Rev. Yvonne B. Carter the Executive Minister of the Cleveland Baptist Association is Today’s Honoree

YvonneBCarterRev. Carter has been an active member of a CBA church since 1989, serving in many capacities over the years. In    addition to local church service, she has served as a member of the CBA Board of Trustees; Chairperson of the     Christian Education Department and for three years as the Executive Director of CBA’s youth at risk intervention    initiative, the Youth Empowerment Project. In that capacity, she worked with CBA pastors and volunteers who were members of almost every CBA church who came together to provide hundreds of hours of service and support to help more than 70 young adults turn their lives around.

After careers in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, Rev. Carter was licensed to the ministry at Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1995 and, after graduating from Ashland Theological Seminary, was ordained by CBA in 1998 as an American Baptist minister. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to be involved with the broader American Baptist Family as a member of the ABC USA national staff since 2001, serving first as a Partner in Discipleship Ministry with the former Board of Educational Ministries and most recently as a member of the management team of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (formerly National Ministries).

Over the years, she has been invited to teach at the regional gatherings of ABC of the South, ABC of Michigan, ABC of Ohio, ABC of Metro New York, ABC of Metro Chicago, the Alaska Baptist Convention, and the Church Leadership Institute of the ABC of Pennsylvania and Delaware. She has also given consultation to the Discipleship Task Force of the Philadelphia Baptist Association, and served as a member of the National Ministries staff facilitation team for CBA’s year-long Vibrant Churches/Vital Ministries initiative in 2006.

One of Rev. Carter’s primary responsibilities on national staff has been as Director of the National Black Church Education Conferences held in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2009 in various locations throughout the United States.

Rev. Carter is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Ashland. A proponent of lifelong learning, she has found denominational ministry to be a great opportunity to expand her understanding of the needs and hopes of ministerial leaders, pastoral caregivers and congregations across the nation. She works in partnership with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) colleagues to develop resources and hone the skills necessary to address the needs of children living in poverty, citizens returning from incarceration and newly arriving immigrants and  refugees.

She is dedicated to assisting individuals in developing their spiritual gifts for ministry and cultivating their hearts for missional outreach. She holds the fervent belief that the Bible is not only to be read and understood but to be exemplified in the lives of all believers.

Her vision is for CBA to become not only the central convener for cooperative ministry among its 38 member churches, but also a vibrant, vital presence in the Cleveland community, serving as a prophetic voice as well as a practical force for change and  transformation in the lives and hearts of all people.

Rev. Carter is a proud and loving mother of William “Chip” Carter, Jr. Esq., and his wife Abby;  mother- in-law of  Demetrius Snoddy; and grandmother of Alissa, Briana and William “Tre” Snoddy, and Rebecca and Hannah Carter.Rev. Yvonne B. Carter is the Executive Minister of the Cleveland Baptist Association.

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Attorney Terrance Franklin is Today’s Honoree

AttorneyTerranceTerrence M. Franklin, Partner at Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise, is a seasoned attorney with more than two decades of experience handling trust and estates litigation, disputes and appeals and probate and estate administration. His breadth of experience underscores the firm’s long-standing reputation and the reason clients turn to the firm for complex cases involving significant dollar amounts.

Mr. Franklin has extensive trial and appellate experience, including successful published appeals and the landmark Moeller case, which was brought before the California Supreme Court. 16 Cal. 4th 1124.

An active member of the trusts and estates legal community, he serves on the Diversity Task Force for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he is committed to improving the membership among diverse and minority lawyers. He is working with ACTEC to develop strategies to make the trust and estates practice area more attractive to minority law students and young attorneys, and was instrumental in developing a diversity mission statement for ACTEC. In addition, he serves on both the California Membership Committee, the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of ACTEC and the Board of Directors for the ACTEC Foundation.

He is a Council Member and Supervisory Council Member for the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group of the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, and is a Former Vice Chair of the Practice Group Management and Former Chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee.

Mr. Franklin is frequently called upon as a speaker to national, state and local estate planning, trust, and probate groups, such as ACTEC, ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, USC Probate and Trust Conference where he is also a long-standing Planning Committee member, the Southern California Tax and Estate Planning Forum, Matthew Bender & Co., and the Practicing Law Institute. Most recently, he spoke at the ABA’s Real Property Trust and Estates Symposium in Washington, D.C. where he moderated the program, “Is Your Spouse a Trust Beneficiary? State Law Holds the Key for Same Sex Spouses,” as well as coordinated a program on discrimination in real property trust and estate law.

