January 24, 2008 (Lexington, Kentucky) – For fifteen years, the African American Forum, Inc. has enriched the cultural landscape of the Lexington – Bluegrass Region by presenting programs that celebrate the African American experience. The organization is now broadening its outreach to include the Louisville community. Beginning this weekend, Louisville audiences can experience the African American Forum’s signature event, the African American Ball. The premiere television broadcast of 15th Anniversary Ball will air January 26, 2008 on The CW Louisville, WBKI at 7:00 p.m.; and on the Louisville Network, WYCS on February 3, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.
Fifteen years ago, the African American Forum, Inc. presented the first public African American gala of its kind anywhere. On Saturday, January 19, 2008, the organization celebrated their milestone anniversary of the African American Ball. The Ball’s incomparable presentation of theatre, music, dancing, fellowship and fun will be showcased during the television broadcast, with special appearances by Omega III, featuring Trey. The Louisville-based group highlights the talents of songwriter and keyboardist Omega Douglas Lathem III and lead vocalist Joseph Debow performing Smooth Jazz, R&B and Classic Soul.
Additional entertainment during the broadcast includes: a high-stepping fashion show by Uniqueness Unlimited Modeling Productions, under the direction of William Parris; the University of Kentucky Theatre Department presenting excerpts from two of their upcoming productions; and members from the Kentucky State University Band program, under the direction of Kalomo Y. Bailey, in a special guest appearance.
In addition to presenting the annual African American Ball and other performing arts events (such as the wildly popular “Smooth Jazz at Equus Run featuring Marion Meadow” held this summer), the African American Forum is committed to giving back to the community through arts programming and outreach to inner city and rural elementary schools; opportunities for volunteer service; and collaborative efforts to address the quality of life issues that impact the African American community. The organization remains strong in its mission “To exemplify excellence in promoting awareness of the artistic, cultural and educational achievements of African Americans. To develop and support programs that embrace cultural diversity, enhance community development and broaden the opportunities for African Americans to make their highest and best contributions to life in the Lexington-Bluegrass Region, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.”
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, please visit www.AAFinc.com.