This Week in Houston’s Buzz: The Ensemble Theatre Presents “Muhammad Ali & Stepin’ Fetchit”Chamber and More!

The Ensemble Theatre Presents “Muhammad Ali & Stepin’ Fetchit”Chamber

  Henry Edwards, Derrick Brent II, Renee’ Rivon and Jason E. Carmichael

The Ensemble Theatre presents “Muhammad Ali & Stepin’ Fetchit” which explores friendship at the heart of race relations in 1960s America. The play is set on the eve of the Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston rematch, and based on the friendship between the actor Stepin Fetchit and Cassius Clay, soon to become Muhammad Ali. Featured cast members include Derrick Brent II, Jason E. Carmichael, Renee’ Rivon, Henry Edwards, and Trevor Cone. The Ensemble Theatre is one of a few professional theaters in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. It is the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest and it holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. The Ensemble Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the official airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. Fetch Clay, Make Man, is generously sponsored by Chevron. The programs and operations of The Ensemble Theatre benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity, and culture. If you have not seen the play, you definitely should see it. For ticket information visit the Ensemble Theatre’s website at

                                                        Derrick Brent II

                                      Derrick Brent II and Henry Edwards


Houston Ballet Ball 2018: “Swan Lake”

The 2018 Houston Ballet Ball Themed Swan Lake was held at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance on Saturday, February 17, 2018. This year’s gala was chaired by the bedazzled Hallie Vanderhider and honored United Airlines, one of the Houston Ballet’s most generous supporters. This year, the Houston Ballet honored United Airlines for its generous support for the past 15 years. Representing United Airlines was Sharon Grant, Vice President of Community Affairs. This year’s gala was a huge success and this annual event raised more than $1.4 million for the Houston Ballet, making it the largest and most successful Ballet Ball in its history. For more information about the Houston Ballet visit their website at

                           Derrick Mitchell and Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell

                                                    Don and Gillian Hobson


The American Heart Association’s (AHA) “The Beat Goes On, the Need Goes On” Annual Heart Ball

                                        University of Houston Drumline

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) themed “The Beat Goes On, the Need Goes On” annual Heart Ball generously sponsored by the Harvey Builders took place on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar Avenue, Houston, TX 77010. The ball had a fantastic evening of fundraising. Cathy and Joe Cleary both served as chairmen of the 2018 Houston Heart Ball.


National Women of Achievement, Inc. Sugarland Chapter’s Profiles of Excellence 2018 Scholarship Breakfast

National Women of Achievement Inc. 2018 Profiles of Excellence Honorees and Organization’s Leadership

The Sugarland Chapter of National Women of Achievement, Inc. presented their Profiles of Excellence 2018 Scholarship Breakfast held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Hess Club located at 5430 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77056. This event allows the organization to raise money for scholarships.

A special congratulations to all of the honorees on receiving the award, especially Forward Times CEO & Publisher Karen Carter-Richards. All of the honorees have demonstrated exemplary commitment to leadership through their work, community service, professional affiliations and mentoring. The honorees include:

  • Kendall Burnett
  • Robin Cole
  • Brenda Lozano
  • Margie Ramsey
  • Rushion McDonald
  • Karen Carter Richards
  • Michael Robinson
  • Jerry Stephens
  • Evett Turner
  • Monsieur Walzer
  • Ettienne Zak

The Sugarland Chapter was chartered during CON-WOA at a special time when National Women of Achievement was celebrating 40 years of service with a goal of service and commitment. Current President, Achiever Dr. JoAnn Ajayi-Scott and 2018 Profiles of Excellence Chairperson, Achiever Carolyn Burnley. President – National Women of Achievement Inc – Achiever Jodie Jenkins Oliphant.