MCAI’s Celebration of Diversity at August Wilson Center

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On Sept. 12 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture the Multicultural Arts Initiative’s Third Annual Celebration of Diversity in the Arts event was book-ended by two fabulous receptions.

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MCAI BOARD OF DIRECTORS—Seated: Nancy Washington, Karen Farmer White, Oliver Byrd, JoAnne Burley, Peggy Harris and Lynda Brimage. Standing: Gerri Kay, Yvonne Cook, Brian Bronaugh, Carla Leininger, Bob Walter, Janis Burley Wilson and Robert Reed.

During the pre-event, guests perused the silent auction and noshed on tasty hors d’oeuvre’s while taking in a glimpse of what was to come during a brief but satisfying segment of Fashion Africana.

 

This year Fashion Africana, Pittsburgh’s most unique style show, was incorporated into a brief vignette by Pittsburgh playwright, Mark Southers. The pre-reception was the perfect opportunity to celebrate with MCAI Artist of the Year, trumpeter and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Sean Jones.

 

If you were quick enough there was a chance to rub shoulders with some very handsome actors. Malik Yoba, actor, educator, author and inspirational speaker was the voice for the evening and made a cameo appearance on stage. Much to the surprise of the audience he was joined by Pittsburgh’s own, Lammon Rucker. You may remember that both of these fine chocolate brothers appeared in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?”

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THE ARCHITECTS OF FASHION AFRICANA—Darnell McLaurin and Demeatria Gibson Boccella.

Rucker took time to attend the après reception and enjoy dessert with a few of his fans. Also spotted in the crowd looking over Liberty Avenues Cultural District was supermodel and actor Stacey McKenzie, stylist Darnell McLaurin, Demeatria Gibson Boccella, Elie Kihonia, Milt and Nancy Washington, Peggy Harris outstanding in blue, Chuck Gladney with long time buddy Wayne Edwards, Norman and Tracy Edmunds, Max Miller, Charlet Holley and, of course, MCAI Executive Director Robert A. Reed.

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