Inside The Annual Gordon Parks Foundation Gala

Tony Bowles
Jun 4, 2018 · 2 min read
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Credit: Terrence Jennings

On May 22nd, at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street the annual Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction, celebrating the arts and humanitarianism took place.

This year, the honorees included filmmaker Ava DuVernay, businessman Ronald O. Perelman, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill, photographer Sally Mann and documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz.

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The night was focused on the future and the changes that art can fuel. Co-chairs included artists and art advocates Alicia Keys, Kasseem Dean, Kendrick Lamar, Karl Lagerfeld, Usher and Judy and Leonard Lauder.

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Guests enjoyed a spread that included sliced prosciutto de parma with roasted pear and fresh buffalo mozzarella; Chilean sea bass with asparagus; and chocolate mousse cake. Alicia Key’s husband Dean, aka Swizz Beatz, kept the music playing throughout the star-studded evening. The gala ended with a performance by R&B legend Mavis Staples.

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