Making waves throughout the creative community and celebrating distinguished, diverse leaders, Culture Creators returns with its fifth annual “Innovators & Leaders” Awards Brunch in partnership with YouTube. It will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, June 26. The ceremony will be broadcast on the Culture Creators YouTube Channel on July 1st at 5pm PST/8pm EST.
In addition to YouTube, the event graciously welcomes corporate partners such as CÎROC, Procter & Gamble, Coin Cloud, Lexus, and Ellis Isle Tea Company. The exclusive invite-only gala remains one of the most influential events taking place during the BET Awards Weekend. In 2019, the event honored the achievements of culture-shifting leaders, philanthropists, executives, entertainers, artists, and more. This year, we will celebrate 2021 Icon Award recipient Swizz Beatz for his accomplishments and groundbreaking strides in music, art, and business. We celebrate as well the 2021 Innovator of the Year Derrick “D-Nice” Jones for uplifting Black Culture during the pandemic with Club Quarantine. Additional honorees include NBA superstar and Denver Nugget JaVale McGee and multi-Grammy and Emmy award-winning producer and showrunner Rikki Hughes will also be recognized for her continuous work as a trailblazer to widen the lens of Black Culture. In addition, expect captivating performances by #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Artists by Jensen McCrae and Yung Baby Tate.
Previous Icon award recipients include Andre Harrell, Russell Simmons, Sylvia Rhone, and Byron Allen. Innovator of the Year award recipients include Jesse Collins, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Liles, and Marsai Martin. Across-industry award winners include Charles D. King, Kenya Barris, Angela Rye, Charlamagne tha God, James Lopez, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Phyllis Newhouse, Jason Bolden, Antoine Phillips, and Tiffany Warren, just to name a few.
Culture Creators continues to push the envelope for diversity across entertainment, music, sports, and beyond.
|Innovators & Leaders Awards 2021|
ICON AWARD: Swizz Beatz
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR:Derrick “D-Nice” Jones
FASHION: Zerina Akers
FILM/TV: Rikki Hughes, Magic Lemonade
FINANCE: George Wells
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Shanti Das, Silence the Shame
MEDIA: Cari Champion
MUSIC:Jeff Robinson & Jeanine McCleanMBK Entertainment
SOCIAL JUSTICE: Stefani Brown-James, Collective PAC
TECHNOLOGY: Kudzi Chikumbu, Tik Tok
|YouTube announced a multi-year $100 million fund dedicated to amplifying and developing the voices of Black creators and artists and their stories. The fund – now officially named the “#YouTubeBlack Voices Fund” – will invest with an intention: to present fresh narratives that emphasize the intellectual power, authenticity, dignity and joy of Black voices, as well as to educate audiences about racial justice. It’s been seven months since we announced our Black Voices Fund Class of 2021, and each of our grantees has been partnered with a dedicated YouTube Strategic Partner manager who is working with them to optimize and grow their channels. More than 132 creators & artist teams across six countries have participated in our inaugural three-week Black Voices Creator Fund Incubator Camps, where industry experts covered everything from Pre-Production 101, lighting, and digital storytelling, to alternative monetization, media coaching, and wellbeing. On June 21, 2021, YouTube opened grant applications for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022.YouTube has also worked with Project Level, The Gathering Spot and Since the 80s to launch “Future Insiders”, to date reaching over 180 at-risk and underserved youth aspiring to enter the music and creative industries.|
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