Greetings, What a blessing to see our Queens Alumnae chapter reach this 70th milestone representing decades of sisterhood and service! I wonder if in 1951, our 11 charter members could have ever imagined how powerful our chapter would be today, having grown to reach 218 members, benefiting over $500,000 in scholarships, donating to countless community efforts and leading change within the Queens community through relentless service. A vision they once dreamed of continues to be realized 70 years later. Our 70th Anniversary Extravaganza has been in the works for the past three years. As we stepped towards this June 4th date, we knew just how important it was to celebrate our past, present and future as the Queens Alumnae chapter. Thank you to the immediate past President, Soror Marie Carmel Durrandisse-Pressley on her vision to implement these festivities under the chairmanship of Sorors Joanne Nabors and Kisha Clinton exemplifying 70 Years of Queens making a Difference. Not only are we celebrating where we are today in the chapter’s history, but we have taken the time to reflect on the awe-inspiring impact that has been made over the years. The outpour of historical richness that has been displayed by our Heritage and Archives committee
led by Soror Shauuna Stevens is nothing short of phenomenal. It is clear, we are who we are today by way of the commitment that has been displayed by our sorors and community partners over the years. Leading up to the culmination of our Extravaganza, we have spared no expense nor effort in capturing the essence of this milestone. We partnered with Leroy Campbell and commissioned a limited-edition customized canvas print, titled “On Their Shoulders.” The International Awareness & Involvement committee connected with the St. Albans Congregational Church to plant a tree to honor our Founder, Ethel Cuff Black. We created custom QuAC 70th Anniversary keepsake items by way of a calendar and a bundled set of unique goods. We hosted several contests to raise the excitement and bring on the joy to show just how special this event will be! Chapter members secured celebrity host, Kym Whitley who I am sure will keep us laughing and engaged throughout the event. And after all of the hard work is complete, we will have an after party led by DJ Zeke. The support by the chapter is evident based on the many sub committees that were instrumental in making this event a HUGE success. And we've done it all while remembering that sisterhood is the foundation of our success. Tonight we celebrate 70 years of sisterhood, 70 years of scholarship and 70 years of service with our sorors, family and friends. As President of Queens Alumnae during this momentous occasion, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who worked tirelessly to keep this chapter serving and upholding the principles of Delta Sigma Theta for the past 70 years. Sorors and guests, thank you for your unwavering support and we look forward to your continued support over the years to come. .
Sisterly, Charelle Hassell-Gilbert, President Queens Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org * 718.709.0430 www.dstquac.org
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Kym Whitley is one of those rare individuals to whom the phrase “renaissance woman” might be applied. These days, most people know her either from her frequent appearances on Larry David’s groundbreaking HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm or from the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio program. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Kym is actually a comedienne, actress, activist, author and — perhaps most importantly — a mother. Originally from the Cleveland area, Kym has been based in Los Angeles for years. She was a schoolteacher in Compton back in the day but always loved performing and, especially, comedy. A chance encounter with the legendary Redd Foxx (who told her she had “the comedic goods”) led her to pursue acting more seriously. Her first real job was in the Shelley Garrett play Beauty Shop, which started in L.A. and did a national tour. Kym’s TV career began a few years later. One highlight was when she launched the first female panel talk show, Oh Drama, on BET. Kym has appeared in Moesha, The Wayans Brothers Show and many others. Of the latter series, she says, “My favorite was The Wayans Brothers Show. I laughed through the whole thing!” She was also was nominated for both a Daytime Emmy Award and an Indie Series Award for her portrayal of “Big Candi” in The Bay, The Series. Kym is also no stranger to the big screen. Her first big role was as “Auntie Suga” in Next Friday. Since then, she has appeared in The Nutty Professor, Along Came Polly, College Road Trip, the upcoming Young & Hungry and dozens of other films. She also voiced the characters “Honey Bee” in Black Dynamite and “Melonee” in the popular computer-animated feature Rango. As of late, some of Kym’s projects have become more personal. She and her adopted son Joshua became the focus of Raising Whitley, which ran on the Oprah Winfrey Network a few years back. Kym also completed what may be her most exciting project yet: the novel The Delusion of Cinderella, which is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Kym says the book is “not for the faint of heart!” Indeed, the tag line is “Love and lust feel the same but you can only trust one of them.” Currently you can see Kym in the new season of ABC’s “Made for Love” with Ray Romano, her new podcast “Two Funny Mamas” with Sherri Shepherd and “The Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour”. In addition to all her work as an entertainer, Kym is a dedicated activist. Her ‘Don’t Feed Me’ campaign began as something she did for Joshua but evolved into an ongoing, high profile project to raise awareness of food allergies for children and adults. Kym holds an honorary doctorate from UVA — Lynchburg, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science from Fisk University. She serves on the board of directors for both The Special Needs Network of L.A. and The Jefferson Memorial Home for Foster Children.
