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Larenz Tate Honored During to the Nines Gala

In an evening packed with movers and shakers, the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals honored nine distinguished African Americans during the organization’s third annual To The Nines event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Among the “Divine 9” honorees: Andre Johnson, executive vice president of Magic Johnson enterprises; actor Larenz Tate; Jameeka Green Aaron, risk and awareness lead for Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Malcolm K. Darell, founding general manager of Ebony Repertory Theatre; author Joshua Fredenburg; Michelle Merriweather, business development manager of Starbucks Coffee; Breanna Morrison, health policy analyst for Community Health Councils; Starlett Quarles, president of Urban X Marketing; Camille Townsend, president of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

USC professor and National Poetry Slam champion Dr. Javon Johnson served as master of ceremonies, and joined LAULYP’s president Abby Harris in celebrating those who have committed their time to economic empowerment and social change.

Larenz Tate, who serves as the spokesperson for Building a Lifetime of Opportunities and Options for Men (BLOOM), an organization dedicated to creating educational and employment possibilities for young black men, gave a heart-felt speech during the elegant ceremony.

“This award is really not for me, I’ve got to honor my mother and father,” Tate said. “I am just proud to have an incredible home base with true leaders in my household and it gives me all the honor in the world to go out there and serve.”

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