Mario Van Peebles Named as Honoree for EJN Awards

The Late Melvin Van Peebles Will Also be Honored Posthumously.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 25, 2022 / -- The non-profit social welfare organization Equal Justice Now (EJN) is announcing additional honorees for The 2nd Annual Benjamin Crump Equal Justice Now Awards, taking place on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the LAX Marriott in Los Angeles, CA.

Included in this year's notable list of honorees will be Mario Van Peebles (actor & director), whose late father Melvin Van Peebles (actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, & composer) will also be honored posthumously for his activism through his work. Additionally, EJN will honor Brandon “Stix” Salaam-Bailey (rapper, producer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and founder of Think Watts Foundation), Gilbert Cedillo (Los Angeles City Councilmember and Chairman of the Committee on Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity), Bakari Sellers (attorney, activist, author, and CNN political analyst), and Charlie Rocket (social media personality & founder Of Dream Machine Foundation).

The honorees announced today will be joining Kiesha Nix (vice-president of charitable affairs and first Black female vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers organization); and former Congresswoman Diane Watson (former state senator, ambassador, former congresswoman, and the first African American woman in the California State Senate). EJN has selected these honorees due to their work in philanthropy and advancing justice and human rights.

Daytime Emmy Award and two-time NAACP Image Award winner and comedian Loni Love will host this year's awards ceremony. Houston musician, artist, and activist Mi$fit will open the show with a song and music video entitled "Better Days," written especially for the organization. DJ Carisma (Real 92.3’s Music Director/ Mixshow Coordinator and “Female DJ of the Year” at the 2015 & 2016 Global Spin Awards) will be providing the music for the event in addition to a special performance by Jayrah Gibson (singer, songwriter, and producer for BTS, OXO, etc.). Presenters include Tai Savet (Love & Listings and Agents of LA) and L.A. Buck (iHeart Radio & NAAB Radio).

The Benjamin Crump Equal Justice Now Awards are named for internationally recognized equal rights attorney Benjamin Crump. He served as counsel on cases such as George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown. Mr. Crump is a significant collaborator with Equal Justice Now.

Past honorees include Darrell D. Miller Esq., Jemele Hill, Judge Greg Mathis, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Willard Jackson. First premiering in 2019, this year's event will be the organization's second ceremony after postponing in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Equal Justice Now is a non-profit social welfare organization focused on common sense police reform, ending systemic racism, and preventing voter suppression. The organization presents awards to honor notable public figures whose efforts serve to advance the cause of equality, ensure justice, and protect the civil rights of all Americans.

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