to Inform
and inspire!!!

Mission Statement

The mission of Voices United Publication of Killeen, published quarterly, is to Inform and Inspire the Voices United readership by presenting positive content dedicated to enhancing quality of life and profiles that celebrate excellence in the classroom and beyond! A by-product of our mission is to illuminate the multi-cultural landscape of Killeen and surrounding communities.

Our History

The first issue of Voices United Publication of Killeen, Est. 2017, was released in November of that year. However, its roots were established nine years prior in Victoria, TX.

Voices United Publication of Victoria, Est. 2008-2017, also a quarterly publication, was equally devoted to Inform and Inspire that community.  Our publisher and editor/proprietors, Rick Perkins and Oscar Hernandez-Perkins, respectively, found themselves in Victoria, Texas after residing in Los Angeles, California for decades.



Rick Perkins

Publisher/Owner

Voices United Publication of Victoria, Est. 2008 - 2017
Voices United Publication of Killeen, Est. 2017

Musician

First Love Music - Professional Musician  - Trumpeter
Rick Perkins Quintet (Los Angeles)
Rick Perkins Band (Houston)

The Rick Perkins Quintet (Los Angeles) and Rick Perkins Band (Houston) are known for their signature performances that feature straight-ahead jazz to classic R&B. With skills, excitement and passion these bands have the ability to enhance, embellish and expand the possibilities of any song.

Rick’s musical sojourn can be described simply as “The Second Time Around.” After a 22 plus years hiatus during which time he raised two daughters as a single parent, he set out in the year 2000 to rediscover the greatest talent God had given him - the ability to play a trumpet that touched the soul and inspired the heart.

Aside from music, Rick served as a Vice President of Business Development at a bank, Vice President of Marketing at RBD Communications and Rick Perkins & Associates. Amongst his accomplishments, he is a Member Millionaire Sales Society and a Vietnam war veteran. However, his greatest accomplishment is that of a single parent to two daughters.

A native of the Village of Brooklyn, Illinois (the oldest black town in the US), Rick was the beneficiary of excellent musical training from St. Louis jazz legend and Lovejoy High School Band director, George Hudson. As a teenager he was mentored by lifelong friends world renowned baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett and trumpet master Larry Prothro. St. Louis was a haven for trumpet players and top tier jazz musicians that included Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Tommy Turrentine, and Ahmad Jamal, just to name a few.

My Homegirl - Vocalist Extraordinaire, Frances Holman-Moore!

Hamiet Bluiett, world renowned baritone saxophonist

Larry Prothro - Trumpet Master

George Hudson, St. Louis jazz legend and Lovejoy High School band director

M3 Victoria Advocate
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Little Anthony of Little Anthony and the Imperials

Bobby Glanton Smith congratulates Rick at the Los Angeles Black Music Awards (click to view article) and press here to read additional article by Bobby Glanton Smith

the Rick Perkins Quintet!!!

Keyboard player, Mikal Majeed, hails from Seattle,Washington. He is favored by jazz and pop icons alike,and has performed with legends such as jazz guitarist Phil Upchurch and the 1970’s funk band Mandrill.

Saxaphonist, Rashid Bahati, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He cut his musical teeth as a sideman for R&B icon Bobby Womack.

Guitarist, Wali Ali, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. His amazing solos attracted the attention of the late Marvin Gaye with whom he recorded. He also performed with Aretha Franklin.

Drummer, William “Bubba” Bryant is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He has played drums for the legendary George Benson. He has also performed with the Jazz Crusaders, Bobby Womack and Roberta Flack.

The Village of Brooklyn, Ill., America's first black town and Rick's Hometown (click to read article)

Celestial Awards of Excellence 2017

Rick Perkins

Executive Producer/Owner

Souvenir Journal
(Click to view)

Celestial Awards of Excellence Press Release
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Civil rights icon, politician, and diplomat Andrew Young

Academy Award winning Actor Louis Gossett Jr.

Actor Art Evans honored with Mentor for Success Award by Glynn Turman

Legendary actress Marla Gibbs received the Visionary Award

Dr. Tywaun Tillman, MD, FACC - honored for Community Service

Rev. Lee Yarbrough accepted the Education
Award on behalf of Dr. William Charles Akins
of Austin, TX

Legendary vocalist and guest performer Eloise Laws

Tina Weisinger, and honoree Annie Nelson (Helping Hands Award)

Artie Gardner-Onayemi and Rick Izumi accepted (Fine Arts Award) for Conrad O. Johnson Music and Fine Arts Foundation

Rashid  Bahati accepting Youth Service Award on behalf of the Bahati Foundation

Grammy Award Winning singer and guest perfomer Howard Hewettt

Multi-talented vocalist and guest performer Shanica Knowles

Howard Hewett, Kathleen Bradley, Paula Jai Parker, Michael Jai White, and Dawnn Lewis

Kathleen Bradley, Jayne Kennedy, and Tina Weisinger

Bob Beamon, Kathleen Bradley, Obba Babatundé, and Frank K. Wheaton, Esq.

Master graphic designer, Manuel "The Magician" Zamora

The landmark Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA

Oscar Hernandez

Editor/Owner

Voices United Publication of Victoria, Est. 2008 - 2017
Voices United Publication of Killeen, Est. 2017

Celestial Awards of Excellence

Producer, Writer, Director, Owner

Oscar Hernandez is an experienced producer and director. Ms. Hernandez's film and television producing and directing credits include "Flash Flood," "Three's Company," "After Dark" and "Crippled Justice." She has produced and and staged the "Crippled Children's Hospital Telethon," " Jerry Lewis's Muscular Dystrophy Telethon," "Black Achievers Award Show," "The Annual Salute to the Dodgers Awards Luncheon," "The 72nd Academy Awards Governors Ball," "The 2004 Man of the Year Awards Show" honoring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ms. Hernandez produced and staged Bob Hope "USO Shows," "Little Miss USA," "Miss USA," "Earth, Wind and Fire," the "Temptations," the off Broadway Production of "Guys and Dolls," the Musical Drama "The Dancer," "MGM's LA Gospel," the "Wonders Awards," "Educating Young Minds Scholarship Awards," the Los Angeles "Inner-City Games," the 24th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th NAACP Theater Awards," "Celestial Awards of Excellence."


Hernandez-Perkins spent her formative years in a nearby town. Once several of their mutual relatives took ill, the duo decided to relocate their family members to Texas in order to care for them. Hernandez-Perkins established a foundation that provided the youth of Victoria with an opportunity to learn about different facets of the entertainment industry.Oscar Hernandez is President/CEO of OSCIA Production Enterprises, Inc. a Texas-based Company with offices in Los Angeles, California, Houston, Texas and Austin, Texas.


Vanessa Williams received the Spirit Award at 23rd Annual the NAACP Theatre Awards, produced by Oscar Hernandez

Fellow Texan, actress Loretta Devine accepts an award at the NAACP Theatre Awards. She is flanked on either side by actors Joe Morton and Glynn Turman

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds presented Toni Braxton at with the 24th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards

Toni Braxton accepts Spirit  Award at the NAACP Theatre Awards Prospectus

The 24th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards, an OSCIA Production, produced and directed by Oscar Hernandez (click to enlarge)

Vanessa Williams

Singer Chanté Moore, special guest performer at the 24th annual NAACP Theater Awards

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