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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIION Ceentteenniiall Kiick-Off JOURNAL Summer 2013 s23 structor,” said Belafonte. “Osceola did a lot to inspire me to move more deeply into film. I’m just very lucky that she was in my life.” Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Delta member Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X, attended the event and discussed Delta’s academy named in her mother’s honor. She recalled that her mother was a proud Delta. “My mother is a Delta in heaven, that’s how much of a Delta she is,” said Shabazz. After recognizing her home chapter, Beta Alpha Chapter at Florida A & M University, actress Soror T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh gave a call to action to attendees before presenting an award. “Next year, let’s build a hospital,” challenged Soror Keymáh. Sorors Kiki Shepard and Kym Whitley brought comedy to the show when they presented the “Behind the Scenes” awards, as they told funny stories about their early Delta years at Howard and Fisk universities, respectively. Soror Robi Reed, famed casting director and producer, was one of the “Behind the Scenes” awardees. She recounted her experience with Delta Sigma Theta over the years during her acceptance speech. “I have memories from Delta that I will keep forever,” said Reed. “I was exposed to Delta at a very young age, at the age of 9, and that’s when I knew I wanted to pledge. So again I thank you, I will treasure this moment.” Soror Felicia D. Henderson also received an award for her accomplishments as a television producer, screenwriter and director on projects such as “Moesha,” “Sister Sister,” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” She shared Delta’s role in aiding her career. “One of the first things I was told when I pledged was ‘wherever you go, for the rest of your life, you can say ‘I’m a Delta,’ and someone will come running,’” said Soror Henderson. “My very first job as a writer on ‘Family Matters,’ I did my research and learned Sarah Finney- Johnson was a Delta. So when I got there as a little junior writer and she was already a producer, I was like ‘I’m a Delta!’ And she came running. She saved me from myself in so many ways.” GalaAward H o n o r e e s Lifetime Achievement Award Danny Glover Community Service Award Karen Bass Shining Star Award Aunjanue Ellis Behind the Scenes Award Robi Reed Sara Finney-Johnson, Felicia D. Henderson and Vida Spears Community Impact Award A.J Johnson Dr. Carole Jordan-Harris Shining Star Award Florence “Flo” Roach Honorees (PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT): Vida Spears, Sara Finney-Johnson, and Felicia Henderson receive “Behind the Scenes” awards for their accomplishments in television production. PHOTO BY NYEMA VERNON Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, eldest daughter of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X, walked the red carpet and encouraged members to continue the work of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy during the Hollywood Gala. PHOTO BY NYEMA VERNON


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