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Meet the Honorees…

A native New Yorker, Dawn was born with the ancestral gifts of strength, courage, and wisdom, evident from her professional and personal life. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Gamma Epsilon Chapter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. For the last 13 years, Dawn has been the Music Marketing Director at Nike, Inc., and responsible for entertainment marketing and music partnerships. Outside of Dawn’s professional life, she grounds herself in spirituality and faith in God, which has given her strength and guidance. In 2017, after a routine mammography, Dawn was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Over the past year, she’s undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment; Dawn is a double mastectomy warrior. During her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family in Martha’s Vineyard. A true survivor, Dawn is an inspiration to us all!

Malcolm D. Lee made history in July 2017 as the director and producer of Girls Trip, the first film with a full African American creative team. Lee’s other credits include The Best Man (1999), which opened at No. 1 in the box office, and, to raves from critics and audiences alike. His other critically acclaimed films include Undercover Brother (2002), Roll Bounce (2005), Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008), Soul Men (2008), The Best Man Holiday (2013), and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016).  This year, Lee re-teams with Haddish for his upcoming feature Night School (2018) starring Kevin Hart and Haddish.  Lee currently has several feature projects in development including Rock the Bells; the next installment of the popular Best Man franchise, The Best Man Wedding; and a feature adaptation of Terry McMillan’s latest novel “I Almost Forgot About You”, starring Viola Davis.  In addition to a first look deal with Universal Pictures, Lee recently inked a first look deal with Universal Television and launched the TV production division of his Blackmaled Productions.  Lee’s television credits include directing episodes of the critically acclaimed Shots Fired and Everybody Hates Chris series.

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