The Vision Community Foundation held it’s sixth annual “Black Tie Gala” on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Atlanta, GA at the DoubleTree Hotel in Buckhead. Hosted by Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, Rashad Burgess and Lakara Foster, the annual celebration honored a select group of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding achievements in the arts, media, ministry, community service and government arenas throughout their lifetime.

For 2017, the gala welcomed honorees: triple threat entertainer and entrepreneur Trina Braxton, reality star Andre King (WeTv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop”), reality TV star Genise Shelton (Bravo’s “Married to Medicine”), Avian Watson (Deputy Director of Vision Community Foundation), Kimberly Chapman (Sheen Magazine) and entrepreneur Akeem Clayton (Creative Event Designer). Sheen Magazine’s own, Kim Chapman received the Innovation and Leadership award for her work with the publication, non profits, and her own communities. The sixth annual gala also included special appearances by rising star actor Brandon Karson (“About Him”), Gee Smalls (Co-Founder of “The Gentlemen’s Foundation”) and Traxx Girls Inc., founder Melissa Scott. Immediately following the gala was an after party with sounds by legendary disc jockey, DJ Sedrick.

Previous honorees include Jennifer Holiday, Chrisette Michele, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cynthia Bailey, Meelah Williams, Angie Stone, Keke Wyatt, Rickey Smiley and more. For more information on Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III and The Vision Community Foundation visit:

Photos by Michael Seabrook