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From Tchaichovsky to Zollicoffer

From Tchaichovsky to Zollicoffer
From Tchaichovsky to Zollicoffer

Most people are familiar with Tchaichovsky, composer of music during the Romantic Era, but look out world because Vandrick Zollicoffer is on the rise. He is a composer of gospel music from today's Christian Era. “Van” is presently one of our musicians for the Rose Hill M.B. Church. It is obvious that this young man loves music. When he plays, it is almost as if his spirit comes out in his chords. We are very fortunate to have Vandrick as one of our musicians as well as Toni Newsome, and Joshua Milton. Van is also married to Keyana, daughter of our pastor & first lady (Pastor Arthur and Sis. Dorothy Milton). Review questions and answers are as follows:


Where were you born?

I was born in Sallis, MS.


What are your parents’ names?

Pastor Van and Sis. Annie Zollicoffer.


What all do you do in terms of music (playing, writing, etc.)?

I arrange and compose music. I have been playing for 7 years and producing music for 5 years.

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Three The Hard Way

EarlLoydThe second round of the NBA playoffs is in full swing. Names like back to back MVP, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Paul Peirce, Dwight Howard, Shaquille O’Neal, just roll off the tongue. But sixty years ago this was not the case at all.

In the land of the free, home of the brave, the National Basketball Association was completely blacked out, one hundred percent devoid of color. But in 1950 three pioneers forever changed the game.

Who was the first “nonwhite” to enter the NBA? The answer is somewhat complicated. Was it Earl Lloyd, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, or Chuck Cooper?  Lloyd actually became the first “nonwhite” to play in a game when he took the floor against Rochester Royals in 1950. His team’s season started earlier than the other two. Clifton made history when he signed a contract and made a NBA team in the same year. Then Cooper broke a  barrier when he became the first “nonwhite” ever drafted by a NBA team.

Earl Francis Lloyd was born April 3, 1928 in Alexandria Virginia. He played for West Virginia State College at the forward position and became respected as a defensive threat. Lloyd led his team to two CIAA titles in 1948 and 1949. He was dubbed the “Big Cat” as a NBA player.

He enjoyed nine seasons, playing in more than 500 games, averaging, 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Delano Glass

Delano_GlassI have had the honor to meet Mr. Delano Glass, CEO of Real Entertainment. Mr. Glass has worked with many great talents in the entertainment industry.  Delano was destined for success, born to the beautiful Ernestine Glass who was a part of the Motown group, The Chiffons.  I present Mr. Glass to the Up The Way community because he is an inspiration and he shows that through hard work and determination anyone can make their dreams come true.

Q: When and where were you born?

A: I was born in Detroit, MI Oct 2nd (no year)

Q: Were your parents married/together and what are their names?

A: My parents were never married...to each other! LOL! Mom: Ernestine Glass Dad: Carlton Johnson

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