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Jewel Awards to feature Deborah Manning Thomas

Well-known Memphis gospel singer Deborah Manning Thomas will perform at the 10th Annual Jewel Awards on Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at New St. Luke Church Activity Center in Jackson. Well-known Memphis gospel singer Deborah Manning Thomas will perform at the 10th Annual Jewel Awards hosted by the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce (JMCAACC) on Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at New St. Luke Church Activity Center in Jackson.

 
 Deborah Manning Thomas

The Black History Month banquet and concert will honor outstanding African American small business owners selected from nominations submitted to the African American Chamber and will raise funds for the JMCAACC Follow Me Into Business® youth development program. The Chamber has received nearly a dozen nominations in the four categories available for recognition.

Singer/actress Deborah Manning Thomas began singing at age six in her home church of Golden Leaf Missionary Baptist Church.  She will perform songs from her title role in a hit musical about the life of late gospel queen Mahalia Jackson during the Feb. 25.

Thomas, a graduate of then-Memphis State University, is a member of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis. Her acting credits include “The Firm, “Hustle and Flow” and “Black Snake Moan.”  

J.E.W.E.L stands for “Joining Entrepreneurs with Enterprising Leadership.” Event sponsors are AT&T, Manufacturers Industrial Group, City of Jackson, Lane College, West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson Energy Authority, 96KIX-FM and WOJG-FM.

Tickets are $40 per person and $320 for a table of 8. Tickets are on sale at It’s Printed at 357 North Royal, J & J Sports Lounge and Wings at 1410 East Chester, Jaco’s Music at 207 East Main St., and Opal’s Beautyrama at 140 Lexington in Jackson, as well as  Hair Expressions at 565 North Main in Bolivar, Golden Circle Life Insurance Co. at 39 S. Jackson Ave. in Brownsville and  Baskerville Funeral Home at 802 North 9th Avenue in Humboldt.  Tickets also can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/140926

For more details, call the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber at 731-424-2030, stop by the office located at 351-C North Royal in Jackson, or visit www.jmcaac.org.


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