Circle of Voices Inc., one of New York City’s leading social organizations for Black LesBiQueer women, will be honoring Black LGBTQ icons and allies this Friday in their fifth annual Digging Up Da Sistah Roots ceremony.
This ceremonial tribute is to recognize the contributions proud LGBTQ Women of African descent & their allies who lived and celebrated their sexuality over the past half-century, sharing their stories publicly as the images of the LGBTQ community has progressed.
This year’s honorees include:
- Monifah Carter, R&B music icon with 90’s hit singles “Touch It” “I Miss You” and “I Can Tell”
- Strafe, legendary hip-hop artist of the classic dance song “Set It Off” – one of the most sampled songs in music history
- Monet Ebony, iconic ballroom figure and community activist
- Thelma Hill Performance Arts Center, presenting 40 years performing arts in Brooklyn
- Obediah Wright, award-winning choreographer
- Lee Soulja-Simmons, Executive Director of NYC Black Pride
- Abenaa Veney, educator and performing artist
Recipients will receive a city of Brooklyn-sponsored declaration marking their good citizenship and contribution to the inalienable and civil rights of LGBTQ community members.
Organized by Circle of Voices leaders Kaz Mitchell and Jean Wimberly, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host Sistah Roots on this Friday evening at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joeralemon St at Court St. The event is FREE to the community as the doors open at 5pm to a reception of refreshments. RSVP is a must to attend. Click here to get on that list.