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10th Anniversary Essence Awards (1997)

TV Special | 120 min | Family

The Tenth Anniversary Essence Awards honored the outstanding achievements of African Americans. Shot at Madison Square Garden Theatre, honorees included Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Chamberlain, a Los Angeles woman who runs a home for people with...See moreThe Tenth Anniversary Essence Awards honored the outstanding achievements of African Americans. Shot at Madison Square Garden Theatre, honorees included Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Chamberlain, a Los Angeles woman who runs a home for people with AIDS, Bill and Camille Cosby, 1996 Olympic Gold Medal gymnast Dominique Dawes, and C. Kenneth Johnson. Whitney Houston received the first Essence Triumphant Spirit Award. Presenters included Oprah Winfrey & Quincy Jones. Written by A.D. See less
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May 22, 1997 (United States)

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Yolanda Adams
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Muhammad Ali
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Halle Berry
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Patti LaBelle
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Spike Lee
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Ed Lewis
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Prince
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