When black women get together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments it’s a powerful situation. Entertainers and culture leaders from across the globe gathered together in downtown Los Angeles at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on a beautiful Sunday honor women making impactful strides in the community through activism, education, music, fashion and passion. The fifth annual Heirs of Afrika International Women of Power Awards was hosted by comedian and tv show host Loni Love. For five years Koshie Mills; has created a safe space for the daughters of the soil (black women) to unite and celebrate the beauty of black women  in all of its glory, she says,

“This year marks year 5 and the number 5 signifies growth and confidence. This is the Heirs of Africa year of Grace. God has been so good and so gracious to us to allow is to have 5 strong years of success and be able to all gather together once again. Today is just filled with so much victory and joy. I created this with the concept that when you build it, they will come and look what has happened. They come and they give and they support and it just makes my heart smile to know that God did this”.

Honorees for this year included, Super model NyaKim Gatwach, Actress Thuso Mbedu, Actress and Activist Tabitha Brown, Actress Naturi Naughton, Congresswoman Karen Bass, The Women of the Crown Act Orlena Kwokah Blanchard, Esi Eggleston Bracey, Adjoa B. Asamoah and Kelly Richardson Lawson, and the Executive Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Amazon Latasha Gillespie. Honoree Tabitha Brown gave an exclusive interview with Sheen Magazine and says,

“What a joyous occasion this is. I have never seen anything like this, and I love it. To describe how I’m feeling right now is totally indescribable and you know Tab is rarely speechless (Laughs). But I’m honored to be honored with the Lion Heart award for business because honestly, I’m just getting started. I’m just scratching the surface of who God is building me to be and each day I’m peeling back layers of who I use to be to keep revealing who God is molding me to be. It’s a joy to share to share this with the world each day and encourage people to just keep going and never give up. I’m just grateful”. 

The red carpet was filled with colors and textures representing patterns and prints from the motherland. From African designers to local, the honorees and special guests each came with a collective goal to slay, we caught up with Actress Yvette Nicole Brown,

“This is a sea of beauty at its finest just look at it. To be in this room and see all of this greatness is just breathtaking. This is greatness, this is strength, and this is us. When we come together, we are just powerful, and you can see it in the way we greet each other with respect and love. That’s it, this is a room full of love and it just feels so right What Koshie is doing in this space has created a domino effect and challenge to all of us. We must celebrate our heritage and culture not only for Black History Month, but every day. Imagine what it would look like if all the black people gathered together in pure unity, do you know the power we would have?” she says.

Next year Mills is hoping to take year six all the way to Accra, Ghana and celebrate during national women’s month in March of 2023. 

PHOTO CREDITS: Heirs Of Afrika/ Photography by Robin Lori
Heirs Of Afrika / Photography by Bobby Quillard
Heirs Of Afrika / Photography by Michael Rowe