Sunday, January 20, 2013

BET UNCF An Evening of Stars - TV

BET UNCF An Evening of Stars - TV

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

BET Presents

UNCF An Evening of Stars!

Photos Courtesy of BET UNCF

Usher Presenting
     The BET Networks will air the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) 34th annual “An Evening of Stars” this Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2013, 10PM ET/PT and 9PM C or check your area local listing for times. The show was taped in front of a live audience on December 1, 2012 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The entire evening from the red carpet arrivals to the performances was indeed “magical!”  This event was formerly known as “The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” which first aired in 1979. During its 34 year history, the show has raised over $200 Million dollars that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and has an astonishing 90% graduation rate among the recipients.

Anthony Anderson Host


   Actor Anthony Anderson brilliantly hosted the broadcast and kept the live audience in stitches laughing. 

Tatyana Ali  and  Keke Palmer Presenters

 The presenters included Tatyana Ali and Keke Palmer.

Keenen Ivory Wayans Kim Coles Presenters

Also Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Coles, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Shaun Robinson, Sheryl Underwood, Terrence J, Tracee Ellis Ross, Usher Raymond, Wayne Brady and the President/CEO of UNCF, Dr. Michael Lomax. 

Yolanda Adams Performer

    The performers included Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Melanie Fiona, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Anthony Hamilton and Eric Benet. As good as the above mentioned talent was for the evening;

Faith Evans Got the house going!

Faith Evans got them going with an emotional performance and 

Charlie Wilson smokin' old school!

Charlie Wilson burned a hole in the stage taking them back old school. 

Chaka Khan, fine & sexy turns it out!
     Then of course the lady of the hour Chaka Khan not only came out looking as slim and fine as she did in the 70’s but she had every person in the house standing on their feet though out her entire set. In short; Chaka turned that mutha out!

Dr. Michael L. Lomax UNCF Pres & CEO

     Dr. Michael L. Lomax is the President and CEO of UNCF and was beaming with well earned pride on the star studded arrivals Red Carpet. When asked if the scholarship need increases every year, Dr. Lomax responds, “The need does get bigger. We’ll award 13,000 scholarships this year and we’ll have to turn down 100,000 people because we can’t support all of them who are worthy.” We are really trying to talk to other young people because we want them to get on the same journey that the young people are on that we are giving scholarships to hear. We make it real for the young people who will tune into this program that if they will get on this journey, make the sacrifices and work hard, that there will be people who support them.”
     For those high school and even middle school students who want to get involved with UNCF to assist in their college educational career where ever they may live in the country, Dr. Lomax expresses, “We are going to have a very active social network opportunity with this broadcast. So young people can decide that they want to be on the show next year and they want to receive a scholarship. They’ll be able to apply and tell their stories. There will be avenues for them. We want this show to help us build the show for next year. We will be taking our ‘Empower Me Tour,’ we will be having our website and there will be all kinds of ways for young people to get to know us over the course of the year and for us to get to know them and to help them get on the journey and hopefully bring a bunch of them to ‘An Evening of Stars’ next year. To financially support this most worthy cause with your tax deductible donations call the UNCF at 202-810-0200 or go to their website to donate on line.

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