The Amsterdam News Honors Doug Davis, Ken Sunshine, Alexander Smalls, Hazel Dukes, and the City University of New York (CUNY) at their 105th Anniversary Gala

0

The Amsterdam News Honors Doug Davis, Ken Sunshine, Alexander Smalls, Hazel Dukes, and the City University of New York (CUNY) at their 105th Anniversary Gala The Amsterdam News was founded in 1909 to provide an editorial voice that would reinforce to Black New Yorkers that their lives are important. It has gone on to become one of the most important Black newspapers in the country and today remains one of the most influential Black-owned and -operated media businesses in the nation. The paper was named after the avenue where creator, James H. Anderson, lived in New York’s San Juan Hill section of Manhattan. On Monday, December 15th, The Amsterdam News celebrated their 105th anniversary benefiting the Amsterdam News Educational foundation at the Edison Ballroom. The honorees of the night included: Jay Hershenson who accepted the Education Award on behalf of the City University of New York (CUNY) for their nearly 170 years of educating New Yorkers; Doug Davis, Founder and owner of The Davis Firm, received the Entrepreneur Award for his philanthropic work as an entertainment lawyer and sports agent; Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference, received the Wilbert A. Tatum Spirit Award for her legacy as a fighter for civil rights and dedication to human rights; Alexander Smalls, Restaurateur and Executive Chef of Minton’s and The Cecil restaurant, received the Legacy Award for regenerating the Harlem Renaissance constantly through his work; Ken Sunshine, President of Sunshine Sachs, received the Friendship Award for his decades of civil rights activism and dedication to helping the Amsterdam News throughout the years. Supporters of the honorees and attendees included: legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte, music mogul Clive Davis (father of honoree Doug Davis), former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, the Rev. Al Sharpton, NBC News president Deborah Turness, NBA superstar Roger Mason Jr., singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and Steven Prescod who was awarded a full scholarship to a CUNY school of his choice to complete his college diploma. The gala’s star studded honorary committee included Jon Bon Jovi, Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hon. David Dinkins, Omar Epps, Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, Cynthia Nixon, Tyler Perry, Natalie Portman, Hon. Charles B. Rangel, Barbra Streisand and Harvey Weinstein. The evening theme represented the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance that included casino style gaming, tap dancing presentations, surprise historical guests and live music courtesy of Minton’s 13 piece orchestra. The vintage newspaper delivery cake created by famed confectionary baker, Cakeman Raven delighted attendees at its divine attention to detail. Through the course of the evening the Amsterdam News Education foundation received donations in exchange for poker chips. The Anniversary Gala was an event of acknowledgement and appreciation for a culture and those who have and still contribute to a progressive movement of educating the masses. Funds raised from the evening will help to support all the projects of the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation. For more information, please visit http://amsterdamnews.com .   [caption id="attachment_1662" align="alignnone" width="338"]Jessie Muscio, Doug Davis, Elinor Tatum, Kandi Burruss, and Todd Tucker Jessie Muscio, Doug Davis, Elinor Tatum, Kandi Burruss, and Todd Tucker[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1661" align="alignnone" width="240"]Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1663" align="alignnone" width="345"]Ken Sunshine, Elinor Tatum, Hazel Dukes, Alexander Smalls, and Doug Davis Ken Sunshine, Elinor Tatum, Hazel Dukes, Alexander Smalls, and Doug Davis[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1660" align="alignnone" width="345"]Clive Davis and Fred Davis Clive Davis and Fred Davis[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1664" align="alignnone" width="253"]Steven Prescod and Jay Hershenson Steven Prescod and Jay Hershenson[/caption]    ]]>

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here