Renee Elise Goldsberry (left) and S. Epatha Merkerson at The Ensemble Theatre's 2017 Black Tie Gala, “Live It, Love It, Celebrate." Photo by Aswad Walker.

The Ensemble Theatre hosted its 2017 Black Tie Gala at the Hilton Americas Hotel under the theme “Live It, Love It, Celebrate.” Attendees were treated to musical performances by the “First Lady of Flute” Bobbi Humphrey while awards were presented honoring Ensemble productions, community partners and the event’s featured honorees S. Epatha Merkerson (Lifetime Achievement), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Actress of the Year), Nkrumah Gatling (Rising Star), Lauren Anderson (President’s Award) and Reginald Van Lee (Global Citizen of the Arts). Attendees included gala chairs Jane-Page Crump and Merele Yarborough, Ensemble leadership Eileen Morris, Janette Cosley, Argentina James, Alania Benford, event emcees Samica Knight and Khambrel Marshall, Mayor Sylvester Turner and many others.

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Aswad Walker

I'm originally from Cincinnati. I'm a husband and father to six children. I'm an associate pastor for the Shrine of Black Madonna (Houston). I am a lecturer (adjunct professor) in the University of Houston...

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