Westchester Alumnae Hosts the 5th Annual OMA Awards

Submitted by Kanika Morgan

Westchester Alumnae Chapter (DSTWAC) elevated The EAST and celebrated the arts with its production of the 5th Annual OMA Awards on June 11, 2022. The event commemorates Founder Osceola Macarthy Adams’ tremendous contributions to theater arts as both an actress and director by honoring present day artists who exemplify arts in action. Eastern Regional Director, Rosie Allen-Herring and New York State Metro Coordinator, Randi Gray brought opening remarks for this event. DSTWAC member Dr. Traci Alexander served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The OMAs attracted 125 guests and was broadcasted on a multi-layered and interactive digital platform.  

The highlight of the evening occurred when DSTWAC presented our three extremely talented “Westchester” honorees with OMAs. Celia Rose Gooding is the 2022 OMA Rising Star Award recipient—which honors the next generation of artists who have discovered the power of the arts to tell their stories. Ms. Gooding is one of the youngest actresses to ever earn a Tony nomination for Best Actress for a Featured Role in a Musical. Currently she stars in the historically significant role of Lieutenant Uhura in the hit television show Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Broadway legend, LaChanze is the 2022 OMA Keeper of the Flame Award recipient. DSTWAC presents this award to an artist who has picked up the torch to continue to bring African American culture to life through artistic expressions of excellence. Tony Award winning actress (Color Purple) LaChanze serves as the Vice President of Black Theater United that brokered a historic deal with producers for Broadway artists on and behind the stage. LaChanze will produce the play Kimberly Akimbo in Fall 2022 and she had a recurring role on The Black List as James Spader’s love interest.

Vanessa Williams is the 2022 OMA Trailblazer Award recipient which is presented to a cultural icon and pioneer who has a history of excellence in the arts, and whose enduring legacy has inspired and forged a path for future generations of artists. Ms. Williams stars currently in the Broadway hit POTUS. Her success in television, in film, on Broadway, and in the music industry, earned her 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG Award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards, and 3 Satellite Awards. 

Here’s the link to highlights from the event: https://youtu.be/jZxWh5HX98k

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