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A Night of Black Excellence:

Past, Present, and Future




This inspiring event sponsored by Tarrant County Pearls Chapter, The Society, Incorporated and hosted by WFAA's Tashara Parker, includes internationally renowned opera singers Nicole Heaston, Latonia Moore, Kenneth Overton, Karen Slack, Kevin Thompson, and many more phenomenal Black artists within and beyond the world of classical music. Produced by Charles W. Bush (Founder of Appointed Productions) and directed by Sheran Goodspeed Keyton (FWO Manager of Education & Community Engagement) this virtual benefit concert will be one of the highlights of the 2021 season. 

Fort Worth Opera’s celebration of Black History Month is long overdue and appropriate in this time. We are overjoyed to have a line-up of A+, international Black classical and non-classical artists, living both locally in the DFW metroplex and throughout the county. It is my distinct joy and pleasure to introduce, many for the first time, this roster of Black Excellence.” 

-Afton Battle

General Director

Fort Worth Opera

Encore Tickets              $10

March 5-7, 2021

Encore Performance


Sheran Goodspeed Keyton

Virtual Producer/Director

FWO Manager of Education & Community Engagement 


Tyrinika Marie

Virtual Production Manager

FWO Development and Production Administrative Coordinator 


Charles W. Bush

Video Production 

Founder of Appointed Productions


Event Program

Meet the Host

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Tashara Parker, M.A.

Daybreak Ensemble Anchor | Community & Traffic Storyteller

Tashara Parker is an award-winning anchor and reporter at WFAA News 8 in Dallas, Texas covering traffic, breaking news and inspirational stories. Featured as one of WFAA's preeminent voices, the Daybreak anchor brings experience, vibrancy and authenticity -- capturing the attention of DFW viewers in an engaging and informative way, all the while creating loyalty. 


Coined as a "community-focused storyteller", Tashara is the go-to source for all things "community", as she blends her passion for underserved people and organizations with an unwavering spirit of empathy. As one of Dallas' influential voices, Tashara utilizes her platform to volunteer hundreds of hours to many organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. 


With a dedicated following both on and off the air, the journalist is described by viewers as "someone who truly cares about people and this community", recently earning her the honor of "Best Broadcast Journalist" by the Dallas Weekly. With this powerful mantra lighting her path, Tashara continues to carve her slate within the industry -- bringing both DFW and the best in community storytelling to the forefront. 


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Baldwin Brown

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Latonia Moore

Photo by Jeffery Salter for The New York Times

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Adam Richardson

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Patrice P. Eaton

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Nicole Heaston

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Cameo Humes

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Keron Jackson

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NaGuanda Nobles

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Kenneth Overton

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Chivonne Perkins

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Leslie N. Polk

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Audra Scott

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Karen Slack

Photo by Kia Caldwell

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Darius Thomas

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Russell Thomas

Photo by Fay Fox

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Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas

Kevin Thompson; photo by Kevin

Kevin Thompson

Photo by Kevin Steele

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Jorell Williams

The Amp'd Quartet Presented by DIVISI

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Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble

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Mondo Drummers featuring Eddie Dunlap


Amphibian: Tad-Poles Stilt Walkers

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Tutt ²

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Proudly supported by:

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