CHICAGO (November 12, 2014) — EBONY® Magazine, the curator of the African-American experience, past, present and future, today announced its 2014 EBONY Power 100 Gala presented by Nationwide. Scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on November 19, the famed gala will be held at one of tinsel town’s most historic landmarks, AVALON Hollywood. For a third consecutive year, Nationwide will proudly present the prestigious affair to celebrate honorees on the 2014 EBONY Power 100 list.
The EBONY Power 100 list salutes the achievements of the most influential African-Americans in the country. Among the game changers honored this year are actresses Gabrielle Union and Viola Davis, radio personality Rickey Smiley, NBA star Kevin Durant, singer Usher Raymond, talk show host Wendy Williams, producer Pharrell Williams and Bishop T.D. Jakes. Honorees from or located in the Chicago area include Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., rapper and producer Kanye West, high school principal Elizabeth Dozier and the Jackie Robinson West Little League team.
“This event pays tribute to those who have made it their mission to make a positive impact on their industries and in their communities,” said Matt Jauchius, Chief Marketing Officer at Nationwide. “Nationwide is honored to once again present the EBONY Power 100 Gala and celebrate the achievements of these amazing men and women.”
Hosting the star-studded evening will be comedian and actor Wayne Brady. Brady is known for his television work on Whose Line Is It Anyhow, The Wayne Brady Show and Don't Forget the Lyrics.
Legendary icon Quincy Jones, will befittingly receive this year’s coveted EBONY Achievement Award. Known for his groundbreaking strides in music and film, Jones is arguably considered one of the most innovative pioneers in entertainment. Throughout his remarkable career, Jones has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions.
The 2014 Power 100 list will appear in the December issue of EBONY on newsstands the week of November 17. The full list of the EBONY Power 100 can be found here.