On Sunday, entertainment publicist and founder of The David Brand, David Robinson, was named “PR Icon of the Year” at the 20201 Black Media Honors awards gala. During the course of his career, Robinson has worked with and/or represented such notable public figures as The Clark Sisters (3x Grammy Award-winning gospel legendary group), Trina Braxton (WETV’s Braxton Family Values/TV One’s Sister Circle), Evelyn Braxton (WETV’s Braxton Family Values), Terri J. Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show/ Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns), TC Carson (Living Single), Byron Cage (Grammy-nominated gospel artist), Malik Yoba (NY Undercover/Why Did I Get Married), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dreamgirls/ Moesha), Wyclef Jean (The Fugees), Drea Kelly (VH1’s Hollywood Exes) and more! In 2020, he also worked on the PR campaign for the box office hit, Cruella, and currently working on the highly anticipated film, DUNE.
When asked about this awarding, Robinson responds with, “This is truly an honor. Never could I have imagined that the work that I’ve done behind the scenes for so many others, would now have an opportunity to be recognized in a room full of my peers and colleagues.” He continues, “I am truly grateful for every client, every project, every mentor, and every word of encouragement that I have received on this journey and don’t take it for granted.”
The gala was hosted by actress, Brely Evans and Pastor Anthony Murray and included honorees, Karen Civil (Live Civil), Pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant (New Birth Missionary Church), Kimberly Chapman (Sheen Magazine Editor-at-Large), Jeff Johnson (BET, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, NAACP), Randy Fling (Rolling Out), Dr. Rashad Richey (Political Analyst for CBS46, MSNBC, PeachtreeTV, V-103, Rolling Out), Michelle Rice (General Manager Urban One & TV One), Morgan Debaun (Blavity), Nadia C. Fischer (Publicist and activist) and The Georgia Entertainment Caucus.
The Black Media Honors, which will be aired on Fox Soul, is a celebration of key contributors to the various aspects of black media. Each year, the awards gala will recognize leaders who have successfully promoted the region through special events, best public relations campaigns; media personalities, journalists, organizations, initiatives, culture focused broadcast networks and programs who pay particular attention to societal issues and values; the local public relations industry; and exceptional college students majoring in public relations, media, mass communication, journalism etc.
The air date of the awards gala has not yet been released.