On Wednesday night, November 16, 2016, The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network presented the Sixth Annual WEEN Awards. This event, which has been coined as an evening of ‘glamour, philanthropy, and social justice.’ The theme of this year’s awards is #InSolidarity, and will pay homage to community, racial and social justice leaders in their plight to eradicate injustice, violence and disparities in Black and Latino communities. #WEENAwards16 was presented by sponsors CENTRIC, YouTube Music, Odyssey Media, CBS Entertainment Diversity, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and The TEKNIQUE Group, as well as supporting sponsors McDonald’s, CIROC, JetBlue Airways and Strategic Heights Media.
This year, the honorees included:
Meagan Good (Actress) - Women’s Empowerment Award
Ethiopia Habtemariam (President of Motown Records) – Music Maverick Award
Lil’ Kim (Entertainer) – WEEN Icon Award
Geneva Reed-Veal (Mother of Sandra Bland) – Social Justice Award
Yara Shahidi (Actress) – TV & Film Empowerment Award
Dia Simms (President of Sean Combs Wines & Spirits) – Corporate Leadership Award
Teyana Taylor (Actress & Singer) - Mission Award
Elaine Welteroth (Editor, Teen Vogue) – Editorial Excellence Award
Some of the attendees and presenters include: activist Tamika Mallory, television personality Sabrina Thompson, fashion expert June Ambrose, Apple executive Bozoma Saint John, music mogul Kevin Liles, radio personalities Angela Yee and Angie Martinez, and reality star Tara Wallace.
The night was full of empowerment and a strong sisterhood created to mentor young women in entertainment and media. For more information on the WEEN Organization, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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Judith Davis is a professional writer who has worked on contracts for Yahoo, Great American Pitchfest, About.com, Topix.com, Whipclip Networks, MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, Wochit.com, LivePerson.com, Coca Cola/vitaminwater, Burrell Communications, Conde Nast, Hearst Digital Media, AOL, The New York [...]