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EBONY Power 100 Gala honors and recognizes talent in the African-American Community.

Nationwide presented the EBONY Power 100 Gala at the Beverly Hilton located at 9876 Wilshire Blvd in the City of Beverly Hills, California on November 30, 2018 to benefit Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

The funny Chris Tucker had the pleasure to host the gala. While music Artist Ne-Yo and James Davis entertained the invited guests.

This event brought many to honor those whose work had inspired, influenced and accomplished a society in the African-American community. Motown Records was presented the EBONY’s Icon Award. The Chairman’s Award was given to former BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee.

Ebony Power 100 Gala’s eight categories for this unique award such as Community Crusaders, Disruptors, Entertainment & Arts, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, MVPs, Power Players and Women Up had a list of talented honorees that had accomplished and contributed to the community.

Even Former President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama made the list for their contributions in the African-American Community. Well Cardi B and Drake was nominated for the Entertainment & Arts category.

The selected honorees were already winners.


Cheryl Action Jackson (CEO/ Founder, Minnie’s Food Pantry)

Dwayne Bryant (President, Inner Vision International, Inc.)

Karen Marshall (Executive Director, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools)

Marley Dias (Founder, #1000blackgirlbooks)

Shawn Hardnett (CEO & Founder, Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys)

Symone D. Sanders (Strategist / Political Commentator)

Tami Sawyer (Commissioner, Shelby County, Tennessee)

Tarana Burke (Activist / Founder, #METOO Movement)


Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (Democratic Nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District)

Andrew Gillum (Mayor of Tallahassee)

Brigadier General Lorna Mahlock (CIO for United States Marine Corps)

Bryan Stevenson (Founder / Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative)

Lauren Simmons (Equity Trader, Rosenblatt Securities)

Lt. General, Darryl A. Williams (60th Superintendent U.S. Military Academy at West Point)

Odette Harris, M.D. (Professor, Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine)

Richard A. Robinson (Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court)

Rupert A. Byrdsong (Los Angeles Superior Court Judge)

Stacey Abrams (Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia)

Stacey D. Stewart (President, March of Dimes)

Stephen Benjamin (Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina)


Black Panther (Film)

Pose (FX)

Power (Starz)

Alfre Woodard (Actress)

Barack & Michelle Obama (Former President & First Lady – Author / Media Producers)

Barry Jenkins (Director, If Beale Street Could Talk)

Caleb Mclaughlin (Actor, Stranger Things)

Cardi B (Rapper)

Coach K & Pee (Producers)

Drake (Music Artist)

Fredricka Whitfield (Anchor, CNN)

Kortney Ryan Ziegler (Head Research & Design at Zamlabs & Filmmaker)

Mike Colter (Actor, Netflix – Luke Cage)

Ricky Whittle (Actor, American Gods)

Shonda Rhimes (Writer)

Susan Kelechi Watson (Actress, NBC This Is Us)

Travis Scott (Rapper)

Yara Shahidi (Actress, ABC Black-ish)

Zoe Kravitz (Actress, HBO Big Little Lies)


Alianna Hines, Dominic Hines, Skyler Mr. Hines, Shaun Hines, Amari Thomas, Zamir Thomas (Junior Flip Kids)

Henri Pierre Jacques, Jarrid Tingle, Brandon Bryant, John Henry (Founders, Harlem Capital)

Jade Colin (Franchise Owner, McDonalds)

Jessica O. Matthews (Founder / CEO, Uncharted Power)

Jewel Burks Solomon (Co-Founder and CEO of Partpic)

Malissa “Mali” Hunter (COO/Partner, Tree Sound Studios and CEO, The Retnuh Agency)

Maya Penn (CEO, Animator, Filmmaker, Global Activist)

Melissa Harville-Lebron (Founder and CEO, W.M. Stone Enterprises, Inc.)

Moziah Bridges (Founder and Creative Director, Mo’s Bows Handmade Bow Ties)

Ryan Wilson, TK Petersen (Co-Founders, The Gathering Spot)


Jason C. Mayden (CEO / Co-Founder, Super Heroic)

Rodney Williams (CCO, Executive Chair & Founder of LISNR)

Shavone Charles (Founder, Magic in her melanin and head of Global Music & Youth Culture Communications)

Valeisha Butterfield Jones (Global Head of Women & Black Community Engagement)

Virgil Abloh (Men’s Artistic Director, Louis Vuitton)


Antonio Brown (Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Christine Simmons (President / COO, Los Angeles Sparks)

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports)

James Harden (Guard, Houston Rockets)

Luther Campbell (Founder, Liberty City Warriors)

Stephen Curry (Guard, Golden State Warriors)

Thaddeus Bullard (Professional Wrestler, WWE)

Todd Gurley II (Running Back, Los Angeles Rams)

Troy Mullins (Professional Golfer)

Venus Williams (Tennis Champion)


Alejandro Clabiorne (CEO, Latin America at PHD)

Candace McCullom (VP, Integrated Marketing Manager, Wells Fargo)

Carlos Fleming (Partner and Head of the Sports Talent Group at WME)

Charles D. King (Founder & CEO, Macro)

Greg Cunningham (VP, Global Inclusion & Diversity, U.S. Bank)

Indhira Arrington (SVP, Head of Targeted Sourcing, Wells Fargo)

Jarvis V. Hollingsworth (Investor / Attorney)

Kenneth Lawson (President / CEO, Visit Florida)

Kevin Liles (CEO, 300 Entertainment)

Kirk McDonald (CMO, Xandr)

Patrice A. Harris, M.D (President Elect, American Medical Association)

Philip Polk (VP Multicultural Strategy / Chief Diversity Officer, Hallmark)


Carla Harris (Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management / Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley)

Colleen Taylor (EVP, Mastercard)

Connie Orlando (EVP/ Head of Original Programming, BET)

Danyale Price (Chief Inclusion Officer, Paul Weiss)

Debbie-Ann White (SVP, Public Relations & Promotions, Unique Vacations)

Dorothy Bridges (Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Outreach and Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

Ethiopia Habtemariam (President, Motown Records)

Janiece Evans-Page (Vice President, Global Philanthropy and Sustainability, Fossil Group)

Karen Horne (SVP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment & Universal Television)

Keisha Lance Bottoms (Mayor, Atlanta)

Kiko Davis (Trustee, Donald Davis Living Trust: Majority Stockholder, First Independence Bank)

Latasha Gillespie (Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Amazon Corporate)

London Breed (Mayor, San Francisco)

Maxine Williams (Global Chief Diversity Officer, Facebook)

Mia Mottley (Prime Minister, Barbados)

Rosalind Brewer (Group President / Chief Operating Officer, Starbucks)

Tayari Jones (Author)

Thasunda Brown Duckett (CEO Consumer Banking, JP Morgan Chase)

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’l (EVP Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment)

Ukonwa Ojo (SVP, Covergirl, Coty)

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