Brotherhood Crusade is proud to present the iconic, multiple award-winning recording artist Charlie Wilson to perform at the 50th Golden Anniversary Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Dinner on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. The event will honor the illustrious business mogul and humanitarian Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments.

Charlie Wilson, also lovingly known as “Uncle Charlie”, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and lead vocalist of The Gap Band. As a solo artist he has been nominated for eleven Grammy awards and ten NAACP Image Awards, received a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award, and was a recipient of a BMI Icon Award in 2005. In 2009, he was named Billboard magazine’s No. 1 Adult R&B Artist, and his song “There Goes My Baby” was named the No. 1 Urban Adult Song for 2009 in Billboard Magazine. In 2013, he was recognized with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2018, he we was the recipient of the Rhapsody & Rhythm Award at the National Museum of African American Music Celebration of Legends.

Charlie Wilson stated, “I salute the Brotherhood Crusade and their continued commitment to the African American community in Los Angeles. I am honored to be a part of their 50th Anniversary celebration saluting Mellody Hobson.”

Charisse Bremond Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade’s President and CEO said, “How do we begin to explain our excitement over the incomparable Charlie Wilson headlining the entertainment for our 50th Anniversary celebration? We could not think of an artist better suited to celebrate this momentous occasion. All we can say to our esteemed guests is get ready! We’ve got Uncle Charlie and we are going to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!”

The theme for this year’s event is “Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Boundless with Brotherhood“. The 50th Anniversary will welcome guests who have played a key role in the organization’s history, including partners, donors, sponsors, elected officials, community leaders and volunteers.

For half a century, the prestigious Pioneer of African American Achievement Award Dinner has honored individuals that have made significant contributions in their respective industry and made an impact in the community through improving the quality of life for youth and families through education, advocacy and community building.

The Brotherhood Crusade was founded in 1968 by civil rights activist Walter ‘Walt’ Bremond. For 35 years, businessman, publisher and civil rights activist Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. led the organization. Today, Brotherhood Crusade President and CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver continues the legacy of her late father Walter Bremond and mentor, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., as she maintains partnerships and forges new alliances to build on the organization’s historic impact.

An organization with a rich legacy for making an impact in the Los Angeles community, Brotherhood Crusade’s principal mission is to champion equality and equity by removing and/or helping individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life and facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life via health & wellness, providing and enhancing educational opportunities, cultivating economic growth and building community agencies and institutions.

To learn more about Brotherhood Crusade or purchase tickets for the event, visit or call Maybelline Saintjulien at 323-846-1649. To donate to Brotherhood Crusade programs and services, visit

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