BY JIMMIE WILLIAMS
EATONVILLE – Zora Chairman, Mr. Chad McKendrick is just one of many that worked so hard to bring this great event back to Eatonville every year. If you missed this year’s event that means you missed out on the Zora Love Train line dance. It was the highlight of the event. Each year Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities find a way to elevate with every celebration by continuing to bring in awesome entertainment to the festival. Let me share a little bit about this year’s entertainment starting with Ms. Cheryl Anne Norton, better known by her stage name Cherrelle. She’s an American R&B singer and songwriter who gained fame in the mid-1980s. Now this guy was into the audience and they were feeling him. None other than Mr. Antonio “Tony” Terry. He’s an American soul/new jack swing singer from Washington, D.C., who had several R&B hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then you had to hold on to your seats with “The Wolfe.” Ms. Karen Wolfe’s music is Urban based with a touch of Soul, Blues and Southern. After spending several years touring with LaSalle, Wolfe signed with B&J Records to record her debut album, First Time Out, in 2006. This festival was about the old and new, Mr. Jesse James (born James Herbert McClelland, October 3, 1943) is an American soul singer who had several minor US hits from the late 1960s to the late 1980’s. My good friend, Mr. Jeff Floyd a southern soul recording artist and a past recipient of the Come and Get It Awards for the Lifetime Achievement Award, with hits such as “Lonely Highway.” I can’t forget about the hottest bands and entertainers in the South, The Franchise Players, Special Formula Band, The Men Of Soul, Ms. Coco and Mr. Glenn all on the same show. This is one event that people will be talking about for a long time, because the streets of Eatonville were filled with the residents and visitors of the beautiful City of Eatonville. People came from across the country to attend the celebrations of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. My wife, Diann Williams and I, Jimmie Williams will see you next year at the biggest celebration of all times.” A special thank you goes out to Reginald Lewis and Reginald Dantzler.