As we get closer to Oscar weekend — and the first-ever Shadow And Act RISING Awards brunch and day party, anticipation is reaching a fever pitch!

This week, The Hollywood Reporter featured the RISING Awards as a part of its official Oscar Events and Parties Guide.

Shadow and Act (Blavity Inc.’s entertainment brand) introduces a new award series that will celebrate 32 rising actors, actresses, executives, creators and behind-the-scenes talents. Barry Jenkins is on board to deliver the keynote while Kendall Kyndall and Jasmine Luv will host. Honorees include Lil Rel, Marcus Scribner, Alana Mayo, Franklin Leonard, Jermaine Johnson, Jon Gist, Ben Cory Jones, Apuje Kalu, Jennifer Austin and Larry Sims, among many others. The Rising Awards ceremony will feature a special brunch for honorees and other Hollywood notables. Once the brunch and awards ceremony concludes, Shadow and Act will host a day party open to the public with complimentary eats from Comfort LA, as well as a Henna tattoo station, cigar rolling station, hookah and interactive photo activations.

Tickets for the day party are available here.

Check out The Hollywood Reporter’s full guide to Oscar weekend here and find out all of the RISING Award honorees for 2019 below:


Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could TalkMoonlightMedicine for Melancholy


Carvens Lissaint – Hamilton Broadway

Lil Rel – Get Out; BirdBox; Rel

Logan Browning – Dear White People

Lovie Simone – Greenleaf; Selah and the Spades

Marcus Scribner – Black-Ish

Nafessa Williams – Black Lightning

Tequan Richmond – Boomerang

Tetona Jackson – Boomerang



Alana Mayo – Outlier Society, Head of Production

Franklin Leonard – The Blacklist, Founder

Jermaine Johnson – 3 Arts Management, Manager, Producer

John Agbaje – FX, Manager of Animated Series

Jon Gist – Universal, Director of Multicultural Publicity and Promotions

Joy Ganes – BBC Studios, VP, Business/Legal Affairs

Olivia Morris – TBS, Director of Development, Original Scripted Programming

Paige Simpson – Will Packer Studios, Manager of Scripted TV


CREATORS (writers, filmmakers, directors, producers, etc.)

Amanda Jones – Composer

Ben Cory Jones – Writer, Insecure; Showrunner, Boomerang

James Bland – Producer of Giants series

Kelley Kali – Filmmaker, Lalo’s House

Kemiyondo Coutinho – Filmmaker, Kyenvu

Lucien Christian – Writer, David Makes Man

Nijla Mu’min – Writer/Filmmaker Jinn

Sam Bailey – Writer/ Director- Web Series You’re So Talented



Apuje Kalu – Wardrobe Stylist

Bryon Javar – Wardrobe Stylist

Candis Welch – Executive Assistant

Evan Seymour – Allied Global Marketing, Multicultural Publicity Team Lead

James Ward, III – OWN, Senior Manager, Communications

Jennifer Austin – Wardrobe Stylist

Larry Sims – Hair Stylist

Takisha Sturdivant-Drew – Hair Stylist



Barry Jenkins Will Keynote Shadow And Act’s 2019 RISING Awards