Black Hollywood came out in droves on Saturday night to celebrate talent in front of and behind the cameras at a high glam soirée thrown by iTunes and EBONY. Brandy, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Byron Allen, Anthony Anderson, Michael Jai White, Vanessa Bell Calloway, black-ish's Yara Shahidi and more joined a beautiful crowd at the Los Angeles NeueHouse Hollywood.
The lofted industrial co-working space was transformed into an urban hang suite aimed at lifting high spirits dampened by #OscarsSoWhite. Johnson Publishing Company Chairman Linda Johnson Rice warmly welcomed a crowd that included respected industry vets — including Robert Townsend — and ushered up Apple executive and standout Bozoma Saint John, head of consumer marketing at Apple. EBONY magazine Editor-in-chief Kierna Mayo also fired up the crowd and reminded the celebs in attendance that they are winners, statuette or not.
The headliner of the brief, yet enthralling program was actor and filmmaker Nate Parker, fresh off a record-breaking Sundance sale of his bootstrapping "Birth of a Nation." Parker, introduced by the affable Anderson, drew shouts of approval and rowdy applause with his incendiary speech about Black Hollywood banding together to win success at its own terms. Celebrity deejays Nick Cannon and D-Nice took to the turntables to keep the attendees dancing into the wee hours of the night. JPC executives, including CEO Desiree Rogers, kept the celebratory spirit going strong.
Experience the magic of the event, accented by the hashtag, #fastforward, a description of the speed with which we all hope Hollywood will move to make the big and small screens reflect the population. Check out our photo gallery to see who attended and stay tuned for even more video and #fastforward highlights.