Billboard’s 2020 Women In Music Hall of Fame Honorees Speak Out

This was the year Roc Nation client Megan Thee Stallion claimed superstardom, at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé) and as the featured artist on Cardi B’s “WAP,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks. Rostermates Lil Uzi Vert, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey all reached new peaks. And Roc Nation, after partnering with the NFL to use its platform for entertainment and social justice, in February co-produced the Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Reprise: A Roc Nation Album raised funds for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation for Criminal Justice, and JAY-Z successfully lobbied for passage of probation reform legislation in California. Through it all, says Perez, she has managed the stress of the year by “focusing on things within my control and making sure we are better positioned for whatever the new normal is.”

Song That Inspired Me in the Past Year: “Alicia Keys’ ‘Love Looks Better on You,’ because it recognizes that love is the best option.”

Danielle Aguirre (Co-executive of the Year 2018)
Executive vp/general counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association

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Danielle Aguirre

The NMPA this year continued to focus on reaching settlements and deals for licenses to “provide needed revenue for our members and songwriters,” says Aguirre, noting that the organization has finalized global settlements and/or licenses with Peloton, TikTok, YouTube, Snap Inc. and others. Aguirre also continues to oversee the NMPA’s battle against Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora in the wake of the tech companies’ appeal of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board decision to raise publishing royalties. In November, the NMPA joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International in a motion asking the CRB to set interim royalty rates at the current levels.

Crucial Issue Facing the Music Industry: “How to protect live-music venues and slowly bring people back to live events. Live music is what I miss most about these last months.”

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth (Co-executive of the Year 2018)
Partner, Alter Kendrick & Baron

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Jacqueline Charlesworth

“It will be exciting to see the launch on Jan. 1 of the new Mechanical Licensing Collective created under the Music Modernization Act,” says Charlesworth, whose efforts — along with Aguirre, Dina LaPolt and Susan Genco — to achieve passage of the landmark music licensing law led to their shared recognition as Executive of the Year honorees in 2018. Charlesworth remains on the front lines of copyright battles, filing a brief late last year with the D.C. Court of Appeals on behalf of two groups to support increased royalty rates for songwriters. In July, she testified before a Senate subcommittee on what she called the “broken” Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs copyright online. “A little over a year ago,” she says, “I left a big firm and moved to Los Angeles. I’m extremely grateful to have built a thriving music and copyright practice out here, even in the midst of a pandemic. And I’m especially proud of my work on

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Billboard’s 2020 Women In Music Hall of Fame Honorees Speak Out

Chosen by Billboard as first among their peers in prior years, these former Executive of the Year honorees reflect on the achievements, activism and unprecedented challenges of 2020.

Desiree Perez (Executive of the Year 2019)

CEO, Roc Nation

This was the year Roc Nation client Megan Thee Stallion claimed superstardom, at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Savage” (featuring Beyoncé) and as the featured artist on Cardi B’s “WAP,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks. Rostermates Lil Uzi Vert, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey all reached new peaks. And Roc Nation, after partnering with the NFL to use its platform for entertainment and social justice, in February co-produced the Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Reprise: A Roc Nation Album raised funds for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation for Criminal Justice, and JAY-Z successfully lobbied for passage of probation reform legislation in California. Through it all, says Perez, she has managed the stress of the year by “focusing on things within my control and making sure we are better positioned for whatever the new normal is.”

Song That Inspired Me in the Past Year: “Alicia Keys’ ‘Love Looks Better on You,’ because it recognizes that love is the best option.”

Danielle Aguirre (Co-executive of the Year 2018)

Executive vp/general counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association

The NMPA this year continued to focus on reaching settlements and deals for licenses to “provide needed revenue for our members and songwriters,” says Aguirre, noting that the organization has finalized global settlements and/or licenses with Peloton, TikTok, YouTube, Snap Inc. and others. Aguirre also continues to oversee the NMPA’s battle against Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora in the wake of the tech companies’ appeal of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board decision to raise publishing royalties. In November, the NMPA joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International in a motion asking the CRB to set interim royalty rates at the current levels.

Crucial Issue Facing the Music Industry: “How to protect live-music venues and slowly bring people back to live events. Live music is what I miss most about these last months.”

