Wyclef Jean (Musician), Harry Belafonte (Actor/Humanitarian/Former Honoree), Soledad O’Brien (CNN Anchor) and Pamela Frank, wife of Harry Belafonte
By Akira Barclay
BlackGivesBack NY Contributor
NEW YORK - On Thursday, May 17th, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS), a leading nonprofit that empowers young Black and Latino men and women by helping them to become critical thinkers and community leaders, hosted their 8th annual VOICES benefit at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Actor Boris Kodjoe hosted the special evening. Artist and Humanitarian Harry Belafonte, a former BHSS honoree and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, a previous VOICES host presented awards to Bill Lynch, Former Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation. Other honorees included Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Partner and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Nina Wells, former Secretary of the State of New Jersey. Black Girls Rock! Founder and celebrity DJ Beverly Bond provided the evening’s music. Musician Wyclef Jean and former Mayor David Dinkins were also in attendance for the festivities.
“We’re very excited about this year’s VOICES event; Voices 8 is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our members and honorees’ achievements. Our honorees are all individuals who embody the ideals of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, which are Positivity, Community, Knowledge and Future. We strive to offer long term, intensive involvement for our members and provide unique services that support their personal development and academic achievements which is why 95% of BHSS Alumni are working full time or enrolled in college,” said Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director & Co- Founder of BHSS.
Khary Lazarre-White ( Executive Director & Co-Founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol) , Harry Belafonte and Pamela Frank
Former Mayor David Dinkins and Khary Lazarre-White
For more information on The Brotherhood/Sister Sol organization and Voices 8, please visit here.
About The Brotherhood-Sister Sol
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is locally based, with a national reach, as the organization publishes assorted curricula and collections of its members’ writings; trains educators from throughout the nation on their approach; and their leadership is invited to speak and present at educational and policy convenings and conferences across the country. VOICES is the organization's signature annual benefit highlighting their youth and life changing programming. Founded in 1995, BHSS provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-one. The organization offers wrap around evidence-based programming, providing four-six year rites of passage programming, five day after school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training, college preparation, employment opportunities, community organizing training, and international study programs to Africa and Latin America. BHSS has earned national recognition for their evidence-based model, receiving awards that include Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Use Your Life Award, and awards from such institutions as the Ford Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, Abyssinian Development Corporation, Oracle, the New York State Department of Education and Brown University’s inaugural Alumni Association Young Public Service Award.
Photo credit: Andrew French