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David & Tamela Mann to Serenade Claflin University with Laughter, Gospel during Homecoming 2012 Nov. 14

Nov 07, 2012

You can expect to Meet the Browns and get a soulful dose of gospel when the husband-wife duo of David and Tamela Mann come to Claflin University on Wednesday, Nov. 14 as part of the Homecoming 2012 festivities.

Tamela will perform songs from her new gospel album Best Days and also sing with her husband.  And the audience will laugh out loud when David takes the stage to enact his comedic portrayal of Mr. Brown from the hit television series Meet the Browns. 

Both are natives of Texas where Tamela met David and a man who would change her life, seven-time Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin.  Franklin helped launch Tamela’s music career and recruited her to be a part of his groundbreaking group, The Family.  She sang on five of Franklin’s albums.

Meanwhile, David joined forces with one of America’s most dynamic entertainers, Tyler Perry.  Perry had written, directed, and produced the hit play I Can Do Bad All By Myself where David remarkably immortalized the outrageously funny neighbor “Mr. Brown”. David's bravo performance led the way for  “Mr. Brown” to become a principal character in many of Perry's other hilarious stage and film comedies, including the play and motion picture, Meet The Browns in which David reprised the role of “Mr. Brown” for mass audiences. 

Tamela was also chosen by Perry for a role in I Can Do Bad All By Myself.  From there, her acting career escalated as she developed the role of Cora Simmons in Perry’s plays and such films as Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea Goes to Jail and 2011’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.   She also has taken “Cora” into America’s living rooms in Meet the Browns.  This year, she was seen with Jordan Sparks and the late Whitney Houston in the film  Sparkle.  She’s recorded four highly acclaimed albums, including The Master Plan, which won the 2011 Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and was nominated for an NAACP Image award.

The couple does extensive work on behalf of the American Diabetes Association.  And they co-host a television show Hanging with The Manns, which follows them as they cook up delicious recipes in the kitchen and embark on fun adventures together.

The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Tullis Arena of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.  Student tickets are available for $10 with faculty and staff admission costing $20.  Tickets will be $25 for the general public.  To buy tickets or receive more information, please contact Konist Davis-Johnson by phone at (803) 535-5591 or by e-mail at

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