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth (Co-executive of the Year 2018)

Partner, Alter Kendrick & Baron

“It will be exciting to see the launch on Jan. 1 of the new Mechanical Licensing Collective created under the Music Modernization Act,” says Charlesworth, whose efforts — along with Aguirre, Dina LaPolt and Susan Genco — to achieve passage of the landmark music licensing law led to their shared recognition as Executive of the Year honorees in 2018. Charlesworth remains on the front lines of copyright battles, filing a brief late last year with the D.C. Court of Appeals on behalf of two groups to support increased royalty rates for songwriters. In July, she testified before a Senate subcommittee on what she called the “broken” Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs copyright online. “A little over a year ago,” she says, “I left a big firm and moved to

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Herminia Hall, a women’s pro football player, is tight ends coach at Fullerton High

COVID-19 delayed Herminia Hall’s plans to play in a women’s professional football league, but it also presented her with a new opportunity — to be a high school football assistant coach.

Hall, a 45-year-old Narbonne grad, has become the tight ends coach at Fullerton High under Richard Salazar while she waits to join the Los Angeles Fames of the Women’s Football League Assn. She plays offensive guard.

Hall has been an instructional aide at Fullerton since 2007. She decided to ask Salazar if he needed help with the football team. He agreed.

“I love it,” Hall said. “The players have been very positive, very accepting. They accept everything I say. They work hard. There’s been no ‘I’m not going to listen to her, she’s a girl.’ It’s been a positive experience. They see me as a coach.”

Hall is supposed to begin her professional playing season at some point next year, but she’s also trying to coach for as long as she can.

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Karachi wedding hall owners reject new coronavirus SOPs

Picture of a well-decorated wedding hall. Photo: file

Karachi’s wedding, banquet and lawn owners have rejected the new coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) rolled out by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC).

The Karachi Marriage Hall, Lawn, Banquet Owners Association held a press conference at the press club on Saturday to say that the new COVID-19 SOPs were economically marginalising them.

The association said thousands of employees and other businesses associated with weddings and marriages will also be effected due to more restrictions and bans.

The president of the association said that the new SOPs were against the Constitution, which allowed the freedom to earn lawful money to all citizens.

He explained that wedding hall owners and their thousands of employees had already faced a severe economic crisis when all the halls were closed between March 13 and September 15 during the lockdown period.

The association members lamented that when halls reopened after September 15, they did not get the anticipated business as most people prefer not to get married during Muharram and Safar, which took place after the halls were reopened.

The association said that there were an estimated 800 wedding halls in Karachi alone, adding that the livelihood of 50,000 people and their families were linked to these halls.

“Around 70 to 80% of our employees work on daily wages,” he said, adding that the earning of such employees depended on daily wedding events.

The association pointed out that there are roughly 13,000 wedding halls in the entire country, with which 650,000 labourers’ livelihoods are directly linked. Fifty per cent of the city’s industries, the association highlighted, were directly and the rest of the 50% were indirectly linked to wedding halls.

“With the closure of the wedding halls due the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of labourers will be directly or indirectly affected,” said the association’s president.

The government, which should be a role model, had itself failed to limit the number of people attending its political gatherings and implement the SOPs, stated the association said.

“We want to bring this into your knowledge that wedding halls is the only industry which didn’t get any relief from the government since the lockdown of March 13,” said Raees.

He said that even when wedding halls were allowed to open after September 15, they were sealed and fined in the city repeatedly in the name of SOPs violations.

He requested Prime Minister Imran Khan, the chief justice of Pakistan and army chief to look into the miseries of the wedding hall owners and their employees. “We demand SOPs be drafted for wedding ceremonies after taking us on board,” he said.

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Blackline Safety Appoints Women in Technology Hall of Famer, Cheemin Bo-Linn, to its Board of Directors

Former IBM VP and CEO of international consulting firm brings award-winning experience and a proven track record of leadership and innovation to Blackline

Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX.V: BLN), a global leader of gas detection and connected safety solutions, announced the appointment of Cheemin Bo-Linn to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. With this appointment, Blackline Safety’s Board expands to six directors. Notably, Ms. Bo-Linn was recognized as one of the ‘Top 50 Directors’ in the United States in 2019 by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). This recognition highlights the most influential and high performing directors who serve on a public company board and as an independent committee chair.

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Cheemin Bo-Linn is appointed to the Blackline Safety Board of Directors (Photo: Business Wire)

Blackline is a global leader in cloud-connected safety that supports leading businesses around the world to transform digitally through increased safety, efficiency and quality using wearable technologies, cloud software and data.

Ms. Bo-Linn currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Peritus Partners, Inc., a valuation accelerator which also provides consulting and operations expertise in software (SaaS), IoT, mobile and digital (analytics, marketing, e-commerce and cybersecurity). She brings more than 25 years as a software executive including her prior role as Vice-President of IBM Corporation where she was responsible for a fast growth multi-billion-dollar global business. In 2015, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Professional Association Hall of Fame. Ms. Bo-Linn has also served on several boards across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ms. Bo-Linn earned a doctorate degree in computer-based management information systems and organizational change from the University of Houston.

