Lincoln University set to host President’s Gala April 2

March 30, 2011

masquerade(Jefferson City, MO) - The Lincoln University Foundation, Inc. will host the 9th Annual President’s Award Recognition Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 2, at Capitol Plaza Hotel.
This year’s theme is Masquerade.
The black tie optional event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction. The awards program will follow at 7 p.m. Masks will be provided for all those in attendance. This year the Foundation will honor five individuals and business for their contributions to the community, their professions and Lincoln University.
The 2011 Gala Honorees are: Ms. Mary Harris, Professor Emerita; Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Wilson, Special Recognition; Senator Yvonne Wilson, Trailblazer-Public Sector; Mrs. Darla Porter, Trailblazer-Business Sector; and Unilever/Mr. Dennis Myers, Corporate Award.
Tickets for the evening are still available at a price of $100 per person or $1,000 per table. Please cal1 573-681-5096 to reserve your seats today.

Bowie State presents dance and musical peformance Anansi the Spider is Lost - March 5-6

February 21, 2010


 (Bowie, MD) - The Bowie State University Theater Department will present Anansi the Spider is Lost, a mischievous African tale told through music and dance on March 5-6. The presentation is a collection of fun-filled dance stories for the whole family, “loosely goosely” based on popular nursery rhymes.
The general public is invited to attend at a cost of $3.00 (children through high school) and $5.00 (general admission). The event is being held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts Center, Samuel L. Myers Auditorium, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, Md. 20715.

HSSU Players to present Pulitzer prize winner August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson - Feb. 25-27

February 21, 2010

(St. Louis, MO) - The Harris-Stowe State University Players will present The Piano Lesson, February 25-27, at 8 p.m. with a student matinee on February 26, at 10 a.m. in Harris-Stowe State University’s Emerson Performance Center’s Bank of America Theatre.
With February being Black History Month, this play couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Set in 1936 Pittsburgh, The Piano Lesson is centered on an 137-year-old piano and what to do with the historic piece. As the Charles family argues about the future of the instrument, their family’s ties to slavery come to the forefront, along with the former owner of the piano who enslaved their ancestors. Playwright August Wilson won his second Pulitzer Prize for this play.
Director of the play and HSSU Humanities Instructor Gregory Carr said, “Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, is virtually unknown to the African-American community at large. Hopefully this production will stir up interest in his considerable body of work and promote discussion.”
HSSU students will portray the following leading roles: Ryan Cunningham (“Boy Willie”), Carisa McGraw (“Bernice”), Napoleon Williams III (“Doaker”), Jeremy Mitchell (“Lymon”) and Stephen Sanders (“Wining Boy”).  
Tickets for the evening shows cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors with a valid ID. Tickets for the student matinee cost $5. For tickets, please call Director Carr at (314) 340-3667 or Director of Speech and Theater Beverly Brennan at (314) 340-5975.

BET now casting for Spring Bling 2010

February 21, 2010

BET is now casting Spring Bling 2010!   Contact the casting director now via at for info!
Time to soak up the sun and fun at 2010’s ultimate party destination:  BET’s SPRING BLING.   We’re taking over Florida and ramping up the heat in Panama City, Daytona Beach, Miami - March (dates tba) and West Palm Beach on April 10. 
Join us for the hottest live events and special guest artists.    They’ll be big names and big competitions and we want YOU to be part of the fun! 
If you have what it takes to be Spring Bling’s Best Dance Team or if you’re the life of the party and should have your own show, then reach out and tell us why we should make YOU a part of BET’s SPRING BLING 2010.   
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Bowie State to present play on life of late Justice Thurgood Mashall - Feb. 25

February 21, 2010

(Bowie, Md.)-Bowie State University’s (BSU) Performing Arts Center partners with The Elder Theodore L. Barber Scholarship Foundation, Inc. to present a play on the life of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 7 p.m. The event takes place at the University’s Samuel Meyers Auditorium of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Communications Art Center. Leading up to the play, at 6:30 p.m., the Oxon Hill High School Choir will present a mini-concert. The event proceeds will be donated to the scholarship foundation for Bowie State University students.
“The Department of Fine and Performing Arts is honored to have been selected by The Elder Theodore L. Barber Scholarship Foundation, Inc. to celebrate Black History Month at Bowie State University with this particular play that highlights the life of Thurgood Marshall, an extraordinary figure who served as the first African American on the Supreme Court and who had a major impact on civil rights for African Americans,” said Dr. Gail Medford, professor and coordinator of the BSU Theatre Program.

Tickets are $20 for general admission; $10 for students with I.D. Call 301-442-2166 for details.

