On September 12th, Akon, Jesse McCartney, Katharine McPhee, Brian McKnight and Natalie Cole will salute Lionel Richie at the 31st edition of An Evening of Stars, the United Negros College Fund’s annual event. The festivities will also feature performances from James Ingram, Boney James, Anika Noni Rose, Johnny Gill and Chrisette Michele. Cedric the Entertainer, Terrence Howard, Tom Joyner, Regina King, Shemar Moore, Shaun Robinson, Romeo, Bobb’e J. Thompson and Blair Underwood will also be on hand. Lionel Richie will accept UNCF’s Award of Excellence for his long and distinguished career as a singer-songwriter-producer and for his history of supporting minority education. The show will air in 2010 on BET.