Women of Legend and Merit Awards Banquet to be held


Vivica A. Fox

Rhythm and Blues artists Angela Winbush and Vivica A. Fox will share center stage at the 10th annual TSU Women of Legend and Merit Awards on March 21 at 7 pm. A recent 92Q radio station interview with Vivica A. Fox shared her excitement about coming to Nashville and being a part of one of its premier networking events for women. Fox is the event’s keynote speaker and Angela Winbush is the featured musical entertainment.

The award winning and super talented Fox is known for her many television and movie roles. She is a highly sought after actress, producer and entrepreneur who resides in Los Angeles, California. Vivica has been in the business long enough to achieve a successful multi-faceted career. Hollywood screen gem, Fox, has triumphantly built an international brand that stands on the strength of women doing anything. With an extensive body of work that encompasses unforgettable television, stage and film credits, Fox is an inspiration as a Hollywood actress, generous philanthropist and accomplished businesswoman.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Fox’s family relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana when she was four. Upon graduating from Arlington High School, where she participated in various sport activities, including basketball, track, volleyball and cheerleading, the mid-western beauty ultimately gave up sports to pursue a modeling and acting career. With the support of family and friends, the budding star headed to California to attend Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where she earned an ‘associate arts’ degree in social sciences.

Determined to succeed, Vivica hit the Los Angeles audition circuit, and was discovered by Hollywood producer Trevor Walton. Before she knew it, offers poured in. Soap opera stints on The Young and The Restless, Days of Our Lives and Generations led to more sitcom and modeling work. But in 1996, Vivica’s big break came when she scored a role in the summer blockbuster Independence Day alongside Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.

Aside from numerous films, television and other projects in the works, Vivica’s own empire continues to grow as this versatile Hollywood legend continues to inspire, indulge and entertain an international fan base. See for more information.

Angela Winbush

Angela Winbush

Mega talented artist Angela Lisa Winbush was born January 18, 1955 in St. Louis, Mo.

She got her start at an early age singing at the Temple Church of Christ, the church founded by her grandparents Bishop Austin and Sister Selena Layne.

With a passion for design and architecture Àngela enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. as an architecture student. It was while at Howard she began singing for money to help support her college education.

With her singing roots still deeply and firmly planted in the church, she began singing with Richard Smallwood at Union Temple Baptist Church. She also began performing with friends in a group called ‘Hot Tea.’ This gave her exposure to the music industry as she and her friends began traveling around the country and opening for major performers.

She also began doing background vocals. In 1977, Àngela changed her major from architecture to music education. Soon after, she recorded her demo and began shopping it to major labels. Although she was not successful in landing a record deal, her demo was instrumental in landing her a job singing background to one of the most successful artists at that time, Stevie Wonder. As a member of Wonderlove, Àngela soon became Stevie’s protégé and learned the ends and outs of the record industry including writing and arranging.

In 1979, while on a gig singing with Stevie Wonder, Àngela met Rene’ Moore. Both eager to land a record deal, the two decided to team up as a duo and formed René & Angela. They achieved a string of popular hits, including ‘I Love You More’ and ‘My First Love.’ After signing with Mercury Records in 1984, they had hits from their album A Street Called Desire, including ‘Save Your Love,’ ‘I’ll Be Good’ and ‘Your Smile.’

The album eventually went platinum. As a team they went on to become respected in the music industry as songwriters and producers as well.

With all the success of their group, tensions began to rise and in 1986 they parted ways.

As a solo artist Winbush went on to score several hits including ‘Angel,’ ‘Run to Me,’ ‘Treat You Rite,’ ‘It’s The Real Thing’ and more.

Àngela also proved herself as a solo songwriter and producer working successfully with many artists in the industry, including The Isley Brothers, Stephanie Mills, Lalah Hathaway and Sheena Easton.

Winbush has sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide. She is a stage III ovarian cancer survivor and an ordained minister. See for more information.

This year’s 10th annual event honorees include some of Nashville’s finest ‘movers and shakers’ in various industries, including: Dr. Stephanie Hale Walker, Vanderbilt University and esteemed First Lady of Mt. Zion Baptist Church; Ms. Cheryl White Mason, Vanderbilt Law School and HCA vice president litigation; Ms. Teresa Phillips, Tennessee State University athletic director; Mrs. Yvette Boyd of R.H. Boyd Publishing; and Ms. Vicki Yates, WTVF Channel 5 News anchor and TV personality.

The TSU Gentry Center is located on campus at 3500 John Merritt Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. Ample parking is available on campus on a first come, first serve basis.

Tickets for the mega event are priced at $100 (for the dinner only), and at press time they were going fast. Tables and various sponsorships are available too at different prices. All may be obtained directly by contacting the TSU Gentry Center Box Office at 615-963-5841 from 9 am to 4 pm, CDT. Cash only for ticket purchases. Tickets may also be purchased via John Smith Marketing at 615-573-5536 or .