Last night, UPTOWN Magazine and Lexus held their annual Lexus Uptown Honors Hollywood. With Black excellence on full display, the ceremony honored trailblazers in music. This year’s honorees were Questlove, Kris Bowers, Kathryn Bostic, and Morgan Rhodes.
The virtual affair began with a photo montage of last year’s event accompanied by music from DJ Lil Mic. Kita Williams and Derrial Christon hosted the Reserve Bar sponsored red carpet. Complete with appearances from Niecy Nash, Jessica Betts, Shanice, and Flex Washington. There was also a cocktail demonstration, with Uncle Nearest Whiskey founder, Fawn Weaver.
UPTOWN Ventures Group founders, Len Burnett and Brett Wright opened the show. They spoke on the history of Lexus UPTOWN Honors Hollywood and the evening’s guests of honor. Following their opening, Chris Spencer and Tai Beauchamp then took over as hosts.
From there, an esteemed group of presenters handed out each of the awards. They included Jimmy Jam, Ava DuVernay, Yvette Lee Bowser, and Gil Robertson. With each honoree delivering heartfelt speeches upon receiving their awards.
“Black music is everything. And I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work in the light of its richness. Its glory, its promise, and its future”, Morgan Rhodes.
“Thank you so much to Lexus UPTOWN Honors Hollywood for this award. It means a great deal. I’ve wanted to be a composer ever since I was a young kid. And it feels very surreal how this is all coming together with the career I’ve been able and fortunate to have. So thank you all so much for this recognition”, Kris Bowers.
“I’m honored to be here with my fellow honorees who are also part of this fabulous community of artists and composers. That we are here together at this time, in particular, to come together and have fellowship for uplifting our community. Being part of the community in ways that are so strong and so needed right now”, Kathryn Bostic.
“It’s important now more than ever to maintain your creativity. Keep your creative juices flowing. That’s what I’ve been doing in the last year. Recharging my batteries and getting my creative juices ready for the next half of my life. I suggest that very strongly. So that we can have a stronger community of teachers, artists, and creatives”, Questlove.
The Lexus Uptown Honors event concluded with performances by musical artist Eric Roberson and poet Prentice Powell. For more information, visit https://www.uptownmagazine.com/.
Contributing Writer Racquel Coral is a national lifestyle writer and journalist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Find her on social media @withloveracquel.