Monday, March 27, 2017

Arts and Culture

A national radio host based in Hampton Roads will be, for the first time, among the radio finalists at the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, where this highly anticipated and globally recognized award show for African-American gospel artists unfolds March 25, 2017.

Tanya R. Liverman of Hampton, along with her program director, Michael Stewart, will represent Gospel Central Radio (, which is among four nominees for Internet Radio Station of the Year at the Stellar Awards event. Liverman hosts and engineers for Gospel Central Radio and provides interviews with award-winning gospel performers, emerging stars and other celebrities – on air and at special events.

“We’ve always covered the red carpet, and internet radio stations have received awards, but this year, radio winners are being invited to grace the red carpet. That’s exciting,” Liverman said.

Now in its 32nd year, the Stellar Awards event is the first and longest-running gospel music platform dedicated to providing top-notch entertainment to African-American audiences worldwide.

The multitalented Liverman, a former Hampton City Schools educator, has been with Gospel Central Radio since October 2015. Gospel Central Radio, founded by Atlanta-resident Michael Stewart, is a national media and marketing company that has assisted some of the biggest names in the industry, including with management services, booking, graphics, publicity, social media promotions and marketing.

Liverman’s various celebrity interviews have included 2017 Grammy-nominee Jekalyn Carr, Grammy and Dove award-winner Tasha Cobbs, Grammy-nominee Canton Jones and Joshua Rogers, the first male champion and youngest in BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel show.

Active across Hampton Roads, especially with teens and girls, Liverman has assisted with a variety of community initiatives. They have included teaching praise dance and volunteering for the Music Arts Lyrics and Dance Academy (MALD), and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association in Norfolk, including with a new program to help children understand what happens if a police officer stops them. She is on the board of the faith-based Divine Concept Group, which helps people with personal development, and she has volunteered with Still I Rise LLC, which inspires young people to achieve.

In mid-March she hosted and produced the “Dr. Earle Show” for Norfolk author Dr. Earle Williams, a workshop series held at the Attucks Theatre designed to help former convicts successfully return to the community.

Liverman is featured in April’s special edition of IndiMogul Magazine, which will honor women who have succeeded despite various crises.

“If I have all these gifts, I have to share them,” Liverman said. “I also meet a lot of interesting people through my community activities.”

Liverman has written four books and is also an entrepreneur, including being founder and owner of Native Productions, known for creating websites, graphic designs and book publishing. She also founded G.I.R.L.S. with P.E.A.R.L.S., a leadership program tailored for female students who desire to enhance their emotional, social and academic growth while transitioning to middle school, high school or college.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in New Jersey, Liverman has been an active citizen of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of Bridgeton, New Jersey, and has often volunteered to bring awareness about her culture to Hampton City Schools and the general community.

The 21st Annual Implement the King Dream Awards Gala was held on Friday night, March17 at the Murray Center. This year’s honorees were George Banks, Cashawn Easter, Torrion Espree Pastor Michael B. Golden, Jr., Dr. Keith Newby, Sr., Peggy Britt, and Rev. Michael K. Toliver.

Serving as M.C. was outgoing pageant queen Miss Norfolk and TV personality Ashley Smith. State Del. Cliff Hayes was the keynote speaker.

The annual event is produced by UniqueK Productions, whose CEO is Karen Mitchell. In a surprise move. Ms. Mitchell was presented a Women’s History Month trophy honoring her contributions to the Hampton Roads community. The trophy was the brainchild of Rev. Glenda Kelly Murray who was unable to be in attendance. New Journal and Guide Publisher Brenda H. Andrews made the presentation to a very humbled Karen Mitchell.

Del. Hayes implored the attendees to follow the four F’s to assure success in life: stay focused; keep your mind fixed; have faith; and you will be fruitful.

One of the most famous renowned operatic sopranos of the past century, five-time Grammy Award winner Kathleen Battle brings her critically acclaimed Underground Railroad performance to Norfolk State University’s Wilder Center on March 26, as part of the Virginia Arts Festival.

The concert program will feature Ms. Battle in numerous well-known spirituals, gospel and traditional pieces, including Lord, How Come Me Here?, Go Down Moses, Wade in the Water, Roll Jordan Roll, City Called Heaven, Over My Head, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, I Don’t Feel No-Ways Tired, Farther Along, Fix Me Jesus, Balm in Gilead, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn You Me Roun’, Let Us Break Bread Together, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand, Gospel Train, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, and the anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing.

