Last night, [Wednesday, November 16] over 300 people were gathered at The Espace in New York City for the sixth annual “WEEN Awards” hosted by radio personality, Angela Yee. This glamorous event brought together a group of individuals driven to the success of leadership and solidarity; while honoring celebrities who are uplifting the movement.
This year’s honorees included veteran actress Meagan Good, G.O.O.D Music signee Teyana Taylor, Music Executive Ethiopia Habtemariam, Actress Yara Shahidi, Editor of Teen Vogue Elaine Weltheroth, Executive Dia Simms, Mother of Sandra Bland; Geneva Reed-Veal, and Grammy Award winning rap legend Lil Kim.
The honorees were presented awards by distinguished impacters such as Keri Hilson, Necole Bitche, June Ambrose, Londell McMillan, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, and many more.
Lil Kim, being a fashion icon and one of the most distinctive female voices in late 1990s rap music was honored with the WEEN Icon Award. Lil Kim is known for changing the game for women in rap with her hit singles that spoke on growing up in the streets, and sexuality. This not holding back life style took Lil Kim straight to the top.
The purpose of this event was to recognize all these women for their commitment to the empowerment of women. The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network has served to promote education, mentorship, and an overall change for young women across the world. Proceeds from the event helps support an annual summer program for emerging young women in the entertainment industry and in business called WEEN Academy.
Photography by Felicia Abban