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Fallen Hero’s Raise over 20,000 for Military Veterans Scholarships

On October 7th 2017, over 500 participants runners/walkers managed to raise over $20,000  at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain,Ga by participating in Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col Robert Baldwin 5th Annual Fallen Hero’s 5k Run/Walk.  The event designed as a fundraiser for the Fallen Hero’s Scholarship Fund in honor of Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col Robert Baldwin like many who were killed in active duty. 

Dobogai, was among the 14 U.S. soldiers aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Aug. 22, 2007 in northern Iraq. Baldwin was killed Sept. 21, 2010 when his Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter carrying Navy SEALs crashed during combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.

Both hero families joined together to use these tragic situations to create a positive outcome and scholarship in their name. The scholarships focus is directed towards the supports of  veterans and service members currently enrolled in school.

According to Reginald L Stewarts of Onward and Upward Bound: Military Veterans Charge Toward Higher Education, ” Some military veterans may be underrepresented in higher education due to life adversities including homelessness, medical disabilities, substance abuse, family hardships and deficient academic skills.”  The scholarship provides a tremendous relief for veterans seeking a higher education.The scholarship and program will continue to honor the men for whom the scholarship was established, each year the event will also recognize the recipients of scholarships that are awarded in the preceding year.

The organizers rallied for participants for several month preparing for this event. The pre-registration entry fee is $25 per person and regular registration fee there eafter is $35 per person. Organizer also made it possible for people out of state to donate and have a volunteer runner participate in there place. Of course any additional donations were welcomed.

The 5k walked turned out to be a success and brought happiness to both families as they watched there fallen heroes legacy live on.

For more information on how you may donate to this Fallen Heroes Scholarship  contact Digger Oster at (309) 298-1800 or email

A3C Festival & Conference Brings the Hottest Artist to Atlanta


On July 7th – 9th All Three Coast Festival & Conference took over the city of Atlanta. All Three Coast Festival & Conference is the preeminent hip-hop event  and is critically coined, “hip-hop’s family reunion.” The independently produced A3C Festival & Conference birthed from regional showcases and to now an internationally recognized and nationally acclaimed hip-hop cultural experience. Designed to empower, engage and energize the community that shape and define hip-hop culture. The A3C Festival provides the best platform for artist discovery, while celebrating Hip-Hop’s trailblazers, influencers and milestones. With live performances from over 500 of Hip-Hop’s most iconic, talented and promising artists take place across 75+ shows in the Old 4th Ward and East Atlanta Village. The 2017 A3C Conference examines the intersection of Music, Technology and Culture.

Jermaine Dupri discusses his most successful moments and hardship in his musical career. (Carnes 2017.)

The A3C Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to connect and learn from Hip-Hop influencers, artists, organizations, and industry experts. The Conference Center and Pro-Audio Center was held at Loudermilk Center and SAE Institute of Atlanta, The Conference Center portion of the festival is made up of uniquely panels and mentorship sessions, live podcasts, and talent workshops. The festivals headline sit down interview was BMI Presents Conversation with Jermaine Dupri. The ballroom was filled with over 300 festival attendees all-attentive to Jermaine Dupri spilling his blueprint on becoming successful in the music industry.

Following the full day of panels, workshops and interviews, A3C partnered with Mass Appeal for evening full of over 250 musical showcases spread over Old 4th Ward venues throughout the three day festival. The festival closed on Sunday at Festival ground for a six concert filled with some of hip hop hottest artist such as Cardi B, Migos, Vic Mensa, Cyhi the Prince and many more.

For more information about this years festival and how you can participate next year be sure to visit A3C Festival.

A3C Host Monthly Networking Mixer

The biggest Hip-Hop festival in the south, A3C, recently held their  networking monthly mixer, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The monthly event serves as an incubator called A3C Social Club, which creates an on-going connection between the influencers, Hip-Hop artists and the community to hang out and share ideas. A3C Social Club is a way for you to stay connected with great shows, content and information year-round. The best part is that the monthly event free.  Becoming a free member of A3C Social Club you have the plug into members-only giveaways, events, and deals the moment they drop. The way you can become a social club member is to RSVP to A3C Social Club events thru

This months event  took place on the rooftop of Delightful Eatz, which was recently just announced as an official A3C Festival venue. DJ and producers Mikkoh + Decoteau (Mikoteau) provided the event with sounds by playing some of hottest songs on the radio and also giving local artist a opportunity to showcase their music to Social club members. Among those special Social Club members Lil Yachty got the opportunity to perform his latest released single, “King of Teens “.

