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"You've Got Talent" sets a lively pace for museum gala and after-party

"You've Got Talent" sets a lively pace for museum gala and after-party

11 Ensemble Theatre young performers at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Ensemble Theatre young performers entertain at the Houston Museum of African American Culture gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
2 Willie and Jennifer Miles, from left, with Viet Hoang at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Willie and Jennifer Miles, from left, with Viet Hoang at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
16 Eugene Foney, from left, John Guess Jr. and Karen Grays at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Eugene Foney, from left, John Guess Jr. and Karen Grays at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
1 Danieal and La Tesha Manning, from left, with Melanie Lawson at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Danieal and La Tesha Manning, from left, with Melanie Lawson at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
15 Kathleen Treusch and Luca Dona at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Kathleen Treusch and Luca Dona at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
5 Gina Carroll, from left, Jonathan Carroll and Jennifer Carroll at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Gina Carroll, from left, Jonathan Carroll and Jennifer Carroll at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
14 Al and Kim Odom at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Al and Kim Odom at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
6 Carolyn and John Guess III at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Carolyn and John Guess III at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
9 Elmer Rogers, left, and Renae Medlock at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Elmer Rogers, left, and Renae Medlock at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
19 admiring Jonathan Carroll artwork at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
Guests admire Jonathan Carroll's artwork at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
20 paparazzi at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
The cameras are active at the HMAAC Gala. Photo by Crystal Gix
11 Ensemble Theatre young performers at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
2 Willie and Jennifer Miles, from left, with Viet Hoang at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
16 Eugene Foney, from left, John Guess Jr. and Karen Grays at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
1 Danieal and La Tesha Manning, from left, with Melanie Lawson at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
15 Kathleen Treusch and Luca Dona at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
5 Gina Carroll, from left, Jonathan Carroll and Jennifer Carroll at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
14 Al and Kim Odom at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
6 Carolyn and John Guess III at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
9 Elmer Rogers, left, and Renae Medlock at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
19 admiring Jonathan Carroll artwork at the HMAAC Gala November 2013
20 paparazzi at the HMAAC Gala November 2013

We love these charitable spinoffs of television competition shows (Dancing With the Houston Stars, for example) and the latest to hit H-Town was the Houston Museum of African American Culture's "You've Got Talent" entertainment at the museum's "We Are Culture" gala.

The partying began at the Ensemble Theatre where comedian Eddie B served as emcee of the competition that featured singer Amir Bellamy, the Urban Souls Dance Company and the Ensemble Theatre Young Performers as well as audience contestants Kimberly Mayberry and Jarod and Kierra Hunter. Selecting their faves among the contestants were honorary chairs La Tesha and Danieal Manning of the Houston Texans and gala chairs Jennifer and Willie Miles and Viet Hoang

Once the competition was completed and the festivities ended, stalwarts moved on to HMAAC headquarters for the Bombay Sapphire Rush Philanthropic after-party where another competition of a sort took place — that of artwork to represent HMAAC at the Scope Art Fair in Miami. Artist Alton Cooper was chosen from 20 entries, selected by jurors Chicago gallerist Andre Guichard and local curators Ryan Dennis and Sally Frater.

The culturally-minded crowd included Audrey and the Rev. Bill Lawson, KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Melanie Lawson, Port Commissioner Theldon Branch and wife Ester, City Council candidate Carolyn Evans Shabazz and husband Malik Shabazz, Gaynell Drexler, Gina Carroll, Al and Kim Odom, Annette and Arthur Bracey, Common Ground founder Ahmad Islam,  Roni Jackson, HMAAC board members Elmer Rogers and Cindy Parris, HMAAC CEO John Guess Jr. and Felicia Shaw of the San Diego Foundation.

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