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The stars came out to shine on Saturday for the fifth annual Culture Creators Awards. The event honored black leaders making a change in the industry from film and TV to Fashion and Technology.
Swizz Beatz, co-founder of the Verzuz Instagram webcast series was honored with the Icon Award, while Derrick “D-Nice” Jones, the man responsible for Instagram Live’s Club Quarantine was honored with the Innovator of the Year Award.
“Some people look at what happened to me as an overnight thing, but it’s been a constant grind for three decades.” “D-Nice” explained about how his hard work has paid off. “I’ve sold millions of records, and switched careers. I’ve only found success by doing the things that I love, and what I love to do is to be of service to people. My advice is to learn to be selfless, do what you feel is right, and stay focused.”
Kudzi Chikumbu, the leader of TikTok’s creator community, was recognized for his leadership in technology, and described how his passion became his career.
“I always loved creating on the internet, and I wanted to pair my passion for creators, but also amplifying diverse voices, and luckily TikTok is so committed to that.” Chikumbu explained.
Former NBA player and businessman Baron Davis was recognized for making strides in the business industry, but he’s not stopping there. He made his directorial debut in the film Domino: Battle of the Bones, and if given the opportunity, would love to direct Space Jam 3.
“Space Jam is my favorite movie of all time. I just want to put myself in the position where people consider me for jobs, or I consider someone that looks like me for that job.” Explained Davis, who already has thoughts on who he would want to star in the film. “I’d probably go with all the young dudes, Trae Young, the Ball Brothers, I’d make it a little bit more about the next generation of the league. “
Other Innovators and leaders who were recognized for their hard work were music industry executive, and Arthur Shanti Das, JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets, as well as Grammy and Emmy award winning producer Rikki Hughes.
Benny Adams is a Producer, entertainment Journalist, and host in Los Angeles. He studied broadcast journalism at California State University Northridge.
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