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Exclusive Photos Alert: Russell Simmons Receives Culture Creators Award

This BET weekend, June 24th, Joi Pitts, the SVP of Marketing and Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records hosted her 2nd annual invite-only Culture Creators brunch. It was attended by some of the biggest and most notable people in music.

Over 200 of the industry’s hardest workers gather together for Culture Creators intimate awards Brunch. Culture Creators honored the movers and the shakers of the entertainment industry that are often overlooked.

CULTURE CREATORS HONOR THE INNOVATORS AND LEADERS IN
BLACK CULTURE FOR A SECOND YEAR
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Music Moguls Kevin Liles and Russell Simmons pose with their awards during the Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Music Mogul Russell Simmons receives the Icon Award at the Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Music Executive Kevin Liles speaks during the Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

Russell Simmons was taken by surprise when Kevin Liles took the stage to present him with the Culture Creators Icon Award. Some other honorees included: Kevin Liles, Angela Rye, Charlamagne Tha God, Tiffany Haddish, Misa Hylton, and many more.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Charlamagne tha God poses with his award at Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Tiffany Haddish speaks at Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Laz Alonso attends Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Angela Rye speaks at Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Natina Nimene speaks at Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Misa Hylton speaks during Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 24: Tiffany Hasbourne speaks during Culture Creators 2nd Annual Awards Brunch Presented By Motions Hair And Ciroc at Mr. C Beverly Hills on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Culture Creators )

LIST OF HONOREES​:
Honorees: Angela Rye – Impact Strategies, C.E.O. & Political Analyst, Commentator // Brickson Diamond – The Blackhouse Foundation, Chairman & The Executive Leadership Council, COO // Charlamagne Tha God – Author, Radio Personality, Director, Actor // Courtney Lowery – Epic Records, VP of Public Relations // Derrick “D-Nice” Jones – DJ, Photographer // Dyana Williams – Broadcaster & Celebrity Strategist // Jesse Collins – Jesse Collins Entertainment, CEO, Producer & Writer // Kevin Liles – President and Chief Executive Officer of KWL Management & President, 300 Entertainment // Marlon C. Nichols – Cross Culture Ventures, Co-Founder & Managing Partner // Marsha St. Hubert – Atlantic Records, SVP Urban Marketing // Misa Hylton – MH Fashion Styling Academy // Natina Nimene – Def Jam Records, Vice President Urban Promotions // Sydney Margetson – Atlantic Records, VP of Publicity // Tiffany Hasbourne – Costume Designer // Tiffany Haddish – Comedienne & Actress, Girls Trip // Tunde Balogun – LVRN Records, Co-Founder // Valeisha Butterfield-Jones – ‎Head of Black Community Engagement at Google, Co- Founder WEEN Academy

ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS:
Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY ® weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, KeKe Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. As well as partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies.

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