Critically Acclaimed Poet to Offer Reading at Lincoln University - April 17

April 12, 2009

spokenword.jpg(Jefferson City, MO) - A critically acclaimed poet will visit the Lincoln University campus as part of National Poetry Month.  Tyehimba Jess will offer a reading from his collection of poems on Friday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Scruggs University Center.  Jess will read from “leadbelly,” which won the 2004 National Poetry Series, before being published in 2005.  The reading is free and open to the public.  

Prior to the reading, Lincoln University students will compete in a poetry slam, where they will be judged on their poetry, as well as the performance during the reading.  A maximum of eight students will be selected to participate for their chance at three cash prizes.   The Tyehimba Jess reading and poetry slam event is sponsored by the Lincoln University Student Government Association; the Office of Student Activities; the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Journalism; and the Campus Activity Board.  This is the final event this semester for the university’s Falling Rock Reading Series, which also brought poets Alicia Casey and Chris Hayes to campus, as well as fiction author Alex Taylor. 

CEO of Minerva Media and Publishing, Dana Tucker to speak at SC State - April 8

April 4, 2009

danatucker.jpg(Orangeburg, S.C.) - SC State will host executive speaker Dana Tucker, on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Tucker’s discussion topic will be “How to Gain National Markets for your Bank.” 
Tucker is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Minerva Media & Publishing, Incorporated, parent company to How We Live Public Relations and How We Live Magazine where she acts as publisher and editor-in-chief.  
Tucker describes her publication as a melding of some of her favorite magazines where House Beautiful meets Ebony meets InStyle to form the sleek, enlightening and innovative, How We Live Magazine.
She created the publication to fill a need for the minority segment of the population largely overlooked in print by mainstream home, décor and style editors. Additionally, she created a magazine that showcases the inherent beauty, raw talent, positive images, and matchless style spread throughout the African-American community, while breaking down myths and stereotypes that seek to confine a culture and define “How We Live.” 
How We Live Magazine can be found nationwide at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Hastings and B. Dalton Booksellers, plus Publix, Food Lion, Ingles and Marty’s grocers, as well as Universal News Stands, 15 airports nationwide, the gift shops at Palmetto Health Richland and Baptist Hospitals, Columbia Newsstands, BJ’s Restaurant, J&J Interior Designs, and many other booksellers, newsstands, and salons across the country and in Canada.  
 For additional information about the Executive Speaker Series contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead, leadership and professional coordinator at 803-516-4864.

Original Temptations singer to perform at JSU College of Public Service gala - April 25

April 3, 2009

owilliams.jpg(JACKSON, Miss.) – Otis Williams of Motown’s legendary Temptations will perform with his group the Temptin’ Temptations at the Jackson State University College of Public Service “Celebrating the Giving Heart II” Scholarship Gala April 25 at the Hilton Jackson Hotel in Jackson.
            The event will honor the legacy of the college’s founding dean, Gwendolyn Spencer Prater, and raise money for an endowed scholarship in her name. Prater will step down from her post in June.
            “My first love, my passion during my entire academic career, is the students,” Prater said.  “I am very pleased that funds raised will be for students.”
            Prater began her career as a social worker and started teaching at Jackson State in 1978. She is the founding dean of the JSU’s School of Social Work, which launched in 1995. In 2003, she became the founding dean of the College of Public Service, which encompasses the School of Social Work, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Policy and Planning. 
            Williams, 67, is the only surviving member of the original Temptations, which created a slew of R&B hits including “My Girl, “Ain’t to Proud to Beg” and “I Can’t Get Next to You.” The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. 
            Tickets for the gala cost $125 per person and $1,250 for a reserved table of 10. Supporters may also make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund. For complete details and an order form, visit
            For more information, call the Jackson State University College of Public Service at 601-979-8836.

Bowie State hosts Musiq Soulchild - Click to see video interview

March 30, 2009


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Spoken word artists to gather at Jackson State University conference - April 7

March 30, 2009

spokenword.jpg(JACKSON, Miss.) –  The Jackson State University Department of Speech Communication and Theatre will host its third annual spoken word creative fest/conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, at the College of Business, located on the main campus at 1400 John R. Lynch St., in Jackson, Miss. Admission is free.
Students will draw upon their experiences in and knowledge of civil rights while performing poems, orations, or dramatic interpretations
This year’s special guests include: Carolyn Ingram, author, The Curse; Rhoyia Hope Crozier, editor, Under the Hammer and Chronicles of Courage; John Rousseau, a writer who witnessed executions and lynchings in the South; C. Leigh McInnis, writer and founder of the group Out Spoken; Kalamu ya Salaam, performer and educator; Minnie Watson, and curator at Tougaloo College.
The event will include a tour of Medgar Evers’ home, the Medgar Evers statue and Freedom Corner in Jackson.
The purpose of the Spoken Word Creative Fest/Conference is to expose JSU students, faculty, staff and community to students’ original poems, orations and stories regarding any aspect of civil rights.
For more information, call Janice Neal-Vincent at 601-979-3331 or 601-979-1357.

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