Honoring the best and the bold of black creatives, innovators and intellectuals, Culture Creators celebrates its 4th annual Awards Brunch at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. No stranger to this event, Tanika Ray, co-host of EXTRA hosted the brunch alongside DeMarco Morgan, co-anchor of CBS2 News This Morning.
As one of the most exclusive and influential events during BET Awards Weekend, Joi Brown, Culture Creator’s Founder, has successfully crafted a space for Black Excellence to not only be recognized, but most importantly, be enlightening.
Kicking off this year’s brunch with the new addition of C-Suite: Culture Chats on trending topics such as Cannabis, Politics, Women on the Rise, Representation and Changing the Game, a full day was dedicated to panels and intentional conversation with some of today’s leaders to bring awareness and push the culture forward. The C-Suite Culture Chats definitely set the tone for what the brunch attendees would experience the following day.
This year, CEO of Entertainment Studios, philanthropist, comedian and television producer, Byron Allen accepted the Icon Award, preceded by his own Culture Chat moderated by Amy DuBois Barnett, the EVP, Digital + Chief Content Officer of The Grio—an Entertainment Studios-owned platform.
Check out Byron Allen’s Culture Chat below:
The youngest person in history, serving all the black girl magic, to hold the title of Executive Producer on a Hollywood Production, Actress Marsai Martin, received the Innovator of the Year Award. James Lopez, presented by Michael Ealy, received the Film and TV Award, for his work as President of Will Packer Productions.
To celebrate the recognition of all the honorees, there was an amazing amount of talent in attendance including: 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.
In support of highlighting the achievements of thought leaders, philanthropists, executives, entertainers, artists, and other pillars of African American culture were corporate sponsors such as Lyft, Pepsi, Hilton, Don Julio Tequila and Lexus.
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