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Leon Bridges, Rapsody, Andra Day & more performing at Lena Horne Prize event w/ Solange


Special guest performers and speakers have been announced for the inaugural Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact event at NYC’s Town Hall on February 28, which is honoring the award’s first-ever recipient, Solange (who will be there too). Just announced performers include Leon Bridges, Rapsody, Andra Day, and BJ The Chicago Kid. More TBA, and tickets are on sale.

Grammy winner Lyne Carrington, who is director of Berklee’s Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, will serve as the evening’s musical director, and other participants include Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh), NYC-based dance company Urban Bush Women, Jon Batiste, poet Eve Ewing (notes poet), rapper Talib Kweli, civil rights activists Dolores Huerta and Martin Luther King III, and more. Here’s a little more about the Lena Horne Prize:

Music sheds light on injustice and invigorates social movements. Throughout history, artists have utilized their platforms to speak truth to power and to promote philanthropy and create social change. The Lena Horne Prize honors artists creating social impact with their platform and who inspire the next generation of change-makers.

At the ceremony, Solange will receive $100,000 that she’ll donate to the Houston-based nonprofit Project Row Houses, “a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape.” More info (including higher priced ticket options and tax deductible donations) here. As mentioned, a gala dinner will be held the night beforehand.

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