Recap: ‘The Dream Moving Forward’ Inaugural Gala Brings Out Patti Labelle, Angela Bassett, Hill Harper and Wayne Brady

“The Dream Moving Forward” Inaugural Gala, presented by the Sovereignty Group, brought out a gaggle of celebrities, politicos and socialites to Howard Theatre last Sunday to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama.

The star-studded gala was hosted by Angela Bassett and Boris Kodjoe, with Patti LaBelle and Elle Varner gracing the stage to perform their respective hits. Wayne Brady, who was a musical surprise, wowed the crowd as well.

Patti Labelle with a Obama wax figurine donated by The Blacks in Wax Museum

Congressman Gregory Meeks from New York offered guests words of inspiration while students from The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, impressed the audience with an amazing musical performance.

Other spotted guests included model Tyson Beckford and girlfriend model Shanina Shaik, Kenny Latimore,  Omarosa, Denyce Lawton and restaurateur B. Smith with her husband Dan Gasby.

Actress Taraji P. Henson and morning show host Russ Parr hosted the after-party celebration.

Actor Hill Harper
B. Smith with husband on the red carpet
Tyson Beckford with girlfriend