Apollo Theater Turns 75

Apollo Theater Turns 75
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 08, 2009

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The Apollo Theater celebrated its 75th Anniversary Gala last night in Harlem and the stars shined bright. Quincy Jones and Patti LaBelle were on hand for the Theater’s big night.

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Jamie Foxx makes his way inside the Apollo to mark the special occasion.

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Gorgeous in black, Mariah Carey beams on the red carpet.

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The Reverend Al Sharpton was most definitely in the house to pay tribute to his beloved Apollo Theater.

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Bill Cosby was at the Apollo gala to receive honors for his philanthropic work.

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“Good Morning America” cohost Robin Roberts is all smiles on the red carpet of the Apollo Theater’s 75th Anniversary Gala.

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Gayle King attends the star-studded gala.

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It was like old times when Steve Harvey, former host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” hit the stage.

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Fantasia brings down the house with a special performance. Taking a cue from Patti LaBelle, the American Idol kicked off her shoes and let it all hang out.

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Prince made a surprise appearance to give props to the famed Apollo.

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Mariah Carey, Prince and Patti LaBelle appear onstage at the Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Gala.

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Phylicia Rashad was on hand to pay tribute to friend and colleague Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille. The Cosbys were honored for their commitment to philanthropy.

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The Apollo’s 75th Anniversary Gala could not be complete without an appearance from music legend Quincy Jones.

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Jamie Foxx wowed the crowd with his smooth vocals and comedy.

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The Apollo Theater is located in the heart of New York’s Harlem neighborhood on 125th Street.

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