sponsors included; AT&T, Barbara Morrison, Performing Arts Center, Congress of Racial Equality, MLK, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade, Edison, Entrepreneur Educational Center, Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Supervisor, Northrop Grumman, Postmates, Southern California Gas, Verizon and Wells Fargo.

In light of the current Black Lives Matter movement, the BBA recognizes that there is an even greater imperative to recognize those who support black businesses towards success. A partial list of past recipients are Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Siedah Garrett, Janet Jackson, Clarence Avant, Valerie Ervin, Valerie Ervin and Jheryl Busby.

If you missed BBA’s virtual Facebook Salute To Black Music event, see it live now at the link below:


About the Black Business Association (BBA)

Celebrating 50 years of service, the Black Business Association (BBA), founded in 1970 and based in Los Angeles, is the oldest active ethnic business organization in the state of California. The (BBA) is committed to ensuring that African Americans and other diverse business owners benefit from Advocacy (BBA), efforts to influence, improve and implement policies, which improve the access to procurement and procurement opportunities with the public and private sectors, in addition to providing access to financial resources. The (BBA) is a 501[c] 3 non-profit organization.

For more information on the BBA and to donate, visit the website (BBA);, call Sabra Waddy, (BBA) Virtual Events Producer at (818) 605-7405 or email: [email protected]

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