Danette Wills

Danette Wills

Sunset 8/20/2013

"Danette was an integral part of the Terrie Williams Agency family," the company said in a statement. "She was intelligent, aggressive and a driving force behind the success of each account she managed which included Ntozake Shange, Academy Award winner Mo'Nique, Michele Norris, Louis Gossett, Jr., The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and StudentsFirst to name a few.

Prior to joining the TWA, Danette was the Director of Media Relations and Publicity at BET in Washington D.C. for 12 years. There she led publicity for the company's six subsidiaries that included BET, BETJazz, BET Movies, and BET.com as well as BET's Walk of Fame for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. She also spearheaded BET's exclusive interviews with O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
Before to her tenure at BET, she served as Director of Public Relations for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA.

Danette achieved a B.F.A. from Howard University and an M.A. in Journalism & Public Affairs from American University. She was a huge basketball fan (and also played and coached), but most of all, she enjoyed her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Danette is survived by two daughters , four grandchildren, her twin sister and her mother.

Crystal Jackson

Shari Lynn Clements Washington

Shari Lynn Washington (Clements) blessed this earth on December 2 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is one of three daughters born to Donald and Lorraine Clements. As the oldest, she took her role as 'big sister' seriously, the reason her two sisters, Dawn and Darcia, considered her to be their second mother.

After graduating from Sharon High School in Boston, Shari went on to attend Howard University in Washington, DC. She majored in Fine arts and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration of directing. While at Howard, Shari pledged the first line of DIVA, Divine Intelligent Versatile Artists, Inc., a society established for women in the arts. During her college career, she won the title of Miss Fine Arts singing "Good Morning Heartache." As a result, she competed int he Miss Howard University Pageant where she placed as first runner up. After graduating, she returned to Boston becoming the lead vocalist with two local bands, :Rollins Ross & Co." and "Visions."

After moving to California, she "lit up the stage" as a background vocalist for Syreeta Wright and James Ingram. Shari co-founded the ministry, Pain to Purpose, in 2009 with a mission to "specifically reach out to the broken-hearted and people suffering silently." Their first production, "Silent Struggle, Silent Scream" debuted in 2008 and received rave reviews. Pain to Power Ministries also hosted the "Breaking the Silence, Healing the Pain" Conference in alliance with Shari's church, Arise Christian Church in 2010. Shari is survived by her two beautiful sons, Leonard and Miles, her loving husband Herman Mack, family and friends.

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