Lil Kim, Teyana Taylor and Meagan Good delivered heartfelt acceptance speeches to accept their WEEN Awards. Go inside for their speeches, Yara Shahidi hitting the Milly Rock and red carpet flicks….
The 6th Annual WEEN Awards went down this week at The Espace in NYC, hosted by Power 106 radio personality Angela Yee. Hundreds of people gathered to pay homage to a group of women leaders that are fighting to eradicate injustice, violence and disparities in Black and Latino communities, along with celebrities who uplift the movement. It was a night solitude, sisterhood, inspiration, and empowerment.
This year’s honorees included rap legend Lil Kim (WEEN Icon Award), Hollywood veteran Meagan Good (Women’s Empowerment Award), R&B singer Teyana Taylor (Mission Award), “black•ish” starlet Yara Shahidi (TV & Film Empowerment Award), Editor of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth (Editorial Excellence Award), President of Motown Records Ethiopia Habtemariam (Music Maverick Award), President of Sean Combs' Wines & Spirits Dia Simms (Corporate Leadership Award) and Sandra Bland’s mother Geneva Reed-Veal (Social Justice Award).
Lil Kim was recognized for making waves in the male-driven rap game with her raw and uncut lyrics that told stories about her rough upbringing and owning her sexuality. During her acceptance speech, Kimmy talked about how she pushed through despite being hated on and she thanked God for continuing to bless her through it all.
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G.O.O.D. Music artist Teyana Taylor held back tears during her acceptance speech as she was overcome with emotion to be honored with such an inspirational award.
On Instagram, she shared a heartfelt message to Valeisha Butterfield Jones, thanking her “big sister” for always believing in her and taking her under her wing.
She wrote, “#BlackGirlMagic I can't find enough words to tell you how much I want to thank you for honoring me last night at the #weenawards2016 @valeisha. It really takes a selfless person to be able to pour so much into wanting to inspire & empower others. I still remember when you chose me to sit on your very first ween panel at the age of 17, and now I stand here in amazement that after all of these years, you never stopped believing in me; and for that I am forever grateful. So again Mrs. Butterfield-Jones...Thank you so much and the whole #WEEN family for my mission award! I love you V”
The gorgeous Meagan Good dropped some inspirational and motivational gems during her acceptance speech as she encouraged women to be the best version of themselves. She said,
“To the women I say, there’s no such thing as competition. Nobody can do what you can do the way that you can do it. All that you can do is be the best version of you. God has a plan specifically for you.”
She added,“I love how Teyana earlier was talking about how marriage was a huge part into her stepping into her destiny. There was a fear of wanting to pursue what she wanted to pursue, but once you allow the right people to come into your life and a lot of that for me was marriage as well. I do believe that it opens the doors to a lot of your destinies. So, I just want to encourage people to don’t be afraid of it [marriage] because it is truly a blessing when it’s with the right person.”
Meagan hugged it up with her mom/former manager Tyra Wardlow-Doyle.
R&B singer-songwriter Keri Hilson was in the mix before hitting the stage to present Ethiopia Habtemariam the Music Maverick Award.
Yara, who covers the newest issue of TEEN Vogue, served up some #BlackGirlMagic in a multi-colored Opening Ceremony sweater dress as she posed it up alongside TEEN Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth.
Then, the YBF teen busted out the Milly Rock dance:
— N'Dia Kai (@NDia_Kai) November 18, 2016
Valeisha’s NBA baller husband Dahntay Jones came out to support.
Celebrity stylist June Ambrose was all about sister love as she embraced Apple executive Bozoma Saint John and Elaine Welteroth.
Sandra Bland’s mother Geneva Reed-Veal hit the carpet alongside WEEN co-founders Sabrina Thompson and Kristi Henderson.
Journalist Lola Ogunnaike hit the carpet in a cute LDB before joining in on the girl power soiree.
Photos: Walik Goshorn