Inside the Essence Evening of Excellence Awards

Essence Magazine hosted their Evening of Excellence -- a special awards reception as part of the 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 41st Annual Legislative Conference. The reception honors some of today’s most influential leaders and advocates of change. This year’s honorees included: Tom Joyner, host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show; Donna Richardson-Joyner, top fitness guru; and Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. surgeon general.

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Essence Magazine hosted their Evening of Excellence -- a special awards reception as part of the 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 41st Annual Legislative Conference. The reception honors some of today’s most influential leaders and advocates of change. This year’s honorees included: Tom Joyner, host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show; Donna Richardson-Joyner, top fitness guru; and Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. surgeon general.
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Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, Inc.
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'80s hit singer El Debarge performed for the crowd.
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Essence Staff and Al Sharpton surround El Debarge on the red carpet.
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El Debarge performed a number of his classic hits for the crowd including, "All This Love" and "I Like it."
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Editor-in-chief Constance White took a moment to pose on the red carpet before the evening started.
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The Joyners chat with Essence magazine editor-In-chief Constance White.
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