When she performed her Underground Railroad program in a sold out show at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House in November 2016, the audience demanded five encores, each greeted with a standing ovation. “Ms Battle sang with remarkable freshness and beauty,” wrote Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times. “She sent high phrases soaring and sang with ethereal elegance. The final standing ovation was tumultuous.”

Kathleen Battle’s soaring voice has carried her to the heights of the classical music world, including the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and major concert halls, where critics have compared her unmistakable sound to “the ethereal beauty of winter moonlight” (The Washington Post) and “cream from a miraculous, bottomless pitcher” (The New York Times). But her gifts as a singer extend beyond the realm of classical music, including her work as a great interpreter of spirituals. Her pure emotional power in this music of joy and sorrow cuts through all cultural boundaries.

The show takes its theme from the secret network of abolitionists, Black and white, free and enslaved, who helped provide safe passage to and shelter for thousands of slaves escaping to the North, and to freedom in the years before the U.S. Civil War. The performance includes readings of works by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights giants, which will be read by local leaders in the community.

Ms. Battle will perform with the Norfolk State University Choir, which has received glowing reviews in concerts throughout the United States. The choir, which has performed twice at the White House, is known for the beauty of its choral tone and the ability to render exemplary performances of choral works of the great masters, as well as authentic performances of spirituals, and works by African-American composers.

The performance is directed by Dr. Carl W. Haywood, Director of Choral Activities and current conductor of the Concert Choir and Spartan Chorale at Norfolk State University, where he also serves as Professor of Music. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Dr. Haywood has received many honors including proclamations by the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Tickets are $35-$75 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (757) 282-2822 or by visiting the Virginia Arts Festival box office located at 440 Bank Street in Norfolk between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has transformed the cultural scene in southeastern Virginia, presenting great performers from around the world to local audiences and making this historic, recreation-rich region a cultural destination for visitors from across the United States and around the world.

The Lambda Omega Scholarship, Talent Hunt and Social Action Foundation, in conjunction with Lambda Omega Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Norfolk, hosted its annual Talent Hunt at Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk on March 19. Nine area high school students competed for cash awards and the opportunity to represent the chapter at the fraternity’s Third District Meeting in Arlington, VA in April.

Vocalist, Samantha McCarty of Bayside High School took first place with her rendition of “La Violette”by Scarlatti. Delvin Joppy, a senior from Indian River High took the second place award by singing “Amarilli, Mia Bella” by Antonio Caldara. Home-schooled sophomore guitarist, Stephen Shedd strummed “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams to win third place.
Other performers were: Kurt Lannetti; Ricky Goodwyn, JR.; Donte’ Thompson; E’Lexus Alston; David Cooper and Margaret Sweeney. Jerome Bynum is president of the foundation and the Talent Hunt committee chairman.

Vashti DuBois

A few years ago, Vashti Dubois turned her home in Philadelphia into the Colored Girls Museum aiming to help others see the past from a different angle.

Black women in Philadelphia liked the idea so much that they donated countless artifacts including quilts, a painting of the singer Lauryn Hill, hand tools, and wooden statues. In other words, Dubois’ 127-year-old, three-story home contains half-forgotten memories that are tastefully arranged to jog yet heal the memory.

This means like familiar childhood memories stream through the mind, familiar scenes stream through her home. For example, the downstairs mantle is decorated with wooden statues, lace doilies, and huge oil paintings hang on the walls. Upstairs, each of the 10 rooms is actually a chapter from a woman’s life.

“We’re reimagining the museum as a sanctuary for colored girls, DuBois said in a Feb. 9, 2016 interview in Smithsonian magazine. “I want it to be a gathering space, celebrating and acknowledging and looking closely at the things that have shaped us in this country and in the world.”

Since childhood was a painful for many young girls of color, DuBois uses ordinary objects to jog yet heal the mind. The strategy seems to appeal to many women of color including Elizabeth Wellington, a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, who recently wrote, “Walking up the path to the front door of The Colored Girls Museum in Germantown is like a first-time visit to the home of a new girlfriend. A blue tricycle sits tumbled on its side in the front yard. Wind chimes jingle in the frigid, late-winter breeze.”

During the interview, DuBois told Wellington that the museum honors women who are often overlooked. “You see us walking down the street. Everyday colored girls. You walk past us, but here we are in all of our extraordinary splendor doing the things that we do to make this world a great place to live,” Dubois, 56, said. “We aren’t all Michelles and Beyoncés. But look at how we are holding everything together.”

Launched after her husband was unexpectedly killed in a car crash three years ago, the museum presented its first exhibit, “Open for Business,” in 2015. The following spring, Dubois added Sunday tours. In November, the museum closed for winter and reopened in March 2017.

