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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E Literary Café s48 An Evening of Poetry Prose & Music DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BY DAWN LEAKS Hosted by National Arts and Letters Commission Honorary Co-Chairs Daphne Maxwell Reid and Suzzanne Douglas Cobb, the Delta Literary Café proved to be one of the highlights of the 52nd Na-tional Convention. The event was held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center and was jam packed with readings from best-selling authors, poetry, live music and other memorable per-formances. “This literary café was excellent, a very beautiful expression of the arts,” said Karla Dionne Young, member of Bakers-field Alumnae Chapter. Joe Ann Oatis and Feli-cia Hamilton, members of the National Arts and Let-ters Commission, recog-nized Youth Recognition Award recipients Terrance Lyles and Imani Jessamy for their artistic talents. Following the awards pre-sentation, Lyles gave a moving rendition of “New York State of Mind.” Many audience members were moved by Lyles’ stirring performance. “I’m just so touched by the talent, especial-ly our young black men,” said Juanita Bellamy, mem-ber of Baltimore Alum-nae Chapter. “The African American artistic spirit that’s in our culture is wonderful.” Authors from a variety of genres shared riveting readings, excerpts and personal stories with the audi-ence. Eric Jerome Dickey, a New York Times best-selling author, read an excerpt from his novel “One Night,” in which a man and a woman meet, become lovers and have the adven-ture of their lives in the span of 12 hours. As the characters get to know each other, the male reveals his type of woman is a sorority girl because they’re not the stereotypical wom-en you see on TV, but rather women who are changing the image of black women in America. Kelly Starling Lyons, a children’s book author, talked about the con-cept of a “mirror book,” a book in which the reader sees herself and her experiences reflected in the story. She emphasized her belief that black New York Times bestselling author, Eric Jerome Dickey, signing copies of his book “One Night” after the Literary Café. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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