The 2012 ‘Eye On Black®’ Announced with CENTRIC Network

CentricThe 2012 Salute will honor; Debbie Allen , Haile Gerima, Martin Lawrence, and Chris Robinson

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, 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.


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DGM is a full service lifestyle, event production, branding and marketing, PR firm catering to companies seeking media presence and elevated brand awareness. DGM prides itself in producing result-driven public relations and marketing programs that provide maximum impact, cost effectiveness, and guaranteed client satisfaction. DGM was created by veteran entertainment executive Desmarie Guyton with 16 years of experience from personal artist representation to major record label work, DGM fuses corporate with entertainment by understanding the needs of PR, multi cultural brand building marketing and the machine to operate it. About The Owner: Desmarie Guyton has proved her worth in the record and entertainment industry, by working tenaciously on her goals and providing an overall quality to the positions that she was entrusted. She began her career in Public Relations at Suzan Crane PR firm. There she affected the public relations platform for a variety of artist including Tom Petty and Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses. A lateral move to MCA Records allowed for Ms. Guyton to further enhance her understanding of the entertainment industry, as an A & R Coordinator working with the powerhouse talent: Jodeci, K-Ci and Jo Jo, Mary J. Blige, Rakim, Patti Labelle, Bobby Brown, and the feature film soundtracks, “Tales From the Hood”, “Bullet Proof” and “Dangerous Minds”. Ms. Guyton’s high energy level and independent work ethic, allowed for her to effectively coordinate and manage the artist-recording budget, contracts, producer and artist payments and to assist with the acquisitions of housing for artist. Continuing to move forward, Ms. Guyton switch reels and offered her talents as an independent event coordinator. Now understanding the entertainment industry from a position as an entrepreneur, which not only is a testament to motivation, but certainly has given her the benefit of understanding fiscal responsibility, she was able to further her capacity and provided services to “The World Famous Hip Hop Wake Up Show” tour (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Chicago), which allowed her to continue to interact with artist such as Wu Tang Clan, Craig Mack, Keith Murry, Outkast and Common, as she utilize her administrative skills for budgets, travel and living for guests, artist payments (honorariums), venue selections, media buys and radio advertisement solicitation. In her position as A&R Director for Flyte Tyme Records/ Productions, Ms. Guyton enhanced her creative skills by working with the multi talented producers duo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Her responsibility included finding and signing talent, as well as songs, uniting producers and artist, and generally overseeing projects. In her position, she has worked with phenomenal singers and song writes such as Neo, Pattie La Belle, Big Jim Wright, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Janet Jackson and the Avail Brothers. She has also been very instrumental administratively on various soundtrack projects such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Akeela and The Bee and First Friday. In 2008 DGM was formed and Desmarie Guyton continued to hone her craft in this ever-changing industry. View all posts by dgmmgmt

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