Up Close With CC Minton: Tamron Hall Host Harlem School Of The Arts Gala 2023

by CC Minton

Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Gala 2023 was co-hosted by James Horton, President of HSA, gala host, Emmy award-winning TV host, and Harlem resident Tamron Hall.

The event was held at the landmark Plaza Hotel in New York City on May 1, 2023.

The red-carpet event welcomed honoree Phylicia Rashad, actress, singer, director & Dean of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, former President of Spelman College, and Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Timolin Cole-Augustus and Casey Cole-Ray twin daughters of Nat King Cole, the Legacy of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole and co-founders of Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. along with Charles J. Hamilton, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Harlem School of the Arts. In addition, American Girl and MetLife Foundation received corporate and philanthropic leadership awards respectively.

During the awards ceremony, an elegant dining setting was the backdrop for the evening. The dinner menu featured burrata from Puglia, grilled filet mignon, and a choice of lemon violet semifreddo or yuzu white chocolate cheesecake all paired with sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc.

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Each honoree was introduced by someone who was inspirational to them.  Phylicia Rashad was introduced by President Horton, Pamela Carlton, the wife of Charles J. Hamilton, Jr. introduced her husband as the love of her life and shared stories of his commitment to HSA over the years. Sekou Campbell, the son of Dr. March Schmidt Campbell, spoke of his mother and her registering him for HSA as a young child and how the experience inspired him to become the attorney he is today.  

In attendance, guests included Pamela Carlton, Ray Chew, Vivian Chew, Jose Claxton, Cygielman, Michael Ealy, Ezra Ezard, Barbara Tabor, Ken W. Tabor, Michael Zarcone, Russell Walker III, Yolanda Wyns.

Related: Read more articles by writer CC Minton.

Harlem School of the Arts empowers youth to reach their full potential in the arts, education, and life through interdisciplinary arts training that celebrates the rich complexity of the community. Founded in 1964 by internationally acclaimed concert soprano Dorothy Maynor. She opened the Harlem School of the Arts in the basement of St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem.  

CC Minton

Author, Award-Winning Lifestyle Advocate, Social Impact Exec turned real estate pro Founder of The House of Minton and president of Harlem World Magazine.

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