Phylicia Rashad to Receive Award

For 16 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. To honor those who have championed the company’s mission of celebrating the tradition of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold artists of all cultures, True Colors hosted the second annual True Colors Applauds Awards Brunch in June at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel.

Numerous companies, foundations and individuals have supported True Colors over the past 16 years, establishing it as a staple in the arts community. The Ovation Circle Giving Society was established in the theatre’s 15th season to ensure the theatre continues to thrive at the nexus of artistic excellence and civic engagement. The True Colors Applauds Awards Brunch celebrates the  Society, a community of supporters who have invested in the theatre this season.

Emceed by Brenda Wood, the True Colors Applauds Awards Brunch program features performances from the current season and the presentation of five awards to individuals and organizations that have positively impacted the arts community. 

New Netflix Series Based in Georgia

An all-star cast is set to headline “Family Reunion.” This funny memorable show stars Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Cocoa McKellan, a free-spirited, fun, conscious mother of four from Seattle. Anthony Alabi plays her former football-playing husband Moz. Emmy winner Loretta Devine plays the loving but strict matriarch, M’Dear. Richard Roundtree guest stars as Grandpa.  

Creator and Executive Producer Meg DeLoatch has assembled one of the first all-black writers’ rooms to authentically portray the characters’ journey from fast-paced Seattle, moving to Georgia after visiting for a family reunion.  

Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma Support Scholarship

The Sigma Zeta Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Sigma Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Zeta Chapter (Sadye Watson Potter Scholarship) and Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter (Marynette Bonner Lovejoy Scholarship) held a scholarship reception to honor the accomplishments of 12 graduating high school students. These students received a total of $11,000 in scholarships to support their post-secondary educational goals and they are all destined for excellence! The theme, “Education: Igniting the Flame for Success,” was expounded through the words of the speaker, Chrislyn Turner, National Second Vice President. 

Bert’s Big Adventure Accepting 2020 Applications

Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, is now accepting applications and nominations for children to join the 2020 trip. 

“We look forward to welcoming a new group of children and their families to our growing Bert’s Big Adventure family,” says founder and host of “The Bert Show,” Bert Weiss. To qualify, children must be between ages of 5 and 12, be diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, and have never been to Walt Disney World®. The family must prove financial need and live in the radio listening area of “The Bert Show,” a nationally syndicated morning radio show based in Atlanta. 

Bert’s Big Adventure has grown to become a support system for more than 215 children and their families nationwide, providing year-round support through various programs such as Reunion Adventures, the Fairy Godparent volunteer program and additional charitable services. The complete application and nomination forms are available online and must be submitted by September 10, 2019. BertsBigAdventure.org/nominate-a-child-or-apply/