Motown & Mo’ returns with plenty of classics, costumes


Soulful Motown & Mo’ classics returned to Flagler Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, reigning high with spectacular R&B, doo-wop, hip hop and jazz. 

After a year’s absence due to the auditorium’s renovation, the cast and crew were excited to return with this year’s 22nd show.

James L. Sims, director and City Lites president – producer of the Motown & Mo’ shows – said in the playbill: 

“This year’s show is dedicated to our beloved stage manager, Renee’ Barnes, who passed away this year, but will be remembered as a loving member of the Motown family, and whose commitment and professionalism were invaluable. 

“…a special thanks to all of our loyal supporters,” Sims added. “Our fundraising efforts allowed us to provide scholarships to several young people in our community as they pursue their dreams of obtaining college degrees.” 

The full-souled classics in the photos above feature lip-sync in music, choreography, costume design, glittering stage makeup, and narrated by Stacy Simpson with a theme, “Journey in Time.” 

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Showcasing the Temptations with “Get Ready” are Johnny Daniels, lead, and backup – Irving W. Robinson, Robert Nixon, Jimmy Barnes and Larry Gaines.

Remembering Lee ‘Bo’ Davidson 

“Chantel Davidson, Motown & Mo’ performer, has announced the passing of her husband, stage hand Lee ‘Bo’ Davidson.

Mr. Davidson, 68, entered the sunset of life on Oct. 1 at Halifax Hospice Care Center in Ormond Beach. 

A Celebration of Life will take place Nov. 1, 5 to 10 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, 650 County Road 13, in Bunnell. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel. 

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Portraying A Taste of Honey band’s performance of “Boogie Oogie Oogie” are leads Margaret Ibanez, left, and Meshella Woods, right, backed up by Luci Gillis, center. Not shown are Dee Rivers, Chenita Johnson and Berdine Andrews.

Scott gives AAEA a shoutout 

Gary Hollis, the U.S. Senate’s District Director in Jacksonville, wrote: 

“Sen. Rick Scott meets Leslie Giscombe, founder and CEO of the African American Entrepreneurs Association (AAEA) at an event in Palm Coast for Teensin-Flight.

“Sen. Scott remembered Mr. Giscombe from last year when they met in St. Augustine on a campaign stop at the Chocolate Factory.

“Giscombe mentioned the importance of what the AAEA offers to communities in the State of Florida, and the economic impact it has when you help the underserved communities in the area of entrepreneurship,“ Giscombe congratulated the University of Florida for being one of the AAEA’s first sponsors.  

“Sen. Scott mentioned that he is supportive of the AAEA’s mission.” 

Leslie Giscombe is shown with U.S. Senator Rick Scott.

Association plans Nov. 1 dinner 

Join the Sister Cities Association of Volusia for dinner, music and a silent auction. 

That’s Nov. 1, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach. 

A cash bar and cocktails will jumpstart the evening at 6 p.m. Following will be a dinner at 7 p.m. 

The ticket price is $40 per person. 

For reservations and entree selection, RSVP Dixie Blake at 386736-0451, or email Dixieblake@

The association provides a student exchange and scholarships and promotes cultural understanding, appreciation and awareness through outreach with Stetson University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College. 

Omegas’ banquet is Nov. 8 at B-CU 

The Omicron Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity raises the bar of top picks for its Achievement Week Banquet. 

That’s Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at Bethune-Cookman University Civic Engagement Center, 740 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

The attire is semi-formal with the men wearing suits and ties.

Dr. Andrew A. Ray and Dr. Paulette C. Walker have been invited as the guest speakers. 

Dr. Ray is the 39th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Walker is the 25th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

The ticket price is $50 per person. 

For further details and to purchase tickets, call Jermaine McKinney, 386-804-2432; Kelvin Mayner, 386-837-7555, or Kenneth Barnes, 502-649-6987. 

Victoria Love joins Air Force

Retta Spencer Maddox of Bunnell has announced that granddaughter Victoria Love, 18, has joined the Air Force. 

Victoria, a 2019 Mainland High School graduate in Daytona Beach, excelled playing basketball and will shortly be leaving for training in Texas. 

All the best to Victoria in pursuit of life’s success!


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.


Birthday wishes to: Marjorie Gaines, Oct. 24; on Long Island, my son, Andrew, Oct. 26; Keanna Jordan, Melissa Arnold, Oct. 27; Rita Acey, Oct. 28; Verna Johnson, Sheryl Luster Phillips, Oct. 29; and Rhonda Greene, Oct. 30.


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