Industry Ink: Charley Pride Documentary, PLA Media, Growth Group

National Museum Of African American Music To Screen Charley Pride Doc

Charley Pride

The National Museum of African American Music will present the first public screening of “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” a feature-length documentary episode of the PBS series “American Masters” at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the screening will benefit the National Museum of African American Music.

“Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Miss., to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. A panel featuring filmmaker Barb Hall and Dr. Dina Bennett, senior curator at NMAAM, will immediately follow the film’s conclusion.

“Helping shine a light Charley Pride’s story, struggles and incredible musical talent through this documentary represents the kinds of stories our museum wants to tell,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, CEO and president of NMAAM. “He’s truly a one-of-a-kind, trailblazing artist whose place in our nation’s and our culture’s musical history is undeniable.”

“At a time when African American singers were more notable for R&B hits, Charley Pride followed his passion for country music, overcoming obstacles through determination and raw talent to make a lasting impact on the genre and create a legacy that continues today,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of “American Masters.”


PLA Names Cindy Dupree AS Sr. Consultant PR, Marketing

Cindy Dupree

PLA has added Cindy Dupree to the staff as senior consultant PR/Marketing. Dupree spent more than 10 years as communications director/PIO for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development during the Bredesen and Haslam administrations. She has also served as communications director for BMI in New York City and as a music manager, literary agent, and artist development consultant while in the Big Apple.


Business Management Company Growth Group Celebrates Certified Tax Coach Designation

Pictured (L-R): Growth Group’s Alexis Louis and American Institute for Certified Tax Planners Director Dominique Molina

Business management company Growth Group relocated from Atlanta to Nashville in October 2018, and is celebrating the success of the company’s CEO Alexis Louis, who is one of just over 700 tax professionals who has completed the American Institute for Certified Tax Planners training academy, leading to the Certified Tax Coach designation.

“Traditional tax professionals focus on putting the right numbers in the right boxes on the right forms,” says Dominique Molina, a San Diego-based CPA and Director of the American Institute for Certified Tax Planners. “Our program is different,” she continues. “We don’t just help our client’s record history. We help them write it, with a complete menu of advanced tax-planning concepts and strategies.”

The AICTP™ program focuses on court-tested, IRS-approved strategies for minimizing Alternative Minimum Tax, maximizing deductions from real estate and passive activities, maximizing retirement savings, and similarly powerful strategies. As taxes rise to cover increased government spending, this sort of proactive planning will become even more important in the future.


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