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Morris Chestnut, Jennifer Holliday to attend Langston University gala

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A Hollywood actor and a singer will be the featured guests during a gala to raise money for scholarships and to honor those who made significant contributions to Langston University.

The fourth annual scholarship gala will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the grand ballroom at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. A pre-gala reception will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the gala are $100, and the reservation deadline is Oct. 13. Proceeds will go toward scholarships at the university, spokeswoman Ashley Gibson said.

More than $350,000 was raised during three previous galas, Gibson said.

Gov. Brad Henry, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre and Mary Johnson will be honored at the gala.

Butler-McIntyre is the president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Johnson is a Langston University booster.

Morris Chestnut will host the event, and Jennifer Holliday will provide the musical entertainment.

Chestnut became famous when he starred alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube in the 1991 film “Boyz n the Hood” which earned more than $57 million at the box office.

He recently starred with Taraji P. Henson in the film “Not Easily Broken” released in January.

Holliday was an original cast member in the Broadway play “Dreamgirls” during the early 1980s.

She won a Tony Award for her role as Effie White in the play and a Grammy for her song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

In 2006, Jennifer Hudson remade the song for the movie version of “Dreamgirls.”

The gala will include a silent auction. To make reservations or to sponsor a table, call 466-3232.

Tim Henley, staff writer

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