2011 TORCH AWARDS AFTERNOON EXPRESSIONS
“Afternoon Expressions” turned out to be an afternoon delight as the Legacy Ladies kicked-off the 2011 Torch Awards, to be held Saturday, March 19, 2011. It was a day of empowerment, motivation, and creativity, at the Ebell Club. The organization wanted to provide a program with more substance, so their guest would walk away with a new spirit of controlling their destinies and a sense of who they truly can become. As a result, they selected four dynamic women to express themselves by telling stories of their journey. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the Afternoon was Beverly White, the distinguished veteran general assignment reporter for Channel 4 News, who interviewed the legendary guest panelists: Phoebe Beasley, a nationally renowned artist, lecturer, Commissioner Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and entreueneur, who just
completed her 40 year art retrospective exhibit; Tanya Hart, a veteran host and commentator with a wide range of broadcasting experience. Currently she is the Host of “Hollywood Live with Tanya Hart,” a syndicated program on American Urban Radio Networks’ 500 stations; and Shirley Kinsey, an entrepreneur and philanthropist with a passion for African-American history and art of the nineteenth and twentieth century’s. As they told their stories, many layers of their personality and professional life were unveiled and received with admiration and esteemed respect by the audience. Another form of “expression” was presented by Mamie Hansberry, who displayed her original works of art which depicts slavery in the deep south in American history.
The keynote speaker for the “Afternoon” was Linda Clemons, who is a top sales trainer, and is one the most widely respected motivational speaker and body language expert in the country today. Linda is also the CEO of Sisterpreneur, Inc., an international business empowerment organization, and a popular radio and television personality. She began her presentation with a rousing expression of quotes from Nikki Giovanni, Dr. Maya Angelou, and her grandmother. As she meandered her way through the aisles of tables, the audience was mesmerized as she gave a crash course in non-verbal communication and identified specific characteristics of some of the attendees. She explained how to quickly read the signs and signals people are sending you with their bodies, in order to achieve better results in the workplace or in their relationships. The program ended with tears, cheers, and a standing ovation, as the Legacy Ladies kicked off the 2011 Torch Awards.