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Entrepreneurship -- and boldfaced names -- were on hand Saturday at the third annual Reginald F. Lewis Foundation gala luncheon honoring entertainment lawyer L. Londell McMillan. McMillan, whose client list has included Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Usher, LL Cool J, Roberta Flack and Spike Lee, was fêted by supporters and celebrity guests, including Gayle King, Star Jones, Ilyasah Shabazz and Dhani Jones.
Guests mingled on the lawn of the gorgeous Lily Pond lane beachfront estate before lunching under an orange paper lantern-filled white tent, where they were entertained by WCBS-TV News Anchor Maurice DuBois, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and R&B singer Deborah Cox.
The annual award, named after Lewis, the first African American to build a billion-dollar company, is given to African American entrepreneurs who have succeeded internationally in business before turning 50. Previous honorees have included Sean Combs and real estate mogul R. Donahue Peebles, who spent the last year entertaining a run for D.C. mayor.
The luncheon was followed by Beach Glamour, which featured a decidedly younger crowd. The oceanfront benefit honored Tina Wells, who founded her $5 million business, Buzz Maketing Group, at age 16. DJ M.O.S. and WCBS-TV News Reporter Hazel Sanchez helped honor Wells, who recieved the first-ever RFL Young Entreprenurial Award.
[Photo 1 by Michael Mariano, Photo 2 by Robert Delacruz]