( ENSPIRE News ) The Foundation Honors Jussie Smollett, Mona Scott-Young, George M. Johnson, and Many More
ENSPIRE Contributor: Cindy Rodriguez-Llivipuma
The annual Black Tie Gala by The Vision Community Center was held on Friday, July 22nd, 2022. The event honored an elite group of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in the arts, media, ministry, community service, and government arenas throughout their lifetimes.
The gala was held at The Whitley Luxury Collection Hotel Buckhead and was themed “Avant Garde Couture.” The night of celebration, which was co-hosted by Jack Mizrahi, Bevy Smith, Bishop O.C. Allen III, and Rashad Burgess, included a star-studded attendance by Marlo Hampton, LaTocha Scott, Melissa Scott, Bishop Carlton Pearson, Brian Jordan, Jr., Damez, and spectacular performances by artists Keke Wyatt and Avery Wilson.
In the art categories, the 2022 honorees included the director/actor/singer Jussie Smollett, for the 2022 Global Producer & Film Executive of the Year Excellence Award; and the award-winning Black non-binary writer George M. Johnson, for the 2022 Architect of Literary Artistry Excellence Award.
In the media categories, the honorees included founder and editor in chic for Fashion Bomb Daily Claire Sulmers, for the 2022 Architect of Fashion and Influential Serial Entrepreneur Millennial Excellence Award; the founder of Quintessential Gentleman Magazine Eric K. Thomas, for the 2022 Architect of Millennial Communication & Ingenuity Excellence Award; and the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy at NETFLIX Darnell Moore, for the 2022 Elder Statesmen of Black Queer Liberation & Representation Excellence Award.
In the business categories, the honorees included the founder and CEO of AMAAD Institute Dr. Carl Highshaw, for the 2022 The Global Visionary Ambassador of Excellence Award; and the Vice President of Creative for BMI Catherine Brewton, for the 2022 Global Fashion Ambassador of Business Excellence Award.
In the final community and ministry categories, the honorees included the founder of Monami Productions and creator of “Love & Hip Hop” Mona Scott-Young, for the 2022 Humanitarian Award; and the President of Equal, LGBTQ+ Minister Ashton Reynolds, for the 2022 LGBTQ+ Ambassador of Equality & Justice Excellence Award.
The Vision Community Foundation’s annual Black Tie Gala is a part of the national Holy Convocation & iElevate Conference. The event and foundation’s aim is to create an impact and transform the LGBTQI++ community by educating, creating awareness, and implementing STI/STD prevention methods using all forms of millennial media and marketing tools.
The foundation’s mission is to empower people mentally, emotionally, educationally, socially, and economically. To learn more about the foundation and its mission, visit here.