*LOS ANGELES – Better Brothers Los Angeles (BBLA) in association with award-winning actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph and her non-profit organization, The DIVA Foundation, hosted the Sixth Annual Truth Awards on the evening of Saturday, March 7.
Among the attendees were Gabrielle Union (“L.A’s Finest,” “Being Mary Jane”), Dwyane Wade (Former NBA player), Zaya Wade (Transgender Activist), Angelica Ross (“Pose,” “AHS 1984”), Simone Missick (“All Rise”), Renee Lawless (“Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots”), Keith Boykin (CNN Contributor) writer/producer Ben Cory Jones (“Boomerang,” “Insecure”) Jason Bolden & Adair Curtis (Fashion and Home Stylists and stars of Netflix’s “Styling Hollywood”) and Kalen Allen (Ellen Show Contributor).
The Wade Family presented “Styling Hollywood” stars and their dear friends Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis with the Business Leadership Award. Union said, “It was important for Zaya’s first red carpet to be with her community [Black LGBTQIA+]!”
“Jason and Adair were the first people we called to discuss Zaya coming out to us and they’ve helped guide us through the process,” said Dwyane Wade.
Angelica Ross received the Arts & Culture Award alongside celebrity stylist and interior designer power couple Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis, stars of Netflix’s “Styling Hollywood,” and owners of JSN Studio who received the Business Leadership Award; producer/director Cheryl Dunye of OWN’s “Queen Sugar” with a Media & Arts Award; CNN political commentator and New York Times best-selling author Keith Boykin with the Advocate Award; Dr. Shaun Harper, director of USC Race & Equity Center, with the Excellence in Education Award, and finally, Jeffery Wallace, president and CEO of LeadersUp with the Passing the Torch Award and Brian Henry, DJ and entertainer with the Influencer Award.
The Truth Awards will benefit the DIVA Foundation and its partnership with BBLA, which has initiated 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
For more information about the Truth Awards and its honorees, visit www.BetterBrothersLA.com/truthawards.
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ABOUT THE DIVA FOUNDATION
The DIVA Foundation — founded in 1990 by Tony-nominated actress and HIV/AIDS advocate Sheryl Lee Ralph — is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, created as a living memorial to the many friends she lost to HIV/AIDS as an original cast member of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” and because of her concern for the threat HIV/AIDS posed to women and children. Over the years, the DIVA Foundation has worked to break the silence and erase the stigma still connected to HIV/AIDS and encourage people to get tested in order to know their HIV status.
ABOUT BETTER BROTHERS LOS ANGELES (BBLA)
Better Brothers Los Angeles (BBLA) was created to provide spaces for members of the Black LGBTQ+ community to network, socialize and be BETTER – at life, love and community. Developing a sense of community has been a challenge for some within our community, given the cultural and religious opposition to our orientation and gender identity. As those challenges have receded in mainstream society, they still present significant difficulties and sometimes constrain a healthy sense of well-being. Since our inception, BBLA has sponsored cultural, informational, recreational, and social/networking events. We continue to sponsor and create opportunities that increase community confidence and pride. Visit www.BetterBrothersLA.com