Black Power 96 Radio announces Local Going Global contest winners, receives spotlight in Gospel history

In the vibrant heart of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, Black Power 96, a project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, continues to make waves as it highlights black musical talent and preserves the rich history of Gospel music in the Tampa Bay area.

Christiana and Lomack Win Local Going Global Contest

Black Power 96 proudly announces the February winners of its “Local Going Global” weekly contest, showcasing the diverse talents within the community. Christiana and Lomack have emerged victorious, capturing the hearts of listeners with their unique styles and unparalleled creativity.

Lomack won the Local Going Global weekly contest in February.

Christiana, with a magnetic fusion of soulful R&B and conscious hip-hop, delivers a powerful message that resonates with the community in her song “Tell Me” featuring SJ. Lomack, on the other hand, captivates audiences with his genre-defying sound, seamlessly blending elements of jazz, funk, and Afrobeat. These winners exemplify the richness of the local talent pool and the cultural diversity that thrives in the black community.

As part of their victory, Christiana and Lomack will receive increased airtime, exposure, and the opportunity to share their music with a wider audience. Black Power 96 remains committed to amplifying local voices and providing a platform for artists to showcase their talents on a global stage.

DJ Eddie Recognized at Gospel History Event

On Feb. 1, Black Power 96 Station Manager Eddie Maultsby, Jr. was featured on a panel discussion entitled, “Shared Memories” sponsored by the local PBS station, WEDU, on the history and significance of Gospel music in the St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay Area.

The program was held at the Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa, which has a legacy of involvement in the black freedom movement going back to its founding on the heels of the Emancipation Proclamation. The well-attended program included a discussion of the history of gospel in the black community, music performances, and a preview screening of Henry Louis Gates’s new documentary, “Where Song and Sermon Meet Gospel” (for viewing times and more info, visit pbs.org/gospel).

The program celebrated the rich legacy of Gospel music in the region, acknowledging the contributions of talented songwriters, musicians, choirs, soloists, and choral vocalists. Tampa Bay is home to a plethora of uniquely styled Gospel music that has consistently provided hope and courage. The impact of Gospel resonates not only within the confines of church walls but also extends to local social justice initiatives. Churches, through their musical expressions, play a significant role in shaping the cultural and spiritual landscape of Tampa Bay.

“Tell Me” by Christiana featuring SJ won the Local Going Global weekly contest in February.

After receiving an enthusiastic and warm welcome from the large audience, Mr. Eddie spoke about his blindness, performing with various singing groups in his youth, performing on the streets of St. Petersburg to put food on the table for his family, and how he has overcome adversity to become the Station Manager at Black Power 96 radio, one of his greatest accomplishments.

DJ Eddie’s participation in this historical project underscores Black Power 96’s commitment to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the community. As Tampa Bay continues to boast numerous gifted individuals contributing to the Gospel music scene, Black Power 96 stands as a beacon—honoring the roots and evolution of this cherished musical tradition.

In celebrating the triumphs of local artists like Christiana and Lomack and acknowledging the historical significance of Gospel music, Black Power 96 remains steadfast in its mission to uplift, empower, and inspire the community through the power of diverse and meaningful radio programming.

Support Black Power 96 by donating at blackpower96.org/donate. You can get involved from wherever you are. Contact DJ Eddie at the radio station at (888)-979-2796 or contact@blackpower96.org.

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