And the winner is....!
by Andre Jackson on February 20th, 2007

Joe Turner's Come & Gone won "Best Ensemble Cast" last night at the 17th Annual NAACP Theater Awards!! With winning the LA Weekly Awards last month this makes our second major theater award so far. I'm so proud of our cast!! It was the first time I'd seen everybody since I left to re-join The Lion King. My cast was lookin' GOOD!

The ceremony was a star-studded event hosted at the Director's Guild on Sunset Blvd. It was my first time actually walking the red carpet. My friend and co-star Edwin Morrow showed me the ropes since he's had some experience in the limelight while promoting his performance in We Were Soldiers.

Usher was presented with the "Image Award". He gave a speech and mentioned his "fiance"/stylist Tameka Foster. He was very gracious and humble in accepting his award. Some of the presenters were Raquel Robinson, Tia Mowry, Andre Royo, Valerie Pettiford (who showed up with Brian White!), Vanessa Williams, Thelma Hopkins, Nia Long, Henry Simmons, Sharon Leal, Camille Winbush, and a host of others.

The whole thing was First Class!

When we went on stage to accept the award, no one knew what to say. Edwin finally walked up to the podium and proceeded to ramble on about WHO KNOWS WHAT in front of a huge audience of Who's Who in Black Hollywood. I tell you this though, he was passionate about whatever the heck he was talking about! Too bad he was the only one who understood it. Oh well, that's what I get for not taking the mic.

Funny story:
  • Before the show started, all the guests and presenters were mingling in the front lobby area. Edwin, Nambi Kelly, and I decided to stroll into a separate area that appeared to have hors d' oeuvres and drinks. "Not so fast there!" The guard standing by the door asked us to show our invitations. We proudly whipped them out. After glancing at our invitations for half a second, he politely informed us that this area was for "VIP's only". We quietly took the walk of shame back to the "Nobody Section" of the lobby. However, after we won and Edwin delivered his gibberish acceptance speech, we were escorted off the stage by a woman who guided us through the corridor filled with more photographers and into the glorious VIP section. Apparently, the difference between "nobody" and VIP is receivng a little crystal statue!

Posted in My BIZness    Tagged with Joe Turner, Award, Fountain Theatre, August Wilson, Hollywood, Ben Bradley, NAACP, theatre


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