“It’s an exciting time for Blackline which has impressively established itself at the forefront of cloud-connected safety technology on a global scale,” said Cheemin Bo-Linn. “I am honored to join Blackline’s board and support the company’s rapid growth by sharing my insights and experience in ESG, SaaS, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital innovation and leadership. There’s a very bright future for technologies that connect workers across multiple industry sectors and empowers improved decision-making that comes from leveraging the power of data.”

“This appointment marks an exciting, transformative day for Blackline Safety, adding a highly experienced and talented executive to our board who has served at the top levels of leadership and innovation,” said Cody Slater, Chair and CEO of Blackline Safety. “The depth of Cheemin’s impressive experience and insights into ESG and SaaS will play an instrumental role in helping us continue to grow our enterprise and remain ahead of the curve in the cloud-connected safety industry.”

Ms. Bo-Linn joins the Blackline Safety board of directors that includes CEO and Chair, Cody Slater and independent Directors Michael Hayduk, Dr. John Finbow, Robert Herdman and Brad Gilewich. Each of Blackline’s board members are seasoned business veterans who offer significant corporate leadership experience in the technology, industrial, software and business operations. For more information on Blackline Safety’s management team, please

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Celebrating the Women of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

It’s been a big year for Whitney Houston fans.


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In March, the late legend’s 1992 cover of “I Will Always Love You” was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, established to preserve sound recordings that are deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

In October, she made history as the first Black artist to have three Recording Industry Association of America-certified Diamond albums, with 1987’s Whitney joining her 1985 self-titled debut and the 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard at having sold 10 million units.

And to top it off, she’s been formally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with the 2020 induction ceremony due to air on HBO on Saturday, Nov. 7. Though she first became eligible to join the prestigious club of music greats in 2010—25 years after the release of her first record, as per the rules—the nomination for the Class of 2020 was her first. Out of 16 acts nominated, she’s one of only six who’ve been voted in this year—and the lone woman in the bunch.

The Best Music of 2020—So Far

In fact, her induction into the Performers category puts her in league with an elite group of female artists who’ve carved out space for themselves in an overwhelmingly male-dominated field. If only she were here to see it.

As we wait to see how presenter Alicia Keys pays tribute to Houston during this year’s ceremony, take a look at all the fierce females who came before her in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.



Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks wearing costumes: Zumapress; Getty Images; Melissa Herwitt/E! Illustration


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Aretha Franklin talking on a cell phone: The Queen of Soul became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The Rolling Stones ' Keith Richards did the honors.


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The Queen of Soul became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The Rolling Stones ‘ Keith Richards did the honors.



The iconic Motown girl group comprising Diana Ross , Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson (pictured here) was inducted by Little Richard in 1988.


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The iconic Motown girl group comprising Diana Ross , Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson (pictured here) was inducted by Little Richard in 1988.



a person standing in front of a curtain: Known for '50s-era pop hits "Tweedle Dee" and "Jim Dandy," the blues and R&B singer was inducted by Chaka Khan in 1991.


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Known for ’50s-era pop hits “Tweedle Dee” and “Jim Dandy,” the blues and R&B singer was inducted by Chaka Khan in 1991.



Tina Turner standing posing for the camera: In 1991, she was inducted alongside her abusive ex-husband Ike Turner , the duo recognized for their work in the '60s and '70s on hits like "Proud Mary" and "River Deep—Mountain High." Fans have been vocal about their desire to see Turner inducted once more in recognition of her solo work.


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In 1991, she was inducted alongside her abusive ex-husband Ike Turner , the duo recognized for their work in the ’60s and ’70s on hits like “Proud Mary” and “River Deep—Mountain High.” Fans have been vocal about their desire to see Turner inducted once more in recognition of her solo work.



Ruth Brown sitting on a stage: Known for bringing a pop music style to R&B during her heyday on the Atlantic Records roster in the 1950s, Brown was inducted in 1993 by Bonnie Raitt .


