Culture Creators Announces Honorees For 2nd Annual BET Awards Brunch

Culture Creators founder Joi Brown has partnered with VIBE for this recognition of African American excellence

On the Saturday of the 2017 BET Awards Weekend (June 24), VIBE will be partnering with Culture Creators for the second annual Culture Creators Awards Brunch.

Founded by Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records, Joi Brown, Culture Creators is an organization comprised of and committed to honoring innovators and leaders in music, technology, film, television, and fashion, among other platforms. This year's honorees include Charlamagne Tha God, Derrick "D-Nice" Jones, Kevin Liles and many other power players in the music and entertainment industry. Laz Alonso will also serve as the Master of Ceremony.

“Last year, the energy in the room was nothing short of electric. We filled the room with powerful people of color, of all ages and backgrounds unified in the cause of uplifting the next generation to ensure that we are providing more diversity to fill the seats at the table,” shared Pitts.

Past honorees include industry mavens such as Ethiopia Habtemariam, Michael “Blue” Williams, Juliette Jones, Yvette Noel-Schure, Mark Pitts, Chris Atlas, Andre Harrell, DJ Drama, and more. Benefits from the brunch support the Culture Creators Scholarship at Howard University, which is awarded to graduating seniors pursuing careers in creative arts and media, as well as the Culture Creators foundation.

This invite-only daytime event will take place in Los Angeles, California at 11am PST. See the full list of honorees below.

Laz Alonso (Actor)

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)

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Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

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Slick Woods Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Slick Woods is battling skin cancer. The 23-year-old model revealed that she will undergo chemotherapy treatment in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Woods later confirmed to The Shade Room  that she has stage 3 melanoma, and its reportedly spreading. Woods is “fighting for her life,” according to the website.

Stage three melanoma is an advanced form of the skin cancer that can spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes. As reported by, a 2016 medical study found that black people are less likely to contract skin cancer, but more likely to be diagnosed in later stages.

Despite the cancer diagnosis, Woods appears to be keeping her spirits up. She shared another message on Instagram this week captioned, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

The Los Angeles native, whose birth name is Simone Thompson, has worked with Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Yeezy and more. She is best known for appearing in numerous fashion campaigns for Rihanna’s ever-expanding Fenty empire, even while pregnant. Woods went into labor shortly after walking in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show last year.

She welcomed her son, Saphir, in September 2018.


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In one image, which fans believe was snapped at a hospital, Brown is seen looking down and smiling. He captioned the photo with the date, "11.20.19."  A second post features Brown wearing a sweatshirt with the words, “Born” on the hood.


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Harris also pointed posted to her Instagram Story, “I was in love with you the moment I first saw you,” TMZ reports.

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Aside from reportedly welcoming a new bundle of joy, the Virginia native’s “No Guidance” collaboration with Drake received a Grammy nod on Wednesday. Brown is also up for two  trophies at the 2019 American Music Awards, which air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Nov. 24.

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