Regina Jones, A Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

By Dianne Lawrence

Regina Jones, a 42 year resident of Country Club Park, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award  by the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center.

Regina was Founder and Publisher of Soul Newspaper, the first biweekly dedicated to the coverage of Black arts and entertainment in 1966. During Soul’s sixteen years of publication Regina participated in all aspects of publishing and the magazine was credited with assisting in the launch of many now legendary recording artists.  After the newspaper she began a career in the public relations business and coordinated major events including fundraising and publicity for the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign. Regina was responsible for his appearance (the first presidential candidate to appear) on Saturday Night Live.

 

In 1986, she started her own independent public relations firm handling press, public relations, event planning and crisis management for diverse clients that included: NAACP Image Awards (13 Annual Shows), Geffen Records (James Ingram), the Bishop Tutu World Peace Concert, Black Women’s Forum, Coca-Cola USA, Orchid Communications, Capitol Records and a number of actors (Cicely Tyson), producers, recording artists and executives. Regina began working with Crystal Stairs, Inc. in 1995 to develop media and public awareness of the agency’s childcare programs and accomplishments and raised $7.5 million. Regina is currently working on The SOUL Legacy, a nonprofit corporation to preserve, collect, exhibit, and share the rich history and cultural heritage of Black entertainment during the 1960’s and -70’s.

 

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