Impact: Rappers' Mothers Honored at B.I.G. Night Out

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2003 12:00AM

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Since 1999, the mother of rap legend Biggie Smalls p.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. and The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation have presented "A B.I.G. Night Out", a benefit dinner that raises money for the foundation and recognizes those who try to make a change in the community. This year, the event will make a special presentation to honor the mothers of slain rappers.

On March 11, the B.I.G. Heart Award will be presented to rap mothers who've lost their loved ones through tragedy including Afeni Shakur (mother of Tupac Shakur), Diane Haughton (mother of Aaliyah), Wanda Lopes (mother of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes), Connie Mizell (mother of Jam Master Jay), Gail Tirado (mother of Big Pun), Herminia Rogers (mother of Freaky Tah) and Gilda Terry (mother of Big L).

The awards will be followed by a performance by Faith Evans and special surprise guests. The B.I.G. Heart Award is given to an individual(s) or organization that exemplifies the goodwill and kindness that mirrors the Foundation's mission of giving back to the community.

For more info on The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation and B.I.G. Night Out, check out the official website at

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