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Phylicia Rashad, Pearl Cleage, Camille R. Love and more honored during 'Applauds Awards Brunch'

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Ray Cornelius with Phylicia Rashad

Bravo to Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon and his True Colors Theatre Company. They recently honored some of the biggest names in the arts, culture and entertainment as part of their annual Applauds Awards Brunch.

The spring fundraising event is the culmination of the company’s 16th anniversary and a celebration of their year long accomplishments. The awards ceremony was attended by a good number of the company’s high profile supporters ranging from arts and cultural enthusiasts to corporate leaders and philanthropic giants.


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Kenny Leon and Jamil Jude honoring author and playwright Pearl Cleage

The afternoon took place at the swanky InterContinental Hotel in the Buckhead district of Atlanta and featured awards presentations to the innovative Georgia Justice Project; beloved author and playwright Pearl Cleage; global powerhouse Warner Media (formerly Turner); Atlanta Cultural Affairs Executive Director Camille R. Love; and Tony Award-Winning actress of stage, television and screen Phylicia Rashad. Each honoree received an award that is based on the pillars of the True Colors Theatre Company: Boldness, Laughter, Abundance and Respect. Ms. Rashad received the coveted Jane Bishop National Theatre Award, that is named after the company’s late co-founder Jane Bishop.  

The event also served as the official installation of Jamil Jude as the Company’s new Artistic Director along with riveting performances from the winner and runner-up of this year’s August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Click here to see more photos below courtesy of TakeOne Photography by Marvin Striggles.

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.