(l-r) Founder Lisa Collins of First Ladies High Tea, First Lady Isabella Drake (Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church), Tony and Emmy-winning actress Cicley Tyson, First Lady Myesha Chaney (Antioch Church of Long Beach), who also stars in VH1’s Preachers of L.A. and First Lady Debra Williams (McCoy Memorial Baptist Church).
(l-r) Lisa Collins and Dr. Bobby Jones Jr. (Bobby Jones Gospel)
Photos by: Scott Mitchell
L.A. Focus’ First Ladies High Tea held Sat., Sept. 13, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills was a tremendous success. Over 1,000 attendees were blessed to witness a dynamic acceptance speech from iconic actress Cicely Tyson after receving the Legacy Award.
This year’s event was co-hosted by Ambassador of Gospel Dr. Bobby Jones, Jr; BET's "Bobby Jones Gospel" and Dr. Beverly “Bam” Crawford, pastor of Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church.
The event honored women and First Ladies who have served the communities well, through their activism and charitable contributions. The First Lady Honorees include: Myesha Chaney; Antioch Church of Long Beach, Isabelle Drake, Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church and Debra Williams; McCoy Memorial Baptist Church.
Celebrities that were honored included actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (best known for her role in Belle), who received the Spirit Award, actress Alley Mills, The Bold and the Beautiful, received the Shining Star Award and music executive Vicki Mack Lataillade, who received the Focus Award. Grammy winning recording artist Smokie Norful and Grammy-nominated artist, Tata Vega, were the featured performers.
About First Ladies High TeaThis afternoon tea is a red carpet affair for the Who’s Who of women in the church and black community, featuring celebrity guests, community leaders and honorees. In the decade since its inception, the tea has served to inspire women, both young and old, to join forces and create a movement of service towards each other, the communities in which they live and to God. Past honorees include former California First Lady Maria Shriver, former LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, renown vocalist Nancy Wilson, gospel recording duo Mary Mary, TV One founder Cathy Hughes, actor/activist Hill Harper and The Honorable Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California, to name a few.