The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates The Arts.
August 15, 2010

Houston’s Ensemble Theatre, one of the oldest and largest African-American theatres in the country,  honored  several talented performers  at its annual gala Saturday night. 

“A Spectacular Evening of Energy, Honor and Celebration”  recognized the outstanding contributions of   Lifetime Achievement Award winner Margaret Avery (The Color Purple, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins) Actor of  the Year  T.C. Carson (Living Single, Five Guys Named Moe)  and Actress of  the Year Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dreamgirls, Sister Act 2).

The event also recognized the contributions of  Houston’s energy industry which has given more than $1.8 Million to the Ensemble Theatre over the past three years, according the board chair Argentina James.   For example, BP America Inc, supports the Ensemble’s youth programs and Shell Oil has contributed to the board’s leadership,  stage support and volunteerism.

James also announced that the Houston Endowment has awarded the Ensemble $500,000 for facility upgrades.

You can learn more about the Ensemble by visiting its website :

KPRC Local 2 Anchor Jerome Gray served as the evening’s emcee. Mayor Annise Parker, along with her life partner Kathy Hubbard, joined hundreds of community and corporate leaders at the sold-out event. 

 I had camera issues and had to rely on my phone, but other faces in the crowd included:  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Controller Ron Green and Judge Hillary Green, council member Jolanda “Jo” Jones, Cindy Clifford of  The Clifford Group, METRO’s Terence Fontaine and Deirdre Fontaine of Continental, Former Judge/ Attorney Levi Benton and Janis Jefferson-Benton, Sylvia and Gordon Quan, who is running for Harris County Judge,  James and Carolyn Campbell and former Congressman Chris and Allison Bell and Robert Ross.

Chris Bell Takes Sides In Council Runoff
November 10, 2009

From the desk of Chris Bell

Dear Friends,

My friend Jolanda “Jo” Jones is in a tough runoff election with Republican Jack Christie. I can tell you that given his past record, Christie will not be a friend on City Council. We don’t need his brand of radical right-wing politics on City Council. We need Jo and she needs us – NOW!

I have chosen to support Jo financially because I believe in her and I believe that she does good work for our city. She keeps an open door and provides a voice for a lot of folks who would be shut out otherwise. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and has demonstrated the kind of independence we need more of on City Council.

Make no mistake: Jo’s opponent will be well funded and she must have our solid financial support in order to win the runoff. Please send her a check today or use the link below to contribute online – we need to keep Jo fighting for us and keep the Republicans from putting a right wing radical on Council.

Please make a contribution to Jo right now at

Thank you,

Chris Bell