Last night, Coco Jones and Kenny Burns co-hosted the second annual black music action coalition Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Held at The Beverly Hilton, the event recognized the influence of executives, artists, content creators, legal and legislative leaders working to make the music industry fairer, especially for black artists. .
“As African Americans, we don’t do this alone. If we’ve been successful, shouldn’t we be held accountable?” . “For the foreseeable future, my baton foot will be focused on protecting Black Art and protecting each and every one of you.”
Speaking about how the legal system has used the creative artistic expression of black artists, especially black rappers, against them, Lyles added: As a confession in court. You can’t do that if you’re white. never.
“I have people who can’t be fathers to their children, people who can’t hold their mother’s hand when she’s sick and in pain, and who’s screwed up because of the lyrics. that is systemic racism Policy in the world’s best music genre. So, given that baton, what about the next generation? And I said If I need a good reason, if I need someone who wants to set an example, I will walk, march, run, do whatever I have to do. I am going to get this done. Protect Black Art. we will protect each other. God bless hip hop.
Also, who participated in last night’s event, Anthony Anderson who gave Liles his award Tyler the Creator, Presented by Tim Hinshaw and the Amazon Music team, Congressman Maxine Waterswho were unable to attend received the BMAC Icon Award. Nicole Hannah Jonesalso shared their remarks remotely and won the BMAC Change Agent Award. Scroll down to see the full list of honorees who attended last night’s gala.
Lil Baby: Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award
Harvey Mason Jr., Valeisha Butterfield Jones & Panos Panay: BMAC Social Impact Award
Joi Brown: BMAC Change Agent Award
John Pratt: Clarence Avant Trailblazer Award
Brittany K. Barnett: BMAC Change Agent Award
Tim Hinshaw, Rochelle Balogun, Josh Beas, Sierra Lever: BMAC Social Impact Award
Shirley Halperin and Gail Mitchell: BMAC 365 Awards
David Ali: BMAC BLACK: Future. now.Award
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