Innovators & Leaders




When people talk about the black culture from the 1990s thru the early 2000s the phrase, “The Golden Era” comes up a lot, and for good reason. It was a pretty special time. Hip Hop had come into its own and its music dominated not only the radio airwaves, but it was responsible for a total sonic, visual and cultural takeover.

From television shows like The Cosby Show, In Livin’ Color, and New York Undercover, to films like School Daze and Menace to Society, to clubs like The Tunnel and The Cheetah Club and conferences like “How Can I Be Down” and “Jack The Rapper”, the energy, vibe, and swagger of black culture globally dictated trends in fashion, sports, film, television, nightlife and more. And then there was the scene. A vibrant scene comprised of a community of like-minded folks working, playing, and creating this culture together. The movement enveloped mainstream culture in such a way that its aesthetic and vernacular became forever changed.



Fast forward to 2016.  Digital and virtual reality is replacing the tangible. The once human experience of exchanging ideas, discussing challenges, and cultivating the Black Cultural experience has begun to drastically change. CULTURE CREATORS was birthed to shine a light on the contributions of those who shaped the world’s view of the black culture  by providing a platform for ideation, conversation, mentorship and leadership for the next generation. Our mission is to ensure that the executive talent pool is diversified.

In addition to panel discussions, recruitment, networking sessions and mentoring, Culture Creators seeks to become the think-tank, talent incubator and hub for creatives and intellectuals who touch black culture in one form or another.


  • Culture Creators is more than a concept, event, celebration or bangin’ party. It is a culture, in and of itself. It honors the architect of our current culture while connecting them with the fruit it produced, our current cultural icons.

    Laz Alonso - Actor
  • Culture Creators is a powerful and much needed platform that will continue to drive the conversation around the importance of grooming and leading innovators of black culture.

    Andre Harrell / Vice-Chairman - REVOLT TV
  • Joi has done a masterful job of creating the Culture Creators brand and building a generational bridge for all to understand the power of our culture.

    Keith Clinkscales / Media Pioneer
  • As the culture and style of black music evolves it’s important to keep the creators, leaders and supporters in mind. Our music doesn’t work unless our people love and make room for it. Culture Creators is where you can find that love and support!

    Estelle - Grammy Award-winning singer
  • Culture Creators is important to the recognition and celebration of all those responsible for shaping and influencing what is consumed and enjoyed as entertainment. We are all proud to be a part of this collective that Joi Brown has put together. She is visionary and I am proud of what she has put forth in this endeavor.

    James Lopez - Head of Production / Will Packer Productions
  •  Culture Creators is genius. It’s a unique, cool platform for those creating and impacting culture to harness and nurture their talents as they become the next generation of leaders.

    Stephen G. Hill- President of Programming / BET

BILLBOARD: Culture Creators Celebrates Industry Leaders at 2nd Annual Awards Brunch

When it comes to the onward movement of the culture, it takes the effort of many. To celebrate those who have contributed significantly thus far, Culture Creators teamed up with VIBE for the 2nd Annual Awards Brunch to acknowledge the hard-working figures and culture disrupters of the entertainment industry who have played a pivotal role in driving innovation in the

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