Singer Erykah Badu, who’s expecting her third child, makes her way inside the New York City event.
“I’m really grateful and thankful to be awarded,” said Badu as she accepted her Rock Star Award. "I don’t take it for granted at all. Before I was a recording artist, I was a teacher, and once I got on stage, it was therapy for me.
Rhone presents Badu with the Rock Star Award and a kiss.
“Sometimes it’s hard to grow, and definitely hard to grow publicly,” Badu said. "I appreciate you all being patient. It’s so rewarding when you are given something that means a lot from your peers and your elders.
Actress Vanessa Williams was excited to attend the event.
“It’s a mirror,” she tells ESSENCE.com of being in the midst of some of entertainment’s top Black women. "You see yourself and witness others like Iman for other things they do besides what we know them for. They are doing things with their status to make all our lives better. "