Los Angeles, CA – 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 technology industries.
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. Fox and many more.
For updates or more information about the WEEN Awards, visit https://www.weenonline.org/ween-awards/.