At the star-studded 2nd Annual Gala and Benefit Concert for the Howard Theatre last Friday night, guests honored remarkable women who have helped redefine the music industry — including singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson, five-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick, and ten-time Grammy clencher Chaka Khan, all on hand to receive the Trailblazing Award for their immeasurable impact.
Attendees — like DC Mayor Vincent Gray (above) and former Mayor Marion Barry (left)– also rubbed elbows with such artistic elites as Be Be Winans, Sheila E., Leela James, Nona Hendryx, Maysa, Marsha Ambrosius, Jaguar Wright, Athena Cage, and Howard Universities’ Afro Blue as they paid performance tribute to the female living legends.
The night was hosted by comedians D.L. Hughley and Kym Whitley and continued with an after party at the venue where Grammy-winner Stephanie Mills and acclaimed producer Sidra Smith (at right) were spotted sipping Moet & Chandon as they mingled.
Photo credit: Ramen Hall and Keith Estep