Last night, Pepsi celebrated Black History Month with its inaugural “Historically Better” Gala at The Howard Theatre in Washington D.C. The evening was hosted by Terrence J with friends singer-songwriter and actress Naturi Naughton and The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee and DJ Envy, and included an intimate performance from actor and singer-songwriter Rotimi, who performed singles “I Can’t Blame You,” “Legend” and “Love Riddim” before closing out the event with his latest single, “In My Bed” featuring Wale.
Throughout the evening, Pepsi recognized and honored past, present and future trailblazers including the late Allen McKellar Jr., one of the first Black professionals to enter the corporate workplace at PepsiCo, Doug E. Fresh (hip-hop and beatbox pioneer), candidates of the She Got Now: Historically Better Internship Program, a partnership with ESSENCE which empowers the next generation of black female entrepreneurs and leaders in the community. Also honored during the evening were: The Washington Mystics (the team received a special video message from Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal congratulating them), First Sgt. Joshua Toles (Company A, 1STBattalion, 2D Marines), Dr. Angela Reddix (founder of ARDX an award-winning healthcare management and chairman and founder of Envision Lead Grow), Dr. Roger Mitchell (Chief Medical Examiner of the Nation’s Capital) and more. Guests also enjoyed a high-energy performance from Bowie State University Choir during dinner, which was followed by a moment of silence in honor of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.