The Hill: Second-annual Washington, DC Gala features Diana Ross, honors Gayle King

Black excellence was on full display as some of the nation’s top Black reporters, policymakers and celebrities packed into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. late Saturday for theGrio’s Washington, DC Gala.

Following the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, the “Byron Allen Presents The Washington, DC Gala” saw the museum filled with guests, journalists and celebrities dressed to the nines, enjoying drinks and dancing to the tracks of DJ Ty Alexander.

Hosted by Byron Allen, whose Allen Media Group owns the Black news site, and My Black is Beautiful, the invite-only event featured a special performance by Diana Ross.

The crowd went wild as Ross came on stage, wearing a show-stopping orange bejeweled and feathered dress with a matching fan, belting hit after hit, including the popular “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Gayle King of CBS News was awarded the Journalist Icon Award. King, who co-hosts “CBS Mornings,” is the editor-at-large of Oprah Daily and also hosts the weekly SiriusXM show “Gayle King in the House.” 

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