A Fifth Year Milestone Celebration To Salute The Career Strides Of Actresses Regina Hall and Naturi Naughton, Journalists Cari Champion and Rocsi Diaz, CBS Entertainment’s Vice President of Diversity Tiffany Smith-Anoa’I, and Singer/Songwriter Faith Evans.
The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) will presented their Fifth Annual WEEN Awards on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, recognizing individuals with a proven commitment to the empowerment of women worldwide. The milestone celebration, coined as an evening of glamour, philanthropy and stars, was hosted at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 103 West 135th Street, New York, New York.
The Fifth Annual WEEN Awards highlighted the outstanding achievements of women in various areas of media, film, politics, and music. The honorees this year included award-winning actresses Regina Hall (Think Like a Man, Scary Movie) and Naturi Naughton (Power, Fame), Faith Evans (Singer/Songwriter/TV Producer & Personality), journalists Cari Champion (ESPN) and Rocsi Diaz (HLN), and Tiffany Smith Anoa’i (SVP of Diversity & Communications, CBS Entertainment). In addition to the esteemed honorees, WEEN welcomed presenters: Erin Hall, Hill Harper (Actor/Author), Jemele Hill, Janaye Ingram, Kevin Liles (KWL Enterprises/Author), Judy Smith (Smith & Co.), Charlemagne The God (Radio/TV Personality), Angela Yee (Radio/TV Personality), Pamela Newkirk and others. Music will be provided by DJ Olivia Dope.
Past honorees and participants included: Vivica A. Fox, Gayle King, Soledad O’Brien, Angie Martinez, Kevin Liles, Nia Long, Estelle, Egyot Sherrod, Va$htie, Angela Yee, Sevyn Strreter, MC Lyte, Keri Hilson, Lisa Price and others.
Other attendees included: Joe, Stephen Hill, Ja Rule and wife Aisha Atkins, Tai Beauchamp, Antonique Smith, Misa Hylton and more.
All donations were tax-deductible and proceeds from the WEEN Awards supported the organization’s flagship program, The WEEN Academy; a six-week entertainment industry boot camp for young women, ages 18-22.
“Each year we recognize the achievements of women in entertainment and politics and their contributions to the empowerment of women worldwide. As we continue to pay it forward, now more than ever, we have an opportunity to level the playing field and gender gap that exists among women in the United States and across the globe by providing career development and entrepreneurship to young women through our WEEN Academy program,” exclaimed WEEN Co-Founder and CEO, Valeisha Butterfield Jones.
The 2015 WEEN Awards was presented by key sponsors Centric Networks and JetBlue Airways, as well as supporting partners, The Teknique Group, Reena Treats, Tishea Cosmetics, Kuu Productions and The Brother’s Soul.