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Hollywood Unlocked hosts 2023 Impact Awards in LA on June 27, 2023

The annual event honors Black creatives across the music, social media, film and political space.


Photo Credit: Getty for Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards


Last night in Los Angeles, Hollywood Unlocked and its CEO and Founder Jason Lee hosted the 2023 Impact Awards recognizing role models, celebrities, and icons who have made a lasting effect on the culture. The awards opened with a captivating performance by Grammy-nominated singer Chanté Moore, followed by opening remarks from Actress and Comedian Tiffany Haddish who returned as host for a second year.

Law Roach


Evan Ross presented the first Impact Awards honor, detailing accolades for the Community Award to Vice President, Creative at Broadcast Music, Inc. Catherine Brewton. Tiffany Haddish presented Image Architect Law Roach with the Innovator Award which was followed by a sultry performance from R&B singer Muni Long featuring her hit “Hrs & Hrs.” Actor Sarunas Jackson presented the Fearlessness Award to Chlöe Bailey.


R&B singer Muni Long


Later, a recorded speech from Vice President Kamala Harris was played in which she thanked Jason Lee for his work in advancing and protecting the culture with the Impact Awards which honors leaders who shape our culture and our future.


Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray presented a recorded acceptance from Whoopi Goldberg who received the Social Impact award, which was followed by Tyrese Gibson who presented 12x Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Babyface with the Icon Award.


Chrisean Rock


Attendees were delighted by a surprise performance from Chrisean Rock who performed “Vibe.” In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, rapper Joyner Lucas presented the Culture Award to the influential late rapper Tupac who’s sister Sekyiwa 'Set' Shakur accepted on his behalf stating, “A voice for the culture is not just a trend but a call to action.”


Jason Lee and Sekyiwa Shaku (Tupac Shaku sister)

Grammy-winning gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds closed the show with a performance before Jason Lee joined Tiffany Haddish to say goodnight and thank the crowd.

A special moment of the night was the official launch of Jason Lee’s Hollywood Cares Foundation, aimed at providing resources and assistance to communities in need, with a particular focus on youth services.


The foundation raised over $100K beginning with a giant check presented by Deion Taylor on behalf of Robert F. Smith and Hidden Empire, followed by another contribution from the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation.

Chante Moore at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Tiffany Haddish at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Hollywood Unlocked founder Jason Lee at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.


Hollywood Unlocked founder Law Roach at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.



Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey at the 2023 Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Babyface at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Muni Long at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.


LaTRUTH at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.

Brandi King at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles


Kristina Menissov at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.


Shara Ally at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles


Natalie Nunn at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.


Farrah Gray at the 2023 Hollywood Impact Awards on June 27 in Los Angeles.

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