By Sharon Fletcher Jones

Music anyone?

While we wave goodbye to the month of May, there are lots of good reasons to embrace the month of June.

The advent of Gospel Goes Classical Digital 1 Media Services, Inc. presents this exclusive event on June 9th at Calvary Assembly in Winter Park from 5:00 pm to 9:00pm. Returning to the US from a stint in South Africa, Gospel Goes Classical is one of the most extraordinary events in music history. The gala event will feature Grammy Award winner BeBe Winans, internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Denyce Graves, Monique Steele and the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir accompanied by the Bella Music Orchestra with conductor Dr. Glenn Caldwell. Pastor Donnie McClurkin said, “You’re going to experience something really significant released in the Earth as Gospel Goes Classical.” Get your tickets now at or call 1-877-793-6993 for more information, sponsorship opportunities and fundraising.

Let’s try some oxtail!

Before moving on to beach scenes, family reunions and summer spritzers take advantage of opportunities to expand your knowledge of other cultures. Courtesy of the Caribbean American Passport Foundation, experience the best of Caribbean culture at the Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival. In addition to plenty of beer, music and art, free healthcare screenings will be made available. Mark your calendar with this Wednesday, June 6th event and contact 407-810-6435 for additional information.


Juneteenth in Central Florida?

Organized by Past, Inc., the Central Florida Juneteenth and Black Music Festival will begin on June 13th. Contact organizer Elizabeth Thompson at 407-245-7535 for details.


About the author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista. The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on. Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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