Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and brought to you by Beam Suntory/Courvoisier®, the GRIOT Gala transported VIP guests into a Parisian splendor with the ambiance of Moulin Rouge, by way of its luxurious indoor/outdoor atmosphere, designed & produced by Dwight Eubanks & Annette BibbyOliver/Dreamhouse MBG. The GRIOT Gala honored the extraordinary accomplishments of the award-winning stage, television, and film actress Phylicia Rashad, revered for her portrayal of Claire Huxtable on the Cosby Show, Cheech & Chong’s Cheech Marin, and the Have & Have Nots Reneé Lawless — all industry greats who represent diversity and inclusion and who authentically contribute to the world becoming ONE. Each honoree was presented with a prestigious award to commemorate their exceptional career in the entertainment industry!
Post Academy awards ceremony, guests danced the night away to live entertainment and celebrity DJ sounds after walking an incredible tiered custom designed purple carpet, while sipping on Beam Suntory/Courvoisier®’s signature libations! Tastemaker palates appreciated BOA’s tray-passed aperitifs, delectable hors d’oeuvres, and tantalizing food stations! VIP rooms had different experiences for guests to be gifted and pampered throughout the venue including Kush Kings, Courvoisier private tastings, to french memes serving custom cocktails from a designed french bistro next to a constructed Eiffel Tower. Griot Gala is an Annual Oscar sought after and coveted event that never disappoints. Special thanks go out to all the talent that attended and supported:
Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Cheech Marin (Cheech & Chong), Reneé Lawless (Have & Have Nots), Arthur Sarkissian (Producer Rush Hour), Kim Lee (Bling Empire/Wynn Resident DJ), Kevin Kreider (Bling Empire), Dwight Eubanks (TV Personality), Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy, Fame), Kizzo (4 time Grammy Nominated Producer), David Alan Grier (In Living Color, A Soldier’s Play), Jimmy Akingbola (Bel Air), Karimah Westbrook (All American), Meagan Good (Harlem), Robert Ri’Chard (Emmy Award Winning Actor), Karlee Perez (Mayan MC), Jimmy Akingbola (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Rayford Jackson,( Film Maker) Marcel Spears ( The Neighborhood), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Coming To America 1 & 2), Steven Cravotta (Original Creator of Wordle iOS APP) Joshua Macciello (President of Global Ascension Studios), Megan Pormer (Fox), Ryan Rondeno (Celebrity Chef), Fashion Designer Mariano Feliciano (Lavi), Chef Sean(Actor & Artist), KeyShawn Jackson (NFL Player),and the list goes on.
Fashion Designer Mariano Feliciano (Lavi)