Seven mothers of R&B/hip-hop artists who have lost their lives through violence or tragic circumstances will be honored Tuesday (March 11) at a New York event staged by the Christopher Wallace Mem

Seven mothers of R&B/hip-hop artists who have lost their lives through violence or tragic circumstances will be honored Tuesday (March 11) at a New York event staged by the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation (CWMF), founded in memory of rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls). The B.I.G. Night Out will see the B.I.G. Heart Award presented to Afeni Shakur (mother of Tupac Shakur), Diane Haughton (Aaliyah), Connie Mizell (Jam Master Jay), Wanda Lopes (Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes), Gail Tirado (Big Pun), Herminia Rogers (Freaky Tah), and Gilda Terry (Big L).

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, Wyclef Jean, the surviving members of Run-DMC, and Faith Evans are among those expected to attend the event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. In addition to the awards, New York City Council member Yvette D. Clarke present a proclamation honoring the memories and positive contributions of Wallace and the children of the mothers being recognized.

Tickets to the sixth annual B.I.G. Night Out are $250 with all proceeds tabbed to benefit the foundation. For more information on the event, call 917-873-9167.

Established by Violetta Wallace in 1997 after the shooting death of her son, the CWMF provides scholarships, grants, books, computers, and other literacy learning tools to benefit children's education. For more information, visit the organization's official Web site.