ADCOLOR, the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, today announced the nominees and honorees for its 16th Annual ADCOLOR Awards. Since 2007, the ADCOLOR Awards have highlighted and honored the achievements of historically excluded communities in the creative industries. The awards recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference and who embody the organization’s mission of “Rise Up, Reach Back.”
ADCOLOR received a record number of submissions this year for its 10 categories accepting nominations, which included two new categories: ADCOLOR Influencer and DEI Executive of the Year. All nominations were carefully reviewed by more than 50 elected judges who represented a diverse range of industries, titles, levels and backgrounds. This year’s honorees in non-competitive categories were chosen by ADCOLOR’s highly esteemed Board of Directors and respective partners. The full list of nominees and honorees can be found below.
“This year’s record number of nominations proves that even when faced with challenges, our community will still rise to the challenge of creating meaningful work that advances diversity, equity and inclusion,” said ADCOLOR Founder and President, Tiffany R. Warren. “Choosing our nominees and honorees is never an easy task, but our judges and Board members decided upon a remarkable list of individuals whose resilience and outstanding achievements will serve as an inspiration to many. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them at our annual awards show in November.”
Of note this year, ADCOLOR, in partnership with Adweek, will be honoring writer, producer, actress and entrepreneur Issa Rae with the 2022 Beacon Award. The award honors individuals of note who use their considerable platform to change the status quo in their quest for diversity, equity and inclusion. Rae – who notably mandates that all her sets must be 60% diverse – has advocated for representation throughout her career, including her starring roles in the likes of HBO’s Insecure and productions under her HOORAE banner like A Black Lady Sketch Show, Rap Sh*t and Sweet Life: Los Angeles.
“Adweek is thrilled to be celebrating Issa Rae for her incredible work and leadership,” said Ann Marinovich, Chief Content Officer, Adweek. “From her award-winning web series Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl to her groundbreaking HBO series Insecure and now with the content she’s producing at her media company HOORAE, Issa has shattered boundaries in storytelling and representation. Her commitment to her native South L.A. has been just as important, as she has invested in the area’s revitalization and efforts to keep the Black community thriving and successful.”
The 2022 honorees and winners will be celebrated at the 16th Annual ADCOLOR Awards, set to take place on Sunday, November 20 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, CA. The in-person awards show will be the culmination of the organization’s annual event, ADCOLOR 2022, held from November 17-20. In-person tickets for the event are now sold out, but virtual ticket options to view content post-event are still available at bit.ly/adcoloreverywhere.
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