The 2017 Bessie Awards
All photos by AK47 Division
|Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (left) with presenter Dianne McIntyre|
|Lela Aisha Jones (far left) greets Eva Yaa Asantewaa at pre-show tribute to nominees.|
To right of Eva, Nia Love and Kayla Hamilton of Skeleton Architecture collective.
In far background, another Skeleton Architecture member, Leslie Parker
|Members of Skeleton Architecture take a knee|
after receiving one of the four Outstanding Performer awards.
|Fearless leader Lucy Sexton,|
Executive Director of The Bessies,
welcomes the crowd.
|Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer|
with presenter Reid Bartelme
|Jawole Willa Jo Zollar|
dances Bitter Tongue (1987)
|The evening's hosts:|
left, James Whiteside of American Ballet Theatre
with performance artist Shernita Anderson
Below: backstage with James and Shernita
|Daaimah Taalib-Din of Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature|
|Will Rawls and Ishmael Houston-Jones|
|Above and below: Thomas F. DeFrantz |
presented an award to Eva Yaa Asantewaa
|Bedazzled audience at the 2017 Bessies|
Now, do you want to see Bessies 2017 in action? Check out the livestream video on The Bessies' Facebook page here!
List of award winners
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