Events celebrate African American History Month

Trenecia Carroll, winner of the Apollo-style talent contest, waits to take the stage

Trenecia Carroll, winner of the Apollo-style talent contest, waits to take the stage

Don Robbins

Assistant Editor

Hickam African American Heritage Association held several events in February to celebrate African American History Month.

The events included an Apollo-style” talent show held Feb. 16 at the Tradewinds Enlisted Club with a $200 cash prize.

Airman 1st Class Trenecia Carroll of the 15th Operations Support Squadron (15 OSS) earned the $200 prize with her version of “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner.

The talent show featured a total of eight performers portraying musical legends such as Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Lauren Hill and Whitney Houston. More than 114 people attended.

The judges’ table at the Taste of Soul.

The judges’ table at the Taste of Soul.

Shaun Zarki performs Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."

Shaun Zarki performs Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”

Other events to celebrate the month included a GospelFest and Taste of Soul held Feb. 23 at Hickam Main Chapel. and an African American History Month luncheon Feb. 27 at the Hickam Officers Club.

The GospelFest and Taste of Soul was organized by Senior Master Sgt. April Gaines.

“We had four choirs, two praise teams and praise hula entertain over 200 guests,” said Staff Sgt. Kimberly Blackmon, one of the participants.

“For the Taste of Soul, we fed over 200 people various soul food dishes including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens…etc.,” Blackmon added.

Chief Master Sgt. Leslie Bramlett, Chief Master Sgt. Marlin Hill and Senior Airman Justin Stinson were the judges who selected Marcia Steele as the entree winner for her pulled pork and the dessert winner for her bread pudding. Yolanda English-Rowe won the side dish category for her creamy mac and cheese.

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