Vincent “Vinny” Brown of the renowned Hip Hop group Naughty by Nature, has agreed to serve as a celebrity presenter for the 2019 East Orange Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. Brown, an East Orange native and member of the Inaugural East Orange Hall of Fame Class will lend his star power to play an active role in the gala red carpet festivities. 

The Induction Ceremonies will be held on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 30, 6 p.m. at the Cicely Tyson School and Performing Arts Center, Jean L. James Auditorium, 35 Winans Street, East Orange, N.J.

Brown’s association with hometown musical associates Treach and DJ Kay Gee -- all who rose to prominence with the release in 1991 of the self-titled debut album featuring the instant classic #1 hit O.P.P. which captured the global music industry by storm. The band’s rising fortunes was the result of an all-East Orange ‘power play’ as emerging star Dana Owens aka ‘Queen Latifah’ signed Naughty by Nature, known then as ‘New Style’ to her management company which lead to rebranding the group’s name and a deal with Tommy Boy Records. The rest is music history as they continue to rock stages globally with their potent musical brand.

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“I’m proud to announce that I will be serving as a guest host for the East Orange Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Induction Ceremony as an Inaugural Inductee, alongside my band mates in Naughty by Nature, Treach and DJ Kay Gee. I look forward to helping to make the ‘Third Edition’ Induction Ceremonies a resounding success”, Vinny Brown stated. “The East Orange Hall of Fame is a force for good in our community as a non-profit organization. Proceeds benefit youth and other enrichment programs. I encourage, everyone — our corporate and civic partners —and the many loyal Citizens along with the many talented new arrivals — to join us on Thanksgiving Weekend for this historic celebration. I’m a proud ‘Son of the City’ — a product of a culture of excellence. I am very fortunate to have grown — up in this special village — I look forward to learning more — and, telling our story ‘like it is” — about the pioneering heritage of our great City, through the lens of the extraordinary achievements of its distinguished Citizens,” Brown continued.

A former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice will be inducted among 30 honorees in the 2019 class of the East Orange Hall of Fame. The event will celebrate the extraordinary achievements and contributions of thirty (30) distinguished individuals representing the following five categories: Arts & Letters; Performing Arts; Enterprise; Civic and Community Service; and Sports. Distinguished EOHS Alumnus, Tom Finch, Class of 1970 — will serve as emcee.

“We are pleased and truly honored that one of our hometown heroes Vincent “Vinny” Brown has agreed to serve as a Celebrity Presenter and host for the Induction Ceremonies celebrating the 2019 Class. It is a clear affirmation of the historic-import of this gala event. More importantly, however, it exemplifies his profound commitment to ‘do the right thing’ and give back to help improve our community — the Great City of East Orange, New Jersey,” the Honorable Theodore N. Stephens, II stated. “Our Inaugural gala and second edition were a resounding success, As this event continues to grow in stature and appeal, I anticipate this year’s celebration will surpass all expectations, I’m calling upon all of the ‘loyal and faithful’ East Orange natives who ‘hold near and dear’ the ‘community of our origin’ — I encourage everyone to reserve their seat on Thanksgiving weekend for this hallmark occasion -- It’s an event surely not to be missed,” Stephens said.

General Admission and VIP tickets are $50 and $100 respectively and can be purchased on Eventbrite For further information contact