Community Honors Legendary Radio Host Wash Allen
October 23, 2011

For more than four decades, radio personality Wash Allen has given his heart and soul to the community.  He’s been a smooth and consistent voice behind the microphone on KCOH Radio.  It’s common to see him at galas and other important events interviewing people for his television show.

On Saturday night, the community turned out to honor Wash and celebrate his 45 years of broadcasting excellence.  Wash Allen was the recipient of the 2011 Legacy Award given by Rice University’s HERE Project.

The guest hosts for the evening were actor and producer Leon Issac Kennedy and personality Darian Ward.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston attorney Waverly Nolley, public relations expert Judy Foston and Forward Times Publisher Karen Carter Richards were just some of the faces in the crowd.

In 1971, Wash Allen became Houston’s first African American TV host with a weekly TV show called Talent Unlimited. For that reason and many others, the Houston Association of Black Journalists also joined in honoring Wash.

Actor Charles S. Dutton Performs In Houston
February 27, 2011

I remember him best as the lead actor in the comedy/drama series Roc, but Charles S. Dutton is a seasoned award-winning actor and producer/director who has a career spanning theater, television and film.

On Saturday night, Houston was honored with Dutton’s presence and the outstanding performance of his critically acclaimed play, From Jail to Yale, Serving Time on Stage.

The play chronicles Dutton’s life story from the streets of Baltimore to the Yale School of Drama.

The performance took place at the University of  Houston Cullen Performance Hall and was held in partnership with the U.S. Dream Academy and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Founded by renowned gospel singer Wintley Phipps, the U.S. Dream Academy focus on impacting the lives of children with incarcerated parents and their children falling behind in school.

At the conclusion of the play, Dutton answered questions from the audience and later signed autographs and talked with fans at a private reception.

Some of  Dutton’s many other credits include episodic appearances in House, The Sopranos and the HBO series Oz.  He won Emmy’s for his guest-starring roles in Without a Trace and The Practice.