15th Anniversary African American Ball

Posted January 17th, 08




Sharing the African American Experience(sm) in an Elegant Evening of Entertainment


January 16, 2008 (Lexington, Kentucky) – Fifteen years ago, the African American Forum, Inc. presented the first public African American gala of its kind anywhere.   On Saturday, January 19, the organization will celebrate a milestone anniversary of their signature event, the African American Ball.  The Ball, held in the Lexington Convention Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom, is themed “Arts, Culture & Entertainment: This is How We Do It!” and is presented by LEX 18.


Attendees will be treated to an incomparable presentation of art, theatre, music, dancing, fellowship and fun.   The featured entertainer is Omega III, featuring Trey.   The Louisville-based group highlights the talents of songwriter and keyboardist Omega Douglas Lathem III and lead vocalist Joseph Debow.  During their Lexington debut, they will perform Smooth Jazz, R&B and Classic Soul.  This year’s Ball marks the fourteenth appearance by the troupe from Uniqueness Unlimited Modeling Productions, under the direction of William Parris.   The high-stepping fashion show features fashion designs from the TLove Collection. 


Additional entertainment for the event includes: The University of Kentucky Theatre Department presenting excerpts from their upcoming productions of “A Soldier’s Tale” by Charles Fuller and “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange; two art exhibits “Giving Behind the Gala: The Arts Partnership Project” and “A Ball Retrospective: 15 Years;” and members from the Kentucky State University Band program, under the direction of Kalomo Y. Bailey, in a special guest appearance.


Net proceeds from the evening’s festivities benefit the African American Forum Fund, within the Bluegrass Community Foundation.   The fund was established to invest in the arts at inner city and rural elementary schools in the Lexington-Bluegrass region.


For those not fortunate enough to attend this year’s African American Ball, the Ball will be rebroadcast on Saturday, January 26 on NBC affiliate LEX 18 at 9:00 p.m.  The Ball rebroadcast follows the debut airing at 8:00 p.m. of a special documentary about the African American Forum, Inc., “Sharing the African American Experience: This is Why We Do It.”


The African American Forum, Inc. is a non-profit arts and cultural organization based in Lexington, Kentucky.  The organization is committed to presenting programs that highlight the artistic, cultural and educational achievements of African Americans.    For more information about the African American Forum and the 15th Anniversary African American Ball, please visit



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