O'JAYS, JEFFREY OSBORNE, STEPHANIE MILLS
AND ANGELA BASSETT HONORED
OH, WHAT A NIGHT!!
to Right:: Jeffrey
Osborne, Angela Bassett, Stephanie Mills, Denise Williams, Mike Davis
Saturday February 26, 2011 renowned actress Angela
Bassett, and recording legends Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey
Osborne, and founding members of the O'Jays, Eddie
Levert and Walter Williams Sr., were the honorees
and recipients of the 2011 Living Legends Awards held
at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles
Grant, Ruth Adkins, Larry Buford
Hosted by California
Assemblyman Mike Davis, the ceremony was well attended
by many public figures including the Honorable Congresswoman
Maxine Waters, and the Honorable Judge Craig T. Ford
of Detroit Michigan .
a night it was as Waters expressed her deepest appreciation
for the contributions the honorees made to our culture,
and the stellar tribute performances by Kenny Latimore,
Deniece Williams, Side Effect, and many others. The
honorees themselves gave outstanding performances
to the audience's delight - including Bassett who
gave an awe-inspiring recital.
statement from Davis' office said in part: "The
theme this year is 'African Americans and the Civil
War'. The African American experience is an example
to all Americans of what can be accomplished through
hope, faith, determination and hard work." It
went on to say, "African Americans have helped
shape and define today's entertainment culture as
a result of strong spirituality and profound rhythm
inherited from African ancestry."
O'Jays are best known for their blockbuster hit "Love
Train"; Mills for her Grammy award winning pop
ballad "Never Knew Love Like This"; Bassett
for her performance in the Ike & Tina Turner story
"What's Love Got To Do With It"; and Osborne
for "On The Wings Of Love". In his acceptance
speech Levert said, "To be a role model
do something that has a purpose and has an ending
this is what we're about, this
is what I do, and this is what I will be doing until
the day I'm gone."
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