Empower Magazine was on the scene at the newly renovated Deluxe Theater Sunday night for the Peoples’ Family Workshop’s Mirror of Life (MOLA) Awards.
Hosted by TSU professor and Workshop founder, Dr. Howard Harris and TSU professor, Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard, the event featured 13-year-old Victoria Baynes-Lopez as mistress of ceremony.
The night’s award recipients were chosen from contestants in last summer’s Peoples’ Family Workshop talent competition held at the Stafford Civic Center. Awards were handed out in a range of categories from Baby Jr. Best Gospel Vocalist and Best Pop Vocalist to Most Diverse Talent, Best Songwriter-Vocalist and Best Golden Artist (Spoken Word).
Special awards were given to Professor Benjamin J. Butler II and Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard. The Ocean of Soul Motion Squad, Fort Bend Academy of Dance lended their talents to the night’s performances which included two show-stopping songs performed by former TSU student and American Idol top finalist, Vincent Powell.
The MOLA Awards, sponsored by Liberty Bank and the City of Stafford, paid tribute to a diverse group of winners in a variety of talent categories. Stay tuned for upcoming airing of the show on Houston Media Source.
The People’s Family Workshop provides a platform for engaging in artist development classes, show productions, and professionally adjudicated competitions and uses the arts as a catalyst for community camaraderie, mentoring, cultural arts awareness, and fine arts appreciation.