Tyrese Gibson - Luminary Award

Tyrese Gibson was born and raised in Watts, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. At the age of 16, he was discovered after being cast in a Coca-Cola commercial. A self-titled debut album quickly followed as did an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist. Gibson has since released five more studio albums and garnered six GRAMMY® Award nominations. His most recent studio album, "Black Rose," debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart and featured the single "Shame," which was #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs Chart for 16 consecutive weeks.

This year marks the 20- anniversary of John Singleton's “Baby Boy,” Gibson's feature film debut for which he garnered an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Gibson would go on to work with director Singleton again on “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Four Brothers.”

Along with his signature role as Roman Pearce in six “Fast & Furious” films, including Justin Lin's “F9” released this summer, Gibson is internationally recognized for playing Robert Epps in Michael Bay's “Transformers” franchise. Gibson's feature film credits also include Jon Keeyes' “Rogue Hostage” with John Malkovich; Deon Taylor's “Black and Blue” opposite Naomie Harris; “Ride Along 2” with Ice Cube and Kevin Härt; “Black Nativity” with Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson; “Legion” alongside Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany; Paul W.S. Anderson's “Death Race” with Jason Statham, Joan Allen and lan McShane; Brad Furman's “The Take” opposite John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez; John Moore's “Flight of the Phoenix” with Quaid and Giovanni Ribisi; Vondie Curtis-Hall's “Waist Deep” with Meagan Good and Larenz Tate; and “Annapolis,” directed by Lin. Gibson's upcoming films include Marvel Comic's “Morbius” with Jared Leto and “Dangerous” opposite Mel Gibson, Famke Jansen, and Scott Eastwood.