On Friday, February 22, Shadow And Act will host its first annual RISING Awards in downtown Los Angeles, honoring the entertainment industry’s rising stars in four categories: Actors/Actresses, Executives, Creators (filmmakers, writers, producers) and Behind-the-Scenes stars (stylists, make-up artists, crew-members).

For his consistent excellence in depicting the revolutionary depth of Black love on screen, the 2019 Game-Changer Award winner is Barry Jenkins, who will keynote the event. Kendall Kyndall and Jasmine Luv will host the ceremony.

While the awards brunch is a private, invite-only event, the day party celebration preceding the brunch in downtown Los Angeles is open to the public. Tickets are available here.

Here are the 2019 RISING Award honorees:



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