Be on the look out soon for more updates regarding next months A3C Social Club mixer by following @A3CFestival  on Instagram. You can also check here and get the latest updates and announcements to the 2016 All Three Coast Festival .

Radio One Presents #StrategyForChange

Celebrites and citizens all over the Atlanta community gather at the #StrategyForChange town hall meeting in efforts to decrease the rate of police brutality.
Celebrites and citizens all over the Atlanta community gather at the #StrategyForChange town hall meeting in efforts to decrease the rate of police brutality.


In the wake of a number of protests in Atlanta, popular radio and TV host Rickey Smiley, entertainers and community leaders hosted a town hall meeting called #StrategyForChange. The town hall meeting was put together by Radio One and played on several radio stations including popular urban stations V-103 and Hot 107.9.

Popular figures and represnatives from metro-area police departments, along with Black Lives Matter activists gathered at the House of Hope Church in Decatur to figure out ways to work together to improve relations between police and black communities.

The meeting comes after protesters marched for five days through Atlanta asking for something to happen from top Atlanta officials. The night was full calls demanding for solutions for real change. However at times it became filled with raw emotions and anger over police killings of unarmed black men across the country.

Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Bernice King, urged citizens to organize and agree on a mission and develop a strategy. King says, “We must stay together and continuously hold the justice system accountable for these acts that are killing are community. A few days of marching and talking on social media will not change it but if we pull together and vote during the elections for a communities representatives and judge we will see a difference.”

Anger and pain were also directed at police representatives on the panel, including DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander.

“We’ve got to be ready to listen to the people and hear their anger, and tend to their anger and cerate some opportunities in which we can continue to work together,” Alexander told us.

While the end of the event did not result in a consensus of how to solve the problems of policing in America, all there agreed that there is a need for people of all races to unite and bring peace between police and minority communities.

“If all lives matter,” said singer Tyrese, “we need you to show up for us.”

Kota Santez Performs The Anthem On the Record

Chicago native Kota Santez premiered his latest single, live on  “At 16 years old ,Kota Santez’s future started to take shape as he began writing and rapping consistentlyhile attending school at Cedar Grove High School. Kota says, “ That’s when I realized I had something great for the world to hear.” From that point on ,he began to cultivate his talents.

Influenced by many greats, such as Nas, Biggie, Andre 3000 and Jay Z,Kota Santez is nothing less of a soulful rapper with a passion for creating dope lyrics. In his latest single “K to the Izzo also referred to as “Kota Santez creates a feel good tune but also delivers a strong message about promoting social consciousness. Kota says, “ I wanted to make a song that you can listen to at anytime because “it has such good energyut still gives the people something to think about.”  Riding the up tempo beat with a melodic hook, Kota sure knows how to creates positive vibrations.

“Before Kota premiered his song to one of the toughest indie crowds in Atlanta through On the Record, he was nervous. His nerves stemmed from the show’s reputation for having well-informed audiences.”

On the Record has been a staple in the indie music scene for the past 3 years and has been credited as the underground 106 & Park. Hosted by Chianexo and Amani every other Wednesday, the show gives the audience as chance to engage in social conversations and enjoy live sets from some of Atlanta’s most promising up-and-coming stars.

Backed by a full band Third Shift Generation,Kota began to look at ease as he showed off his latest lyrical masterpiece. The addition of the band really gave the performances a nice vibe and intensity. Santez hopes the band will join him during his performance at the All Three Coast music festival this coming fall.

After getting a lot of buzz his “that was released last year, Kota decided  to give his fans something new in 2016 with his new self-tilted mixtape “Kota Santez”. Hosted by Atlanta DJ’s DJ Iceberg DJ Grady, the new mixtape continues the theme of Kota’s soulful melodic sound” and it’s safe to safe to say after this performance that this tape will be something worth listening to The tape even features artists like Miroj, Breezy Castilleo and Nino Blaq.