Empower Magazine is thankful to have been invited to cover leading events across the nation and in our office headquarters in Houston, Texas. From the half-a-million attendee Essence Fest in New Orleans to the dynamic Mega Fest in Dallas to the eclectic Afropunk Fest in New York, our journalists have been in the center of the action capturing photos and memorable moments. Here are highlights from some of our favorite organizations in the city of Houston:
Ensemble Theatre “Follow the Dream” Gala:
More than 500 attendees flocked to the decked out Hilton Americas ballroom downtown for an evening of dinner, tributes and the “Dougie”–yes, after the program, partygoers danced the Dougie. They showed that even corporate CEO’s know how to get down for a great cause. Presenters such as Deborah Duncan from Great Day Houston awarded actresses Irma P. Hall from “Soul Food” and Katlynn Simone from “The Game” as well as Houston Mayor Annise Parker with honors acknowledging their contributions to the arts. EM correspondent, playwright and director Deloris Madison, founder of Deloris Madison Productions, represented EM at the gala. Deloris reported:
Giving up was not an option for “Soul Food” matriarch, Irma P. Hall. Before this luminary was honored for her great work, I had a chance to have an inspiring conversation with her. It was motivating to learn from someone that has been in the business more than 40 years. Starting her acting career at the age of 36, Irma knew being an actress was a gift from God and wanted to make sure she fulfilled His purpose in her life. With her background in teaching French, Spanish and English, Irma wanted to be an international buyer, but God said otherwise. When asked why she does what she does, Irma responded, “I have never wanted for anything, and I ask God to help me help young actors.” Her advice to upcoming actors was, “Get on stage and on camera; that is where you learn the most!”
House of Blues Houston Concerts
Event photographer B. McKinzy has captured some amazing moments for EM, and the House of Blues Houston is one of our favorite backdrops that brings amazing entertainment to the city. Here are just a few recaps showing the diversity that their venue showcases. To find out about upcoming shows, visit House of Blues Houston.
- Tamia: R&B singer Tamia wooed the eager crowd at HOB Houston, singing a mix of her classics as well as new tunes.
- Nick Jonas: Nick has evolved leaps and bounds from his Jonas Brothers days. With his mature Pop-Soul sound, he is standing firmly on his own two feet as a solo artist.
- Oddisee: Oddisee is still an emerging name on the rap scene, but his fan base is loyal and is building over time. His music is influenced by his mixed heritage as well as his East Coast DMV-area roots.
Celebs Give Back Launch Party
The national nonprofit, started in Atlanta, brings celebrities together to use their platforms for the greater good. The October 30th Houston chapter launch collected more than 100 toys for deserving youth. Celebrity event honorees were former NFL player and original Houston Texan, Chester Pitts, as well as NFL player Amobi Okoye, both of whom have their own charitable foundations. For more information visit www.celebsgiveback.org.
For more great coverage, stay tuned for future issues of EM in both digital and print formats!
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