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WSSU to host author, actress Tabitha Brown in next Slater Speaker Series – ‘cause that’s our business’

Winston-Salem State University’s Slater Speaker Series, presented in partnership with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, will host author and actress Tabitha Brown.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on April 17 at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. It is free to attend; however, tickets are required.

The program will feature a conversation with Brown about entrepreneurship, building a personal brand, faith and the importance of paving your own unique path to your dreams. WSSU alumna Valonda Calloway will moderate the conversation.

Brown, a native of Eden, N.C., is an Emmy award-winning actress, three-time New York Times bestselling author, multi-NAACP Image Award winner, vegan food personality, mother and wife. She is affectionately known as “America’s mom,” providing food for the body and soul with her everyday wisdom rooted in love, kindness and compassion.

She has starred in Showtime’s “The Chi” and executive produced and hosted Food Network’s first-ever vegan cooking competition show, “It’s CompliPlated.” She also co-created and hosts her own children’s show, “Tab Time.” 

Tabitha Brown

She is the author of “Cooking from the Spirit,” “Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business)” and her latest book, “I Did a New Thing,” an inspirational guide for encouraging positive changes in one’s life, one day and one challenge at a time.

Taking various business ventures by storm, Brown is the co-founder and CEO of her own healthy haircare line, Donna’s Recipe, and has launched multi-category product lines with major retailer Target. She never fails to bring sunshine to everyone’s kitchens with her signature McCormick seasonings blends and mixes – because that’s her business!

On last year, the social media personality received an honorary doctorate degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design after launching her first clothing line with Target.

This event is made possible by generous donations from sponsors with the funds designated to bring speakers to WSSU with the goal to provide students with high-impact opportunities that enrich their college journeys.  

Tickets are available now. Click here for you complimentary ticket or visit


About the Slater Speaker Series

The Slater Speakers Series takes its name from the founding name of Winston-Salem State University – Slater Industrial Academy. Slater was established in 1892 by Simon G. Atkins. It was the first Black school in the nation to grant degrees for teaching the elementary grades. This series pays homage to our humble beginnings and our audacious future. 

About Valonda Calloway

Valonda Calloway graduated cum laude from Winston-Salem State University and began her career in media as a writer and reporter with Voice of America radio in Washington, DC. She returned to North Carolina and worked as a news reporter and anchor for WNCT-TV in Greenville, and as an anchor and reporter for WRAL-TV in Raleigh. She also hosted WNCN’s lifestyle show, “My Carolina Today.” A dancer and cheerleader for WSSU and the NFL’s Washington Football Team, she was inducted into the C.E. Gaines Hall of Fame in 2015. She is an adjunct faculty member at NC State University. Click here for more information. 

About Winston-Salem State University: Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region, and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment

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