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Monday, November 7th, 2022
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MERGE AWARDS CELEBRATES 2022 HONOREES IN STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY
The 2022 Merge Awards Returns and Honors
Suzanne de Passe, PJ Morton, Charles D. King and Stacey Walker King, Israel Houghton, Romeo Miller and Adam Blackstone
(Photo Credit: Arnold Turner /Courtesy of The Merge Awards)
(Los Angeles, CA) – November 7th, 2022 – The embodiment of black excellence, the Merge Awards returned for its thirteenth year to honor industry icons in a star-studded ceremony. The highly anticipated event took place on Saturday, November 5th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel; honoring Hollywood’s most elite entertainers, and professionals including; Suzanne de Passe, PJ Morton, Charles D. King and Stacey Walker King (MACRO), Israel Houghton, Romeo Miller, Adam Blackstone, James Dubose (FOX Soul), Morgan DeBaun (Founder of Blavity & Afrotech) and Angelica Nwandu (Founder, The Shade Room & The Same Room) & Stephanie Ike (Co-Founder of The Same Room).
“15 years ago, we started the Merge Summit, to provide an opportunity for men and women of faith to learn from the entertainment industry’s top artists and executives as an effort to empower their dreams forward,” said Founder Dr. Holly Carter. “Our goal with The Merge Awards was to create a dynamic experience to celebrate and honor those who are making an impact in bridging the worlds of faith and entertainment – and today we have done just that. I am grateful to everyone who helped us create a memorable celebration to honor these amazing leaders, visionaries and pioneers.”
Driven by a mission to celebrate, honor and inspire the next generation of leaders in music, film, television, business and ministry; the event, produced by Wright Productions, garnered attendance from Michael Ealy, Essence Atkins, AJ Johnson, Pastor Toure Roberts, Shelea Alex Isley, Devika Parikh, Golden Brooks and more.
The event celebrated over 9 individuals honoring their accomplishments over the past year across the fields of film, music, tech, social influence, legacy and more.
See Full list of 2022 Honorees Here:
Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award
Suzanne de Passe
Artist of The Year Award
Charles D. King & Stacey Walker King
Faith Music Award
The Merger Award
Musical Director of the Year Award
Digital Tech Award
Angelica Nwandu & Stephanie Ike
Driven by a mission to celebrate, honor and bring together leaders in entertainment, arts and faith together; The Merge Awards is the key annual signature event of the bi-annual Merge Summit.
Over the years, the Merge Awards has successfully gathered attendance from notable participants including; award-winning talent Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Marla Gibbs, Mary Mary, Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Regina King along with noted industry executives DeVon Franklin, Ava DuVernay, Will Packer and Kenya Barris, among many others.
Event sponsors included: ATT’s Dream in Black and United Airlines, who sponsored two roundtrip tickets for the Freedom of Spirit giveaway.
For more information on The Merge Summit, please visit: www.mergesummit.com/experience
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About The Merge Summit
The Merge Summit is an educational and empowerment experience designed to provide an opportunity for men and women of faith to learn from entertainment industry’s top artists and executives. Drawing people from around the world, THE MERGE SUMMIT includes workshops, interactive panel discussions, as well as Master Class presentations and live entertainment.
THE MERGE was created to educate, empower and inspire creative men and women of faith to do business in entertainment, by providing a platform to network, partner, and learn from the best. Each year since 2009, we fulfill that mission.
Photo credits Dave Evans
Of Backstage Access Magazine LLC.
Held each August in Los Angeles and drawing nearly 1,500 people from around the nation, THE MERGE SUMMIT is a full weekend of entertainment, education and inspiration. MERGE attendees are largely men and women of faith who are educated and informed, who are actively connected to their church and see it as a central force in their lives. They are motivated, growth-driven leaders and doers, both within their home ministries, where many serve in their everyday lives. Professionally, these individuals are active at all stages of their careers, in every area of filmmaking, television production, news media, digital media, music, radio production, management and technology. They impact our culture and impact the lives of individuals worldwide.