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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall, 15-year-old Cori Gauff making Wimbledon history and Bed, Bath and Beyond interim CEO Mary Winston are just the latest list of women who have emerged from the shadows of service to the limelight of leadership. In every walk of life, from the statehouse or the boardroom, Hollywood or the community, multicultural women are taking the lead. And the Café Mocha™ Radio Show, which speaks to 1.4 million women weekly, knows there are many more waiting in the wings. In recognition of that truth, this year’s 9th Annual Salute Her Awards presented by Toyota honorees are sure to inspire more women to “Step Into Your Power.”
More than a moment in history, this new charge is a movement and a major cultural shift that the Salute HerTM Awards Tour will kick off in Washington, DC (August 22, Arena Stage) and will make stops in four other amazing cities: New York City (September 16, Gerald W. Lynch Theater); Charlotte (October 18, Mint Museum Uptown); Dallas (November 15, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters) and concludes in Atlanta (December 6, Riverside Epicenter).
Artist and human rights activist Bree Newsome (Charlotte), the Washington Post’s first black woman reporter Dorothy Gilliam, FOX 5 News Morning anchor and WHUR radio personality Allison Seymour (Washington, D.C.), legendary actresses Leslie Uggams and LaTanya Richardson-Jackson (New York City), gospel music superstar Erica Campbell and spiritual leader Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie (Dallas) are some of this year’s roster of trailblazing honorees.
Leading the mission are Café Mocha show hosts Loni Love and YoYo,pioneers in comedy and hip-hop, with well known radio veteran Angelique Perrin. Helming the two-time Gracie Award winning, nationally syndicated show, the dynamic trio regularly welcomes other phenomenal women to share their truths and passions. Since 2011, Café Mocha Radio’s Salute Her Awards have honored over 175 women from around this nation for their often-under-recognized contributions.
Presenting corporate partner Toyota Motor North America shares their mission by returning for the third year as presenting sponsor and once again honoring remarkable female veterans who served to keep us all safe and are still putting service to others at the forefront.
“We applaud the efforts of Café Mocha Radio to honor our female veterans in the company of women who are all extraordinary in their own right,” says Alva Adams-Mason, Director, Multicultural Business Strategy and Dealer Relations. “Toyota is a long-standing supporter of platforms that enrich and empower women in leadership.”
Through the Salute HerTM ‘Nominate Her’ initiative, supported by returning sponsor AARP, the public is encouraged to visit www.SaluteHer.com to submit and put a spotlight on the unsung sheroes in their own lives.
New sponsors American Airlines and legacy black haircare brand Luster Pink Products have come on board to make this year’s Salute HerTM Awards Tour even more spectacular. American handles the all-important skies, flying in the ‘Nominate Her’ honorees. while Luster Products puts a focus on millennial dynamism by hosting the Mocha Maven Chic Boutique Meet Up competition, an influencer meet-up and pitch fest all in one with a $1000 pitch prize and financial coaching per tour stop.
“There’s nothing like the power of our voice,” says host Loni Love. “I’m excited that we are put the spotlight on the many unsung women among us that are nominated from our listeners. It’s so important that we lift one another up. We are truly seeing how women change the world.”
YoYo and Perrin collectively chime in that “Women have always been the backbone of our worlds. We’ve been the caretakers of our community, what’s great about now is we are no longer just doing; we’re stepping up and inspiring each other. That’s what makes our Salute Her Awards a truly special experience.”
Salute Her trailblazing honorees from over the last eight years include mother of Sybrina Fulton, the brave mother of Trayvon Martin and social justice activist who is now running for a Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners seat, radio and TV living legend Wendy Williams, self-care warrior Iyanla Vanzant, tenacious White House journalist and author April Ryan and iconic actress Pam Grier.