A standing room only crowd came out to support the Fourth Annual WEEN Awards New York City at Helen Mills Theater. The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) recognized seven trailblazers for their proven commitment to the empowerment of women worldwide.
Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, Carol’s Daughter founder/CEO Lisa Price, media personality Angela Yee, fitness guru Jeanette Jenkins, financial literacy expert Lynn Richardson, award-winning singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter and filmmaker/creator Vashtie Kola were among the honorees. The honorees were presented their awards for the evening by equally distinguished ladies, including; hip-hop pioneer Cheryl “Salt” James, digital entrepreneur Karen Civil, founder of Pretty Girls Sweat Aeshia Branch, rapper/actor Lil Mama, actor Gary Dourdan, Atlantic records recording artist Justine Skye and singer/songwriter Bridget Kelly. The event was hosted by WEEN co-founder/CEO Valeisha Butterfield Jones and ARISE Entertainment 360 co-host Shannon Lanier.
Other notables in attendance included: NBA veteran/analyst Dahntay Jones, celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales, Monami Entertainment CEO Mona Scott-Young, singer/model Africa Miranda, television personality Rashidah Ali, allhiphop.com Founder Chuck Creekmur and others.
CIROC, Carol’s Daughter and The Teknique Agency served as the sponsors for the event. Money raised will support the annual WEEN Academy, a 6-week crash course in the entertainment business for young women 18 – 22 years of age. At the end of the program, MC Lyte and Lynn Richardson presented WEEN a generous check to support future programs on behalf of the Hip Hop Sisters organization.
Photo Credit: Nyki Elle & Amil Barnes