Epic's Sylvia Rhone, Roc Nation's Azim Rashid to Chair Living Legends Awards Gala

Sylvia Rhone
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Sylvia Rhone

Radio One Atlanta’s Hurricane Dave Smith and Columbia Records’ Cynthia Johnson are among this year’s honorees.

The Living Legends Foundation has revealed the 2018 honorees for its Living Legends Awards Gala. The 22nd annual event will take place at Hollywood’s Taglyan Cultural Complex on Oct. 5.

The honorees are: Mauldin Brand, Inc. CEO Michael Mauldin (Lifetime Achievement Award), Radio One Atlanta vp of programming and operations Hurricane Dave Smith (Jerry Boulding Radio Executive Award), Columbia Records senior vp of promotion Cynthia Johnson (Music Label Executive Award), Moonridge Entertainment International partners Eddie Sims and Belinda Wilson (Entrepreneur Award) and Black Dot LLC partner Pat Shields (A.D. Washington Chairman’s Award). Entertainment attorney Denise Brown Henderson, Esq. will be presented with the first-ever Mike Bernardo Executive Award, which recognizes outstanding female executives in music and entertainment.

Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone will serve as honorary chairperson for the awards gala. Event chairperson is Azim Rashid, senior vp of promotion at Roc Nation. Previous honorees include iTunes/Apple music head of content Larry Jackson, Spotify global head of creator services Troy Carter and Motown president Ethiopia Habtemariam.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we are elated to salute this group of industry trailblazers,” said Living Legends Foundation chairman David C. Linton in a statement. “This year we are introducing a new award and rebranding another to memorialize two industry icons and former board members, Mike Bernardo and A.D. Washington, respectively. Both were giants in the business who broke many artists, groomed executives and dedicated themselves to the foundation. This is an event for the entire industry, celebrating these unsung heroes while raising funds to assist the less fortunate among us.”

Celebrating its 27th anniversary, the non-profit Living Legends Foundation not only aids those in need but also funds a scholarship program for HBCU students who are pursuing music and entertainment careers. For additional information about the gala and the foundation, visit


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