Los Angeles, CA — A capacity crowd of Los Angeles tastemakers, business leaders, elected officials and celebrity guests watched and cheered the well-loved and highly respected actor, writer, producer and philanthropist Cedric the Entertainer as he received the “Bremond-Bakewell Pioneer of African American Achievement Award “on Friday, November 7 at the Brotherhood Crusade 46th Annual Awards Gala, hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The honoree gave a heartfelt, poignant and at many times hilarious speech on his personal and professional journey. He emphasized the importance of exposing youth to what is “possible” and how his mother’s example had a profound impact on his determination to excel. The event theme was “Leading Young People onto the Stage of Life.” In his acceptance speech, Cedric The Entertainer impressed upon young people in the audience that one of his greatest achievements was having the courage to enter a comedy competition and get on stage for the first time.
The crowd stood to their feet to applaud the illustrious professional career and generous humanitarian impact of Cedric The Entertainer as Danny J. Bakewell/Owner, The Bakewell Company and Charisse Bremond Weaver/CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade co-presented the award.
Danny J. Bakewell and Charisse Bremond Weaver gave powerful speeches with vivid historical vignettes of how the Brotherhood Crusade organization came into existence, its role in the community and its mission of community empowerment and enrichment. Bremond Weaver said, “Each year the Brotherhood Crusade presents the Bremond-Bakewell Award to a pioneering African American who advances our mission and has established new benchmarks for success and achievement.”
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