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Aurora James

Aurora James arrives at The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Bethann Hardison

Bethann Hardison attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Emma Grede

Emma Grede attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Sophia Roe

Chef Sophia Roe arrives at The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

2023 Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala

Fifteen Percent Pledge founder Aurora James speaks during The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala Cocktails and Dinner on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo credit: Fifteen Percent Pledge/David X Prutting, BFA)

Bethann Hardison

Bethann Hardison speaking during The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala Cocktails and Dinner on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo credit: Fifteen Percent Pledge/David X Prutting, BFA)

Lori Harvey

Lori Harvey arrives at The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Alioune Badara-Fall and Candace Marie

Alioune Badara-Fall and Candace Marie attend The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Imaan Hammam

Dutch fashion model Imaan Hammam arrives for The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

LaToya Williams-Belfort

Fifteen Percent Pledge Executive Director LaToya Williams-Belfort arrives at The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Alani Figueroa

U.S. influencer Alani Figueroa arrives at The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

Sergio Hudson

Sergio Hudson attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Alexis Bennett

Alexis Bennett attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Brandon Blackwood

Brandon Blackwood attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Gabby Prescod and Danielle Prescod

Gabby Prescod and Danielle Prescod attend The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Anok Yai

Anok Yai attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Charles Elliott Harbison

Charles Elliott Harbison attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Hannah Bronfman

Hannah Bronfman attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Maria Borges

Maria Borges attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Lori Harvey and Darnell Strom

Lori Harvey and Darnell Strom attend The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Indira Scott

Indira Scott attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Coco Bassey

Coco Bassey attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Jordan Daniels

Jordan Daniels attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Claire Sulmers

Claire Sulmers attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Carlos Nazario

Carlos Nazario attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Alexis Bennett

Alexis Bennett attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Naomi Elizee

Naomi Elizee attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Shiona Turini and Nicole Chapoteau

Shiona Turini and Nicole Chapoteau attend The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Monica Ahanonu

Monica Ahanonu attends The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

William Jones and Ericka Chambers with Aurora James

Awardees William Jones and Ericka Chambers with Aurora James during The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala Cocktails and Dinner on Feb. 4, 2023 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo credit: Fifteen Percent Pledge/David X Prutting, BFA)

Aurora James

Aurora James arrives at The Fifteen Percent Pledge Gala on Feb. 4, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

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