Category: K.C.’s Corner

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Jim Crow Union Forced to Change

New York Archives article written by Brian Purnell More Black history of the IATSE.Jim Crow Union Forced to Change”In existence since 1886, IA Stagehands Local 1 granted an all-Black auxiliary branch a charter in 1937 after Black workers in Harlem organized independently as a means of stopping white outsiders from hoarding all the theater jobs.…
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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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Racism on the Road: The Oral History of Black Artists Touring in the Segregated South

By Steve Knopper Billboard spoke with Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Booker T. Jones and other legendary acts who faced extreme racism to bring their music to the American South in the 1950s and ’60s. Powered byWordPress Support Excerpt of an Excellent Read. One day in the early ’50s, three jazz legends were on a road trip…
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Roadies Of Color United Is Proceeding with the formation Of it’s Professional Association.

By Lance K.C. Jackson Lance Jackson and Bill Reeves announced earlier this summer that Roadies Of Color United was ready to take the next step in the organizations evolution. For the past 12 years Roadies Of Color United International has been a social networks currently with about 1100 subscribers on it’s Face Book Group Page.…
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Separate & Unequal: 22 Years After the Black Promoters Association Lawsuit, Has The Industry Really Changed?

By: Deborah Speer Agency BLM TIMES A-CHANGING? Major talent agencies join together to organize a rally and march in support of Black Lives Matter, starting in front of ICM Partners’ building in Century City, Calif., on June 7. In the weeks since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the music industry has rolled…
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Lance Jackson

First Post From K.C.’s Corner

Lance Jackson 4/28/2019 People seem to have enjoyed some of the many experiences I’ve shared with them over the years. So I decided to take a minute from time to time to document some of them to share both to the public and the members of Roadies of Color United International. Stay tuned I plan…
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30 states approve $300 in Lost Wages Assistance

By Laila Nashat States are quickly applying to receive Lost Wages Assistance money to pass on to their unemployed residents. Figure out if your state has applied and how you can receive this financial assistance as soon as possible.  What makes Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) different to Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)? Under the CARES…
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Lance ‘K.C.’ Jackson & Bill Reeves On Why White Tours Don’t Hire Black Tour & Production Managers

By: Andy Gensler Courtesy Lance K.C. JacksonRoadies United: Bill Reeves and Lance “K.C.” Jackson at the first annual Roadies of Color United International, an organization with over a 1,000 members, in Atlanta this past February.With over 40 years of success in the live production business, one would think tours of every stripe would be lining up…
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Our Voices Against Racism: Resource Guide

By: Sarah Pittman The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of police has inspired the world at large to take action to fight injustice, end police brutality, examine our own racial biases and privilege, promote inclusion and show the world that black lives do indeed matter. Pollstar has compiled a list of organizations helping with…
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‘We Gotta Start Makin’ Changes’: The Live Industry, Nation Grapple With Racism

By: Francisco Rendon Hands UpA man protesting police brutality and systemic racism holds up his hands kept as demonstrators are kept in place on the Manhattan Bridge by police for hours during a citywide curfew in New York City. Days of protest, sometimes violent, have followed in many cities across the country in response to…
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