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Jada Pinkett-Smith to Receive the Icon Award from HBCUs


It’s been officially announced that Jada Pinkett-Smith will be receiving the Icon Award at the HBCU Power Awards on October 20, 2017.

The HBCU Power Awards showcase the achievements of the Historically Black College and Universities’ alumni and others that have made significant contributions in fields like business, sports, politics, music, technology, civil service, fashion, and philanthropy.

The actress, singer-songwriter, director, and philanthropist will be honored at the Award’s ceremony for her noted contributions, both on and off screen, to many black institutions.

Along with Pinkett-Smith, other esteemed honorees  are Coltrane Curtis, Nzinga Shaw, Phylicia Fant, and Rob Rumley.

The event is set to take place inside the Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta. In conjunction with the awards ceremony, the event also serves as a fundraiser to benefit need-based scholarships at Morehouse College.

Jada Pinkett-Smith debuted her acting career on the sitcom “A Different World” as Lena James, finally bringing the HBCU experience to life on television screens across America in 1990. From there, the actress’s career flourished in both film and music. But she never forgot to give back to the community, and founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.

Pinkett-Smith has continuously highlighted HBCUs through a partnership with Morehouse Careers in Entertainment Atlanta—another event where approximately 500 Atlanta-based high school and college students can hear from entertainment leaders and icons speak about launching a career in the industry.

Along with Pinkett-Smith and the other honorees, the Power Awards will be hosted by actor/choreographer Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins, supermodel Jessica White, and actor/comedian Deon Cole, to which will surely be an unforgettable show.

Not only is Watkins co-hosting the Power Awards, he is also one of the co-founders, along with event producer Jash’d Kambui Belcher, and Wall Street executive Roderick Hardamon.

Jada Pinkett-Smith is said to embody the spirit of what HBCUs want from their students to be: committed, successful, and altruistic, making her much-deserving of the esteemed Icon Award.

Congratulations, Jada!!

– Deanna Rose Morgado

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