2020 Honorees

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Excellence in Entertainment

Cedric The Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer is best known as one of The Original Kings of Comedy and starred in Barbershop, Be Cool and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. He currently stars in the CBS series The Neighborhood. In 2019, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Excellence in Entertainment Award recognizes an individual for their exceptional achievements in entertainment, having made a tremendous impact with their creative works that have shaped the industry.
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Community Activist Award

Hydeia Broadbent

Hydeia Broadbent is an HIV/AIDS activist, motivational public speaker and pioneer. Appearing on national television programs such as Oprah, 20/20 and Good Morning America, Broadbent was the first African American youth to become a spokesperson on an international level raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ebony named Broadbent one of the “Most Influential 150 African Americans” in 2008 and 2011. She has also been honored with an American Red Cross Spirit Award and an Essence Award.

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Community Activist Award recognizes an individual who dedicates their time and energy to raising awareness of an important cause or issue and to fight for change in their community.
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Corporate Exec. of the Year

Phylicia Fant

Phylicia Fant is the Head of Urban Music at Columbia Records. Fant is credited with executing innovative media campaigns for a myriad of award-winning artists, including Lil Nas X, Jason Derulo, Prince, Drake’s OVO Sound, Wu-Tang, Maybach Music Group, Nile Rodgers, Common and more.

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Corporate Executive of the Year award recognizes an individual who has excelled in business by leading companies to new heights while creating opportunities for others to succeed.
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Rising Star Award

Marsai Martin

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Marsai Martin is a 15-year-old actress and producer recognized for her roles in the hit ABC series Black-ish, An American Girl Story: Melody 1963 – Love Has to Win and Little, a feature film for which she was also an executive producer. She has also appeared in HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show.

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The Rising Star Award recognizes a young person who is trailblazing and quickly establishing themselves by making a significant or historical impact in their particular field or industry. These are the ones to watch.
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Xernona Clayton Award

Ambassador Young

Andrew J. Young has earned worldwide recognition as a pioneer in and champion of civil and human rights. Ambassador Young’s lifelong dedication to service is illustrated by his extensive leadership experience of over sixty-five years, from being a driving force during the Civil Rights Movement to serving as a member of Congress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mayor of Atlanta.

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The Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction recognizes individuals who, having succeeded against immense odds, herald change and prosperity to enhance and enrich the world.
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Luminary Award

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence is an actor, stand-up comedian, producer and writer most widely recognized for his leading role in the hit sitcom Martin and for the films Bad Boys, Nothing to Lose, Life, Big Momma's House and A Thin Line Between Love & Hate. Bad Boys for Life, Lawrence’s newest film and a fourth installment to the Bad Boys franchise, is set to release in theaters early 2020.

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Luminary Award recognizes an individual who has risen to the top of their field and has illuminated and inspired others along the way.
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