Mr. Franklin has been named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2005, and has been included on the list of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2011. He speaks fluent French.

Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Franklin is a graduate of Harvard Law School and obtained his Bachelors of Science from Northwestern University. Prior to Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise, he practiced with the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster and as a partner at Ross, Sacks & Glazier, LLP.

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Music Artist Spade Kosta is Today’s Honoree


Imagine everyday that you are faced with the undeniable truth that you are barely surviving, and at a young age, you had to tap into your survival instincts. Meet SPADE KOSTA a.k.a. ICY originally from Chattanooga, TN and
now a long time resident of Atlanta, GA. At the age of 24, Spade Kosta claims both cities as his hometown, and he says it clearly with this statement, “Chattanooga raised me, and Atlanta paid me! So I’m from Chatlanta!”

Spade Kosta became an entertainer because he wants to spread his story of struggle. He plans on letting everyone know that no matter what you are going through and where you are from, nor whatever your age or race is, there is always someone in a worse situation than you. Spade Kosta is the spokesperson for the reality of life. He has an older brother serving two-life sentences, plus 15 years; so his music is not only about his struggle in life; it’s about the struggle of everybody else. Spade Kosta says, “In order for me to tell you my struggle, I have to tell you everybody else’s struggle first. Then I will show you how I overcame all of that to live a positive life!”

Spade Kosta realized that he had a chance to become a notable artist in the ninth grade, but he knew he had to work at it hard, because he wasn’t a natural. Spade Kosta says, “I didn’t have pure talent, I had to bust my ass for this!” What you see today of Spade Kosta comes from a lot of dedication and persistence. He says, “I had to get to the level where people could hear my day to day struggles in my lyrics. I use the same combination for
success in the studio (the ‘Yo’), as I did in the streets. Some of the people that inspired him to become a great artist include Tupac and Biggie. Spade Kosta took note of Tupac’s passion and Biggie’s bravado and storytelling.

Spade Kosta has completed a 5-day run as WHTA Hot 107.9 FM Atlanta, GA’s
BattleGroundz Champion, and he has completed a run as “Street Flavor” artist of the week at WJTT Power 104.3 FM Chattanooga, TN. He is preparing to release even more music and perform for his fans around the world!

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Scott Ferrall of Ferrall On The Bench with CBS Sports Radio is Today’s Honoree

ScottFerrallScott Ferrall joins CBS Sports Radio from SiriusXM where for the past seven years he has hosted “The Scott Ferrall Show.” His background includes extensive experience across radio, television and online, both nationally and locally. He has worked for SportsNet New York, several NHL properties, FOX Sports Radio, and Sportsfan Radio Network, as well as major market stations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami and Pittsburgh.

Catch “Ferrall On The Bench” live on CBS Sports Radio Monday-Friday from 10PM to 2AM EST. as it takes listeners through the day’s headlines and most talked about topics in sports, generates spirited discussions with callers, and conducts captivating interviews with a variety of special guests.

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Bishop Dr. Jimmie R. Horton of the Gospel Mission Temple is Today’s Honoree

BishopHortonThe anointed Pastor, Bishop Dr. Jimmie R. Horton, with the generous support of his lovely wife Evangelist Lady Michelle Horton, founded Gospel Mission Temple of Davenport, on June 27, 1984 in the basement of their home.  Due to it’s continuous numerical growth, the Lord blessed Gospel Mission Temple to purchase 35 acres of land at an ideal location.

The Family Life Educational Center was dedicated on September 26, 2003. It, along with the existing building now facilitates a banquet/dining hall, fitness/recreational center, the School of Ministries, and the Early Childhood Christian Academy, also known as Shining Light Learning Center. Our building facilities are now valued at over 10 million dollars.

We are a church of many nations as revealed in our multi-ethnic congregation of African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Italians and many other Nationalities.

Bishop Dr. Jimmie R. Horton is being highly and prosperously used by God as he leads Gospel Mission Temple. As a visionary, he is encouraging the congregation to grow in the knowledge and application of God’s Word. His experience as a certified counselor and a public school educator for 25 years enhances his ministry. His lovely wife, Evangelist Lady Michelle, compliments the ministry as she efficiently heads the women’s department as the general supervisor of women, conference facilitator, and host. She is a gifted educator, mentor, and dynamic speaker for various occasions.

They are the parents of three gifted and talented children, Evangelist Faith Carrietta, Minister  Dr. Jimmie Jr., and Minister Avery Elijah. They have all given themselves generously to the Lord and His work.

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X Factor Group, LLC CEO James Lewis Perdue Jackson II aka Jai Jackson is Today’s Honoree

JaiJacksonMr. Jackson, the founder and CEO of the X FACTOR GROUP, LLC,  a film financing entity and TOJA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP a production company located in Beverly Hills, CA.  has over forty years experience in the entertainment industry. His expertise includes high fashion design, music, film financing and production.  Additionally, he was the Development Director USA at Renegade Motion Pictures Corporation out of Toronto, Canada.

He is also a managing partner at VEGA & PERDUE ENTERPRISES, INC. and it’s subsidiary VEGA REALTY ASSETS, LLC, investment consulting and commercial real estate investment companies.

During the course of his career, Mr. Jackson has also worked for several prestigious law firms, prominent advertising and public relations companies, financial and entertainment corporations including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Finley, Kumble & Wagner, Emmet & Chandler, Wickes Corp., Morgan, Warner, Leeds & Rhodes, Gray Advertising, Pacific Bell/PAC Telephones, and 20th Century Fox/ Spelling & Goldberg.  In the music entertainment industry he worked Platinum Gold Productions, Steve Cohen & Associates and LEG Records, where he headed the Artists and Image Development Divisions.   At Platinum Gold Productions he was lighting director and costume designer for the Atlantic Records R & B group TROOP.

As the owner of Jai et¢ Cie Haute Couture, Mr. Jack son’s designs have been featured on national and international television award shows including Motown 25, the Emmy’s, Grammy’s and Image Awards, as well as in feature films. His designs have been published in the following magazines; People, Ebony Male, Essence, In Style and Life.  He was costume designer for the feature films “Rendezvous” and “Pit Stop.”

As founder and CEO of the X Factor Group, LLC he is the Executive Producer of the independent feature films “From the Outside Looking In” (2003) and “Michael’s Method” currently in pre-production. He is also an established photographer and a successful concert promoter. In New York City, he was the Director of Entertainment / Food & Beverage at the world famous Gershwin Hotel, where he was known for his fabulous theme parties. While in NYC he founded the X Factor Group, LLC and later returned to Beverly Hills, CA. to expand his business ventures, where for a short term, he was the Editor-at-Large for Celebrity Society Magazine.

His philanthropic work includes Youth Net Africa USA. The organization provides food, clocthing and scholarships to at risk children in Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Guinea, West Africa, for which he has received Congressional Recognition from Senator Diane Watson.

He also founded the Motown Alumni Cultural Society which promotes Black Culture through it‘s music.  He is on the Board of Directors of The Msingi Foundation with Countess Marianne von Zastrow, which built and administers the Agricultural Secondary School in the village of Mtakuja, near Moshi, Tanzania, East Africa.  Mr. Jackson  is researching areas of Kenya to implement his plan to build a school for health professionals.

He is an alumni of Yale University where he majored in Business Communications and he also attended the American Business Institute for computer sciences, graduating on the Dean’s List.

Mr. Jackson is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2000 Millennium, 2001 – 2014 Editions, under Who’s Who in the Entertainment Industry Executives Section.  He is also listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2006 edition.