DuBois, a theatre artist, Brooklyn native and graduate of Wesleyan University said the museum would not exist if she hadn’t taken the time to heal here after her husband died.

“When I couldn’t do anything, I could do the steps. I got up. Tended to my son. Sent him off to school. Then I would come up here and go back to bed. And get up just before he came home so he didn’t know that I was in bed all day. And every day, I did a little more until I could do more.”

Dubois said of the museum, “Black women see themselves reflected back at themselves. And it’s also intended for people to see the world through the lens of a colored girl.”
The museum has received widespread publicity. And it has a website plus several social media accounts including Facebook and You Tube.

By Rosaland Tyler
Associate Editor

The South Hampton Roads Pan-Hellenic Council – SHARPC – recognized the performance of members and community leaders at a banquet held on March 18 at the Edmonds Center in Portsmouth. Over 325 supporters gathered to honor selected members of the nine historically Black Greek letter organizations.

Rev. Dr. LeRoy Hill, Jr. served as master of ceremonies. Dr. Hill is the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Portsmouth. Along with a lengthy list of pastoral duties, he is currently completing his dissertation for a second doctorate in Community Transformation of Urban Studies at Regent University. A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., he is also Vice President of the board of the Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless – PVH – and works as a church planting consultant and church health coach.

SHARPC presented its first 2017 Community Service Organization Award to the Norfolk Chapter of Sisters Network, Inc. for long-time involvement in supporting women who have experienced breast cancer and its related effects.

SHARPC presented its Divine Nine Award for community service by a Black Greek to Antonio Brown. This member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was recognized for his work with area youth. Brown is currently the President of the Public Housing Youth Alumni, Inc., a non-profit organization in Norfolk. Their mission is to educate, inspire and empower all young people to reach their full potential and become productive, caring and responsible adults.

A $1,000 SHARPC scholarship was presented to Kierra Martin, a Senior Communications major at ODU and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. They also presented a $500 book award to Christian Williams. The ODU Senior is majoring in Chemistry and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.

The SHARPC Unsung Heroes for 2017 are Dr. Colita Fairfax, LaCrystal D. Stokes-Hogan, Patricia Wyche and Anissa Walker, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Kenneth Sutton, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Rosalyn Green, Rosemary W. Fonville and Rhonda Harris , Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Patrice Hare and Drcel Johnson, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Christian D. Porter and Hughes G. Valmond, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Damon Gilkes, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Selicia R. Sellers, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority; and Vian S. Irving., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The Unsung Hero Banquet Committee was chaired by Terry Caldwell of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Chloe Jones, of Sigma Gamma Rho, is the SHARPC president.

The Norfolk Chapter of Sisters Network, Inc. received the SHARPC Community Service Organization Award
(L-R) Divine Nine Award winner, Antonio Brown; Scholarship winner, Kierra Martin; Book Award winner, Christian Williams


Gamma Xi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Virginia Beach, held its annual Talent Hunt at Zeiders American Dream Theatre on March 5, 2017. The event was co-hosted by Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter, Chesapeake and Tau Lambda Chapter of Old Dominion University.

Seven area high school students performed, competing for $1,000 in cash awards from the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation (GXUF) and the opportunity to represent the chapters at the Third District Meeting in Arlington in April.

The first place prize went to vocalist, Trequan Manning, age 17, from Green Run High School. Singer, Joseph Camano, 16, of Ocean Lakes High sang his way to second place, and vocalist, Gabrial Rambert, 17, from Salem High, finished third.

Other contestants were: Chozin Johnson, E’Lexus Alston, David Cooper and Matthew Weeks.

David Whitted is the Talent Hunt committee chairman. Turan Smith is the Basileus—president–of Gamma Xi, Justin Hampton, the Basileus of Sigma Kappa Kappa and Leon Brewington is the Basileus of Tau Lambda.

Bruce Turner of Virginia Beach and the great-great-great grandson of Nat Turner is shown at right delivering a speech about his famous descendant on Thursday March 9 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. At left, actor Dijon Mcintyre portrays Nat during a play written by P.A. Wray and performed last weekend at the Venue on 35th Street. The play, “Nat’s Last Struggle” was directed by D.D. Delaney and also starred Charisse Minera as Great Mother.

Hello and welcome to the Tidewater Bridge Unit (TBU).

The Tidewater Bridge Unit would like to thank the MEMBERS, FRIENDS and SUPPORTERS for their participation in the March 1st  Nationwide Bridge Game sponsored by the American Bridge Association (ABA).  This game allowed all participating clubs and players across the nation to play the same bridge hands, and essentially, play against similarly ranked players around the country. If you like the thrill of competition and the excitement of winning, a Nationwide Game is the game for you!  Join us June 2, 2017 for our next Nationwide Game.

