A Celebration of Excellence: Universal Music Group, EBONY and Airbnb Honor Sen. Kamala D. Harris

A Celebration of Excellence: Universal Music Group, EBONY and Airbnb Honor Sen. Kamala D. Harris

Where ambition and ambiance meet! We had to make sure that the night was just right for Senator Kamala D. Harris #HonoringHarris

by Soraya Joseph, September 22, 2017

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Last night, Universal Music Group (UMG) and EBONY magazine came together to honor Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) during the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) 2017 Annual Legislative Conference. Presented by Airbnb, the exclusive celebration was filled with admiration and entertainment as Harris’ colleagues and supporters came out to honor the highly esteemed senator.

Senator Kamala D. Harris (D) during the Universal Music Group and Ebony celebration in her honor of during 2017 CBCF ALC at Ajax Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
Sen. Kamala D. Harris during the EBONY and UMG celebration

Notable attendees who made sure to celebrate the freshman senator included UMG General Counsel and EVP of Business and Legal Affairs  Jeff Harleston; Ebony Media CEO Linda Johnson and Vice Chairman Willard Jackson; and Airbnb Director of National Partnerships Janaye Ingram. Also in attendance were CBC members Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.); Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh; Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.); Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.); and Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.).

Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA_ Jeff Harleston, General Council of UMG, and Kevin Ross attend the Universal Music Group and Ebony celebration in her honor during 2017 CBCF ALC at Ajax Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
Sen. Harris, Universal Music Group’s Jeff Harleston and singer Kevin Ross
Senator. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), and Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Ebony Media attend the Universal Music Group and Ebony celebration in her honor during 2017 CBCF ALC at Ajax Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
Sen. Harris with Ebony Media CEO Linda Johnson Rice

 

Janaye Ingram, Director of Public Partnerships at Airbnb, and Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Ebony Media attend the Universal Music Group and Ebony celebration in honor of Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) during 2017 CBCF ALC at Ajax Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
Janaye Ingram, director of public partnerships at Airbnb, with Linda Johnson Rice

It was a packed house as UMG artist and special musical guest Kevin Ross  provided the entertainment and enraptured the room.

Kevin Ross performs for Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) during the Universal Music Group and Ebony celebration in her honor of during 2017 CBCF ALC at Ajax Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
 Ross performing for Sen. Harris
Kevin Ross performs for Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) during the Universal Music Group and Ebony celebration in her honor of during 2017 CBCF ALC at Ajax Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
 Ross wows the crowd.

Sen. Harris was sure to lead the evening with a welcome speech and show of gratitude to guests. While acknowledging the power of press, she gave a nod to UMG’s Harleston and Ebony Media’s Johnson Rice:

“This is a moment in time for all of us to speak truth about what is going on. All of those executives like Jeff Harleston, who sit in those rooms where important decisions are being made about what the message will be, and how it will be spoken and whether it will reflect the truth.
As we party and enjoy all of the success of all the individuals in this room, let’s also continue to support Black press. Support Black media. That’s the press that will speak the truth that the country must hear.”

Preach! Congratulations to Sen. Harris. On behalf of Ebony Media, UMG and Airbnb, we wish you salute you and wish you continued success.

 
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