Host: Brandon T. Jackson
The Salute will take place Friday, February 24th, 2012
Los Angeles, CA/ January 9, 2012/ – The highly anticipated 2012 ‘Eye On Black’ salute is announced with CENTRIC Network for the 84th Annual Academy Awards Weekend in Los Angeles, CA. The annual soiree serves as the largest salute to African American Directors, recognizing black filmmaker’s whose work has assisted in shaping the black experience on the silver screen. The 2012 ‘Eye On Black’ is presented by Anheuser Busch with additional support from BlackNLA.com, Brock Beauty and KJLH FM radio set for Friday, February 24th, 2012 at the historic Park Plaza Hotel. Creator of ‘Eye On Black’ The Kartel Company, have tapped creative planning firm Carpe Diem Special Events for all creative direction.
The evening salute will honor MARTIN LAWRENCE, CHRIS ROBINSON, AND HAILE GERIMA with host BRANDON T. JACKSON. Presenters and performers for the 2012 show will be announced in the coming weeks. CENTRIC Network partnering in the ‘Eye On Black’ salute for the second consecutive year, Paxton Baker EVP of CENTRIC Network recognizes the significance of the show;
“We are excited to return as the official media sponsor of ‘Eye on Black’: Salute To Directors,” stated Paxton Baker, CENTRIC’s General Manager and Executive Vice President. “This year’s honorees have played a vital role in shaping the cultural framework and musical tastes of CENTRIC’s 25- to 54- year old audience, and I look forward to honoring such great contributors to our heritage.”
Concluding the evening, legendary Choreographer, Producer, Director, Actress, and Philanthropist DEBBIE ALLEN will receive the 2012 Melvin Van Peebles Lifetime Achievement Award®. The salute is expected to boast an A-list celebrity guest-list as well as VIP donors and corporate partners. A night of fanfare, the salute will feature three separate events (pre-cocktail, dinner/salute, and after-party) under the theme of “Natural Talent” with an increased guest list of 375 VIPs. A portion of all proceeds will go toward the funding of the ‘Eye On Black Foundation” 501c non-profit creation, centered around funding community based projects for African Americans in the areas of art, education, and small business empowerment.
About Eye On Black
Eye On Black (EOB) created in 2010 is a platform that recognizes influential people of African descent in the areas of philanthropy, music, business empowerment, Afro-centric thought, and innovation in the arts. The Eye On Black salute specifically highlights the theatric contributions of African American and Afro-Latino Directors that have assisted in shaping the black experience in film and TV. In 2011, it was announced that Eye On Black would be formed into a 501c non-profit foundation centered around funding community based projects for African American and Afro-Latinos in the areas of art, education, and small business empowerment.