And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’s Enduring Influence


The founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., Antonio Junior earned his MBA from Florida International University while managing a small business that involved over 300 Miami residents. Although based in Miami, Antonio Junior travels to New York City to watch Broadway musicals, including Dreamgirls

A collaboration effort of composer Henry Krieger and lyricist Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is a musical based on acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, and James Brown and the musical chronicles the aspirations and successes in show business. After it opened on December 20, 1981 at Imperial Theater, Dreamgirls went on to put on 1,521 performances. Of all the songs in the musical, one of the most enduring is Effie White’s song And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.

Effie White’s role was originated by Jennifer Holliday, whose performance of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going was a show stopper. It eventually became her signature song, winning a Tony award for best actress in a musical and Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. When it was released as a single, the song reached the top spot on the R&B charts, thus paving the way for Holliday’s career.

When the musical was adapted into a film, the torch song also proved to be a star vehicle for Jennifer Hudson (who played Effie White in the film) as she went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2006 Academy Awards. Her version’s single reached the 60th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.


How Jordan Found a Best Friend in a Limo Driver

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Michael Jordan

Antonio Junior serves as the founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., a company based in Miami Springs, Florida. Antonio Junior is also a huge sports fanatic and idolizes Michael Jordan who happens to share the same birthdate as him.

Michael Jordan’s basketball career is nothing short of legendary, as he has six NBA championships and five MVP awards under his belt. Moreover, he made 14 appearances in the NBA All-star games. His success is even more impressive since he was only chosen third overall during the 1984 NBA draft.

Despite all his success, Michael Jordan maintains close personal relationships with people who had helped him when he still new to the business. In fact, one of his best friends is a limo driver named George Koehler who picked him up when he first landed in Chicago. At the time, the Chicago Bulls forgot to send someone to pick him up. Pitying Jordan, Koehler offered to help him. During the ride, they found out that they both knew Larry Jordan, Michael’s brother, and the two bonded over the fact that Koehler attended the same school as Jordan’s brother. A few weeks later, Jordan called Koehler to hang out and the two remain friends to this day.

Scholarship Opportunities from the Airport Minority Advisory Council

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Airport Minority Advisory Council

Antonio Junior of Miami Springs, Florida, guides the financial direction of Florida Conservation, Inc., the company he founded in 2003. Earlier in his career, Antonio Junior served as the southeast regional director and national treasurer of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) in Miami.

AMAC was established to provide additional opportunities for minorities in the field of aviation. AMAC recognizes that some groups are underrepresented in the aviation industry, and the council would like to correct this by tearing down barriers that hold back women, people of color, and other minorities.

To aid aviation students and other young professionals, AMAC’s charitable foundation offers three scholarships each year. To qualify, students must express a desire to work in the field of aviation and a commitment to diversity in the industry. Students must also pursue a BA or BS in a field related to aviation, though this can include business management, architecture, and other tangentially related disciplines.