On Saturday (June 22), a handful of innovators in the entertainment industry were honored at the Culture Creators Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios Byron Allen, actress/film director/producer Marsai Martin, and Vice President of Brand and Culture Engagement at Gucci Antoine Phillips were among the award recipients who were recognized for their accomplishments in their fields.
Allen, who took home the Icon Award, sat down for a chat with Amy DuBois Barnett, EVP, Digital and Chief Content Officer at TheGrio ahead of accepting his prize, as the pair discussed what inspired him to become a business mogul and how he achieved his success.
Fourteen-year-old Marsai Martin, who is known for her roles in Black-ish and the film Little, as well as for serving as the youngest executive producer in Hollywood, was presented with the innovator of the year award, as she dedicated her prize to “all the young girls of color who feel like they don’t belong or are they are just not seen.”
“I want you to know that I see you,” she added. “As long as I’m pushing the narrative, the world will see you, also.”
You can watch the rest of the acceptance speeches from the Culture Creators Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch below.
Antoine Phillips, Vice President of Brand and Culture Engagement at Gucci, accepts the fashion award:
Quality Control Music CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas and COO Kevin “Coach K” Lee accept the music award:
Founder/CEO of Blavity Inc. Morgan DeBaun accepts the technology award:
Architect and entrepreneur Iddris Sandu accepts the technology award: