The Second Native Son Awards Spread The Love Just in Time For Pride Month

The Native Son Awards celebrate the achievements of Black gay men


Essence Jun, 28, 2017

In celebration of Pride month and continuing the movement to uplift and empower Black gay men, journalist, content creator and LGBT activist Emil Wilbekin hosted the second Native Son Awards honoring artist Kehinde Wiley, philanthropist Reggie Van Lee and President of Next Model Management, Kyle Hagler. As a special tear, Miss Lawrence moved the crowd with a rendition of the song “Give Me a Clean Art.” The evening left attendees feeling strong, proud and supported. Cheers to love!

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Ty Hunter makes a stylish entrance.

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Memsor Kamarake and Sandra Velez cuddle up for the camera.

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Ty Hunter and Memsor Kamarake are ready for a fun night.

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Decadent appetizers were passed around before a sit down dinner.

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Memsor Kamarake, Emil Wilbekin and Miss Lawrence take a photo after arriving.

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The DJ kept the tunes going all evening.

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Creator Emil Wilbekin poses with guests in the photo booth.

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The fully stocked bar.

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Guests enjoy a delicious dinner.

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Memsor Kamarake looks cool and stylish upon arrival.

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Terrell Jones, Isaiah Michael Joyner, and CJ Southerland enjoy the evening.

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Miss Lawrence, Terrell Jones, Native Son Awards Creator Emil Wilbekin, and CJ Southerland smile for the cameras.

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Tasty cocktails from Belvedere were on deck at the bar.

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A view of the stunning carved awards that were given to honorees.

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Emil Wilbekin and honoree Reggie Van Lee pose for a photo inside.

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Miss Lawrence hits a sweet note during a moving performance.