North (N) and South (S) are in a 4 Heart Contract.  South is Declarer, North is Dummy, and West has the opening lead.  Can you make the contract?


(S) 764

(H) 3

(D)  A1054

(C)  A9862

West               East

(S) QJ92           (S) K53

(H) —–            (H) 108765

(D) J8732        (D) KQ

(C)  K753         (C) Q104


(S)  A108

(H) AKQJ942

(D)  96

(C)  J

1. How many points in each hand?

2. How many tricks have you contracted to take?

3. What should West lead?

4. After South wins the (H) A, what is the next move?

5. When South begins to draw trumps (hearts), what is the surprise?

6. If South continues to play hearts, will South make the contract?

7. How should South proceed?


1. N=8 points; S=15 points; E=10 points; W=7 points

2. 10 tricks

3.(S) Q

4. Pull trumps – lead the A (H)

5. A bad trump fit – West has NO hearts and East has FIVE hearts

6. No

7. Play two more rounds of hearts – K & Q, next lead the (C) J to the (C) A, then lead a club from Dummy and ruff/trump it in South’s hand.  A Diamond lead to the Ace in Dummy allows South to play another club from Dummy for a second club ruff in South’s hand.  At this point, South can play either his losing Diamond trick or the two losing Spade tricks – now South is “sitting pretty” with his (H) J9 over East’s      (H) 108.  Making four Hearts

Winning Pairs

February 28, 2017

Section A Game

Delores Burney – Harriet F. Goodrich

Betty L .Warren – Olethia Everett

Oneida Lacey – Gloria Maddux

Shirley Nottingham – Elva N. Taylor

Lawrence Owes – Barbara Whitfield

Helen Lake – Cindy Burrell-Jones

Winning Pairs

March 1, 2017

Nationwide Game

Harriet F. Goodrich – Rosemarie

Delores Burney – Gloria Maddux

Gillis Watson – Alex Lambert

Lawrence Owes – Barbara Whitfield

Leon C. Ragland – Oneida Lacey

Harold M. Kiefer – Cindy B. Jones

Wilma Horne – Olethia Everett

Betty L . Warren – Grace W. Setzer

Shirley Nottingham – Elva Taylor

Happy Birthday To Our March Babies:

Harold Keifer – 9th        

Gillis Watson – 12th     

Delores Brown – 20th 

Geraldine Andrews – 21st   

Wilma Horne – 23rd   

Alex Lampert – 23rd  

Winnifred Washington – 24th    

Dorothy Lorenz – 30th 




Tuesday, Mar. 14
Cooke-Suburban Bridge game
10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$4 – $5

Wednesday, Mar. 15
Bon-Ton bridge game                           
10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$4 – $5

All activities are located at the Berkley Senior Center, 925 S. Main Street, Norfolk, Va.

For additional information on classes, games, or tournaments, please call Delores Burney at (757) 321-0825 or Lawrence Owes at (757) 553-2601.

After 10 weeks of mixing, stirring and slicing, Kaniyah Cary finished among the Top 3 contestants of the “Kids Baking Championship” show on the Food Network. Her fellow competitor, Aidan, was crowned champion. Kaniyah congratulated him with a hug and well wishes.

To celebrate Kaniyah’s achievement, Superintendent Dr. Elie Bracy III honored her this week at her school, Churchland Primary & Intermediate School.

“I had a great experience on the show. We had ups and downs and funny moments, too,” she said. “Plus, I had an opportunity to go to California.”

Even though she wasn’t crowned champion, Kaniyah still shared encouraging advice for other students: “Always follow your dreams.”

Kaniyah, a 10-year-old student, competed against 11 other bakers on national television. She was the only local contestant on the popular show featuring actress Valerie Bertinelli and celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman.

Kaniyah baked carnival-themed cupcakes, volcano Bundt cakes, éclairs and other sweet treats. On the “Superhero Grand Finale,” Kaniyah prepared a lemon, blueberry, rosemary cake called “Catastrophe Girl.”

Kaniyah plans to continue baking more tasty treats for years to come!

For more information about Kaniyah and her lifelong love for of baking, visit

Contestants Brooke Cumberland, Dylin Musgrove, Reese Smith, Keili Gorczyca, Audra Tow, Justice Faustina, Maya Jindal, Jason Intravartolo, Kaniyah Cary, Cole Frederickson, Charlotte D’Arabian and Aidan Berry, as seen on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship, Season 3.

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