The African American Forum Presents the 15th Anniversary African American Ball

Posted January 16th, 08




Signature Event Highlights Talents of Louisville Music Group Omega III, Featuring Trey


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.  


Omega Douglas Lathem III, also known as “Trey,” has been performing in churches and clubs around Louisville since the age of 16.   His experiences in “the ‘Ville” evolved into playing with jazz combos such as Soul Unlimited, The Brown School Jazz Ensemble, and a stint with the legendary Wynton Marsalis.   Trey and his sister, Ebony, have collaborated on writing and arranging music for ten years, and were inducted into Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).  They have since licensed several songs they’ve written, composed or co-produced.   Trey’s ultimate dream is to write and produce his style of music for both upcoming and established artists, while also playing in bands as a session musician and/or concert musician.   


Additional entertainment for the event 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; art exhibits; 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 The CW Louisville, WBKI at 7:00 p.m; and on February 3 on The Louisville Network, WYCS at 8:00 p.m. 


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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