Celebrating leaders throughout the creative community and upholding a commitment to diversity, Culture Creators hosted its fourth annual “Innovators & Leaders” Awards Brunch at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the International Ballroom on Saturday,June 22. It was hosted by Tanika Ray, co-host of EXTRA, and DeMarco Morgan, co-anchor of CBS2 News This Morning.
Check out Bryon Allen’s “Culture Chat”, and photos of the event below!
This year, businessman, television producer, comedian, philanthropist, and founder, owner, and CEO of Entertainment Studios, Byron Allen accepted the Icon Award. His acceptance of the honor was preceded by a Culture Chat that engaged attendees, moderated by Amy DuBois Barnett, the EVP, Digital + Chief Content Officer of The Grio—an Entertainment Studios-owned platform.<
Michael Ealy presented James Lopez with the Culture Creator Award for Film & Television Excellence, while Marsai Martin spoke directly to young girls of color who don’t feel like they belong, as she accepted her honor of Innovator of the Year.
Check out the full list of honorees, below.
Additionally, attendees of the gala were first to hear an exciting announcement from Andréa Richardson, Director, Multicultural & Diversity Relations and Global Corporate Affairs at Hilton.
On behalf of Hilton, she announced a new initiative between the leading hotelier and Culture Creators: The HBCU Summit. This event will allow Culture Creators to extend its impact on our world today with their expanded resources.
More information on the partnership will be forthcoming.
The event also welcomed corporate partners such as Hilton, Don Julio Tequila, Pepsi, and Lexus. The exclusive invite-only gala maintained its status as one of the most sought-after and influential events of BET Awards Weekend for the fourth consecutive year. 2019 saw the event expanded and evolved as it highlights the achievements of thought leaders, philanthropists, executives, entertainers, artists, and other pillars of African American culture in an intimate setting among key players.
Talent from this year’s gala included: Past Icon Honoree Sylvia Rhone, Lalah Hathaway, Ryan Destiny, Lecrae, Chris Chalk (When They See Us), Omar Bolden, Brandon Marshall, Mona Scott-Young, Van Lathan, Kendrick Sampson, and more.
These “Culture Creators” continue to set the pace for diversity in the fields of entertainment, music, sports, and beyond.
The list of 2019 honorees:
Innovators & Leaders Award 2019
Founder, Chairman, CEO
Innovator of the Year
Actress, Executive Producer
Film & Television
James Lopez, President Will Packer Productions
Tiffany R. Warren,
Senior VP, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group
Founder & President, AdColor
Morgan DeBaun, Founder & CEO Blavity Inc.
Iddris Sandu, Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. and Founder of ShoulderUp
Quality Control Music: CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas and COO Kevin “Coach K” Lee
Vice President, Brand and Culture Engagement, GUCCI
Senior Director Player Development, NBA
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Last night, BET Networks recognized an exceptional lineup of artists, entertainers, cultural provocateurs and inspiring humanitarians across over 19 categories at the 18th Annual BET Awards. The ceremony, hosted by Academy and Grammy-award winner, Jamie Foxx, aired live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
This year’s broadcast celebrates 18 years of impactful performances from the hottest names in the business and appearances from entertainment’s most talked-about players. More than ever, the BET Awards continues to tackle and support culturally and socially relevant narratives and conversations, setting the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking and talked-about
“BET AWARDS 18” Show Highlights Include:
Host Jamie Foxx opened the show with a witty Wakanda-themed banter focused on the film’s star
Michael B. Jordan who was seated front-row. Jamie then lured Jordan on stage to recite a profound
passage about honor and sacrifice from the record-breaking blockbuster.
Critically acclaimed lyricist, conscientious hip hop artist and record producer, J. Cole, performed a
medley of “Friends” with Daniel Caesar and Wale. Later, Miguel joined the stage for a soulful and
resounding version of “Come Through and Chill.”
Atlanta trap trio Migos performed hits “Walk It Talk It” and “Stir Fry,” hyping the crowd and bringing
them to their feet. They also took home the BET Award for “Best Group” later in the show.
Jamie Foxx went off-script to pay tribute to fellow artist Childish Gambino, imitating the dance style
featured in his iconic hit “This is America,” while also hailing Glover as a songwriter, philanthropist,
movie star, and overall badass. Foxx then called up him on stage for an impromptu performance of the
Nicki Minaj took over the BET stage once again with a fierce version of her current single, “Chun Li.” She later re-appeared alongside 2 Chainz and Big Sean as featured artists on YG’s performance of “Big
A star-studded performance was delivered for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Anita
Baker. Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, and Yolanda Adams blew the house down with their riveting renditions of Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture,” ”Sweet Love,” and “You Bring Me Joy,” respectively. The crowd-raising tribute had Ms. Baker visibly in tears and overwhelmed with emotion.
For the first time, BET honored six Humanitarian Heroes, individuals who have done extraordinary things
in some of the most disheartening and trying of situations. Presented by John Legend, those honored
included James Shaw Jr. (disarmed Waffle House shooter), Naomi Wadler (11 year-old speaker at March For Our Lives), Mamoudou Gassama (Climbed outside of building to save dangling 4 year-old), Justin Blackman (only student to walk out of his High School on National Student Walk-Out Day), Shaun King (journalist who has been instrumental in covering untold stories in the black community), Anthony Borges (Parkland Victim/Hero who threw himself in line of fire – shot five times).
Meek Mill delivered a powerful performance of his first new song since being released from prison, “Stay Woke,” addressing the abhorrent inequalities in the criminal justice system, and included vivid imagery of police violence and mass incarceration. The rapper also wore a sweatshirt that honored late rappers XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo on stage.
