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“Dr. Jody Watley Day” at the Georgia State Capitol, June 2nd, 2022


“Dr. Jody Watley Day” at the Georgia State Capitol, June 2nd, 2022

An event to honor iconic singer, songwriter, producer, businesswoman and motivational speaker, Dr. Jody Watley, one of the architects of 21st century pop for her noteworthy contributions to music and her love of people, community service and continuous cultivation of human kindness. 
The Grammy-winner trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion and style is confirmed to attend the event.

The Grammy-winner trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion and style is confirmed to attend the event.

In addition to the celebratory Jody Watley Day event at the Georgia State Capitol, she will also receive the prestigious Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the highest civil award that is presented by the President of the United States. 
Dr. Watley was nominated for the award by Georgia representative Billy Mitchell of the 88 District and Dr. Jacqueline Mohair, Founder and President of Trinity International University of Ambassadors. WHEN:Thursday, June 2, 202211:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Speaking Program) | Photos to be taken following the program.

WHEN: Thursday, June 2, 202211:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Speaking Program) | Photos to be taken following the program.

WHERE: Georgia State Capitol 206 Washington St SWAtlanta, GA 30334*There will be directives in the building to the event. SPEAKERS:- Rep. Billy Mitchell, 88th District – Dee Dawkins-Haglier, Georgia Secretary State Candidate- Dr. Jacqueline Mohair, President and Founder of Trinity International University of Ambassadors  CONTACT INFO:Office of Rep. Billy Mitchell | [email protected]. | Phone: 404. 656.0126
Jody Watley Public Relations: BNM Publicity Group, Pamela Broussard | [email protected] | c: 310.562.4725

About Jody Watley

Dr. Jody Watley, singer, songwriter, producer, businesswoman, and motivational speaker is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim pairing that is the first to crossover R&B/Hip-Hop, Pop and Dance into the Billboard Top 10 “Friends,” to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre. Ms. Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook. As a solo artist, the pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, Gold and Platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations from the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards. In 2018, Billboard Magazine included Jody Watley in the Top 60 Hot 100 Female Artists Of All Time and Top 25 Top Female Dance Artists of All Time. Ms. Watley was named as First Ambassador in 2021 to the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville and in 2022, she received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business. Full Bio About The Presidential Lifetime Achievement AwardsThe Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards are an annual event held to honor those in our nation who exhibit outstanding character, worth ethic, and dedication to their communities. The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards has rapidly become recognized as an immense honor and highly anticipated annual event. In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to honor outstanding citizens giving their time to volunteering and helping their communities.
You can follow her on social media @jodywatley


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