SHEILA E., YVONNE ORJI, LALA ANTHONY, BOZOMA SAINT JOHN, TAMIKA D.
MALLORY AND MORGAN DEBAUN TO BE HONORED AT THIS YEAR'S CEREMONY
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Today, BET Her in partnership with Bumble and the Women in
Entertainment Empowerment Network announced the 2018 WEEN Awards
scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at
5:00 p.m. PT at The Conga Room at L.A. LIVE. Hosted by "Insecure"
actress Amanda Seales, the empowering night honors the innovation
and marked successes of women of color across various industries who
have unapologetically broken barriers in the entertainment, arts and
This year's honorees include world famous percussionist, actress and
artist Sheila E. (Icon Award); actress and comedienne Yvonne
Orji(Rising Star Award); business mogul and television personality
Lala Anthony(Evolution Award); Chief Brand Officer for Uber,
Bozoma Saint John (Business Maverick Award); Women's March National
co-chair, Tamika D. Mallory (Social Justice Award) and Morgan
DeBaun, founder and CEO of media lifestyle brand, Blavity (Tech
Innovation Award). Estelle and DJ Olivia Dope are among
this year's much anticipated musical guests.
"WEEN is so excited about our partnership with BET Her and Bumble," said
Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Co-Founder and CEO, WEEN. "Both exemplify
our core value of women's empowerment. Celebrating eleven years of
service and our eighth awards show, this will be a night of
philanthropy, glamour and magic."
"It's an absolute honor to be a part of such an inspiring group of women
and empowering organizations," said Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder and CEO
of Bumble. "WEEN and BET Her are both doing wonderful work to provide
women of color with opportunities in entertainment. Together, we can
align our communities to shift the conversation and create positive and
impactful change in an area where it is desperately needed."
"I always relish any moment to applaud the incredible accomplishments of
Black women who are leading the zeitgeist as change agents and
innovators and this is one such moment," said Michele Thornton Ghee,
Senior Vice President, Ad Sales, BET Her. "It is these types of organic
and authentic partnerships with organizations like Bumble and WEEN that
create a much needed platform and more importantly, provide an
understanding of the significant contributions and voices of Black women
across the globe."
WEEN Awards recipients in past years have included some of the best and
brightest stars in media, music, film, television, technology and
philanthropy including Angie Martinez, Angela Yee, Lil Kim, Faith
Evans, Nia Long, Yara Shahidi, Vivica A. Foxand many more.
For updates or more information about the WEEN Awards, visit https://www.weenonline.org/ween-awards/.
Join the conversation on social media at @weenonline using
The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) is a non-profit
501(c)(3) coalition of women and men, all ages and races, committed to
supporting, promoting, and defending the balanced, positive portrayal of
women in entertainment and society. For more information, visit www.weenonline.org
Since its launch in 2014, Bumble
has grown to become one of the most relevant social networks worldwide.
Today, Bumble, the "female first" app with over 32 million users,
connects people across dating, friendship and professional networking.
No matter the type of relationship, women make the first move on Bumble.
Bumble recognizes the importance of relationships and how crucial they
are to a healthy, happy life. They've built their platform around
kindness, respect, and equality - and their users play an important part
in that. Bumble holds its users accountable for their actions and has
zero tolerance for hate, aggression or bullying. Bumble is available in
144 countries. Since 2014, Bumble has facilitated over half a billion
women-led first moves and over five billion messages sent. Bumble is
free and available in the App Store and Google Play.
ABOUT BET NETWORKS
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the
nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be
seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom,
sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American
consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com,
a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture,
and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network
targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET
Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing
festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video
content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET
Networks around the globe.
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Source: BET Networks
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