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2012 “A Taste of YEA” Honorees Announced


The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta celebrates its 22nd anniversary and the lifetime achievements of the 2012 “A Taste of YEA” honorees. Visit our events page for more information about the 2012 “A Taste of YEA” Gala.


Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield rocketed to international fame with her portrayal of legendary entertainer Josephine Baker in HBO’s THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY, for which she won the Emmy Award. A veteran of stage, screen and television, critically acclaimed roles include EVE’S BAYOU, MAMA I WANT TO SING & THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE & MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION.


Antonio Fargas

Antonio Fargas may be best remembered for his portrayal of “Huggy Bear” in the TV drama STARSKY & HUTCH. Fargas has acted in more than 50 movies in his 40-year career including ACROSS 110th STREET and PRETTY BABY. A veteran of the stage, he has garnered acclaim for his roles off and on Broadway, as well as in England. One of his most recent roles is “Doc” in the TV sitcom EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS.


Johnta Austin

Johnta Austin, an Atlanta native, is a two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and singer. He has written and co-written top-selling hits for such musical luminaries as Mary J. Blige (“Be Without You”), Mariah Carey (“We Belong Together,” & “Don’t Forget About Us”) and Jennifer Hudson (“My Heart”). Austin has also produced and been featured on such Billboard Top 20 hits as “Shortie Like Mine” and “Outta My System.”