Recap: Howard Theatre’s Second Annual Gala Honors Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick and Valerie Simpson

Host DL Hughley

Last Friday, Howard Theatre opened its doors for the Second Annual Gala and Benefit Concert After-Party. The evening celebrated  women who have helped redefine the music industry, including Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan and Valerie Simpson.

Chaka Khan is gone with the wind fabulous!
Dionne Warwick
Valerie Simpson accepting her honor

The evening — dubbed The Party for the People — gathered D.C. politicos, celebrities and socialites for memorable performances. Hosted by comedian and Dancing with the Stars contestant, D.L. Hughley and reality star/comedian Kym Whitley, artists such as Be Be Winans, Sheila E., Kenny Lattimore, Yolanda Adams and Marsha Ambrosius took the stage.

Marsha Ambrosius performs with Kenny Lattimore
Host DL Hughley
Yolanda Adams
Host Kym Whitley


Following the gala, UPTOWN magazine hosted an exclusive after-party featuring celebrity deejay Vashtie Kola.

Marion Barry (center) flanked by Diageo’s Glen Hodge and Moet/Hennessy’s Vann Ashe
Sidra Smith (left)

Credit: Ramon Hall