Â Â Â It was a night of stars, glamor, food, dancing and nonstop entertainment during this yearâ€™s â€œNight Of 100 Starsâ€? gala at the DuSable Museum of African American History. It was the place to be and be seen.Â
Â In the â€œYear Of The Man,â€? honoring African American men who have ties to Chicago, the honorees included radio/TV personality Michael Baisden, award-winning actor Harry J. Lennix, author/humanitarian and star ofÂ The Judge Mathis Show, the honorable Judge Greg Mathis, the No. 1-ranked high school junior basketball player in the nation Jabari Ali Parker (Simeon Career Academy) and Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who grew up on Chicagoâ€™s South Side. â€œEach has been blazing a trail of excellence in his own way,â€? said Dr. Carol L. Adams, president and CEO of the museum. â€œWe look to them in admiration and are proud of the contributions they have made to our city and the example they have set for others throughout the world.â€?
Â Although this was the â€œYear Of The Man,â€? a special presidentâ€™s award was given posthumously to educator, humanitarian and philanthropist Dorothy Lajewel Myree.Â
The honorees at the DuSable Museum of African American History event included (from left) award-winning actor Harry J. Lennix, radio personality Michael Baisden, Doyle Devereux, baiiff onÂ The Judge Mathis Show, who accepted the award for Mathis (who had been hospitalized after being injuredÂ while playing basketball), and Jabari Ali Parker, the Simeon Career Academy student who is the No. 1-ranked high school junior basketball player in the nation. Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick was also an honoree, but he was not able to attend the celebration.Â
The event was co-hosted by Charles Thomas of ABC-7 News and Val Warner of ABC-7'sÂ Windy City Live. Dr. Walter E. Massey (right), president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his wife Shirley Massey, chaired the gala with Nicole Johnson-Scales of Fifth Third Bank.
Â Â The gala was chaired by Nicole Johnson-Scales of Fifth Third Bank, Dr. Walter E. Massey, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his wife, Shirley. As co-hosts, ABC-7 Chicago personalities Charles Thomas and Val Warner kept the awards program on a steady pace so everyone could take advantage of all the nightâ€™s offerings.
Â Throughout the evening those who had come to celebrate were treated to a â€œStar Gazers Buffet,â€? supplied by some of Chicagoâ€™s noted food specialists, including Bon Manger Catering, Catering By David, Câ€™est Si Bon, Fanfares Catering Inc., Lenoreâ€™s Kitchen, Melon Express, Pâ€™s Event Company, Sinhaâ€™ Ltd. and Starz Custom Catering.
Â There also was a variety of music being performed simultaneously in different areas around the museum. Whether it was music to dance to or something more soothing, there were performers for everyoneâ€™s moodâ€“â€“The Fabulous Kings (blues), Bossa Tress (Brazilian and bossa nova), Ivory Dreams (R&B), The Terisa Griffin Show (jazz, R&B, soul) and The Ginza Music Project (jazz and easy listening). Additionally, Yaounde Olu was available for those who wanted their astrological charts read.
Â At the end of the night, a crowd filled the museumâ€™s â€œEverybody Is A Starâ€? lounge for karaoke. It was a fitting end to a gala that was one of pure entertainment.
Terisa Griffin (above) was one of a variety of entertainers, and (right) a fabulous buffet was created by several Chicago food specialists.Â
Dr. Carol L. Adams (left), president and CEO of the museum, described everyone as a "star" for their support. At right (from left), Elyse Kennard-Leavy, Art Norman and Terry Diggs.
Among the "stars" at the gala were (above, left to right) Paul Labonne and his wife Georgina, Victor Bridgeman and his wife Gloria, and businessmen Don Jackson and Joe Moore. At right, attendees danced throughout the evening.Â