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True Colors Theatre Company Presents 1st Ovation Circle Brunch



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

Thank you Shana Bagley for providing UMEEKTV with the press release.

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One Music Fest Set The City On Fire With This Years Line Up




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ATLANTA) – This past weekend, the 9th Annual ONE Musicfest took place at Central Park in Atlanta, where over 40,000 music and culture-lovers came out in the Georgia heat to experience an epic weekend of incredible live music, unique attractions, VIP lounges, cocktail tastings, arts & crafts, food trucks, a vendor market, a breast pumping station and much more!
The festival began Friday with a massive Kick-Off Party at The Gathering Spot presented by Lyft. The event was attended by 1500+ millennials and featured a silent party by Bonfire ATL, music by DJ Trauma and performances by Lion Babe, Tobe Nwigwe, Childish Major, and Taliwhoah.
On Saturday, thousands packed the park to enjoy the diverse lineup of acts, which included Nas, Miguel, Big Sean, H.E.R,, Big K.R.I.T, Davido, DVSN, Goldlink, Teedra Moses, Tobe Nwigwe, Jessie Reyez, Felixx, and Aina Brei’Yon. Each day, Smokin’ Shells hosted a DJ stage where 36 DJs kept the energy high throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, the stage was “lit” with performances by 2 Chainz, T.I., Big Boi, Monica, August Greene, George Clinton & Parliament, Kelis, Rapsody, the ATL Crunk Set (DJ Nabs, Youngbloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Trillville, Eastside BoyzKilo Ali), DJ KP the GreatSt. Beauty, Angelina Sherie and the Band of Brothas.
Additionally, Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abramsstopped by the festival on Sunday to share her vision for moving Georgia forward.
ONE Musicfest was proud to support the local business community, inviting over 35 small businesses and 30 food trucks to participate.
ONE Musicfest was produced by Sol Fusion, LLC and Rival Entertainment. Special thanks to lead sponsor Ford Motor Company and partners Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniels, Heineken, Acid CigarsHpnotiq, Fontis Mountain Spring Water, Coors Light, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Smokin’ Shells, W Atlanta Downtown, Swisher Sweets, Beatbox Beverages, Mike’s Harder, Billboard, VIBE, Blu E-Cigarettes, Lyft, The Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment.
Follow the festival on social at @onemusicfest and visit for more information.
About ONE Musicfest
ONE Musicfest is the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive music festival, featuring a diverse range of music, including classic and next generation hip-hop, soulful R&B, alternative, and rock. Started in 2010, ONE Musicfest is now recognized as one of the most highly-anticipated celebrations of the arts in the Southeast, with this year’s festival expecting an attendance of 20,000 music lovers from throughout the country.
Twitter: @onemusicfest #ONEMusicFest #OMF2018
Instagram: @onemusicfest #ONEMusicFest #OMF2018
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