Date: Friday, June 19, 2020
Time: 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Get ready for another night of quarantine-style fun as the Valencia African Heritage Committee hosts the Black Music Month and Juneteenth Music Series this Friday, June 19, 2020. The third event in the four-week, Friday-night series is a tribute to gospel, blues and rock, along with a celebration of the 155th year of Juneteenth, the oldest celebration of all enslaved people being informed of their freedom in the United States two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
Join our live host Monica May, radio and media personality and chief information officer of Monica May Communications, for an exciting lineup of online performers and speakers including:
National Event Host, Businesswoman, Media Personality and Vocalist Tyesha Williams
Since 2014, Tyesha founded and hosts the biggest weekly open mic music showcase in Central Florida, Thursday Live Vibe. Tyesha will speak on the history and contributions of gospel, blues and rock music genres.
Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Alumnus Palmer Reed
Palmer Reed is a Valencia Music and Sound Technology program alumnus, as well as a professional singer, songwriter and producer. Since graduating, Palmer has worked with Evan Ross, Ashley Simpson, Adam Lambert and Earth, Wind and Fire. His blues performance will be a tribute to the song “Stand By Me.”
Alumnus and UCF Student Juan Aviles
Juan Aviles has led diversity and mentorship initiatives at several Central Florida companies including the Walt Disney World Resort where he served as the vice president of HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement). He is currently pursuing degrees in human communication and leadership studies at the University of Central Florida. As a passionate advocate for the study of black history, he will be sharing an essay on the significance and the modern-day lessons drawn from the events of Juneteenth — June 19, 1865.
Singer, Songwriter and Alumna Cece Teneal
Cece Teneal is an award-winning, international performing artist whose voice has been called “The Voice of the Century.” Ms. Teneal is noted for opening the live music component at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Orlando and currently tours globally singing soul music. She is a proud Valencia graduate and board member at Pace Center for Girls. Her performance will include a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Singer and Songwriter Shakina Glory
Shakina Glory is a local gospel artist in Jacksonville. She will sing a tribute to the Queen of Contemporary Gospel, Yolanda Adams.
Employee, Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist April Montallana
April Montallana, administrative assistant, is a 10-year employee of Valencia College. Also known as April Rose — the singer, songwriter and guitarist has been performing music for 12 years. April Rose will pay a tribute to the rock genre and perform a song by Jimi Hendrix, considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time.
There will also be some special tributes from additional Valencia College employees.