New York Music Legends Valerie Simpson and Nona Hendryx to receive coveted Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Award at MIST Harlem On September 27th

An Unprecedented Celebration of ‘Sisterhood’ returns to Harlem to honor nine pioneering women who have seized moment and making a difference in their respective communities; legendary producer, writer and singers Valerie Simpson and Nona Hendryx; activist Gwen Carr, fashion maven Claire Sulmers, change agent Dorinda Walker, broadcast icon Donna Wilson, media mogul Gwendolyn Quinn, US Army veteran Wendy McClinton and Urban League social justice leader Arva Rice


To kick off the Circle of Sisters week WBLS 107.5 and Café Mocha Radio show will host the Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards presented by Toyota at MIST Harlem on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Café Mocha Radio, affectionately known as ‘Radio from a Woman’s Perspective,’ is hosted by Emmy Award winning “The Real” TV show co-hosts and comedienne Loni Love, broadcast veteran Angelique Perrin; and Hip-Hop icon YoYo that airs on Saturday mornings from 6 – 8am on WBLS-FM. Nine diverse women are being honored for their commitment to a difference as they exemplify the ceremony dual theme and call to action, “The Time is Now.” The event Presented by Toyota and sponsored by AARP is a precursor to the 2018 Circle of Sisters Expo. Individual tickets can be purchased for $55.00 @ www.SaluteHerNY2018.Eventbrite.com.  For more information on how to attend, nominate and go to www.cafemocharadio.com or www.saluteher.com or download the Café Mocha app.

WHO:         The 2018 NYC Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity honorees:

  • Wendy McClinton, President/CEO of Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc, Toyota American Pride Award
  • Nona Hendryx, Legendary Vocalist, Producer, Actress and member of trio Labelle, Legends ‘Game Changer’ Award’
  • Valerie Simpson, ground-breaking Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Broadway star, Legends ‘Soul Solidarity’ Award
  • Claire Sulmers, Founder/Creator of The Fashion Bomb Daily, Woman of Style Award
  • Dorinda Walker, Author, Corporate Executive and Change Agent, Champion for Change Award
  • Donna Wilson, Anchor of Bloomberg Radio, Media Legend Award
  • Gwendolyn Quinn, Legendary Publicist, Media Innovator Award
  • Gwen Carr, Activist and Mother of the late Eric Garner, Family Legacy Award
  • Arva Rice, President/CEO of New York Urban League, Community Activist Award


Thursday, September 27, 2018

6:30-7:30pm – Chic Boutique Press Reception/Honoree Interviews/Photo Opts

8pm– 9:30pm – Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards


MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th ST, New York, NY 10026


Salute Her Awards: Beauty of Diversity supports the Mocha Cares Foundation, which helps provide services to combat homelessness, domestic violence and foster care through mentorship programs.


Special inaugural “Toyota’s American Pride Award” will be presented to a female veteran and AARP encouraging the public to nominate an everyday woman doing extraordinary things through the show’s ‘HER’ initiative.

The Gracie Award winning Café Mocha show has emerged as the #1 radio show for multicultural women and has amplified the dialogue around various women’s issues ranging from health, relationships, beauty to social justice. With the passion to encourage women, the Salute Her Awards was created to highlight a variety of talented and accomplished women who are succeeding in their fields while making significant contributions within their communities. This year’s theme, The Time Is Now, speaks to the importance of women of color nationwide to seize their moment.

Visit Cafe Mocha Radio on @cafemocharadio IG, twitter, Facebook; YouTube: Cafemocharadio; and download the Café Mocha app.

CONTACT: Alex Hill at 313-213-2149 /Alex@milesaheadentertainment.com, or Sheila Eldridge at 201-887-5100 / sheila@milesaheadentertainment.com.

About the Salute Her AwardsTM:
Café Mocha launched its annual Salute Her Awards events in 2011, with a mission to recognize dynamic women who have made contributions in their communities and breaking down barriers.  Since its inception eight years ago past honorees include activist Sybrina Fulton, broadcast personality Wendy Williams and Iyanla Vanzant, “Empire” actress Ta’Rhonda Jones, CNN correspondent Fredricka Whitfield, renowned White House journalist and author April Ryan and legendary actress Pam Grier, actress/humanitarian Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cynthia Bailey, Kim Fields, Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn and Vy Higginsen,  singers Gloria Gaynor, Stephanie Mills, Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Syleena Johnson and Tamela Mann, influencers Constance White, Luvvie Ajayi, Lola Ogunnaike, Jamie Foster Brown, Shirley Strawberry, fashion designer Barbara Bates, Dr. Bernice King, Deanna Brown Thomas, Ricki Fairley, NBA mom Wanda Durant and Ilyasah Shabazz to name few.