3rd Annual Culture Creators INNOVATORS & LEADERS Awards Brunch Announced
On Friday June 22, 2018, Culture Creators presents its third annual "Innovators & Leaders" Awards Brunch at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills sponsored by Rémy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.
The exclusive invite-only gala remains a staple of BET Awards weekend three years running and 2018 promises to be yet another landmark year for the organization.
Culture Creators stands out as a beacon within African American culture. It honors the contributions, accolades, and achievements of the community's most inspiring, inimitable, and influential voices. Moreover, it reflects upon the never-ending devotion of these individuals to uplift a younger generation. The spirit is passed on for every subsequent generation to venture further and break even more ground. In years past, the "Innovators & Leaders" Awards Brunch has celebrated everyone from Kevin Liles, Tiffany Haddish, and Charlamagne Tha God to Yvette Noel-Schure and Angela Rye, to name a few. This year will be hosted by masters of ceremony Tanika Ray and A.J. Calloway.
Regarding the event, Culture Creators founder Joi Brown said, "Our goal is to not only praise those behind-the-scenes who are real "Culture Creators," but to maintain and expand the conversation on diversity, opportunity, fiscal responsibility, investment, community building, and dream defining in order to ensure that we are creating space for more leaders in various industries who are empowered to be the curators of black culture and business globally. We aim to be the first to recognize exceptional talent that both impacts the industry at large and showcases how many successful people of color there are who are worthy of your investment dollars, support, and seats at executive tables."
Past honorees continue to laud Culture Creators.
Kevin Liles commented, "The Culture Creators organization was founded because of the void in the recognition and celebration of black culture-specifically those who help create culture as well as the next generation of leaders who have grabbed the torches and are taking it to new heights. It was my honor to be recognized last year. My career has thrived solely because of the trust people have put into my drive and abilities. I'm proud to be associated with an organization that encourages the passing of the torch and looking to power players in the industry to solve communal issues."
"Joi developed one of the must-attend events during BET Experience where our people are celebrated for being leaders and trailblazers in their respective fields," added Angela Rye. "I was honored to be recognized last year and am elated for this year's honorees."
The list of 2018 honorees is enclosed.
MASTERS OF CEREMONIES A.J. Calloway ExtraTV Host
MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES Tanika Ray ExtraTV Host
Innovators & Leaders Award 2018
Icon Award Music Sylvia Rhone President, Epic Records
The Defiance Award Media Jemele Hill Chief Correspondent & Sr. Columnist, The Undefeated ESPN
Business Lauren Wesley Wilson President ColorComm, Inc.
Dance/Art Fatima Robinson Choreographer & Director
Fashion Brea Stinson Owner & Fashion Designer, STINSON HAUS
Film & Television Charles D. King Founder & CEO, MACRO
Kenya Barris Writer & Producer, Creator of "Black-ish"
Finance Rashaun Williams General Partner, MVP All-Star Fund
Music Shawn Gee President, Live Nation Urban
Tunji Balogun Co-Founder, Keep Cool/EVP, A&R RCA Records
Public Relations Jana Fleishman EVP Media & Strategic Development, Roc Nation
Social Activism Kristi Henderson Co-Founder, WEEN
Sports Carlos Fleming Partner & Head of Sports Talent Marketing, WME
Technology Rodney Williams CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR
ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, Keke Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. Culture Creators also partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies. today