Pre-Oscar Party Celebrating African American Talent Honors Debbie Allen, Chris Robinson & Martin Lawerence - Centric's 'Eye On Black' Event

Debbie Allen was honored for her trail blazing work

Chris Robinson was awarded for his contributions to star/brand making and pop culture

Honoree Martin Lawerence (center) with his little daughter, Luke Wilson (left) and Tim Allen (right)

Friday night before the Oscars CENTRIC Network held their 2nd annual The Eye on Black: Salute to Directors which "recognizes influential African Americans who are responsible for shaping the black experience through film." Debbie Allen, Chris Robinson, Haile Gerima and actor Martin Lawrence were given awards. EOB’s Spotlight Directors were Bill Duke and Ava DuVernay

This event is good to have during Awards season because we all know that Black talent many times gets snubbed, or even shut out, at the numerous Awards shows, including, if not especially, the Oscars.

There also were musical performances by Leela James, Goapele, Kenny Lattimore, and Tamar Braxton. Comedic actor Brandon T. Jackson was the MC.

I’ve been back in LA for only three weeks, and this was the event where I saw dozens of old friends or industry acquaintances. It really made me miss LA. Great way to start off Oscar weekend!

Brandon T. Jackson was the host of the show, and was a funny host at that!

(L-R) Film executive Amber Rasberry, Ashley NYC, Super publicist Echo Hattix

Sat at the same dinner table as blogger-diva Necole Bitchie!

with Michael Jai White

with singer Goapele

Honoree Debbie Allen is given award by actresses Nia Long (right) and Kimberly Elise (center)

Actress Kimberly Elise

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