On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special was held. For this event, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnered to bring the magic of the holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances free and open to the public. Hosted by Billy Mitchell, Apollo tour director and in-house historian festivities include picture-taking with Santa Claus and free performances by ARC Choir, Backtrack, and the St. Luke A.M.E. Church Praise Team.
Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland marks the final day of the Apollo’s toy and book drive for children serviced by Our Children’s Foundation, a Harlem-based cultural, social and educational organization. Donations accepted include new or used books, CDs, clothing and toys that are in good condition, suitable for boys and girls ages 3 to 18.
The Apollo Theater lights up this holiday season with the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the 6th Annual event under its signature program Amateur Night, showcasing recent winners of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category along with special co-host Serayah of FOX’s Empire. This showcase will feature an incredibly talented array of instrumentalists, singers, and dancers from ages 11-18, this program captures the spirit of young performers all hoping to follow in the footsteps of Apollo Legends like Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald, whose careers were launched on the stage of the Apollo.
The actress, singer, and model Serayah is best known for her role as “Tiana” on FOX’s top-rated series Empire was the special guest star. She can be seen alongside pop icon and good friend Taylor Swift in Swift’s music for her single “Bad Blood.” Like Swift, Serayah is no stranger to the stage. Her single “Drip, Drop,” featuring Empire co-star Bryshere Gray became one of the most notable songs of the series. In 2016, Serayah became a face for Covergirl’s Empire inspired make-up collection with cast mate Gabourey Sidibe.
Note: Serayah is wearing the ‘Karlyanna’ Heel by Schutz shoes.
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