VIVIAN GREEN HEADLINES THE 2013 HBCU INAUGURAL GALA BALL!
By any measurement Vivian Green has the whole package. A songwriter and singer since she was an early teen, Green has the voice, the songwriting skills and the looks to be a major star.
A Philadelphia native, Green paid her dues as a background singer for Jill Scott before being signed as a solo singer by Columbia Records in 2003. For her debut, A Love Story, Green followed her mentor Scott's penchant for intelligent, personal lyrics and combined them with modern R&B and jazz elements that made the album more interesting than the slew of other female neo-soul albums that were released that year. Her hot single "Emotional Rollercoaster" and her willingness to experiment with varied musical styles has made her an artist to watch.
COMEDIAN FINESSE MITCHELL TO HOST
Saturday Night Live alum, Finesse Mitchell, a versatile actor and comedian, plays China Ann McClain’s cop father on the hit Disney show, “A.N.T. Farm”, which is now in its third season. Mitchell also appears on the current season of VH-1’s hit show “Single Ladies” as “Jobari”. He is currently penning his highly anticipated second book, this one geared towards children. His last book, published in 2007, “Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much” was an advice book for women stemming from his hip, hilarious and wildly popular monthly advice column as a writer/contributor for ESSENCE magazine.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Finesse graduated from the University of Miami. A former student-athlete who was a walk-on for the National Champion Hurricanes football team, that played with such UM alumni as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Superbowl champion, Warren Sapp. Finesse is also a distinguished member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated where in 2011 he performed with the Kings of Comedy Kappa man, Cedric The Entertainer, for the fraternity’s 100 Centennial Conclave.
SPECIAL GUEST CONGRESSMAN DANNY K. DAVIS OF THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Danny K. Davis was first chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996. In the 112th Congress, Representative Davis serves on Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives and serves on the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal, Labor. The Congressman also serves on the Homeland Security Committee where his subcommittee assignments are the Subcommittee on Transportation and the Subcommittee on Oversight. Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center's Caucus, and the Congressional Sugar Caucus.
Congressman Davis has distinguished himself as an articulate voice for his constituents and as an effective legislator able to move major bills to passage. He has developed a unique and energetic style of communication and interaction with his constituents setting up dozens of advisory task forces to consider significant questions of public policy. He hosts several weekly television and radio shows which feature audience call in and produces regular written reports to every household in the district. In addition, he maintains weekly office hours in the district and is widely sought after as a speaker at district events.
Born in Parkdale, Arkansas, on September 6, 1941, Congressman Davis moved to the Westside of Chicago in 1961, after having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas A.M. & N. College. He subsequently earned both Masters and Doctorate degrees respectively from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.