WEEN Co-founders Sabrina Thompson and Valeisha Butterfield-Jones w/ honoree Estelle
Yesterday I attended the 3rd Annual WEEN Awards at The Samsung Experience in New York City.
If you don't remember, during my summertime hiatus from the blog world, I was attending the 1st ever WEEN academy. WEEN, which stands for Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, is a non-profit group of women and men that support and promote a positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society.
Last night WEEN awarded Keri Hilson, Estelle, editor of Billboard magazine Danyel Smith, TV and radio personality Egypt Sherrod for their proven commitment in to women in the entertainment industry. They also honored marketing professional Jennifer Yu, and Tracy Mourning.
Among the people that were there: Amanda Diva, Alesha Renee, Mashonda (all three were professors at the academy), Sylvia Rhone, Mona Scott Young, NFL player Ramses Barden, and celebrity publicist BJ Coleman were in the building.
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Last night, Estelle told Essence.com "I love what they stand for, I love what they're doing," shares Estelle. "It gives me an extra boost to keep me doing what I'm doing. This is something special to me because it's about women supporting women, so this is an amazing moment. It's great that they're doing this."
Keri had some many inspiring things to say. One of the things that stuck out to me was her passion to motivate young women and diffuse the "catty" portrayal of women in the business.
Host of the night/ Birthday girl: Alesha Renee
Co-founders Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Kristi Henderson, and marketing professional Jennifer Yu
A very pregnant Egypt and Keri Hilson
Two heavyweights in the industry; Sylvia Rhone and Mona Scott Young
And off course, The WEEN graduates!
What a great night.