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Ray Charles Jr. is an alumnus of Whittier College where he majored in Business Administration and Economics. He is an accomplished entrepreneur, award-winning author, award-winning film producer, and international lecturer.
He’s also the son of the legendary entertainer, known worldwide as Ray Charles. His riveting 2010 memoir, You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, about family life as the son of the beloved music legend was the winner of a 2011 NAACP Image Award eclipsing competitive nominations including memoirs from statesman and political leaders, Nelson Mandela and Condoleezza Rice. His international lectures on the Global Influence of Music, Film, and Poetry part 1, 2, and 3 have been enthusiastically received in China, France, and Germany!
Ray’s film and television producing highlights include; co-executive producer of “Ray Charles 50 years of Music”for Fox Television; co-producer – award winning film “Ray” a Taylor Hackford film for Crusader Entertainment / Walden Media; co-producer – Ray Charles with the “Voices of Jubilation / Christmas Jubilee Concert DVD; co-producer and appeared in Black Prince an Anatoli Ivanov film and Grand Jury Prize award-winning film of the New York International Film Festival based on the life of Alexander Pushkin, filmed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; and co-producer –Hotel California, a Geo Santini film for Alliance Entertainment Group. Ray is currently in development with Broadcast Urban Films to produce the “Reginal Lewis Story” the first African American billionaire.
Ray is actively engaged in the development and enhancement of his local community. He is a board member of the LAPD Hollenbeck PAL Initiative in Los Angeles California, board member of the Ed Center which is an after-school tutoring and enrichment program for youth in our local communities in Los Angeles and the NAACP Beverly Hills Branch.
Ray is an alumnus of Whittier College, he is a member of the Lancer Society of Whittier College a private fraternity where he serves on the Lancer Scholarship Committee, and he serves on the Board of Whittier College Poet Council for strategic imperatives!