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Charlie Wilson set to perform during
WSSU's Homecoming Concert
Charlie Wilson will take the stage on Friday, Oct. 30 for Winston-Salem State
University's 2015 Homecoming concert.
R&B icon and BET Lifetime
Achievement Award Winner Charlie
Wilson will take the stage on Friday, Oct.
30 at 8 pm. in Lawrence Joel Veterans
Memorial Coliseum for Winston-Salem
State University's 2015 Homecoming con
The concert will also feature the
thrilling sounds of Raheem Devaughn and
The concert "is in for a high impact
performance like no other," WSSU said in
A nine-time Grammy nominee, Charlie
Wilson has been recognized around the
world for his live performances with sold
out shows in the United States, France and
the United Kingdom. His numerous
awards and accolades include a BET
Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013,
which will long be remembered as one of
the finest tributes ever paid to a legend.
Wilson has commanded center stage
since his days as the lead vocalist for die
GAP Band. As a solo artist, he has topped
the Billboard charts with numerous hits.
including "Charlie, Last Name Wilson,"
"Magic," "There Goes My Baby,' "Can't
Live Without You," "You Are," "Life of the
Party" and "My Love Is All I Have."
In addition to his success as a solo
artist, Wilson has collaborated with numer
ous chart-topping artists and producers,
including Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Kanye
West, Jamie Foxx, T. Pain, Pharrell, Justin
Timberlake and Mos Def.
James first burst onto the scene with
her 2006 debut album "A Change is Gonna
Come," introducing audiences to her con
siderable vocal chops and garnering nomi
nations for Outstanding New Artist at the
NAACP Image Awards and Best
R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at
the Soul Train Music Awards. James has
gone on to record three subsequent albums
including "My Soul," which reached #7 on
the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums
Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart,
and earned acclaim from critics for her
songwriting skills. She has starred on the
TV show "R&B Divas LA" for three sea
It's often said that love makes the
world go around and three-time Grammy
nominated singer/songwriter Devaughn
knows that to be the truth. With the release
of his fourth studio album, "A Place Called
Love land," Raheem embraces the global
theme while bringing his heart and soul
into all tracks of his latest work of aural
art. With songwriting collaborations with
Ne-Yo and production via talents like
Mario Winans, Carvin & Ivan, and Ne-Yo,
Raheem proves why he is the "Love
Ticket costs start at $39 and are avail
able at www.ticketmaster or Bridger Field
House at BB&T field. For more informa
tion, call 800-745-3000.
Calvert-Hayes to replace Metcalf on school board
BY TEVIN STINSON
Board of Education has
named Lida Calvert-Hayes
the person to replace
Jeannie Metcalf, who
stepped down during a
meeting last month after 21
years on the board.
The board called a spe
cial meeting on Tuesday,
Oct. 20, to select a new
member to fill the vacant
The new member will
add to a board that has a
number of new members.
-Last December the board
held an orientation to wel
come six new members to
After griginally releas
ing eight names ahead of
the interviews, the school
board announced they had
narrowed the finalists
down to four.
When all the candidates
had been interviewed on
Oct. 20, the members of
the board voted by writing
their choice on a piece of
paper. After a short discus
sion and two rounds of vot
ing, the board decided on
Calvert-Hayes is the
president and CEO of S&L
Painting and Decorating.
Calvert-Hayes has served
on a number of boards in
city. In 2013, she ran for
City Council but was
In her application, the
single mother of three list
ed her top three priorities if
selected to the board would
be; increasing the low
reading rates, safety for
students at all levels and a
higher graduation rate for
During the brief discus
sion, school board member
Robert Barr said the fact
that Calvert-Hayes raised
three children by herself
says a lot about the kind of
person she is.
"Being a single mother
of three says a lot," said
Barr. "She also brings a lot
of knowledge about con
struction and other things
that could be very helpful
to the board."
Calvert-Hayes will be
sworn in on Tuesday, Oct.
Board by-laws state
that the remaining eight
school board members
choose the person to fill
vacancies between elec
tions. The by-laws also
require that the new mem
ber be the same political
party as the member who
vacated the seat. Metcalf is
a registered Republican.
Since Metcalf filled the
seat for District 2, the
board decided that the new
board member should also
live in District 2, to keep
balance on the board.
the other three finalists
were Michelle Craun, Jay
Davenport and Tina
Heelan. All four were inter
viewed in public.
