Article by Bobjohnson

The Show Your Heart Benefit Comedy Show took place on January 29th just as scheduled, despite the headliner's flight being delayed. Comedian D.L. Hughley one of the original Kings of Comedy, came out to Delta College for an American Heart Association benefit on behalf of the Dorian Styles Dawkins Foundation.  Dawkins was the 14-year-old son of future Saginaw Hall of Famer, Saginaw High School coach Lou Dawkins and Loomis Math, Science, and Technology Academy Principal Latricia Dawkins. He collapsed as a result of a heart condition on June 12, 2009 at a basketball game in East Lansing, a day Lou Dawkins says, "No one should ever have to go through!"

Brandon Webb was the opening act for the event. Webb, who goes by the moniker B-Webb is a Christian rapper. He proved to be a tough act to follow after performing high-intensity songs like "Random Thoughts" and a crowd-moving "Let'Em." CoCo, who followed B-Webb, with her performance was introduced as a Detroit area DJ, but this time she performed as a comedian. I laughed so hard I developed stomach muscles.

I thought CoCo's performance would make it hard for Hughley to shine, but Hughley, being the veteran that he is, proved otherwise. From the time he stepped on the stage, the F-bombs and jokes easily rolled off his tongue. Two minutes into the show, I totally forgot that this was a charity event. Towards the end of his performance Hughley walked into the crowd and embarrassed everyone he approached. As he got closer to the section I was seated in, the audience around me started to move towards areas that Hughley had already terrorized. I wanted to get up and move, but I thought about the chance of me being caught and singled out.  He never made it to me, which was a relief.

Hughley ended the show with his thoughts about Dorian Dawkins and told us of his love and admiration for the Dawkins family. This show reminded us how important it is to get together and just laugh sometimes, even through all of the pain. CoCo and D.L. Hughley did a great job turning a somber occasion into one of laughter and joy.

The comedy show Friday was the first part of a two-weekend event. On February 6th and 7th basketball will be the focus. At the Delta College Pioneers Gym, Columbus Northland and Detroit Country Day will face off at 6 p.m, and  at 8 p.m. East Lansing will play Detroit Consortium. Then on Sunday February 7th at noon, Clarkston will face the Academy of Oak Park, and at 3 p.m. The MIGHTY Saginaw High Trojans will face the Flint Powers. Tickets for these events will be $10. Come out and show your heart!

© Bobjohnson, 2010