Infectious beats revved up Bedford-Stuyvesant last Saturday, at the biggest block party in Brooklyn, since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
Thanks to Lenny Green, host of the highly rated show, “The Quiet Storm” on WBLS 107.5 FM, fans had a spectacular return to the outdoors at his 16th Annual Family Day in Von King Park Amphitheater.
What made this event so special, however, was the touching Mama Green “Women of Dignity” awards. Green, a passionate advocate for single mothers, created the award to honor his single mother many years ago.
Mama Green, who died five years ago, would have been proud to see, Maxine Smith, Stephanie Frierson, Muriel Agee, and Shanekah Turner, being presented with plaques and red roses, as her other son, Muata Green, held-up a collage of pictures of her participation at the annual event.
The legendary host with the baritone voice, shared, that he randomly selected the ladies — a symbolic gesture from the heart of the superstar, who said, “it takes a lot for any person to raise a child, but if a woman is subjected to doing so on her own, then she deserves the praise and honor.”
After asking the ladies to explain what was the most important thing in being a mother, Green extended blessings to the caregivers who had the future of their children in their hands.
The Crown Heights native, whose Tee shirt read “Born, Bred & Made by Brooklyn,” and who is celebrating 25 years in radio, also presented Jamie Williams, Assembly member for the 59th district, with the Community Award and flowers.
Dr. Sampson Davis, an ER physician, got a huge response during a Q&A segment on the topic of the coronavirus, while Jacqueline Limehouse, CEO of resource center ‘My Sister’s Lighthouse’ (866-768-19870) joined Indy Smith, co-host of the Quiet Storm, and Green on stage to talk about domestic violence, that almost took away her life.
The fascinating, Nancy Jones aka Mama Jones, of the reality show “Love & Hip-Hop,” and mother of Rapper Jim Jones, received red roses from Green, a former singer who debuted his talents at the world Famous Apollo Theatre’s Amateur Night as a teenager.
The show ran for hours, bringing singer Gerald Alston of the legendary group ‘The Manhattans” who brought back fond memories of hits, “Lets kiss and say Goodbye” and “You are my Shining Star,” songs from his musical career that spans 59 years.
Ted ‘Wizard’ Mills of the 70s R&B soul group Blue Magic, put on quite a show for the audience, before songstress Jasmine Nicole, and singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Obasi J, brother of murdered rapper Pop Smoke, entertained the audience.
Green, Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Air Personality of the Year Award recipient, whose calming voice, and pleasurable compilation of music attracts thousands of fans to his syndicated nightly show, cheered on Deejay SJ, Deejay DJ, and Deejay QUA, who took turns keeping the crowd jiving to the classics, heard on acclaimed, WBLS 107.5 FM.
The day which was a mix of entertainment, edutainment, and health and wellness, saw Green working out with Reggie Lampty of Herbal Life. He also welcomed Jamaican-born herbalist, Leighton Edwards, who touted the benefits of his Natural Herbal Labs supplements.
Green thanked the many who participated in the show, and applauded members of his team for their exceptional contributions, that made the annual event a success, and promised to take the show on the road sometime in the future.