And The Legacy Continues – Double XXposure Media Pays Tribute to Black History Month
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Left to right - Dionne Warwick, James Mtume, Robert "Kool" Bell
NEW YORK - eMusicWire -- As Black History Month is now here, Double XXposure Media Relations honors three legends (Dionne Warwick, Mtume, Robert "Kool" Bell of Kool & the Gang) and their continuing legacies.

Dionne Warwick's path began in the church, as her mother, Lee Warrick, managed the family gospel group, the Drinkard Singers (which included her aunt, Cissy Houston). From there, Ms. Warwick blazed a trail as a pop/soul Grammy award-winning hit maker for over six decades. At the same time, she used this status to bring attention to the cause for AIDS/HIV research (sales from her #1 Pop hit, "That's What Friends Are For", raised over $3 million dollars to benefit the American Federation for AIDS Research ) Dionne's legacy continues thanks to her sons – songwriter David Elliott (who co-wrote "Here & Now", recorded by Luther Vandross), record producer Damon Elliott (Pink's "Get the Party Started") and granddaughter, singer Cheyenne Elliott.

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The legacy of James Mtume began with his biological father, the late jazz composer, saxophonist and educator James Heath – founder of the jazz studies program at Queens College's Aaron Copeland School of Music, among other extensive honors and achievements. Mtume went from student activist in college to a community leader by launching initiatives to combat drug addiction and abuse within New Jersey and NYC.  As a bandleader/percussionist, Mtume earned great success thanks to hits such as "Juicy Fruit" and co-writing the Grammy winning "Never Knew Love Like This Before". His son, Faulu Mtume, is the director of the family music publishing company as well as oversees all online and social media platforms for Mtume.

Robert "Kool" Bell co-founded Kool & the Gang over 50 years ago and enjoyed much success through the decades, thanks to hits such as "Jungle Boogie", "Ladies Night" and the #1 Pop hit, "Celebration". In recent years, he's been involved with humanitarian causes such as clean energy via his work as a global ambassador for REACH (Renewable Energy Applications to Conserve Humanity). He also serves as music ambassador of tourism to the Ivory Coast of Africa. In addition, Bell launched Le Kool Champagne with France's House of Bertholot as well as the Kool Kids Foundation with his wife, the late Sakinah Bell. The Kool Kids Foundation, which supports music education initiatives for young children in urban cities, is now run by Bell's son, record producer/entrepreneur "Prince" Hakim Bell – who enjoyed a hit with the single, "R.O.Y.A.L.T.Y." as well as launched his own music label to work with new artists.

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