The HBCU Power Awards has announced that actress, singer-songwriter, director and philanthropist Jada Pinkett-Smith will receive the Icon Award at this evening of excellence on Friday, October 20, 7PM at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Smith began her acting career as the feisty Lena from the 80s sitcom A Different World, a show that brought HBCU life to TV screens across the country 30 years ago. Since then, Smith has curated a successful career in film and music while giving back to the community through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.

Smith joins an impressive list of honorees, including: Coltrane Curtis (founder, Team Epiphany), Kyle Hagler (president, Next Management), Nzinga Shaw (Chief Diversity Officer, Atlanta Hawks), Keinon Johnson (VP, Urban Promotions, Interscope Records), Phylicia Fant (SVP, Publicity, Warner Bros Records), Beverly Anderson (EVP, Cards & Retail Services, Wells Fargo) and Rob Rumley (Chair, Atlanta Housing Authority).

For more information on how to attend, visit HBCUPowerAwards.com.