Uptown Ventures Group, the parent company of Uptown Magazine, kicked off Oscar week with their annual event, Lexus Uptown Honors Hollywood, at NeueHouse Hollywood last night. Celebrity guests gathered to honor women power players within the film and television industry. 

Celebrity guests and VIP’s in attendance included Naturi Naughton, Larenz Tate, Joseph Sikora, Malinda Williams, Curtis Hamilton, Affion Crockett, Miss J. Alexander, Gabrielle Dennis, Tai Beauchamp, TJ Jackson, Kenny Lattimore, Terrence J, Bresha Webb, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mike Hill, Cynthia Bailey & more.

“Tonight is about celebrating exceptional talent leading the way and contributing to the industry in front and behind the camera,” says Len Burnett co-CEO and chief revenue officer of UPTOWN Ventures Group.

The night of excellence was hosted by Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer. The evening’s honorees included Courtney A. Kemp, writer, producer, and creator of Starz’ primetime drama “Power;” Niija Kuykendall, Executive Vice President of Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures; Robin Thede, comedian, creator, and showrunner of HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show;” and, Marsai Martin, creative, young power player, award-winning actress, and executive producer.

As a prelude to the Academy Awards, the star-studded event was lavishly decorated with beautiful white rose centerpieces, a five-course dinner, and a private after-party. 

Highlights from the evening included the cast members of “Power,” Naughton, Tate, and Sikora presenting writer, producer, and creator Courtney A. Kemp with her award. 

Thede delivered a belly-aching speech as she accepted her award while Kuykendall spoke about breaking barriers and being fearless in the industry and mini-mogul. 

Martin delivered an empowering speech letting the crowd know that being a teenager was much harder than being the youngest executive producer working in Hollywood.

For almost a decade, Lexus Uptown Honors Hollywood is made possible by the generous support of Lexus as the returning title sponsor.

attends the Lexus Uptown Honors Hollywood on Wednesday February 5, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA (Earl Gibson & Darius L. Carter)

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