Loretta Devine, Dennis Haysbert, Flo Rida Attend 43rd NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Pre-show Gala Reception
On Thursday, February 16, 2012 The NAACP held their 43RD Annual NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nominees’ Preshow Gala Reception at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, CA 90067 from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm.
Some of the nominees, celebrities and personalities who walked the red carpet were Louis Gossett Jr., Loretta Devine, Dennis Haysbert, Flo Rida, Mike Epps, Clayola Brown, Robert Townsend, Elise Neal, Sounds of Blackness, Jesse Jakson Sr., Jarvee Hutcherson and Dick Michaels.
Event sponsors include UAW/Chrysler, AARP, FedEx, Hyundai, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Walgreens, Bank of America, AT&T, Cadillac and American Airlines.
About The NAACP Image Awards: The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. For more information visit http://www.naacpimageawards.net
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and
the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal
opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information about the organization visit http://www.naacp.org/
Photos credit to: Gisele Rebeiro from PartyBy5.com and Tatiana Davidov from tatianasmagicphotos.com
Sources: Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News TV and The Lippin Group
Editor’s Note: We want to thank NAACP & The Lippin Group for inviting us to cover the 43RD Annual NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nominees’ Preshow Gala Reception.
Over 300 guests, celebrities, executives, supporters, friends, and media outlet representatives attended the Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA) Hollywood Pre-GRAMMY Celebration Honoring Eric Zuley Benefiting American Society of Young Musicians.
This was held at the Celebrity Center on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Hollywood, CA from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The event was hosted by comedian Johnny V.
“I feel a sense of accomplishment for all my hard work. I feel very humbled. I feel very blessed and thankful that the MMPA and the City and County of LA would think to acknowledge my hard work. I am very thankful to my fans and friends that showed up to support me. I was very amazed and humbled when I saw the support that came that night.” said Eric Zuley AKA EZ, Entrepreneur and Media Mogul.
He continued, “I would like to thank Jarvee Hutcherson, my father James Zuley, my good friends Chris Donovan, Doug Jones, Said Faraj, Camden Toy, Brian Krause, Kim Lee, Lil Jordan, Pamela Bach Hasselhoff, and Johnny V. I would like to thank my team, Derrick Hutchinson for handling all the fashion stuff, Dona the owner of Rouge Clothing, and my PR person Betrice Coleman Sweet for helping pull everything together. I would like to thank my sponsors, Tutto Italy Connections, Frank Rubio Jewelry, Elite Auto Network for providing me with the car I came in, the suit I wore and the jewelry I wore. Oh, and all my friends and supporters!”
Some of the celebrities and personalities that attended the event were Doug Jones (Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Pans Labyrinth), James Zuley (Eric’s dad), Pamela Bach Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless) Andrew Garcia (American Idol), Charm Britton (VH1), Ser’Darius Blaine (Footloose), JD Charisma (Actor,Artist), Dave Shelton(Writer, director), Bill Zucker (Writer, Director), Camden Toy (Actor, Producer), Said Faraj (Green Zone), Lil Zane (Hip Hop Artist), Odain Watson(Artist), Ranella (Artist), Brian Krause (Actor), Kim Lee (International Model, Actress), J Myles (celebrity Stylist), Phoebe Price, Lil Jordan, Ben Morrison, Prince Ali, Al Walser, Chris Donovan (Director of Golden Globe Awards), Lil Mirkk (Actor/Rapper), David Harrison Levi (Philanthropist/Personality), Dick Michaels(ASYM Chairman), Ryan Torres(Avenue Entertainment), Parris Harris and many more.
“I think it was an extraordinary turnout with some extraordinary stars for an extraordinary man” said Betrice Coleman-Sweet, Publicist. The event featured live performances from upcoming pop group Misha Rose, hip hop artist Lil Jordan, pop artist Destenee and R&B artist Rele.
Eric Zuley concluded by thanking all the media that covered his event. “All the media that showed up and supported me, most of which are personal friends thank you so much! Thank you Diversity News Magazine & Diversity News TV (Steven Escobar) long time friend, all the performers, Destenee Mckenzie, Rele Songs, Lil Jordan and others.”
There was also a fashion show coordinated by Derrick Hutchinson of Annerick Management models showcasing Rouge Clothing by Donna Melikian/Bebe, Rings designed by Frank G. Rubio from Sophisticated Stones and custom Tuxedos by Max Simonian from Tutto Italy Connections.
“Eric is a great friend has been for the past year and a half and deserved his recognition. Thanks to Diversity News, The World Monitor TV, Johhny V, Devon Guzzie, Ryan Torres, Beatrice who treated me very well from finish to start, The Actors Reporter, Doug Jones, Frank Rubio of Sophisicated Stones All The Fashion designers, All the media, and it was a great night, very well arranged. I wish I could repeat that night.” said Actor/Rapper Lil Mirkk.
Eric Zuley received a distinguished Achievement Award from The MMPA for his charitable contributions to the entertainment industry. He was also awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles County District 2 Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Other award recipients were Max Simonian of Tutto Italy Connections, Frank G. Rubio Jewelry Designer and The Celebrity Center. Per event organizers, they accomplished their goal of raising some money to benefit the American Society of Young Musicians.
Some of the media and photographers that covered the event were Actors Reporter (Pepper Jay & Mary Jo Gruber) , Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News TV, PR Photos photographer Allen Allen Berezovsky, Wireimage Photographer Maury Phillips, Hollywood Broker TV, NTDTV, World Monitor TV, Rock Thiz Magazine, Nelson Photo and Five Minute Photo (Travis Jourdain).
The major sponsors of the event were Bebe/Rouge Clothing, Tutto Italy Connections, Frank Rubio, Elite Auto Network, Yerevan Magazine, WTV NETWORKS and TheEZShow.com. The event producers were Jarvee Hutcherson, Eric Zuley and Derrick Hutcherson. After the event concluded, over 150 people went to celebrate with Eric Zuley at My House in Hollywood, CA.
For more information about American Society of Young Musicians (ASYM) visit http://www.asymusicians.org
Photos Courtesy and © 2011 By Allen Berezovsky, from PRPhotos.com & Star Pics Today, Nelson Shen Photos & Travis Jourdain.
Editor’s Note: Story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at email@example.com Also please leave us your comments and questions about our coverage an the event.