[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Hollywood holidays wouldn’t be the same without its annual kickoff by Sheryl Lee Ralph [A&U, 2008, 2015] who along with The DIVA Foundation presented the 25th Annual DIVAS Simply Singing, the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country on October 24 at the iconic Montalban Theater. The Original Dreamgirl did what she always does—shined bright as ever in the packed house with an especially touching rendition of Broadway’s Wicked hit song “For Good.”

The show featured performances by some of the most talented DIVAS in entertainment, including longtime supporters and fellow Dreamgirls cast members Loretta Devine (The Carmichael Show) and Jenifer Lewis (Blackish). Rising to the occasion were A’ngela Winbush, Meli’sa Morgan, Shanice and Flex Alexander, rapper YoYo, Alyson Williams, the Supreme Mary Wilson, Freda Payne, Jordin Sparks, Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire, Eloise Laws, and Wendell James [A&U, March 2015], and many more. CeCe Peniston brought the house to their feet and closed the evening with her hit “Finally.”

Honorees of the evening were Merck, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Riley-Thomas, Dr. Rachael Ross [A&U, September 2015], and activists Cathy Elliott, Hydeia Broadbent, Sade Oyinade, and Sherri Lewis.


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