04 Feb 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Deborah Manning Thomas
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.