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Known for bringing a pop music style to R&B during

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET ANNOUNCES MILLION-DOLLAR GIFT FROM FRIDAY FOUNDATION, TO ENDOWMENT McCaw Hall

Jane Lang Davis New Works Fund established to seed creation of new works.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET ANNOUNCES MILLION-DOLLAR GIFT FROM FRIDAY FOUNDATION, TO ENDOWMENT McCaw Hall

10/20/20, SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet is honored to announce the receipt of a million-dollar gift from the Friday Foundation. With this gift – designated to the Pacific Northwest Ballet Foundation – PNB has created a new endowment, the Jane Lang Davis New Works Fund. Annual income from the invested fund will be used in perpetuity to provide support for one new ballet each season, and/or support the full breadth of PNB’s New Works initiative, including workshops for emerging artists.

PNB established the Pacific Northwest Ballet Foundation in 1998 to receive endowment gifts and bequests. PNB Foundation is a separate entity and is governed by its own board. “The Pacific Northwest Foundation is honored to receive this transformational gift from the Friday Foundation establishing the Jane Lang Davis New Works Fund,” said Peter A. Horvitz, Chairman of the PNB Foundation Board of Trustees. “Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis loved Seattle and their philanthropy enriched the cultural life of our city for decades. Jane Lang Davis loved ballet and through her passion and determination Pacific Northwest Ballet was born. Jane was an enthusiastic supporter of PNB throughout her life and had a particular love for new works. New choreography is the lifeblood of ballet so it is of great importance that the Friday Foundation’s generous gift has endowed the Jane Lang Davis New Works Fund and that beginning this season, and for many years to come, the Jane Lang Davis New Works will be performed by PNB on the McCaw Hall stage, celebrating the legacy of Jane Lang Davis and her devotion to Seattle and her beloved Pacific Northwest Ballet.”

“Jane Lang Davis loved ballet,” said Peter Boal, PNB’s Artistic Director. “Not long after her passing, her daughter Lyn delivered the most delightful childhood photos of Jane in a fantastic array of ballet costumes with endless elegant legs and dramatic blue eyes aimed squarely at the camera lens. Jane used to tell me she was discouraged from dancing because she was too tall. And yet Jane did more for the ballet here in Seattle than almost anyone else. Tired of importing ballet troupes to our city, Jane became a tenacious and at times forceful advocate for the formation of our own company under the auspices of Seattle Opera. She held a clear vision for the future. She served on the Board for four decades and remained a lifelong friend, fundraiser and proponent of innovation. When PNB needed Jane’s support, she was always there for us.

“These are dire times for the ballet,” continued Mr. Boal. “As we cautiously plan our future and question the cost of commissioning new ballets, we will know new work is still possible because of this grant. Through this legacy gift of the Friday Foundation, Jane and Richard Lang continue to give by helping to create new choreography. Because of the Friday Foundation’s generosity, Pacific Northwest Ballet will be able

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UConn to play in Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge, part of Mohegan Sun ‘Bubbleville’ that will host basketball events at start of NCAA season

The Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge that the UConn women will participate in at the end of November is officially on and will be part of “Bubbleville,” a bubble-like environment at Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun that will host multiple basketball events to kick off the college basketball season.

All four of the schools originally slated to play — UConn, Mississippi State, Quinnipiac and Maine — were able to keep the tournament on their schedules, with the Huskies set to play Quinnipiac first on Nov. 28 before facing the winner of Mississippi-Maine the following day. Game times, television details and ticket information — suggesting some fans will be allowed in the arena — have yet to be announced.

The bubble-esque set-up, which the Courant had been previously reported as in-the-works, was officially announced Friday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Legends Classic, which will host the UConn men, Vanderbilt, Southern California and BYU at Mohegan Sun on Dec. 2 and 3, will also be part of “Bubbleville,” which will operate from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4.

The Hall of Fame and Gazelle Group, third-party tournament organizers, have been working with Mohegan Sun officials for months to create a controlled environment where teams can kick off non-conference play while “adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements,” Friday’s announcement said.

“The Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge has been held at Mohegan Sun Arena for many years in front of the tremendous UConn fanbase. While COVID-19 has forced us to reassess many events and safety protocols, we are proud to still be hosting these four outstanding teams in a world-class venue,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “We thank Mohegan Sun for their partnership and their diligence to produce this tournament in a bubble-like atmosphere.”

Friday’s announcement featured relatively scant details. But Dave Martinelli, chief marketing officer at Mohegan Sun, previously told the Courant that organizers could stage four courts (aside from Mohegan Sun Arena itself) in the site’s Expo Center. Each team could also have a hotel floor to itself, early plans detailed, and would be able to travel from hotel rooms to meeting spaces to courts without entering public spaces.

The UConn women have yet to release an official schedule, though Geno Auriemma has told media that non-conference matchups with Tennessee, Baylor and South Carolina are still on.

Alexa Philippou can be reached at [email protected]

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