Culture Creators Celebrates Industry Leaders at 2nd Annual Awards Brunch

Russell Simmons
Thomas Concordia

Russell Simmons

When it comes to the onward movement of the culture, it takes the effort of many. To celebrate those who have contributed significantly thus far, Culture Creators teamed up with VIBE for the 2nd Annual Awards Brunch to acknowledge the hard-working figures and culture disrupters of the entertainment industry who have played a pivotal role in driving innovation in the past and present.

Co-presented by Motions Hair and Ciroc, prominent figures in the fields of music, fashion, media, film & TV and tech flocked to Mr. C Beverly Hills for a Saturday morning and afternoon of #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy (June 24). After attendees found their seats and the 2-course brunch went underway, the Master of Ceremonies Laz Alonso welcomed everyone and kicked off the award ceremony. Culture Creators Founder, Joi Brown and President, Darius Hines, took a moment to elaborate on their organization’s mission of bridging the original cultivators with the younger generation for mentorship and inspiration through programming throughout the year.

Mid-way through the presentation of awards and delivery of acceptance speeches, VIBE Editor-in-Chief Datwon Thomas conducted a chat with author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Russell Simmons to talk about the essential attributes of today culture creators and more.

“They have enough faith and commitment,” pointed out Simmons. “A culture creator has to have presence and awareness so that he (or she) can make something that wasn’t already there. And then faith and dedication and resilience. That’s the makeup of a culture creator, I think.”

During the last round of awards and acceptance speeches, Simmons presented record executive and 300 Entertainment co-founder Kevin Liles with an award, before being surprised with the Culture Creators ICON Award.

Flip through photos of yesterday’s award ceremony and watch the chat between VIBE & the icon Russell Simmons. Congratulations to all of the honorees listed below!


Derrick “D-Nice” Jones (BrandNice)
Kevin Liles (management)
Tunde Balogun (management)
Courtney Lowery (Epic PR)
Sydney Margetson (Atlantic PR)
Marsha St. Hubert (Atlantic Marketing)
Natina Nimene (Def Jam Radio Promotions)

Jesse Collins (Executive Producer of The New Edition Story and CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment)

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones (Google)
Marlon C. Nichols (Cross Culture Ventures)
Brickson Diamond (Global Organizational Leader)

Misa Hylton
Tiffany Hasbourne

Angela Rye (politics & media)
Charlamagne Tha God (entertainment & media)
Dyana Williams (entertainment & media)

This article was originally published on Vibe


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