YOLANDA ADAMS, TONI BRAXTON, BABYFACE, ESTELLE, THE TIME, K. MICHELLE, AND JUSSIE SMOLLETT TO PERFORM ON UNCF AN EVENING OF STARS
ANTHONY ANDERSON RETURNS AS THIS YEARS HOST
UNCF An Evening of Stars Airs Sunday, April 26th 10p/9c on BET
Executive Producer and star Anthony Anderson will return to host UNCF An Evening of Stars® for the third consecutive year. Estelle and Smollett will perform the special duet version of her single “Conqueror,” as seen on the hit FOX series Empire.
UNCF An Evening of Stars®, which has been the hallmark of Urban American superstars supporting Urban American education for 36 years, will tape in Atlanta, Georgia at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on April 12th, 2015 and air nationally on BET, Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at 10p/9c. Additional performers and presenters To be announced.
Tickets for the show’s taping can be purchased: www.UNCF.org/AEOStickets
“Atlanta is proud to be the home of UNCF An Evening of Stars®,” said Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta. “Through the work of UNCF and countless supporters, thousands of our young people are receiving educational opportunities and resources to complete their education and continue along the road to achieving their dreams. I applaud this year’s performers and sponsors for their unwavering commitment to invest in future generations by ensuring they have access to a high-quality education.”
This year’s show is made possible by national sponsors McDonald’s and Wells Fargo. Target, is an official sponsor and also serves as a “Rising Stars” scholarship sponsor. Buick is a major sponsor. The City of Atlanta, iHeartMedia and BET Networks serve as the city and media partners, respectively. The Walton Family Foundation is a philanthropic partner. UNCF An Evening of Stars® will also air in syndication on April 25th and 26th.
UNCF AN EVENING OF STARS 2015 APRIL 26th ON BET
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, returns to produce UNCF An Evening of Stars for the third year. Collins has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable performances in the music entertainment arena.
Formerly executive producer and executive vice president of Cossette Productions, he has produced award-winning television programming including the GRAMMY® Awards, the BET Awards, BET Honors and the BET Hip Hop Awards. He has worked with superstar talent including Beyoncé, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Kid Rock. Collins is also executive producer of the BET hit series The Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, which won an NAACP Image Award® for Outstanding Comedy Series.
About UNCF An Evening of Stars®
UNCF An Evening of Stars®, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars®, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised event in U.S. history. Over its 36-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars® has raised more than $200 million, that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars® has featured a who’s who of remarkable talent, including Usher, Trey Songz, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Beyoncé, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Kevin Hart, Fantasia, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Yolanda Adams, Tye Tribbett, Al Jarreau, Anthony Hamilton, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars® received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars® at www.UNCF.org/AEOStickets