The must-attend event of the week was The EBONY Power 100 Gala, and as always, it was a “who’s who” in the entertainment, music, sports, philanthropic, and business worlds. The decadent night was hosted by actor, comedian, musician, and husband to Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and was held at the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The night celebrated the most influential and powerful African-Americans in the country.
Berry Gordon, the founder of Motown Records and music innovator, took home the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was responsible in launching some of music’s most notable careers such as the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Supremes, and the Temptations.
The red carpet was filled with glitz and glam and was graced by model Jessica White, actress and host La La Anthony, CEO Desiree Rogers, activist and author Al Sharpton, former basketball player and entrepreneur Magic Johnson, actress Condola Rashad, TV personality Carla Hall, fashion designer Rachel Johnson, football player Victor Cruz, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, TV personality Chef Roble, director Lee Daniels, and more.
According to Amy DuBois Barnett, editor-in-chief of EBONY, “The EBONY Power 100 speaks volumes about the diversity of our accomplishments and the power of our collective influence across virtually every spectrum of society. We are thrilled to honor these exceptionally talented people who have inspired and enthralled us, and who have helped to shape our lives.”
Other honorees included President Barack Obama, Kerry Washington, Michael B. Jordan, Marcus Samuelsson, Harry Belafonte, Marian Wright Edelman, Tyson Chandler, Bill T. Jones, and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.