For Immediate Release
February 20, 2014
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Karen Hertz

(BPRW) UPTOWN Magazine to Host Annual Pre-Oscar Gala in Hollywood

- Dinner & Reception to Honor Award Winning Writer, Producer & Director Malcolm D. Lee -

(BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Uptown Ventures Group, the parent company of UPTOWN Magazine today announced that they will be honoring award winning writer, producer and director, Malcolm D. Lee at the 2014 Annual Uptown Pre-Oscar Gala.

The Gala will take place on Thursday, February 27th at one of Hollywood’s classics, Sadie Supper Club. The evening will celebrate the outstanding achievements as a Writer, Producer and Director of such memorable films as “Roll Bounce,” “Undercover Brother,” “Best Man” and his most recent box office hit “Best Man Holiday.” The exclusive invitation only event will bring together 100 of the industry’s brightest executives and true celebrities both in front of and behind the camera for a dinner followed by an private reception for additional guests afterwards.

“I am honored to be recognized by UPTOWN Magazine for my body of work. The publication, like the stories I am so passionate about telling, represents the complexity that is us. I am gratified and humbled to join the likes of previous recipients of this honor and truly looking forward to a wonderful evening,” said Malcolm D. Lee.

This year’s event is presented by Lexus. Other sponsors include Credit Suisse, Tanqueray Ten and NBC-Universal. Past honorees have included Lee Daniels, Will Packer, Salim Akil, Ava Duvernay, as well as Reggie and Warrington Hudlin. “We are extremely excited to honor Malcolm D. Lee this year. His films have entertained and inspired so many. His thoughtful and colorful approach to everyday life events enable our audience to relate, laugh and reflect upon ourselves in a way that we often don’t have the opportunity to on the silver screen,” said Len Burnett, Co-CEO and Chief Revenue Officer.

About Uptown Ventures

Founded in 2004, UPTOWN is the only luxury lifestyle brand that targets the Affluent African American (AAA) Market. UPTOWN Magazine affords luxury purveyors the broadest access to this highly sought-after male and female demographic. Uptown Media Group, LLC offers both traditional and innovative strategies across multiple platforms including UPTOWN Magazine (published bi-monthly nationally with regional editions in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC, Charlotte and Detroit,, the interactive website, signature events and newly launched digital channel Uptown Unplugged.

About Malcolm D. Lee

Malcolm D. Lee is film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He has directed such films as Undercover Brother, The Best Man, Roll Bounce, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and Soul Men. In addition, Lee directed an installment in the Scary Movie franchise with Scary Movie 5. In 2013, Lee wrote and directed The Best Man Holiday, a sequel to his #1 film, The Best Man which earned $35 million in 1999. The sequel, The Best Man Holiday made $71.6 million last Christmas. His television credits include the sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris." Lee is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in New York with his wife and three sons.

Source: UPTOWN Magazine

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