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It was a star-studded affair at this year’s UNCF’s “Evening of Stars” event held in Atlanta last night. Peep pics of “Empire” stars Trai Byers, Grace Gealey & Jussie Smollet. Also, flicks of Toni Braxton (in a extra sexy dress), Ludacris, Big Sean, Estelle, K. Michelle and many more inside….

The United Negro College Fund hosted its 36th annual “An Evening of Stars” event to celebrate and support higher education. Hosted by “black•ish” star Anthony Anderson, some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names gathered at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta last night for the premiere fundraising event.

During the ceremony, scholarships were awarded to students from UNCF and celebrities to help them financially to get through college and ultimately to help to support their dreams.

Further fueling dating rumors, “Empire” co-stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey were all smiles…TOGETHER on the red carpet. If you haven’t heard, there have been rumors circulating for weeks that these two are an item. Neither of them have confirmed or denied whether they are dating or not, but if they are, we’re NOT mad.

They make one good looking couple if the rumors are true.

Trai sure cleans up nice, looking dapper as ever.

“Empire” breakout singer/actor Jussie Smollett hit the carpet before he was set to take the stage to perform alongside British singer Estelle.

Returning for the third consecutive year, “black•ish” actor/producer Anthony Anderson chopped it up with Jussie on the carpet before getting to his hosting duties.

And the two had a little fun before heading inside. Ha!

Jussie also hit the carpet alongside his “Empire” co-star Tasha Smith’s twin sister Sidira Smith. She looks fab!

“Braxton Family Values” star and singer Toni Braxton turned heads in a jaw dropping extra revealing Zeynep Erdogan couture dress. The 47-year-old stunna was spotted walking in with her mother Evelyn and sons Diezel and Denim before strutting her stuff down the carpet:

The R&B songstress later hit the stage to serenade the audience with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. She also took the podium with her son Diezel (who has autism) to announce their joint UNCF scholarship for students with autism. Nice!

Rapper/actor Ludacris was all smiles on the carpet and with good reason. His new action flick Furious 7 is smashing the box office, raking in $800 million globally in less than two weeks. The ATL rapper also dropped his newest LP Ludaversal two weeks ago and he’s gearing up to be a dad again as his wife Eudoxiee is pregnant with his third child.

G.O.O.D. rapper Big Sean hit the carpet dolo last night, sans his girlfriend Ariana Grande who’s currently on tour. The Internet was abuzz after one of her recent performances where Justin Bieber came out and affectionately wrapped his arms around his Ariana. If you missed the fiasco, get the deets HERE.

British songbird Estelle came out for the night’s festivities in an Amanda Wakeley x Saloni London look before rocking the stage with Jussie.

Actress/life coach A.J. Johnson lit up the carpet in a cute gold number paired with gold sandals.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Demetria McKinney brought her man Roger Bobb along as her date. She will be starring in a new drama flick titled Sons 2 the Grave, also starring Darrin Dewitt Henson.

“Love & Hip Hop” creator Mona Scott-Young has plenty to celebrate after news broke that MempHitz LOST in the 2012 defamation case he filed against her and VH1 producers. We know she’s happy.

Gospel singer Yolanda Adams slayed the carpet in a white (although it looks powder blue in the pic) one-shouldered dress before she took the stage to perform.

Retired NBA baller Grant Hill and singer Tamia brought the coupledom fab on the carpet.

“Devious Maids” actress Dania Ramirez posed it up in yellow on the carpet.

Soul singer Kem kept it dapper in a black suit with white trimming.

“Being Mary Jane” star and former NFL running back Thomas Jones was looking handsome as ever on the carpet.

And Morris Day and The Time were also in the mix.


Toni and Babyface, who both took home a Grammy for Best R&B album for their joint LP Love, Marriage & Divorce this year, wowed the audience with their vocals.

Reality star and singer K. Michelle gave a powerful performance for the attendees.

Estelle and Jussie joined forces to perform their duet version of her single “Conqueror.”

Yolanda Adams changed into a beautiful gown as she performed with gospel choir on stage.

Toni and her son Diezel took the stage to announce their joint UNCF scholarship for students with autism.

R&B singer Ne-Yo presented during the ceremony.

Trai and Dania also hit the stage to present.

Grace was joined on stage by producer Jermaine Dupri to present.

The Hills hit the stage to present.

Anthony Anderson brought the laughs while on his hosting duties.

Former kid star Keshia Knight Pulliam was also on hand to present.

And Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed took the stage to present. Fab times!

UNCF’s “An Evening of Stars” airs April 26th at 10:00 PM ET on BET.

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