This week, over 200 VIPs in business, philanthropy and entertainment gathered at Harlem’s own La Marina for the grand finale of REVOLT TV‘s “HELLO Harlem” – a summer series to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCH). Friends and guests of REVOLT TV came out in full support. VIPs included Curtis Archer (President, Harlem Community Development Corp.), William P. Smith (Office of Assemblyman Keith Wright), Chuck Creekmur (Founder, AllHipHop.com), Shirley Lewis (Chair, BGCH Board of Directors), Edith Massiah (Director of Programs, BGCH), Rooney Nelson (Founder, The Nelson Group), Orly Duran (CEO, The Nelson Group), Nina Flowers (Director of PR & Communications, Apollo Theater), Marc John Jeffries (Actor), Esnavi (Recording Artist), Mysonne (Recording Artist) Rachel Noerdlinger (Chief of Staff for New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray) and more!
A few professional organizations were represented to show their support of the series. VIPs included Michael Feeney (President, New York Association of Black Journalists), Julie Walker (VP, New York Association of Black Journalists), Diana Hilson (VP, Council ofUrban Professionals), and assorted members from both organizations.
Sponsored by AQUAhydrate, Sean John and Ciroc, and supported by Harlem Park to Park, The Nelson Group and Uptown Magazine, the evening was kicked off by Kai D. Wright, REVOLT VP of Communications, who addressed the audience to welcome them, acknowledge special guests and encouraged donation support. The mic was then turned over to the evening’s host, Mike Houston, VP, Account Management of The Nelson Group, who introduced our 3 musical guests.
Guests were treated to the 3 phenomenal performances. The evening started with Grace Weber who performed her popular hit ‘Broken Hearted in America’ and new single ‘Perfect Stranger’. Crowds were still swaying when neo-soul crooner Eric Roberson took to the stage singing a medley of hits from his latest album ‘The Box’, and a special acapella version of Notorious BIG’s ‘Big Poppa’. Raheem DeVaughn then closed the evening’s performances with new music from his upcoming album as well as his classic hits ‘Customer’ and ‘You’ that the entire audience couldn’t resist singing along to. And, of course, DJ SunKiss kept the crowd moving while spinning on the 1s & 2s throughout the evening.
Photos courtesy of Mianna Charles
Eric Roberson, Edith Massiah (BGCH Director of Operations) & Raheem DeVaughn (left); Mike Houston (Nelson Group), Recording Artist Esnavi & Kai Wright (REVOLT) (right)
DJ Reg West, Raheem DeVaughn, Mike Houston (Nelson Group) & Eric Roberson (left);
Actor Marc John Jeffries (right)
Shante Bacon (135th St Agency), Kai Wright (REVOLT TV) & Nina Flowers (Director of PR & Communications, Apollo Theater) (left); The crew from Dopeness TV (right)
Rochelle Hill (Sales & International Marketing Specialist/Media & Artist Relations, Sony Music Music Masterworks) poses with a guest (left); More fabulous guests (right)
Fit for NYFW
Inside, guests were treated to a Ciroc sponsored Happy Hour
Out back, Chuck Creekmur & Keith Clinkscales pose for a quick pic (left);
Then, Curtis Archer & Keith Clinkscales pause to capture the moment as well (right)
Happy, smiling faces all around
Host, Mike Houston welcomes Grace Weber to the stage
Amazing Grace, indeed!
Next up, Kai Wright greets guests (left); then, Mike Houston introduces Eric Roberson (right)
Croon, Eric, croon
Guests were thoroughly entertained
There was great anticipation for our headliner …
Raheem DeVaughn finally took to the stage
He put on a great show
The crowd swayed along to every note
Two live acts for the price of one, artist Demont Pinder was on stage creating a live masterpiece of his own
Sean Combs’ REVOLT TV presents HELLO Harlem – #TheGrandFinale