For 15 seasons, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company has created masterful works of theatre art that honor the African American experience, lift up diverse voices, and create cultural understanding. In honor of those that have championed True Colors Theatre Company’s mission of celebrating the tradition of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold new artists of all cultures, they announce the first annual True Colors Applauds: Ovation Circle Awards Brunch – which will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Solis Hotel.
The last 15 years would not have been possible without the support of companies, foundations and individuals that have supported True Colors, establishing the theatre as a staple in the arts community. The Ovation Circle Giving Society was established to usher the theatre forward into the next fifteen years. The True Colors Applauds: Ovation Circle Awards Brunch was created to celebrate those that have brought the theatre to this point.
Emceed by Monica Pearson, the True Colors Applauds: Ovation Circle Awards Brunch program will include the presentation of five awards to individuals and organizations that have positively impacted the arts community. Four of the awards are grounded in True Colors’ core values of Abundance, Laughter, Respect, and Boldness, and a fifth award – the Jane Bishop National Theatre Award – is named after our late Co-Founder, who illuminated the path that led to the creation of True Colors.
Tad Hutcheson, Vice President of Community Affairs at Delta Air Lines, will accept the Abundance Award on behalf of Delta Air Lines, applauding the company’s outstanding support of the arts community.
Elisabeth and Afemo Omilami, Executive Director and Programs Operations Manager, respectively, of Hosea Helps, will receive the Laughter Award, applauding their artistry and their work in the social justice field.
Lisa Cremin, Director of Community Advancement at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, will receive the Respect Award, applauding her exceptional work as an influencer in the arts community.
Lain Shakespeare, Corporate Citizenship Director at MailChimp, will accept the Boldness Award on behalf of MailChimp, applauding the company’s outstanding work in supporting the cause of social justice in our community.
Harry Lennix, Actor and Director, will receive the Jane Bishop National Theatre Award, applauding his commitment to supporting arts and culture causes that uplift future generations.
Host Committee members include our Co-Founder Kenny Leon and his wife, Jennifer Thompson; True Colors Board Chair Holly Firfer, Founding Board Member and Advisory Council Member Monica Pearson; True Colors Managing Director Chandra Stephens-Albright and her husband, Warren Albright, True Colors Board Members Dexter Conner, Johnita Due, Beverly Ferguson, Jennifer Jones, Vikki Locke, Cheryl Lomax, Teddy Parrish, Gerald Render, Eric Schroeder, David Vigilante, Charmaine Ward-Millner and Kandis Wood-Jackson, as well as other corporate and community leaders who are passionate about True Colors Theatre Company.
To learn more about True Colors Applauds: Ovation Circle Awards Brunch, visit the True Colors Theatre Company’s website at www.truecolorstheatre.org.
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2018 Bunbury Music Festival Rocked Out Cincinnati
The Bunbury Festival took place this past weekend in Cincinnati, OH. The crowds were large, the weather was hot and more importantly the air was full of music! There were a total of four stages setup along the Cincinnati riverfront where music lovers were able to sit back and enjoy some of their favorite artists all while making lifelong memories.
Fans braved the mid-day heat to catch the Front Bottoms on Friday afternoon. They pleased the crowd with songs like (The Beers) and (Vacation Town) but the crowd lost their mind when Tom Warren (lead singer and guitar) said, “the last time I played Bunbury I got so messed up, I had to get an IV, let’s do it again!”
Cincinnati’s own Lauren Eylise performed on the acoustic stage and her voice and passion had onlookers in awe. She’s definitely making her mark in the Queen City. Fitz and The Tantrums turned the heat up by engaging the crowd with handclaps, sing a longs and bringing the type of energy that makes them perfect for these types of festivals.
After a thirty minute rain delay Young The Giant got the party jumping again by performing some of their hits and announcing that they are releasing a new song in July but the party REALLY started when birthday cakes were brought out and the crowd sang happy birthday to bassist, Payam Doostzadeh. The Chain Smokers closed out Friday night with an electric performance that had the speakers thumping and the crowd dancing.
Misterwives brought a lot of energy and passion to the stage Saturday with their performance on the Sawyer Stage. The whole crowd endured the Cincinnati heat and danced and sang along with every song from their set.
Crowds enjoyed the riverfront view while taking in Magic Giant’s performance. Their set was more laid back which gave people a chance to relax a bit before being mesmerized by Third Eye Blind who rocked Cincinnati with a strong performance.
Pounding basslines, smooth saxophone tunes and colorful graphics are the best way to describe GRiZ’s performance Saturday night.
He definitely got the night jumping as fans danced and screamed along to his music. Incubus was the band that most people came to see Saturday night and they did not disappoint! The sea of fans stretched far and wide as they sung along to the group’s timeless hits. Their performance sent a message that Incubus STILL has “it” and that thy know how to put on a show!
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