Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, First Gentleman Rashad Burgess and The Vision Community Foundation held the 4TH Annual Black Tie Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The exclusive gala recognizes the achievements of those in the arts who support the LGBTQ community.
The honorees recognized were: Sheryl Lee Ralph for her many contributions in film, television, Broadway and her love and humbling heart for the LGBT community and bringing awareness to HIV/AIDS through her DIVA Foundation. Andrea Kelly,was honored for being an amazing choreographer, actress and for her love for equality and support for her transgender son Jay. Marlo Hampton was admired and acknowledged for her impressive fashions and endearing heart for the LGBT community. Princess Baton Lofters was honored for creating one of the best reality television shows in history, Real Housewives of Atlanta. Bennie Mosley was recognized for building awareness and pride in the diversity of the LGBTQ community by creating a Black American Pageantry organization to offer Black Gay Entertainers an avenue to compete and service the community on a national platform. Also honored was Mushiya Tshikuka, star of WE tv’s new show Cutting It: in the Atl, for being an inspiration to women through her new national platform. Memphis native, Minister Gwen Clemons was honored for her humanitarian efforts and exceptional support for equality and the LGBT community and development of radio talk show that deeply explores the issues of the LGBT Community in the south.
The Vision Community Foundation is founded by Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III with Avian Watson serving as Deputy Director.