*WASHINGTON, D.C. – During an unprecedented year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests, the first-ever Salute THEM [Together Heroes Emerge Momentous] Awards will recognize individuals and organizations who have “initiated global change” and will take place during the annual CBC Annual Legislative Conference Week.
Thanks to the support of longstanding partners, Toyota and AARP, the Salute THEM Awards is an extension of 10-year-old Café Mocha’s Salute Her Awards Tour. The event will kick off with Patcasso (fusion of art and entertainment) reception and virtual Awards featuring performances from Tamela Mann, Anthony Hamilton, and phenomenal newcomer Jac Ross. Hosted by Emmy-winner Loni Love, the awards will stream ‘live’ Saturday, September 12th at 7 pm ET via SaluteTHEMAwards.com and following across all the network’s social media platforms @cafemocharadio.
This year’s Salute THEM Awards include: Family Legacy Award – The Clark Sisters, the highest-selling female gospel group of all time, receiving the; Champion for Change Award – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who represents South Los Angeles County and made history as the first woman and African American Chair of the House Financial Services Committee; Creating The Legacy Award – Lamman Rucker, actor, education, activist, entrepreneur and founder of non-profit The Black Gents; Legend Award –Marla Gibbs, legendary actress and singer; Game Changer Award - Rehan Staton, former sanitation worker now accepted to Harvard Law School and the new Toyota Champion Award – Jahmal Cole, My Block My Hood My City organization founder committed to providing underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and STEM-focused opportunities beyond their neighborhood.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the first Salute Her Awards at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, formerly the Audubon Ballroom, with 50 attendees, has grown to honor over 200 women from every walk of life. Past honorees have recognized trailblazing actresses Pam Grier, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kim Fields, Lynn Whitfield, Malinda Williams, and Terri J. Vaughn to Vy Higginsen, television personalities Wendy Williams, Iyanla Vanzant, Cynthia Bailey to singers Gloria Gaynor, Stephanie Mills, Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Syleena Johnson, and Tamela Mann to name of few.
The Café Mocha Network, hosted by Emmy-winning talk show host Loni Love, hip hop icon YoYo, and veteran broadcaster Angelique Perrin, is the only female-owned syndicated digital and radio platform created by and for ‘women of color’ now crowned the #1 nationally syndicated radio show for women.
“It’s always been our mission to recognize the great work of our ‘sisters,’ but this year with so much loss and social unrest, we felt compelled to honor those who are not only driving change in their communities but empowering others to come to together, thus inspiring our ‘Stand In Soulidarity’ initiative,” says Sheila Eldridge, CEO of Miles Ahead Broadcasting and creator/executive producer of Café Mocha Network.
“At AARP, we share a commitment with Café Mocha to uplift women and families. We’re honored to be a presenting sponsor for the last four years. This year’s theme, Stand in Soulidarity, aligns with our 34-year history of non-partisan voter engagement advocating safety for those 50+ at the polls,” says Shani Hosten, AARP African American/Black Strategy Vice President.
Café Mocha’s ‘Stand In Soulidarity’ initiative has partnered with When We All Vote and Black Voters Matter to encourage people to exercise their right to vote. In addition, a special Toyota Champion Award has been established to support organizations nominated by the public at www.SaluteTHEMAwards.com
” Toyota has been the presenting sponsor of the Café Mocha Radio Salute Her Awards Tour for the past four years, and through our collaborative work, we are honored to celebrate and acknowledge the brave women of color who have served our nation with the Toyota American Pride Awards,” said Alva Adams-Mason, Group Manager, Multicultural Business Strategy, and Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. ” As our country continues to face unprecedented obstacles, a new signature award was created- the Toyota Champion Award- to honor everyday champions who have worked selflessly and bravely.”
With a focus to be a ‘voice’ to empower both women and children in local shelters, proceeds from the Salute THEM Awards will benefit the Mocha Cares Foundation to support housing and services to combat homelessness and domestic violence through mentorship programs.
Those who are the first to RSVP at www.SaluteTHEMAwards.com will receive a special Café Mocha care package, while supplies last.