* Powerhouse singer/songwriter and LGBT activist Frenchie Davis will lend her voice and perform at the Second Annual Truth Awards Gala and Dinner to be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, located at 1201 Vine Street in Los Angeles.
Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. with red carpet arrivals and a VIP reception. The event will be hosted by reality stars and tv personalities Omarosa Manigault (“The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice”) and Karamo Brown (TV One’s “The Next 15;” host of “The OWN Show” on Oprah.com; and MTV’s “The Real World: Philadelphia”).
The black-tie affair will honor African-American, trailblazing men and women whose personal and professional accomplishments have positively impacted the perception and image of the Black LGBTQ community.
The Truth Awards embody the belief that members of the Black LGBTQ community and its allies who embrace and live their truth should be recognized and honored.
The DIVA Foundation and its founder Sheryl Lee Ralph are especially pleased to continue their partnership with Better Brothers Los Angeles (BBLA) on this effort.
Both organizations believe a healthy Black community – one where individuals are allowed to live their truth, free of shame and stigma, and are recognized as equal and rightful members of the community – is a critical piece in the fight to also end HIV/AIDS.
This year’s honorees were picked from various fields, including the creative arts, entertainment, business, law, politics, and the ministry.
“It’s important that we uplift and recognize the accomplishments of African Americans in the LGBTQ community, who are living their lives unabashedly out loud and openly for all the world to see,” says Ralph. “Hopefully, by celebrating the courage of these gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals, we will encourage, inspire and motivate others to live their truth.”
Notable allies in Black Hollywood will join Ralph in presenting the awards to the Truth Awards honorees.
A fan favorite and a Grammy-nominated recording artist, Frenchie became a household name after competing on season two of Fox’s “American Idol” and a finalist on season one of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Last year, she released the single, “Stand (By Me),” from her upcoming debut album, titled “Finally Frenchie,” expected to drop this fall. In 2012, her debut solo single “Love’s Got a Hold on Me,” hit #12 on Billboard’s dance chart.
The Howard University alumna has also sung for her supper on stage, lending her powerful pipes to “Rent” on Broadway as well as the touring companies of “Dreamgirls” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” which nabbed her a Grammy nomination.
Last year, she appeared in “Invisible Life” at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, a stage adaption of the book by the late, openly-gay, New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn Harris. Other theatre credits include “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Cinderella Enchanted.”
Frenchie’s acoustic version of Fetty Wap’s song, “Trap Queen,” went viral as the first installment of the Hip Hop Musicals on YouTube.
Watch her performance
Also, check out her single, “Stand (By Me)” on Soundcloud.
Ticket prices range from $150 for general admission to $250 for premier seating. Tickets can be purchased online here.
The Truth Awards will benefit the DIVA Foundation and its partnership with BBLA for several initiatives aimed at affirming and strengthening the African American LGBTQ community educationally, financially, physically and socially. For more information about the organization and its scholarship program, visit www.BetterBrothersLA.com
2016 Truth Awards Honorees:
And so, without further ado, here are the 2016 honorees of the Truth Awards:
- Bishop Dr. Yvette A. Flunder
- Aaron Walton
- Judge Darrin P. Gayles
- Gerald McCallum ll
- Rev. Jenenne Macklin
- Gregory Bunn and Demetrius Mccoy
- Darryn Harris
For more information about the Truth Awards and its honorees, visit www.BetterBrothersLA.com/truthawards
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James Ward III