Vivica A. Fox Hosts 'I AM Awards' Celebrating Black Queer Excellence in D.C.


Vivica A. Fox I AM Awards 2022
SpeakOut Inc. Founder Antonio Driver & Vivica A. Fox | Source: Speak Out USA

The SpeakOut Foundation held its inaugural Black-Tie Gala, “I AM Awards" in the heart of Washington D.C. on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the renowned Hamilton Hotel. This coveted evening was hosted by legendary actress, Vivica A. Fox, and Los Angeles-based TV personality, J’Lamar.

The spectacular evening featured a performance by singer Avery Wilson and special appearances by actress Amiyah Scott, international ballroom icon Jack Mizrahi, and comedian Sampson McCormick – and sounds by DJ Jash Jay.

Avery Wilson performs at the 2022 I AM Awards
Singer/Songwriter Avery Wilson

The evening consisted of honoring achievements of LGBTQ+ members and allies who have moved the community forward. Legendary actor Jensen Atwood who played Wade from the culturally groundbreaking TV series "Noah's Arc" received the Alliance Award for his long-time allyship to the community.

jensen atwood gets alliance award at the 2022 i am awards
Actor Jensen Atwood receives Alliance Award

In addition, TV and film producer, national political commentator, New York Times best-selling author and former White House aide to President Bill Clinton, Keith Boykin rightfully received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Keith Boykin at the 2022 I AM Awards
Keith Boykin with the Lifetime Achievement Award

SpeakOut, Inc.'s Full List of Evening Honorees at the stellar awards celebration included:

  • Jensen Atwood, Alliance Award

  • Keith Boykin, Lifetime Achievement Award

  • George M. Johnson, Outstanding Writer of Achievement Award

  • Octavius Terry, Ambassador of Fashion Award

  • Pastor Adalphie Johnson, Revolutionary Leadership Award

  • Gerald Garth, Cultural Influencer Award

  • Twiggy Garcon, Humanitarian Award

  • Marissa Miller, Trailblazer of Excellence Award

  • Philaye, Influencer of Excellence Award

  • Dr. Walter Lundy Jr., Appreciation Award

  • Gay Professional Men of Color, Vanguard Award

Founded by Antonio Driver, SpeakOut, Inc. is a nonprofit community engagement organization representing more than 6,000 same-gender-loving (SGL) men and women of color. Since 2017, Speak Out has served as a safe space for creating meaningful connections across the LGBTQ+ community. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with chapters across the United States.

Antonio Driver at I AM Awards
Founder Antonio Driver

“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the evening’s honorees, guests, and attendees. Our inaugural year will always remain a special moment in time, forever solidified in Speak Out’s history. I look forward to many more years of celebrating the achievements of those trailblazing a path for anyone identifying as LGBTQ+ or an ally.” shares Speak Out Executive Director, Antonio Driver.


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2022 'I AM Awards' Hosts Vivica A. Fox & J'Lamar
2022 'I AM Awards' Hosts Vivica A. Fox & J'Lamar

Comedian Sampson Mccormick

Ballroom Icon Jack Mizrahi at the 2022 I AM Awards
International Ballroom Icon Jack Mizrahi
Transgender activist Hope Giselle at the I AM Awards
Trans Activist & Author Hope Giselle

Amiyah Scott at the 2022 I AM Awards
Actress/Model Amiyah Scott

Actor Jensen Atwood
Avery Wilson



Philaye, Influencer of Excellence Award at I AM Awards 2022
Philaye, Influencer of Excellence Award
Pastor Adalphie Johnson & Rayceen Pendarvis at 2022 I AM Awards
Pastor Adalphie Johnson & Rayceen Pendarvis - Revolutionary Leadership Award

Gerald Garth, Cultural Influencer Award at I AM Awards 2022
Gerald Garth, Cultural Influencer Award

Author George M. Johnson at 2022 I AM Awards
George M. Johnson, Outstanding Writer of Achievement Award
Benjamin Carlton at I AM Awards
Actor, Activist and Author Benjamin Carlton

DJ Jash Jay.at the 2022 I AM Awards
DJ Jash Jay

Twiggy Garcon, Humanitarian Award