15th Annual Diversity Awards Review – Bringing People Together From All Arenas In The Entertainment Industry

The Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA) presented the 15th Annual Diversity Awards at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood.  The purpose of the MMPA is to honor outstanding and inspiring people in the entertainment industry for their contribution in the world of film and television.  The evening was definitely a way to bring people together from all arenas in the entertainment community while celebrating positive contributions.

Celebrities took to the red carpet to give their personal views as to what their definition of diversity was and how it affected their daily lives while talking about a myriad of things, from their current projects to what they were wearing for the evening.  The event also provided an outdoor silent auction of entertainment memorabilia.  Items included David Beckham’s autographed soccer jersey, boxing gloves personally autographed by Muhammad Ali, an autographed movie poster from the film RAY signed by Jamie Foxx as well as other sports memorabilia, spa gift packages and Michael Hall stylistic oil paintings.

Kal Penn (upcoming HAROLD & KUMAR sequel) is all smiles for the festivities.

The red carpet provided a lot of hotbed activity for celebrities and honorees to discuss their participation in the evening’s festivities. It also gave way to exclusive sneak peeks and promotion for their latest and upcoming projects.  Celebrities who graced the red carpet were:  Mo’Nique (THE PARKERS), Rex Lee (ENTOURAGE), Sticky Fingaz (from the upcoming A DAY IN THE LIFE and the BLADE series), Idris Elba (DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS and the upcoming THIS CHRISTMAS), James Hyde and Eva Tamargo (PASSIONS), Elijah Kelley (HAIRSPRAY), Kal Penn (SUPERMAN and the upcoming HAROLD AND KUMAR sequel), Sharon Leal (DREAMGIRLS, THIS CHRISTMAS), Tatyana Ali (FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR), Leonard Armond Robinson (MTV’s WILD ‘N OUT and THE BRONX IS BURNING), Jimmy Jean-Louis (HEROES), Dorien Wilson (THE PARKERS), actor and clothing line entrepreneur, Romeo and many more.

 

Video of James Hyde from Passions (Discussing of the show Passions)

Video of Sticky Fingaz (Discussing A Day In The Life)


Video of Mo’Nique (Discussing Her Latest Project ‘Push’)

The inside of the Globe Theatre was decorated in gold, silver, black and purple. One could say that the colors are ‘diversely suitable’ for the evening’s festivities. There were two jumbo screens displayed where the audience can view footage from past events as well as additional footage of some of the honorees’ most critically acclaimed work before receiving their well-deserved award.  Honorees from the past include:  Diahann Carroll, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Terrence Howard, Chris Rock, the casts of CRASH, CRIMINAL MINDS and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and many more.  The star-studded event was hosted by Debbie Matenopoulous (E! Entertainment) and Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight).  Various presenters took to the stage to give out the evening’s awards and provided a little history about diversity and to reflect on how important it is to raise a greater consciousness about the need for more realistic roles in the entertainment industry.

Brittany Snow (HAIRSPRAY) accepts the award for Female Nova.

British actor Idris Elba (THIS CHRISTMAS) accepts the award for Best Actor in a Drama for Tyler Perry's movie (DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS).

Elijah Kelley (HAIRSPRAY) accepts the award for Male Nova. Presenters Sticky Fingaz (A DAY IN THE LIFE) and Nazanin Boniadi (GENERAL HOSPITAL).

LIST OF AWARDS

  • Favorite Daytime Television Drama Award – PASSIONS
  • Most Compelling Television Drama Award – HOUSE
  • 2007 Favorite Comedy Ensemble – THE OFFICE
  • Female Nova Award – Brittany Snow
  • Male Nova Award – Elijah Kelley
  • 2007 Best Drama – Made-for-Television Movie or Miniseries Award – THE BRONX IS BURNING
  • 2007 Diverse Television Case Ensemble Award – WORKOUT
  • Best Director (Comedy or Musical) – KENNY ORTEGA
  • Renaissance Artist Award – MO’NIQUE
  • Best Actor In A Drama – IDRIS ELBA
  • Best Documentary Feature Award – THE 11TH HOUR
  • 2007 Diverse Programming Network – CBS ENTERTAINMENT

The Shop Boyz entertained the crowd performing their underground party anthem “Party Like A Rock Star”.  Michael Grimm and Bruce Wallace also sang a couple of timeless tracks for the audience. The night truly belonged to two honorees:  The first being Mo’Nique, who got the night’s standing ovation, as she accepted the Renaissance Artist Award.  She delivered her speech with honesty, humility and her own brand of humor as she encouraged everyone to dream the impossible dream.

 

 

Video of Mo’Nique’s Speech

How appropriate was it that Mo'Nique's on-screen paramours Darien Wilson (THE PARKERS) and Jimmy Jean-Louis (PHAT GIRLZ) presented her with the Renaissance Award.

The second and most moving speech came from the producers and director for the Best Documentary Feature Award recipient for ( THE 11TH HOUR), in which they described this movie as a love letter for all humanity and Earth as we are encouraged to do our part in the prevention of global warming.  For more information, visit (http://www.11thhouraction.com), for more details on how we can do our part in changing the world.

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. These can be characterized through the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies. Diversity is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and having the ability to move beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. Overall, the 15th Annual Diversity Awards was a night of good times and camaraderie had by all in a room full of diverse people from all walks of life. 

More information about The 15th Annual Diversity Awards put on by the Multicultural Motion Picture Association can be found here:

http://www.thediversityawards.org/

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