Stephanie Jordan headlines Black Leadership Forum 2008

On November 8, 2008 the Black Leadership Forum, Inc. will host the 2008 Lamplighter Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20009. Founded in 1977, the Black Leadership Forum, Inc. has honored and empowered African Americans and corporations that continue to advocate for effective change in the community, through public policy. The 30th Lamplighter Awards will begin with a 5:30pm black tie reception followed by the awards program at 7:00p.m. The event will feature New Orleans Jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan. As this year comes to a close, we invite you to join our celebration of these great leaders and honor their accomplishments at the 2008 Lamplighter Awards.

The Black Leadership Forum, Inc. is an organization committed to ensuring that the needs of the African American community are addressed and executed through effective public policy. The Lamplighter Awards were created to honor the corporations and individuals who demonstrate and advocate for effective public policies on behalf of this community. The Awards highlight the contributions in the areas of: Leadership, Civil Rights, Corporate Leadership, Public Service, Emerging Leaders, Arts, Entrepreneurial, Religious Leadership, Scholarship, Equity and Justice Award.

The 2008 honorees includes: Dr. Dorothy Height, Chairwoman of National Council of Negro Women; Congressman James Clyburn; Congresswoman Donna Edwards; Former Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones; Karen Bass, California House Speaker; Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP; Danny Glover, Actor/Activist; Dr. Joanne Martin, Founder and Executive Director of National Great Blacks in Wax Museum; Judith Brown - Dianis, Attorney; Rev. Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Activist; Rev. Freddie Haynes, Senior Pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church; The Reverend Dr. Ramona Tascoe; Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School; Jurnee Smollet, Actress; Hill Harper, Actor; Hermene Hartman. Founder of N'DIGO Magazine; Gregory Moore, NAACP National Voter Fund; and Syndicated Communications; and Wells Fargo, Phillip Bracken, Executive Vice President.

"Local chanteuse Stephanie Jordan set the anthem on a slow burn Sunday night (Feb 17, 2008), delivering the most smoldering rendition of the song since Marvin Gaye performed it at another NBA All-Star Game more than 20 years ago... Another blazing light in our constellation" writes Chris Rose.

Selected for the cover of the World's Who's Who in Jazz; "SHOWBIZ, PIONEERS, BEST SINGERS, ENTERTAINERS AND MUSICIANS FROM 1606 TO THE PRESENT, " the London Monthly Herald declares, "Ms. Stephanie Jordan in her silk green dress catches your eyes. She reminds me of the flashy dashy days of Josephine Baker at the Lido in Paris, the author referred to her as "The classy lady of modern Jazz!"

The Washington Post boasts of her Kennedy Center performance, "A poised, soulfully articulate vocalist, Jordan turned in a performance that warmly evoked the influence of Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae and other jazz greats."

Following the national televised Jazz at the Lincoln Center Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert, Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes Magazine writes "Stephanie Jordan, a standout here, was the real discovery of the evening. Her haunting rendition of (Here's to Life) this bittersweet ode associated with Shirley Horn was delivered with uncanny poise and a dept of understated soul that mesmerized the crowd and registered to the back rows. Singing with a clarity of diction that recalled Nat "King" Cole . . ."

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