A video clip from the 2011 Jenesse Silver Rose Auction and Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel, benefiting the domestic violence oriented Jenesse Center, which Halle Berry has been a long-time supporter of. As part of the evenings festivities, which took place last month, actresses Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Taraji Henson and Wendy Raquel Robinson (above at the event) each separately channeled iconic black female performers.

In the clip below, Salli Richardson-Whitfield (whom I’m told will be directing another episode – her second effort – of the SyFy series Eureka, which she also stars in, as 1 of so very few black women directing episodic television series) “summons” the inimitable Lena Horne:

Salli Richardson Performance-Jenesse Event 2011 from Reel Life Pictures on Vimeo.