Co-hosts supermodel Tyson Beckford and TV personality Toya Wright joined a lineup of honorees including entertainment mogul and philanthropist Michael Mauldin, Atlanta city councilman Kwanza Hall, DeKalb County commissioner Lee May, Grammy Award-winning producer Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford, rapper and songwriter Roscoe Dash, founding and managing partner of Edmond & Lindsay LLP Rod Edmond, Coca-Cola executive Mark Pitts, V-103 radio host and restaurateur Frank Ski, Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor, NCAA and NBA champion Derek Anderson, Dr. William Jelani Cobb and professor Nathan McCall at the Ford sponsored event. Legendary music producer Jermaine Dupri was among the honorees but unable to attend; his father Michael Mauldin graciously accepted the award on his behalf. Emmy Award-winning CNN journalist and anchor Don Lemon was also honored at this event.
Among the industry’s finest and on hand were celebrity fashion designer Mychael Knight, Memphitz Wright, Talking with Tami, Egypt Sherrod, TV One’s “R&B Divas” Syleena Johnson, “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Walter Jackson, among others.
The award recipients were honored for “their achievements and for utilizing their reach and resources to edify those whose lives they touch,” says Munson Steed, CEO/Publisher rolling out magazine.
Ford’s sponsorship is an example of their commitment to power, prestige and performance. K.P. Smith, Ford’s marketing development manager, unveiled the 2013 Ford Fusion, presented the Ford Go Further Award to Michael Mauldin and the $1,000 cash prize as part of a drawing.