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Voorhees will hear from Emmanuel Lewis during Virtual Lyceum Speaker Series

Denmark, S.C.- On Thursday, September 17 at 11 a.m., multi-talented showbiz veteran Emmanuel Lewis will kick off the 2020-2021 Voorhees College Lyceum Series with a virtual message.

Lewis has experience acting, dancing, singing, and speaking to captivate audiences all over the world. In Japan, he is a successful recording artist. His 1981 recording of “City Connection” climbed to No. 1 on the billboard charts. He records his songs fluently in Japanese; and to this day, he makes frequent visits to Japan to sing and perform.

His show business career was launched with immediate success in 1980, starring in more than 60 commercials including Jell-O Pudding with Bill Cosby. After completing a series of Burger King commercials that won him a CLIO Award as Best Male Actor, he was summoned to Hollywood.

ABC-TV’s President of Entertainment, Lewis H. Erlicht, saw Lewis and his charming smile in a television commercial and promptly signed him to star in the ABC television series, “Another Ballgame.”  After the pilot was filmed, ABC decided to change the name of the show to “Webster.” The show became an instant hit and ran for six seasons, going directly into syndication worldwide. It was ranked in the top ten for the highest bought syndicated shows ever. 

After winning the People’s Choice Award as Favorite Young Television Performer, (1985, 1986, 1987), Lewis started his own production company: E. Lewis Entertainment Enterprises, Inc. The company’s first offering, in which he starred, was “Lost in London,” a CBS-TV Movie of The Week.

Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts/speech communication from Clark Atlanta University. In addition, he founded his own nonprofit organization called Future Begins Now. The mission of his organization is to provide diverse educational programs that will nurture the growth and development of today’s young people, just as he was nurtured.

Emmanuel Lewis

Also, he is the founder and chairman of The Anatole Company, Inc., which is a motion picture studio that handles all aspects of film, television, video, and music production.

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