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(AllHipHop Features) The 3rd Annual Culture Creators "Innovators & Leaders" Awards Brunch brought together some of black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
300-plus guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude.
The Culture Creators Icon Award recipient, Sylvia Rhone, brought all in attendance to their feet roaring with applause after she was introduced by the one-and-only DJ Khaled.
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Additional award recipients included Jemele Hill who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more.
Celebrity guests in attendance included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank, Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, Fatima Robinson, and more.
The Culture Creators brunch was one of the events to kick off BET Awards weekend, and the lavish brunch was sponsored by Rémy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.
AllHipHop caught up with Will.i.am to discuss his favorite culture creators, his new artificial intelligence voice operator, and properly mentoring and nurturing the youth.
AllHipHop: We are at the 3rd Annual Culture Creators Brunch. Who are some of your favorite culture creators other than yourself?
Will.i.am: Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Fatima Robinson, and then folks who are invisible to the urban world like Dean Kamen, Marc Benioff, Jack Dorsey, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Elon Musk, and the reason why I'm bringing that up right alongside the Kanye Wests and the Jay-Zs is that people, our nephews and nieces, our sons and daughters should aim and dream to be Elon Musks. They should aim and dream to be the Steve Jobs of the world because when it comes to creating culture, they created a whole different type of culture, and that's how we live. Like we live on these devices. We live on this stuff. We need them to survive, and um, we should be a part of that conversation as well.
AllHipHop: What's next for you? What are you currently working on?
Will.i.am: I'm currently working on an artificial intelligence voice operating system. What the f-ck's music when you are building an A.I.? [It will be] more change, more opportunity, a platform for people to be able to create jobs, a platform for people to redefine what our concept of music is. Because music in 2018 is different than music in 1918. In 1918 there was no record industry. 1918 there was no television industry. So it took culture creators to create this thing that we all take for granted, and right now as we speak, a whole new future is being designed right the "f" now. And none of us in our inner cities are a part of that conversation. So we need to aim, and dream, and mentor our nieces and nephews, our sons and daughters to dream down that path because 2040 is totally different. If we are experiencing racism right now, imagine when the robot got more rights than us....Gotta go. We shouldn't let that happen right?!