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Musical Crossroads: African American Influence on American Music

by Steven Lewis Roots in Africa Describing the African-American influence on American music in all of its glory and variety is an intimidating—if not impossible—task. African-American influences are so fundamental to American music that there would be no American music without them. People of African descent were among the earliest non-indigenous settlers of what would…
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Now accepting memberships

ROCU Staff We are please to announce that we are now accepting Members into our Newly formed Professional Association. Please use the link below to sign up. 2021 marks the next phase in the evolution of Roadies Of Color United. Thank you for your continued support and those of you that have expressed an interest…
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INTRODUCING OUR JANUARY 2021 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL OF THE MONTH Karrie Keyes

ROCU Staff Hailing from Los Angeles, Karrie has spent the last 30 years as the monitor engineer for Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder. Karrie is the Executive Director and Co-Founder Of SoundGirls. Karrie started out doing sound for punk bands in Los Angeles in 1986 under the tutelage of Dave Rat of Rat Sound, where…
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Music’s Road Crews Are Overwhelmingly White and Male. Meet the People Trying to Change That

Artists and roadies alike are stepping up to address a long-standing industry problem By David Browne Rolling Stone Magazine By the time he signed on for Justin Bieber’s Believe tour in 2012, Lance “K.C.” Jackson had more than 30 years under his belt as a stage manager and touring pro; he’d worked with Prince, Destiny’s…
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The Year In Diversity: Inclusivity, The Comeback And Not Wasting The Lessons of 2020

By: Bill Reeves & Lance “KC” Jackson It would be safe to say that we’ll all be happy to see the end of 2020. The turmoil, chaos and economic devastation engendered by the pandemic, issues of racial equality and deep political divisiveness have made 2020 a year we would all like to forget. Or, alternatively,…
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Roadies Of Color United Premieres Our Spotlight on Touring Series November 20, 2020 4pm.

Rocu Staff/ Produced By Ronnie Stephenson The Roadies of Color United Spotlight On Touring Series is the vision of Lance Jackson and Produced by Ronnie Stephenson. The Idea is to present a unique series of programs, Panels and Seminars as lead ups to our upcoming Roadies Of Color United Virtual Conference to be scheduled in…
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Coming soon Live Events Lift Up Festival

A free livestream benefit called Live Events Lift Up Festival will be held on Dec. 16 for the more than 12 million people affected by the shutdown of the live entertainment industry.Scheduled to feature more than 25 artists and entertainers, LEVL Up Fest will stream from the historic Ryman Auditorium on the No Cap Shows…
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RESOURCES UPDATE

R.O.C.U. Staff Resource Lists: Diversity and Inclusion BIPOC Theater Designers and Technicians This is intended as a resource for producers and directors to identify racially and culturally diverse creative teams for theater projects in the US. Please add your information to the bottom of the list if you are a theater designer or technician who identifies…
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Black Music Month 1979

President Jimmy Carter first designated June as Black Music Month in 1979, and celebrated the decree with a White House concert

Though Carter declared June Black Music Month with the event in 1979, and black music institutions celebrated every June thereafter, Black Music Month didn’t become an official observation until 2000. Dyana Williams discovered in the late ’90s that President Carter didn’t issue an official decree, so she worked with her local congresswoman to draft House…
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