Mon May 15 15:56:53 EDT 2006
To add a small bit of blues content: bluesman Paul Oscher attended this
event with his wife, Pulitzer prize winning writer Suzan-Lori Parks, and
said it was amazing.
>Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball on May 22 at
>8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC.
>OPRAH WINFREY BRINGS A PERSONAL DREAM TO LIFE AS SHE HONORS 25 LEGENDARY
>WOMEN IN OPRAH WINFREY'S LEGENDS BALL, MONDAY, MAY 22 ON THE ABC
>As the one-year anniversary of her memorable Legends Ball nears, Oprah Wi
>nfrey brings to television her personal archival footage from the three-
>once-in-a-lifetime celebration honoring 25 legendary women in the fields
>entertainment and civil rights. "These women, who have been meaningful to
>many of us over the years, are legends who have been magnificent in their
>pioneering and advancing of African American women. It is because of their
> that our journey has no boundaries," said Oprah Winfrey.
>The 25 legendary women celebrated include Maya Angelou, Shirley Caesar,
>Diahann Carroll, Elizabeth Catlett, Ruby Dee, Katherine Dunham, Roberta
>Aretha Franklin, Nikki Giovanni, Dorothy Height, Lena Horne, Coretta Scott
> Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Toni Morrison, Rosa Parks, Leontyne Price,
>Della Reese, Diana Ross, Naomi Sims, Tina Turner, Cicely Tyson, Alice
>Dionne Warwick and Nancy Wilson.
>The historic weekend began Friday with a private luncheon at Oprah's
>Montecito home where the "legends" were greeted by the "young'uns" --
>stars, including Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Mary J.
>Blige, Brandy, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Kimberly Elise,
>Elliott, Tyra Banks, Iman, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen and
>Alfre Woodard, among others. Throughout the weekend, the "young'uns" paid
> to the "legends" for their great contributions. World-renowned event
> Colin Cowie attended to every detail, and Grammy Award-winner John Legend
>performed his hit song, "Ordinary People."
>On Saturday night, it was an elegant white-tie Legends Ball with notable
>guests, including Sidney Poitier, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Usher, Barbra
>Streisand, James Brolin, Lionel Richie, John Travolta, Kelly Preston,
>Mike Nichols, Maria Shriver, Chris Tucker, Barbara Walters, Quincy Jones,
>Spike Lee, Senator Barack Obama and Tyler Perry, among many others.
>The finale of the Legends weekend was Sunday's exuberant gospel brunch
>spontaneous performances by Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick
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