INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The annual United Negro College Fund program “An Evening of Stars”® will air on Saturday, June 6th at 8:00PM on WISH-TV. For the third consecutive year, Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) serves as the show’s host. Superstars Yolanda Adams, Toni Braxton, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Estelle featuring Jussie Smollett, K. Michelle, Kem and Morris Day & The Time all deliver heartfelt performances. Anderson presented scholarships to four students attending HBCUs, and partnered with R&B singer Ronnie DeVoe to pay off an HBCU graduate’s student loan debt. Rapper Big Sean, who performed with the Miles College Choir, and country singer Mickey Guyton, also performed and made special scholarship presentations.
For 36 years, UNCF An Evening of Stars® has been the hallmark of African American superstars supporting education. In continuation of its tradition of star power giving, UNCF has partnered with leading artists, and their personal foundations, to deliver on UNCF’s motto: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in®.” In special pre-recorded appearances, celebrities Kevin Hart, Chris Paul, Usher Raymond and Pharrell Williams made significant scholarship donations in partnership with UNCF. Each star surprised exemplary students with notable scholarship awards to help fund their educations.
“UNCF and its celebrity partners and sponsors understand now is a crucial moment in which we all must recognize and demonstrate by our actions and deeds that ‘Black Lives Matter’. Perhaps more than ever, we must continue to fill the need UNCF has been bringing to light since its inception,” said UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax. “I am immeasurably grateful to these young artists, philanthropists, and our sponsors, who are stepping up and answering our call.”
To support education through UNCF, text UNCF to 50555, Call 1-800-332-8623 or go to UNCF.org.