The 3rd Annual Women of Excellence in the Arts presented by the
Riverside Theatre, kicked off Monday evening, March 26 with this
question posed by the moderator, a Style Network television
spokesperson, Ms. Havilah Malone: “What does it take to be a power
leader in the arts?” The six panelists, representing various
achievements in their respective fields, shared their responses for a
packed audience in the elegant and spacious Assembly Hall of Manhattan’s
Beverly Johnson is the first African-American supermodel, as well as an
actress, author, activist, businesswoman and TV personality. She was the
first Black model to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine, and her
beautiful face has graced over 500 magazine covers. Though modeling paid the bills, she says that her "business" hat fits her best.
Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz
Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides with the
last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the
Octavia Spencer won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in "The Help." She is one of just a half-dozen black actresses to have won an Oscar
in the awards' 84-year history. In the supporting actress category,
Hattie McDaniel won for "Gone with the Wind," Whoopi Goldberg for
"Ghost," Jennifer Hudson for "Dreamgirls," and Mo'Nique for "Precious,"
while Halle Berry won best actress for "Monster's Ball."