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Hip Hop Artist and Single Father Joey Fattz is Today’s Honoree

JoeyFattzHip Hop recording artist Joey Fattz has been a mainstay in the Pittsburgh underground music scene for quite awhile attaining a huge local fan base and unprecedented supporters from all walks of life. Bazooka Joe, his most popular mixtape has been referred to as, “Rugged from start to finish,” according to WAMO 100 FM’s deejays Mike Jax and Ray Love. Fattz is currently anxiously awaiting the release of the second installment of the series, Bazooka Joe 1.5, which is scheduled to release on January 16th, 2015. After winning “Album of the Year” for Bazooka Joe and “Best Live Performance” with his group the Grimey Click at the Pittsburgh Underground Music Awards this year, Joey Fattz has been racking up the achievements in his already extensive arsenal of a back catalogue. Recently, Fattz’s music has broken out of the underground scene onto a national scale, joining an elite group of well-known Indie lyricists that represent the future of hip hop. He has paid his dues, performing over 1000 times in smaller venues with other unsigned artists. Now he is opening for the likes of KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Snoop Dog and French Montana to name a few for much larger, sold-out crowds. It has been a long, labor intensive journey for this young artist, but Joey is the epitome of proving hard work and dedication truly does pay off.

Joey Fattz has been described as a, “Future hip hop legend” by for the verse he spit on Legendary producer, Domingo’s, “Power, Profit, Control” featuring AZ, Nutso and Joey Fattz. Joey and Domingo have been hard at work in Soundmine studios creating AKA Bazooka Joe, a project solely produced by Domingo with features from Kool G Rap, KRS-One and Chris Rivers (Baby Pun) scheduled to release shortly after Bazooka Joe 1.5. 1.5 garners features from the Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods and Tuki Carter as well as Pittsburgh’s 58’s, B. White and Franchise. He has also been working on creating 2 tracks for the movie Zombie Priest’s score. Director Sergio Myers approached Joey for not only his music, but also his acting skills and cast Joe as ’Slim’ in the upcoming film. Fattz was also just featured by the Coke Boys Coke Vision’s Flow187’s Pot Culture mixtape. He just laid down a verse for the New York based group, Noble Society. As if all of these projects were not enough, Joey returned from his first headlining tour in August, Who is Joey Fattz, which spanned all over the northeast region of the US.

Joey has spent years intricately crafting his own unique, hip hop style and simultaneously, raised his 5 children with little to no help from their mothers. He can be seen on stage late on a Friday night and on the field early Saturday morning to coach football for his son’s teams. Joey is loyal to his craft but is even more devoted when it comes to his family. Fattz came up with Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa working alongside them, with the same producers, recording in the same studio at the infamous, ID Labs. As a young child, Joey was always writing raps and hiding them away. It wasn’t until Brick from Pittsburgh’s infamous Timebomb heard him spitting and encouraged Joe to go to his first session at ID Labs. Fattz had found a means to express himself in a positive way by illustrating his experiences and how he views the world, slowly becoming the powerful, poignant voice he represents today. Today’s climate is a mirror image of the struggle in which hip hop was born and Joey’s music brings it’s listeners a sense of hope. Fattz will not just sit back quietly with this chaos swirling around him without speaking his mind, using witty rhymes, creating music that compels you to think for yourself and stand up for whatever it is that you believe in. Joey wouldn’t say his is political, he would just say that he hopes his contribution helps make this world a little better for his kids.

Joey Fattz’s notoriety and music has reached all the way across the pond to the U.K. ITCH FM’s DJ Thad Boogie said about Joey, “This kid is the real deal,” and, “How are people like Trinidad James on the radio and Joey Fattz isn’t?” Another ITCH FM DJ, DJ Myme, cosigns Joey with this statement, “Emcees aren’t made, they are born, Joey Fattz is the epitome of this. Like all the greats who have gone before him, Joey has the rare ability to be able to paint a vivid picture using only his words. Putting you in the streets with him, taking you on a lyrical journey through raw, rough and rugged Hip Hop. He incorporates lyrical wordplay that hits harder then a shot of Vodka in the eye. Listening to Joey Fattz is like watching a Martian Scorsese motion picture, relentless, uncompromising and thought provoking. Joey Fattz is, without a doubt, a bright star and the undisputed future of Hip Hop.” Legendary Pittsburgh DJ Nick Nice was so impressed with Bazooka Joe, he brought Joey aboard his own team with no hesitation. Joey Fattz’s manager, Joanna IIC and his recent union with Nick, has proved to be the winning combination to push his music into every new market and set of ears they can collectively pull together. The floodgates have officially opened and opportunities seem endless for this star in the making. Jump on board and get to know this young artist because Joey Fattz is well on his way to becoming a household name. Go to for more information.

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