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Cedric the Entertainer Hosts Ebony Power 100 Gala [Photos]

Cedric, cedric the entertainer, Photo Credit: MOVI Inc. The 2016 Ebony Power 100 gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on December 1st 2016
Cedric the Entertainer hosted the 2016 Ebony Power 100 gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on December 1st 2016

*Ebony Magazine held its annual Ebony Power 100 gala last night in Los Angeles. The famed affair was hosted by Cedric The Entertainer and welcomed a slew of star studded guests which included: Cicely Tyson, Regina King, Issa Rae, Kelly Rowland, Simon Biles, Lion Babe, Kathy Ireland, Jimmy Jam, John Singleton, Holly Robinson Peete and the cast of Queen Sugar among others.

“Life ain’t been no crystal staircase for me.” Cicely Tyson filled the room with motivation and emotion as she shared an excerpt from Langston Hughes “Mother to son” poem.

Cedric the Entertainer Host of Ebony Power 100

Attendees rose to a standing ovation, giving her honor and praise as she accepted the Ebony Lifetime Achievement award presented to her by fellow acclaimed actress Regina King. Cedric the Entertainer was host.

Also accepting a Lifetime Achievement award were music supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire who gave a heartfelt speech.

Daughter of Vanessa Williams, Jillian Hervey, the lead singer of Lion Babe put on an electrifying performance captivating the audience with her 2016 single “Wonder Woman”.

Neo Soul/Funk band, CHIC got the crowd on their feet performing all of their greatest hits! Ebony Icon award recipient, Nile Rodgers shared during a brief intermission that he was diagnosed with cancer nearly 6 years ago and is now cancer free. The band closed out the evening with an electrifying rendition of “We Are Family”.

The Gala was presented by Nationwide. Additional partners include: Hilton as the exclusive Hotel partner, United as the official airline partner and Cadillac as the exclusive automotive partner. A US Virgin Island giveaway was also raffled off to a lucky winner in the audience oversaw by the host Cedric the Entertainer.

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