Cicely Tyson Honored At L.A. Focus First Ladies Hi Tea In Beverly Hills

Photo Image. (l-r) Founder Lisa Collins of First Ladies High Tea, First Lady Isabella Drake; Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, Icon Cicley Tyson; Tony & Emmy winning actress, First Lady Myesha Chaney starring in VH1’s “Preachers of L.A.” of Antioch Church of Long Beach and First Lady Debra Williams; McCoy Memorial Baptist Church.

All smiles on the red carpet at the L.A. Focus Ladies Hi Tea at the Beverly Hilton, September 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA are L.A. Focus Hi Tea founder Lisa Collins, First Lady Isabella Drake-Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, Icon Cicely Tyson; First Lady Myesha Chaney-Antioch Church-Long Beach, CA and star of VH1’s Preachers of L.A., and First Lady Debra Williams-McCoy Memorial Baptist Church. Photo Credit: Scott Mitchell

Cicely Tyson received the Legacy Award at L.A. Focus’ First Ladies High Tea held Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. The successful event was attended by over 1,000 people. Tyson gave an inspiring acceptance speech that touched the celebrity filled audience.

L.A. Focus Hi Tea founder Lisa Collins on the red carpet at Hi Tea with honoree Dr. Bobby Jones, host of BET's Bobby Jones Gospel. Photo Credit: Scott Mitchell

L.A. Focus Hi Tea founder Lisa Collins on the red carpet at Hi Tea with honoree Dr. Bobby Jones, host of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel. Photo Credit: Scott Mitchell

Dr. Bobby Jones of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel and Dr. Beverly “Bam” Crawford, pastor of Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church of Inglewood, CA served as co-hosts of the event.

Honorees included celebrities and entertainment executives from movies, television, and records. Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) received the Spirit Award. Actress Alley Mills of  The Bold and the Beautiful was awarded the Shining Star Award.  Music Executive Vicki Mack Lataillade was the recipient of the Focus Award.  Inspirational performances were given by Grammy winning recording artist Smokie Norful and Grammy-nominated Tata Vega.

The L.A. Focus First Ladies Hi Tea of Los Angeles honors women and First Ladies who are active in their communities and with charitable organizations doing great work in various sectors of their region. This year’s honorees are Myesha Chaney, first lady of Antioch Church of Long Beach, California, Los Angeles area’s Isabelle Drake of Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church and Debra Williams of McCoy Memorial Baptist Church.

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