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VH1 Announces First-Of-Its-Kind

MOTHER’S DAY Honors Event

“DEAR MAMA,” Hosted By Comedy Superstar

Anthony Anderson and Premiering on Sunday, May 8th at 9p.m. ET/PT


Los Angeles, CA (April 14, 2016) – This Mother’s Day VH1, Flavor Unit and Jesse Collins Entertainment will shine the spotlight on the most important women in the world — our Moms.  This is not a typical honors show though — the stars will step aside and put their mothers center stage to celebrate the women who sacrificed so much for their success.  VH1’s one-hour special event “Dear Mama,” will premiere Sunday, May 8 at 9 PM ET/PT.


Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “Blackish”) will kick off VH1’s Mother’s Day celebration as this year’s host and will also honor his hilarious mom, Doris Bowman.  The event will feature multifaceted superstar Queen Latifah honoring her mother Rita Owens, a single mother and former high school teacher in Newark, New Jersey.  Trey, Jaden and Willow Smith will also join the mom-fest to honor Hollywood powerhouse Jada Pinkett-Smith. Additional honorary mothers will be announced soon. 


VH1’s Dear Mama special will bring together A-list celebrities and their mothers and families for a Mother’s Day event full of jaw-dropping surprises and heart-felt tributes. Through custom-designed honoree tributes, the moms will truly feel special while viewers will get to see the incredible bond these women have with their famous offspring, and how their influence contributes so greatly to their success.  


“We are excited to shine the spotlight on the influential and inspiring women behind some of our favorite celebrities, their Moms,” said Amy Doyle, EVP/Deputy General Manager, VH1.   Our ‘Dear Mama’ special event gives our famous friends the stage to salute and thank their moms with their own tributes full of surprises, laughter and love.”


“Every story we’ve told, every show we produced, every film we’ve been a part of wouldn’t be possible without our mothers,” said Flavor Unit Founder, Shakim Compere, “so how could we not do a tribute to them.”


The special will be taped on Tuesday, May 3rd at St. Bart’s Church in New York.