Janelle Monae gave a strong, empowering performance of “Django Jane” and “I Like That” featuring high-energy choreography by an army of female dancers.
Snoop Dogg transformed the house of the Microsoft Theater into a house party, as the crowd rapped the lyrics to a medley of the iconic rapper’s biggest hits, including “Who Am I (What’s My Name),” “The Next Episode,” and “Sunrise” with Sly Piper. He finished the performance with an uplifting rendition of “You” in collaboration with gospel star Tye Tribbett to close out the show.
Presenters included the entertainment industry’s top black actors, artists, and entrepreneurs including
Michael B. Jordan, Kevin Hart, T.I., L.L. Cool J, Bobby Brown, Tyra Banks, Tyler Perry and Questlove.
In addition to all of these must-see moments, the complete list of the “BET Awards” 2018 winners is:
Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
Best Group Award
Best Collaboration Award
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Video of the Year Award
Drake – God’s Plan
Video Director of the Year Award
Best New Artist Award
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly – I’ll Find You
The Best International Act Award
Best Actress Award
Best Actor Award
Young Stars Award
Best Movie Award
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Sportsman of the Year Award
Album of the Year Award
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
BET Her Award
Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
As we literally countdown the hours of 2015, check out our Top 20 recap of the Best and Hilarious Moments of the year. Trust us, this is our best line-up yet as the past 12 months was filled with some of the most news and happenings probably more than any year that we could remember.
No seriously it does, the commentary and social interaction during these award shows makes watching these award shows such an enjoyable experience. Every year #BlackTwitter comes together on a Sunday like Easter Mass to discuss the good, the bad and down right ugly. This year’s BET Awards didn’t disappoint at all when it came to hilarious moments.
The 2nd Annual Toast To Young Hollywood Celebration Sponsored by Moët Nectar Rose took place this week inside the W Hollywood Hotel. This years star studded event aimed to celebrate the achievements of Young Hollywood & Top Industry Executives who have not only been instrumental in the career of TTYH Founder and Brand Group CEO Miss Diddy, but who are continuing to influence the culture, making a significant impact in music, sports, and entertainment.
The evenings honorees included Actor Terrence J, Model & Actor/Artist Quincy Brown, International Supermodel Jessica White, NBA Star John Wall, NBA Star Brandon Jennings, Music Producer & Entrepreneur Tony DeNiro, Vine Star & Top Social Media Influencer King Bach. With special tributes to Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons, Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam, Roc Nation President Chaka Pilgrim, Roc Nation SVP Lenny S, and TV Producer & Entrepreneur Mona Scott-Young.
Along with the All Star List of Honorees, the invite only pre-BET Awards Celebration also brought Hip Hop Star Meek Mill, Singer Jacob Latimore, BBWLA Draya Michele, LA Clippers Glen Davis, Super-Model Jasmine Sanders, Model Rosa Acosta, NY Jets Brandon Marshall, BBWLA Laura Govan, BBWLA Malaysia Pargo, BBWLA Jackie Christie, Model Daphne Joy, Platinum Rapper YG, Singer Bridget Kelly, Denver Broncos Omar Bolden, Actress KD Aubert, Rapper Casey Veggies, LHHNY Tahiry Jose, VH1’s Tiffany Cambridge, Fox Empire’s V Bozeman and many more.
The 350 plus special invited guests enjoyed Hollywood Panoramic Views from the rooftop with gourmet hors d’veaores, Champagne Toasts’ throughout the night provided by Moet’s new Marcelo’s Brand, and an interactive photo booth provided by GC Photobooth. Attending guests were also gifted with custom items provided by Muzik High Definition Wireless Headphones, Charged Concepts portable chargers, Quest Nutrition Items, Neff Items and accessories, Flat Out Of Heels Comfort Shoes, and items from Smile LA. Additional Sponsors included Luxurious Credit and Sullivan Productions. The event also spotlighted the Pink Line Breast Cancer Campaign created by Breast Cancer Survivor Michel Sproles & Philadelphia Eagles Darren Sproles.
[Photo by: Zyaire, Kevin “Kassanova” Davis & Brent Gates]
Last Night In L.A….#FeatureFridaysLA inside of Playhouse for BET Awards Weekend turned into a full concert featuring DJ Mustard, Meek Mill and West Coast new comer RJ.
The biggest night in Hollywood was powered by Super Promoters Supreme Team LA and Miss Diddy LA.
The club was packed to capacity just after midnight. Cops were definitely on deck as a precaution to keep things moving smoothly. The night turned out to be great one with little or no violence, or a repeat of last year’s drama pre-show festivities.
Breezy premiered this song via Power 105.1‘s The Breakfast Club. The dancing tycoon will be hitting the 2015 BET Awards stage this weekend. We’re hoping that he will indeed participate in the dance tribute in honor of Micheal Jackson‘s sister, Janet Jackson.
Hurricane Azealia Banks is back and this time she has her sights aimed at the BET Awards, Nicki Minaj and the “Urban Media”. Never one to bite her tongue, or mince her words the “ATM Jam” rapper comes for the awards show calling them bogus and at the same time slightly dissing Nicki Minaj.
Mindless Behavior are keeping the jams coming! On the heels of their debut single – the BET Award nominee “My Girl” – and the mega smash remix featuring Tyga, Lil Twist and Ciara, the boys are back with a new single “Mrs. Right,” available now on iTunes!
The talented and stylish teens of Mindless Behavior, Prodigy, Princeton, Roc Royal and Ray Ray, are on a worldwide quest to find girls fly enough to make their hearts sing in the new track. Hear “Mrs. Right” in this behind the scenes clip from MB’s photo shoot for the cover of their forthcoming debut album, #1 Girl after the jump…