FIRST AND FOREMOST, I WILL ALWAYS BE AN EDUCATOR AND STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATOR. I also do other things and launched a PR Company.
JANE BLAND, born February 20, has covered the entertainment world and other world wide news, a stint at the famous Hollywood Gazette newspaper [prior to their closing] as Columnist [Beautiful Images], interviewed several accomplished people like Michael Jordan, Oprah, six U.S. Presidents and others. Jane's a two time State Community Leader of the Year Award honoree [CA & IL] –an award based exclusively on strong community involvement and improving the lives of others--, a former ABI International Who's Who Board Member and selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Of America [special edition] 2009, A gifted writer and a former regular pilot series performer for Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Productions, a $Price Is Right Grand Champ (Mar 85), a recipient of several substantial and affluent humanitarian & leadership awards for philanthropy and public service work.
ABOUT MY FOLKS:
Mom [Jeanette Bryant] and Dad [James Milton Bland] graduated from Arkansas A M & N College [this school later merged with the University of Arkansas system]. Dad, born October 3, 1930, James Milton Bland a.k.a (also known as) Monk Higgins; best known for the R&B hit instrumentals like "Who Dun It" and "Gotta Be Funky." He wrote a slew of songs for Bobby Bland and the Chi-Lites. My father was a producer, composer, arranger, a session player at Chess Records during the '60s working with cousin Barbara Acklin; he worked with the legendary Etta James, performed & wrote the movie soundtrack from the 1975 film starring Pam Grier in “Sheba, Baby.” Higgins (father) collaborated with Al Bell on hits for Bobby “Blue” Bland during the '70s and '80s. Raised by Mom, my parents had three daughters, Mom & Pop divorced & dad remarried. Pop passed away on July 3, 1986 at 55. Today pops work is sampled by the artists like John Legend, Beyonce, Kanye West and others. My big sis June passed away at 34 years young and every July 17th I miss her more, Mom passed away at 66 years young around Thanksgiving Nov 20th. THE LAST MAJOR BODY OF WORK MY FATHER produced was “BOBBY BL AND” Here We Go Again.