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A nonprofit network that prides itself on bringing shine to contributions of women in entertainment has tapped one of the greatest female MCs of all time to commemorate their first ever awards show. The WEEN, or Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, will have their WEEN Award’ show graced by the presence of MC Lyte. Lyte will host the WEEN Awards in the Nation’s Capital along with her co-host for the night, BET’s Terrance J.

 The premise of the awards is to honor people who have made significant contributions to the empowerment of women while serving as an annual fundraiser for the organization. Honored at the ceremony will be actors Vivica A. Fox, Hill Harper and Malinda Williams as well as McDonald’s Chief Global Diversity Officer, Pat Harris; Universal Motown EVP of Urban Marketing, Shanti Das; and HIV/AIDS activist, Maria Davis. Sponsored by BET, Anheuser Busch,  and McDonald’s the awards will be star studded with celebrity presenters including Angie Martinez, Rocsi, Big Tigger, Jeff Johnson, Alesha Renee and the chair of WEEN, Valeisha Butterfield.

The first annual WEEN Awards take place Friday, September 25 in Washington D.C. For more information and tickets visit,

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