Voorhees College 2018 Black History Month culminating event

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Voorhees College 2018 Black History Month culminating event

February 20, 2018

Bern Nadette Stanis

Voorhees College will have its Black History Month culminating event on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 11a.m. in Massachusetts Hall Auditorium featuring actress Bern Nadette Stanis and actor Ernest L. Thomas.

Stanis, who is a brilliant actress and author, is best known as the quick witted, sexy savvy and the original “It” girl, “Thelma Evans,” from the groundbreaking African-American sitcom, Good Times. Her character, Thelma, showed a ‘ghetto girl’ from Chicago’s inner city projects living a life full of hopes and dreams girded by intelligence, respect, dignity and grace.

She used her role to exemplify to audiences everywhere that black girls with the support of their families can achieve dreams and have unshakeable faith and hope. Stanis is back with a vengeance in her quest to quell apparent self-esteem issues and insecurities in our younger generation.

Stanis was determined to proactively seek a forum to reach out and stop the cycle of perpetually ‘justifying’ reasons why people remain in sufferable relationships. Her hope is to go beyond the surface and identify the core of self-destructive behavior in relationships.

Ernest Thomas

Thomas, president and CEO of Ernest Thomas Media Group 8 and Bravokid Entertainment, has more than 40 years of achievement in theatre, television, and films. He is a graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

He is best known for his starring role as “Raj” in the popular ABC television series What’s Happening from Beat TV in 1979, which he received a best actors award. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2013 Legend Award at the Peachtree Film Festival, 2013 Best Reality Show Producer Award for Kid Justice at the WEBFEST, 2012 and 2016 Outstanding Christian Entertainer Award from the Universal Deliverance Church by Apostle McGowan in Los Angeles.

Thomas has been cast in other films such as Spike Lee’s Malcolm X as “Sidney X” opposite Denzel Washington, Two Wolves as “Olivier,” Chocolate City 2: Las Vegas, The Gods, and Foreclosed opposite Jaime Kennedy. He also co-starred in the hit television series Everybody Hates Chris as “Mr. Omar,” which is seen daily in the U.S. and has an even larger following in Europe and Asia.

President W. Franklin Evans said Voorhees has had some great entrepreneurs, entertainers, authors, and producers come to the campus for Black History Month. He said the students have had the opportunity to learn something valuable from each of them.

“Both of these individuals have achieved success in their careers through hard work and commitment. We hope once our students hear their success stories they will continue to strive toward journeys of their own,” Evans said.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.