Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles.
This year marks the award show's 18th year and the first in the 23-year-old nonprofit's history hosted in Los Angeles. Eight individuals in all will be honored at the event, who the LLF announced Tuesday. They also include Nu-Opp Inc. COO Rushion McDonald, Billboard's Senior R&B Editor Gail Mitchell, KJLH-FM Program Director Aundrae Russell, Electronic Urban Report CEO Lee Bailey and Los Angeles radio station KJLH-FM.
"We are excited about this year’s awards ceremony on many levels," said LLF Chairman David Linton in a press release statement. "We have a stellar line-up of honorees, reflecting the ever changing landscape of the music and broadcast industries. We are also looking forward to being in Los Angeles, where the foundation had its beginning."
The LLF's awards mission is to recognize and honor achievements of past and present trailblazers, trendsetter and teachers in the radio, music and entertainment industries, with particular attention to minorities and women. Past honorees have included Clarence Avant, Antonio “LA” Reid, Charles Warfield, Sylvia Rhone, Stephen Hill, Quincy Jones and others.
The organization was founded by Ray Harris, Barbara Lewis and the late Jerry Boulding in 1991. Since then, its mission has expanded to provide assistance to those who have served the music industry in their careers and are now in financial need, whom the proceeds of this of event and others help to aid. Over the years, according to the LLF website, it has provided almost $100,000 in assistance.
Of this year's awards, Hughes takes top honor with the Icon Lifetime Achievement Award. As well, Clinkscales will receive the Chairman’s Award; Habtemariam, who is also president urban music and co-head creative affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group, will receive the Record Executive Award; McDonald, who is also COO Steve Harvey Radio Network and Managing Partner of Steve Harvey Enterprises, will receive the Don Cornelius Entrepreneur Award; Mitchell will receive the Media Award; Russell will receive the Jerry Boulding Radio Executive Award; Bailey will receive the Digital Visionary Award; and KJLH-FM will receive with the Broadcasting Icon Award, which will be accepted by General Manager Karen Slade.