During the interviews,
each candidate was called
one at a time and asked a
series of questions about
why he or she applied for
the position, what he or she
would bring to the board,
and if their schedules
would allow them to give
the effort to the board that
Candidates were also
asked questions about the
budget and how they
would balance the needs of
everyone affected by the
Craun is a volunteer at
Jefferson Middle School
and PTA president at
Vienna Elementary. Craun
said she cares deeply about
the future of the school dis
trict because her children
are students in the district.
"Both my children cur
rently attend public school
in the district. I care deeply
about the future of the
school district and how the
district can best serve the
needs of our students and
families," she said.
Davenport is an associ
ate vice president and cam
paign director at Wake
Davenport has a master's
of higher education admin
istration degree from Ball
In a letter addressed to
Ali Tomberlin, general
counsel for the school sys
tern, Davenport said his
would make him an ideal
candidate for the school
"I believe my commu
nity service educational
background and profes
sional experience make me
an ideal candidate for the
board," said Davenport. "I
believe my talents and
drive would be a valuable
addition to the school
board and administration
of our district."
Heelan is a business
owner as well. In 2013, she
founded Winthorp LLC, a
realty company in the area.
In the past, Heelan has
served as a teacher and
principal at public schools.
"I have served as a
teacher, coach, assistant
principal, and principal for
the district," said Heelan.
"I can offer perspectives
that not just anyone can
bring to the board."
Lalah Hathawayto release first live album Oct. 30
BY TIMOTHY COX
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
WASHINGTON, D.C. - During an
interview on TV One's "News One
Now" featuring host Roland Martin, Lai ah
Hathaway revealed that she would release
her first live album on Oct. 30.
"Laiah Hathaway Live" was recorded
at the Troubadour Lounge, the same venue
where her father, the late Donny
Hathaway, recorded his epic, "Donny
Hathaway Live" in 1972.
The historic ambiance of the legendary
Howard Theater, a D.C. national land
mark, provided the necessary quaintness
for the uniquely soulful songstress, Lalah
Hathaway on Sept. 28.
She upheld her father's legacy as
another truly gifted American soul artist.
Even more, Lalah Hathaway is a musician
who comfortably displayed her array of
vocals and classical training from Boston's
renowned Berklee College of Music.
During the Howard performance,
Lalah opened her set appropriately with a
tune recorded by her dad, "Little Ghetto
Boy." She noted to news anchor Martin
that the tune's lyrics aptly coincide with
today's times, sadly enough because of
current oppressive occurrences that mirror
images of inner city America some 40
On TV One, Hathaway revealed that
"Litde Ghetto Boy" was a tune she grew
up with, and always wanted to cover.
TTiankfully, she's the one who had the
nerve and talent to honor her father by pro
viding us with a solid, respectful rendition
of this modern-day classic. She purposely
sings the tune in the same key as her late
father did on his live classic, she revealed
Inspirationally, the 105-year-old
Howard venue displays life-size black and
white images of music legends such as
James Brown, BB King, the great Lena .
Home and Ella Fitzgerald. On this night,
Hathaway would mimic the great Ella by
displaying her gift for scat singing, an art
that Ella still has no comparisons. But
Hathaway captured the essence of this very
challenging style of improvisational jazz
It's also hoped that someday soon
Lalah will release an album that accompa
nies her father's vocals, much like the suc
cessful duets that Natalie Cole did with
dad Nat King Cole in the early 1990s. The
time is just about right for "Hathaway
In a brief conversation with Lalah's
mother after the show, Eulaulah Hathaway
said that she and Donny met at Howard
University, a campus located just minutes
from the Howard Theater, and that both
were music majors.
"Yes, Lalah and her sister Kenya get i
[musical genes] from both sides," she said
She also noted that first-born Lalah is actu
ally named Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway
and that Lalah is third in a generation ol
family Eulaulahs. Lalah's grandmother i;
the original Eulaulah, Mrs. Hathaway said
Younger sister Kenya also studiec
music at Berklee, sang regularly on th<
"Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and serve;
as a vocal coach for TV's "American Idol,'
according to Mrs. Hathaway. "We're prouc
of both girls," she added.
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Lagos where Shotobi worked when the two meet. Brown
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