Thursday, October 6, 2022

The Living Legends Foundation, Inc.® Postpones 2020 Annual Awards Dinner & Gala Until 2021

PHOTO CAPTION – Top row: Bryan “Birdman” Williams, Ronald “Slim” Williams, Sharon Heyward, Charlamagne Tha God Bottom row: Geo Bivins, Johnnie Walker, Tuma Basa, Hank Caldwell

*(Los Angeles, CA) – With an abundance of caution, The Living Legends Foundation, Inc.® has chosen to postpone the 2020 Awards Dinner & Gala scheduled for Friday, October 9. 2020 to Friday, October 8, 2021.

The 2021 date will coincide with the 30th Anniversary Celebration and will once again be held at Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

The foundation’s core mission is to honor pioneers and professionals who have broken new ground in the areas of broadcasting, recorded music, marketing, retail, publicity, publishing, digital, creative, and philanthropy. The illustrious 2021 honorees will include: Ronald “Baby” Williams & Bryan “Slim” Williams, co-founders of Cash Money, who will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Charlamagne Tha God, entertainment personality, author and co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy and Angela Yee will receive the Jerry Boulding Radio Award; Geo Bivins, Executive Vice-President/General Manager, RCA Records will receive the Music Executive Award; Johnnie Walker, Founder, and CEO of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. (NABFEME) will receive the Mike Bernardo Female Executive Award; Tuma Basa, Director, Urban Music at YouTube will receive the Digital Executive Award; Sharon Heyward, Music industry veteran (Perspective, Virgin and Harmony Records) will receive the A.D. Washington Chairman’s Award; and Hank Caldwell, Music industry veteran (WEA, Atlantic, SOLAR, Epic, and Death Row Records) will receive The Founder’s Award.

“The Foundation was looking forward to celebrating this year’s stellar line-up of honorees” states Chairman David Linton.  “Given the high risk associated with COVID-19 on African-Americans, our first priority is always the safety of our guests. The Gala represents our biggest annual fundraiser that allows us to do the work of assisting our industry colleagues who find themselves with financial hardships.”

Linton continues, “There’s a saying that ‘behind every cloud there’s a silver lining’ and thanks to a generous donation received from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, we are able to continue our work that has been amplified this year due to the pandemic.  We are thankful to Chairman/CEO Jon Platt and Sony/ATV for their thoughtfulness and commitment to the entertainment community.”

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Ray Harris, added, “The Living Legends Foundation is the oldest Black Music organization to date. I am humbled and profoundly grateful to the current and past Chairmen, Board of Directors, and Advisory Board members who have volunteered their time and efforts to carry my vision for the organization. We should all be proud of our efforts and the good we do. We are not done yet.”

The Foundation continues to conduct virtual events such as Salute To Black Radio for Black History Month, Salute to HBCUs for HBCU Awareness Month, and Living Legends Foundation Remembers for Black Music Month, which profiled industry executives who passed away in the past year.

Details on the 30th Anniversary will be revealed in the Spring of 2021. For additional information on the Living Legends Foundation, please visit

About the Living Legends Foundation:  The Living Legends Foundation, LLC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization and has been funded primarily with corporate contributions and individual donations. Over the years, the organization has recognized and honored more than 100 distinguished leaders in music, radio, retail, and media. Past honorees include, in alphabetical order: Brenda Andrews, Larkin Arnold, Clarence Avant, Lee Bailey, Big Boy, Jamie Foster Brown, Troy Carter, Ray Chew, and Vivian Scott Chew, Hymen Childs, Keith Clinkscales, Sheila Coates, Sheila Eldridge, Kenny Gamble, Jack “The Rapper” Gibson, Tony Gray, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Jeffrey Harleston, Denise Brown Henderson, Esq., Stephen Hill, Leon Huff, Cathy Hughes, Don Jackson, Hal Jackson, Larry Jackson, Cynthia Johnson, Varnell Johnson, Quincy Jones, Larry Khan, Morace Landy, Karen Lee, Vicki Mack Lataillade and Claude Lataillade, Miller London, Michael Mauldin, Rushion McDonald, Sidney Miller, Kendall Minter, Esq., Jon Platt, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ruben Rodriguez, Aundrae Russell, Pat Shields, Eddie Sims and Belinda Wilson, Dedra Tate, Phil Thornton Herb Trawick, Charles Warfield, Dr. Logan H. Westbrooks, Maurice White, Dyana Williams, Tyrone Williams, and numerous others.

About the Board Of Directors:  The Living Legends Foundation, LLC Officers and Board Members include Chairman David Linton, Chairman Emeritus and Founder Ray Harris, President Varnell Johnson, Vice-President Jacqueline Rhinehart, Recording Secretary Pat Shields, co-founder and Treasurer C.C. Evans and General Counsel Kendall Minter, Esq. Board Members include Vinny Brown, Sheila Eldridge, Marcus Grant, Tony Gray, Ken Johnson, Barbara Lewis, Miller London, Sidney Miller, Kathi Moore, Jon Platt, Gwendolyn Quinn, Sam Weaver, and Colleen Wilson.

About the Advisory Board:  The Living Legends Foundation, LLC Advisory Board includes a list of notable entertainment executives, including Monica Alexander, Don Cody, George Daniels, Brad Davidson, Michael Dawson, Esq., Skip Dillard, Kevin Fleming, Shannon Henderson, Jay Johnson, James Leach, Vicki Mack Lataillade, Gail Mitchell, Azim Rashid, Lionel Ridenour, Kevin Ross, A.J. Savage, Vivian Scott Chew, Phil Thornton, Brian Wallace, Irene Ware, Tyrone Williams, Buzzy Willis, and Tony Winger.

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