The Congressional Black Caucus celebrated the 50th anniversary of its annual legislative conference (September 12-17), and BET was honored for broadcasting its annual Phoenix Awards.
The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to the society and equity of the black community. This year’s winners are notable for fighting for the civil rights of black Americans, especially for the right to vote and for progress.
The evening begins with the organized town hall The GrioOf April Ryan. A longtime White House correspondent and author set the tone from the start: We’re here to celebrate how far black Americans have come, but there’s still a strong way. With just 1 member, from the beginning of the CBC, to today’s caucus, with many members multiplying times, political influence, unfortunately, it means that some in power are actively working to deprive black voters, and the gains have been hard won over the last 60 years.
The town hall panel included the president of the Black Information Network, Tony Coles; Proctor and Gamble’s chief communications officer, Damon Jones; CEO of DoSomething.org, Dinora Getachu; And staff, academics, organizers, writers and MSNBC analysts, Brittany Packnet Cunningham.
The # ALC50 theme, Black Excellence Unparalleled: Power in Inward Tip, recognizes the role of black artistic expression in culture and society, and was certainly part of the incredible musical performance at the awards show. Of course, the political importance of creating a black agenda, respecting the black voice in democracy and protecting the lives of blacks was key. Here are seven of the many highlights of the evening.
9. Wayne Brady Performed “a change will come”
Five-time Emmy Award winner, game show host, and singer, Wayne Brady is thrilled with his musical performance by Sam Cook. People may not remember, but in 2009 Brady’s version of the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Diction Themed R&B Vocal Performance.
8. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III
Secretary Austin is a retired four-star general in the U.S. military. The West Point graduate is also the first African-American to serve as U.S. Secretary of Defense. He died on January 22, 2021. He is the first African American to serve as Secretary of Defense in the United States.
He accepted the award on behalf of all U.S. service members, “In order to keep America safe in today’s world, we need to draw the full, diverse range of talents and skills and perspectives that our country must give. And it’s not just a matter of policy, it’s a matter of national security. ”
7. LedisI sang “Anything for you”
Everyone knows that a lady can sing. And this Grammy-winning song performance for this year’s best dition-themed R&B vocal performance has confirmed that everyone will remember how talented he is. The Lady has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, and she has released a memoir that has led her to even greater success with perseverance.
6. Angela Bassett As host
She presents on screen what it means to be a strong black woman, and Bassett uses her positions as director, producer or worker to tell the story of blacks with dignity. Beauty is also a Yale graduate with dozens of awards, including a Golden Globe Award, seven NAACP Image Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
5. Fashionable “Free your mind”
‘Superstition, wrote a song about it, want to hear? Go to this. ‘Some of us remember when Funky Day was shown in Foxy in Living Color যে the show that inspired the comedy line that introduced anti-apartheid music. The group is widely regarded as one of the best female groups of all time and they have sold over 30 million albums to date. This group seems as amazing and wonderful as it is today, when they introduce the world to women singing capella in popular music.
4. President Joe Biden
On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Congressional Black Caucus, the 3rd President of the United States reminded us that the founder of CLBC came just a few years after being elected a junior senator from Delaware. Biden promised that he would stand with the CBC for justice for all Americans, calling the group the “conscience of Congress.”
He said: “Now is the time to eradicate systemic racism that is still plaguing our laws, our institutions and our culture. The time has come for a moral response to healing the soul so that black Americans can fully enter the economy and the society they have built and formed over the centuries. (Vice President Harris) Orange, and I have been focusing on this since I took office. Paying more than a billion dollars, appointing a record number of black judges to the Circuit Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and reducing black poverty in America by 38%.
3. Eat the wheel I sang “I am every woman”
The Queen of Funk has brought it home for everyone with her ultimate power hit, “I’m Every Woman.” It was a truly appropriate inclusion – black women are demographics who made a Biden / Harris administration a reality, and it was the vote of black women who kept the House for the Democratic Party and made it so that Republicans in the Senate do not have a majority since the GOP passed in almost every union state. , Or trying to pass legislation to make it harder for blacks and women to cast their ballots, Chaka Khan’s performance helped bring some more joy to an evening where people were reminded how much work remains to be done.
2. Vice President Orange Harris
A graduate of Howard University, Alpha Capa is a member of Alpha Sorority, Inc., a former U.S. senator from California who is now the 49th Vice President of the United States. Vice President Harris is the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African-American and the first Asian-American vice president. Of course, while serving as senator, Harris himself was part of the CBC.
1. Former GA State Representative Stacey Abrahams
A politician who became the first black woman to be elected to the governorship was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Body Award. Abrams launched the Fair Fight, an organization dedicated to ensuring a voice in every American electoral system. By accepting his award, he made it clear that the fight would continue.
He told the audience, “The Phoenix Award is a sign that we have made a difference between suffrage and the work we are doing in the 2020 census. But without the support of members of the Congressional Black Caucus Doing the work of lifting the need to do, not just voting, but voting for our future, and working against big lies, but the little lies that are often told about the value of our voices. To maintain solidarity with the CBC, to fight together And it is my honor to work together to protect our democracy. ”
Honorable mention: Malcolm Jamal Warner
Although viewers have never seen the show’s announcer, the ubiquitous 80’s kids – and those who are fans of the Kasby show – recognized Malcolm Jamal Warner’s melodious voice. The child star became an actor, director, producer, musician and writer who has been playing a role that has helped tell the full story of black American life since the Reagan administration. Glad to hear him as part of an evening celebrating Black Life and Black Innovation.