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“A Literary Café”


(L-R): Darnell Walker, attorney and author of Godly Ideas; Mable Scott Austin, event collaborator and president of Suburban Sugar Land Women; Evelyn Dean, SHFBAC chapter president; Serena Wright-Bostic, event chair; and Eric Pete, author, A Cold Hard Truth.

(L-R): Darnell Walker, attorney and author of Godly Ideas; Mable Scott Austin, event collaborator and president of Suburban Sugar Land Women; Evelyn Dean, SHFBAC chapter president; Serena Wright-Bostic, event chair; and Eric Pete, author, A Cold Hard Truth.

Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter Hosts Annual Event To Inspire Appreciation For Literature And Music

The Arts and Letters Committee of the Suburban Houston Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presented its annual signature event, “A Literary Café” on Feb. 25 at Houston Community College’s Southwest Campus in Stafford.

The free event was open to the public and attracted more 100 guests who enjoyed individual presentations from 15 authors, live entertainment, unique local vendors, and delicious food and beverages. Chairperson Serena Wright-Bostic shared, “This may be our best event yet with warm thanks to authors, entertainers, vendors, volunteers, members and the community!”

The Literary Café also featured special performances by Kylie Brooks, child orator; the Missouri City Middle School Advanced Cougar Orchestra under the direction of Heather Nielson-Corbett; Tricia Lynch-Moten, praise dancer; and Ugochi Chuka-Ipere, digital artist.

SHFBAC provides numerous ongoing programs and projects in Fort Bend County. Its goal is to increase interest and appreciation of literature, music and the arts by empowering others to discover an artistic passion or cultivate a love of the arts. Chapter President Evelyn Dean said, “Our chapter’s vision is to offer programs that have a positive and lasting community impact.”

National best-selling authors read excerpts and discussed the inspiration behind writing their books:

Kelly Cain, a multicultural adult contemporary romance author, spoke on her book Altered. The main character, Olivia, is a very smart woman who realizes that her current relationship is crumbling and has to decide what she will do next in her life. Dr. Jacqueline Horton Cobbin discussed her book, According to His Purpose, which teaches the reader how to develop a divine relationship with God through a changed way of thinking. Meredith E. Greenwood, author of Faith, Grace, and Hope, discussed three women, three letters and three trials. Mary Underwood-Hale is one of 29 African American women from Florida A&M University who embarked on a quest to write Her Story: Heartache, Happiness, and the Hiccups Along the Way, a collection of the authors’ true tales and the lessons learned. Janice Hale Harris captured the audience with Hand in Hand, a book about four inquisitive young girls as they discover how to embrace friendship, work through loss and offer an amazing gift of love to the world.

Dr. Karen M. Jackson’s book Embarking on an Adventure with God   helps readers recognize that their current situation may simply be an adventure. It shares the pastoral insights she gained from her service as a Christian minister. Norma L. Jarrett showcased several books. In her latest, Salt and Sky, Maxine and Sierra Sanders, mother and daughter, are both bound to a powerful family by a generational sin. Before either can get free, they must overcome a series of life-changing battles. Stressing about your life can leave you empty, and Jacquie Hood Martin talked about how actively seeking God’s guidance will give you fulfillment in her book, Fulfilled: The Art and Joy of Balanced Living.

Sydney McGee is a 9-year-old writer who debuted her first book, Sydney Sunshine and the Not So Magic Mirror, which promotes self-esteem and self-confidence in young girls. Eric Pete is a creative star of contemporary fiction. His latest book, A Cold Hard Truth, features the twisted, enigmatic soul of Truth North. The Army of the Lord, written by Rosalind Yvette Houston-Riggs, features a children’s prayer book which helps teach children how to pray.

Jillian “JJ” Simmons, a survivor of an abusive relationship, authored Without Bruises, which chronicles her journey from hurt to healing. Rita J. Taylor is a passionate speaker, producer, playwright, songwriter, director and the owner of RTaylor Productions. She presented a portion of her play, Hidden Secrets Public Shame. Darcell Walker shared his insight into the spiritual, business and legal aspects of developing ideas in Godly Ideas: Perceiving and Pursuing God-Given Ideas. Brenda White’s two novels are humorous and drama-filled love stories of bringing your complete self into a relationship. In The Final Offer, character Mia Nixon feels she is constantly running for her life and away from the man of her dreams because of his past.

Special appreciation goes to Serena Wright-Bostic for her leadership of the Literary Cafe project; Mable Scott Austin; Donisha Smith; Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW); Principal Jerrie Kammerman of Missouri City Middle School; and Fort Bend graduating seniors Lauren Egby-McNeal of Lamar High School, Flora Onyeahialam of Ridge Point High School, Precious Akujor and Taylor Howard of Hightower High School, and Chloe Scrutchin of Stafford High School, for volunteering their services at the event.

The 2018 Arts & Letters’ signature event is already under way and the public’s support is requested. For more infrmation, email aal.shfbac@gmail.com.

 

(L-R): Heather Nelson-Corbett, director, Missouri City Middle School Advance Cougar Orchestra and Evelyn Dean, SHFBAC chapter president.

(L-R): Heather Nelson-Corbett, director, Missouri City Middle School Advance Cougar Orchestra and Evelyn Dean, SHFBAC chapter president.

 

Dr. Jacqueline Horton Cobbin, author of According to HIS Purpose, at her table at the event.

Dr. Jacqueline Horton Cobbin, author of According to HIS Purpose, at her table at the event.

 

Five Fort Bend County high school seniors volunteered their cheerful services.

Five Fort Bend County high school seniors volunteered their cheerful services.


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