Born with an engaging personality and a love of all things music, it was clear that Zeke would not only grow to become a world renowned DJ, but a multimedia entrepreneur that would play for international crowds as well; and, that’s exactly what happened. DJ Zeke is an experienced veteran in the entertainment industry and permanent fixture of the NY club scene. More importantly, he is where talent, passion, and professionalism collide. Known for his ability to connect to the millions of college students he has DJed for in the past, DJ Zeke has been dubbed “The Club King”. However, his talents don’t stop at the club. His growth in the music industry and ability to provide excellent service to all audiences for all types of events has earned him a world-renowned reputation over the last two decades. Whether the crowd is seeking reggae, hip-hop, salsa, reggaeton, techno, pop hits, or a master mix of it all, DJ Zeke keeps the party going and the energy sky high. DJ Zeke is the CEO of DJ Zeke Worldwide, a multimedia enterprise that includes professional DJ services, full-service production, lighting, photography, photo booth services, and more. DJ Zeke’s skills and consistency have afforded him multiple acting, DJ instructing, and event curation opportunities. In addition to leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, DJ Zeke is also the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Oluwaseyi Clothing, a company that creates custom tailored suits and high-quality attire for men and women.
Having no formal training, Campbell’s work is inspirited with such venerated artists as Jacob Lawrence and Charles Motley infused with Gullah - Geechee roots, post Renaissance vibes of Harlem and Brooklyn, and the 1980s African cultural resurgence. Charleston, South Carolina native, Leroy Campbell’s art speaks of the contributions to humanity through the African American perspective. More than just art, each piece serves as Campbell’s tithe, as he uses his gifts and talents to teach others about the richness of the Gullah/ Geechee heritage and the beauty of his people. Leroy Campbell describes humanity like a garden. In the 1300s Native Americans invented a system of gardening called “Three Sisters,” which involved strategically planting corn, beans, and squash together.The corn provides support and structure for the beans to grow.While the beans pull nitrogen from the air, returning it to the soil and enriching all the plants.The squash, planted at the base, spreads its large leaves, which offer shade and protection, keeping the soil moist and cool. When each of the plants is whole and thriving and healthy, it is able to reach its full potential and contribute to the garden. If one of the plants becomes sick, it affects the balance of the garden. Leroy Campbell’s paintings, infused with history, tie the past to the present in the practice of sankofa, the understanding that you can’t move forward until you receive the lessons of the past.The vulnerability of his art, his soul, his ability to tell a story through the use of acrylic, paper, tapestries, and organic materials, creates an opportunity for conversation, for something real, for the human connection that we are all desperately seeking.
On Their Shoulders
LIMITED EDITION Print by Leroy Campbell Created in partnership with Queens Alumnae Chapter in honor of our 70th Anniversary
In Loving Memory of Aunt Mollie Short
70 YEARS OF QUEENS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Elizabeth Borden Anderson – Ms. Liz is the founder and resident Cultural Artist of AFRICAN TRENDS, a culturally inspired apparel and lifestyle product company. Her LIZZYWEAR and CARPET BAG LADY, labels are offshoots of AFRICAN TRENDS. Her earliest inspirations are from Ms. Yve Scott of Kantiki House who she met many years ago when both were designing for Ebony Fashion Fair. Ms. Liz’s practice of the KWANZAA principles of UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) and KUUMBA (Creativity) has enabled her to enjoy over 50 years of (commercial?) success. When you wear garments designed and constructed by Ms. Liz, your personal stage is all set for your walkway in fabulous style, cultural confidence and wonderful empowerment. Her love of bright colors, dazzling prints, and versatile textiles is quite evident in her creations and her unique line of transitional garments will dress you well for most occasions. The outfits are all equal opportunity: looking great on everyone, regardless of lifestyle, age, gender, size, or hue. Special care is taken to make full figured men and women admired in their comfortably fitting garments. The signature multicolor African-Centered fashions are always in season, thus eliminating social dictates for certain colors for certain seasons. Ms. Liz’s trademark fashions are constructed in a mosaic of African hand-woven textiles like Congolese Kuba Cloth (raffia). Bogolanfini (Mali mudcloth), Ghanian Kente, Adinkra, and Ashoke. These textiles are often matched with linens, silks, tapestries, denim, woolens, and the like. When you wear her fashions, you are definitely make a unique fashion statement. .Ms. Liz’s extra-large all-purpose CARPET BAG LADY bags are very comfortable to wear for work and for play. Take them to the plane, train, beach, gymnasium, shopping mall, workplace, etc. These trendy bags are made in ethnic prints, hand wove, denim and assorted tapestries and may be trimmed in leather, cowry shells, brass pieces, passport masks, etc. Each bag is different and brings its own flavor. Each season Ms. Liz hosts a One-Stop-Shop and Champagne event that her patrons look forward to enthusiastically. She will gladly to host a private show and sale for you and your guests at her studio in Jamaica, New York. Ms. Liz may be reached at: email@example.com; 718-276-6897; 646-734-8321.
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Nominations Including Motion Picture of the Year
Oscars Awarded To: Daniel Kaluuya Best Actor in a Supporting Role H.E.R. Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures
You Are A REVOLUTIONARY Much Love and Respect,
Godmother Joanne Nabors
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Congratulations to Queens Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on 70 years of Community Service to the Queens Community! May we continue the mission of our Charter Members and Sorors of Queens Alumnae Chapter. Special Thank you to the Chair and Co-Chair Joanne Nabors and Kisha Clinton for making the 70's EXTRAVAGANZA event a success!! Let's have fun and have a groovy time at our 70's Extravaganza!!! Yours In Delta! Tina Donadelle-Edwards Gamma Rho, Spring 1984
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BEST WISHES AND MUCH SUCCESS
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