By now the 2011 DMV Awards producers and anyone who attended wished they had presented themselves in an manner condusive with industry professionals. Instead the cops were called to the Hyatt-Regency of Crystal City to break up fights amongst 1500 people before any of the awards were presented. Word on the street is folks were throwing chairs, a guy had his eye gashed out and innocent bystanders injured. The cops guarded the building like a felon was inside hiding in a closet…Emore J Couture gives his review of the show. It will be a very long time before the DMV can give this type of speech to any honoree…
This is what went down at the DMV at the Hyatt-Regency of Crystal City. I am still stunned by watching folks throwing chairs and table while innocents bystanders stood in disbelief….
For the 37th year, the star-studded Gala paid tribute to those who embody the humanitarian ideals of Jackie Robinson and who helped raise money for the Foundation’s premiere minority scholarship and mentoring program. This 2010-2011 academic year, JRF provided generous financial aid and program support to 220 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 31 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 92 different colleges and universities across the country.
This year’s honorees included Sean “Diddy” Combs (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bad Boy Entertainment Group), Ingrid Saunders Jones (Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company), and Joseph R. Perella (Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners) for their charitable and philanthropic contributions and innovation in the music, fashion and financial arenas, respectively.
Mayor Bloomberg made a speech and contributing to the unforgettable evening, Russell Simmons (Founder, Def Jam Records), Ray McGuire (Head of Global Investment Banking, Citi) and Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts III (Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church) introduced the nominees. Music artist Chrisette Michele wowed the crowd with a special performance as well.