WBLS CAFÃ‰ MOCHA RADIO SHOW CELEBRATES THREE FEMALE PIONEERS
AT AWARDS BRUNCH
Honorees include Vy Higginsen, Founder and CEO of the Mama Foundation for the Arts,
Debi Jackson, producer of the Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens International ® (HJTTI) Scholarship Competition and Marty Gillis, owner/ operator of five McDonald’s locations and chairwoman of McDonald’s African American Consumer Market Committee
New York, NY (May 4, 2011) ““ Known for empowering women of color around the country, nationally syndicated radio show CafÃ© Mocha hosted an awards brunch to solidify women’s place in history with their New York affiliate WBLS-FM. The CafÃ© Mocha “Celebrating Women” Brunch hosted by Wells Fargo, honored three female trailblazers in the tri-state area for
their individual commitment to their community on April 30 in New York City.
The WBLS CafÃ© Mocha Brunch, themed “Celebrating Women,” was the culminating event to a two-month initiative that paid tribute to Women’s History. Throughout March and April listeners were informed about women who have globally impacted American history via on air vignettes sponsored by Wells Fargo. This year’s honorees, Debi Jackson. co-host of the WBLS radio show Sunday Classics (Community Activist Award); Marty Gillis of McDonalds (Powerhouse Award); and Vy Higginsen of the Mama Foundation for the Arts (“˜Children’s Champion’ Award), are positively impacting their communities and the lives of others daily.
“Women””especially women of color””are so vital to the fabric of our communities,” said Sheila Eldridge, CafÃ© Mocha Creator and Executive Producer. “It brings us great pleasure to honor three outstanding women for their tireless work to serve their community and inspire others.”
To mark this historical occasion, the event took place at the Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in the infamous New York City Audubon Ballroom where her husband, civil rights pioneer Malcom X was fatally shot on February 21, 1965. The Center continues to be an iconic cultural and educational venue nearly five decades after that fateful day.
“No accurate discussion of Women’s History or African-American History is complete without recognizing Dr. Betty Shabazz for her contributions” adds Eldridge. “We are honored and thank WBLS and Wells Fargo for supporting our “˜vision’ to host this event at such an important moment in time”
The cutting edge radio show CafÃ© Mocha brings a fresh perspective and is heard on Saturday mornings on New York’s WBLS-FM and hosted by New York native and two-time Grammy-nominated hip-hop legend MC Lyte, actress/comedienne Loni Love (E! Entertainment’s “Chelsea Lately”) and broadcast veteran Angelique Perrin.
For more information, about CafÃ© Mocha, please visit www.cafemocharadio.com or follow CafÃ© Mocha on Twitter @cafemocharadio; and like the show on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cafemocharadio or call 201 722-1500.