(Teyana Taylor with Kelsei Wharton, SVP & Head of Social Impact, Values Partnerships and Nicholas Wiggins, Managing Partner, Values Partnerships)



New York City, NY (June 27, 2023) – On Tuesday, June 13, Values Partnerships hosted “A Toast To Black Art, Love, & Creativity,” an evening dedicated to the celebration of Black artists, revolutionary love, radical imagination, and Black ownership. In collaboration with Confluential Films, the invite-only gathering took place at Lume Studios in New York City during the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival and brought together 80-100 of today’s leading voices across the spectrum of film, music, fashion, art, tech, and activism for an inspiring and exciting evening. Values Partnerships proudly welcomed Black Girl Magic Wines and Black Love as Presenting Partners for the event.

During the Giving Our People Their Flowers segment, Values Partnerships honored actor, director, and recording artist Teyana Taylor with the Spotlight Award for her impact on the arts and for her dedication to uplifiting Black culture. Award-winning writer, director, and producer Tommy Oliver and film and television producer Codie Elaine Oliver were also honored for their accomplishments and for promoting Black love and creativity through their film and television projects. 

To commemorate the evening, renowned photographer Reggie Cunningham welcomed guests to a lush photo experience in the “A Toast to Black Art, Love & Creativity”Portrait Studio.

Rising R&B sensation, Ayoni, fresh off her big screen debut in the Alicia Keys-produceddocumentary “Uncharted,” which debuted earlier in the week at the Tribeca Film Festival, captivated the crowd with a performance of her new single “Purpose.” The program was capped off by a collective celebratory toast presented by Black Girl Magic Wines before guests danced the night away to the sounds of DJ 9AM.

As the country’s largest Black-owned social impact agency, Values Partnerships partners with foundations, businesses, organizations, influential leaders, and communities to solve big challenges, launch new projects, and expand the common good. Values Partnerships Founding Partner & CEO Joshua DuBois commented, “A Toast To Black Art, Love & Creativity” is a continuation of our consistent purpose-driven work at Values Partnerships to bring hope and inspiration to communities and empower trailblazing voices who are at the forefront of change in the community and culture. Now more than ever, it is imperative we center creativity, joy, love and community in our work towards building a brighter future with fewer barriers and inequities so we can all have the opportunity to tap into our full potential, feel whole and thrive. In a time where there is so much despair on the news, there are so many artists and leaders doing transformative work in the world and tonight we had the privilege of honoring a few of them.”

Speaking of the Spotlight honor, Taylor remarked, “I feel blessed to be a part of this special event with all these incredible Black-Founded and Black-Owned companies including Black Girl Magic Wines, Values Partnerships, and Black Love, and to be honored by my community. We’re here tonight to celebrate the power, influence and beauty of Black Art, Love and Creativity. Our impact on the culture and world is undeniable. Our creativity and radical imagination is limitless across art, fashion, design, and more. Our love is something to behold.” She went on to say, “One thing I’ve learned in my career is to not wait for permission or be what you think others want you to be. You are uniquely you, lean into that. You have so much power when you step into your authentic self.”


About Values Partnerships:

Founded by Joshua DuBois, Values Partnerships is the country’s largest Black-owned social impact agency. VP partners with foundations, businesses, organizations, influential leaders and communities to solve big challenges, launch new projects, and expand the common good. We believe in building a world that is diverse, equitable and progressive, and are committed to innovating solutions to today’s most pressing issues that impact communities of color alongside the dreamers, builders, makers and doers of social action and long-lasting change. VP’s clients include Audible, MGM, Google, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, OWN, Pinterest, Justice for Julius, A+E, NBC Universal, Shark Tank, Ad Council, One Million Black Women, NAACP, AARP and more.

About Confluential Films:

Founded by writer/director/producer Tommy Oliver, Confluential Films is a Black-owned production company and financier devoted to telling commercially-viable stories at the intersection of art, entertainment, and cultural specificity. We work across film, television, docs/docseries, and most recently, Confluential had four Sundance ‘23 films, including Young. Wild. Free. starring Algee Smith, Sierra Capri, Sanaa Lathan, and Mike Epps, Fancy Dance, starring Lily Gladstone and Shea Whigham, To Live and Die and Live, starring Amin Joseph, Omari Hardwick, and Cory Hardrick, and the Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner, Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project.

A few past projects include the AFI Audience Award-winner Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss, the HBO documentary 40 Years A Prisoner (TIFF), six seasons of the ground-breaking docuseries Black Love, Sony thriller The Perfect Guy (opened #1 in the country), and award-winning indies 1982 (TIFF), Jinn (SXSW), and Sundance Audience-Award winner, Kinyarwanda. Up next is The Perfect Find for Netflix, starring Gabrielle Union, Gina Torres, and Keith Powers.(

About Black Love:

Black Love Inc. is the premier 100% Black-owned partner for celebrating 360 degrees of Black Love. The media company, founded by Codie & Tommy Oliver, is a hub for Black couples and singles to have transparent conversations around relationships, parenthood, dating, and more with an OTT app, podcast network, documentaries, and live events. Black Love, Inc. with an active and growing millennial community, garners a monthly social reach of 70M+. To learn more about Black Love, please visit or download the Black Love+ App.

About Black Girl Magic Wines:

We set out to make exceptional wine for exceptional women, who are significant to culture and society, yet are rarely seen and recognized. We want to make wine that celebrates her history and accomplishments. With Black Girl Magic Wines, we pay homage to our heritage, including the women in our family from Camden, Alabama – the heart of the agricultural “Black Belt” and Civil Rights movement in the United States. And we honor all Black women in our community, across the Diaspora and the world, who have graced culture and society with her soul, spirit and MAGIC for generations.

With an ambition of this magnitude and significance, we are inspired by the original “Noble grapes”, that have been perfected over centuries to make the most majestic, rich and luscious varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling. Our collection of award-winning Black Girl Magic Wines is sourced from elite California vineyards, using the finest grapes, designed to serve magnificent Black Women and all of her celebratory moods and occasions. We stand against a culture that has undervalued and restricted Black women from taking a seat at the table. We seek to break away from the path, disrupt the status quo, and create a new and vibrant culture around wine, with her at its center. We empower our community to discover and enjoy high-quality wines that are as unique, fun and bold as they are. Our wines and experiences will never compromise your taste or needs. This is wine to celebrate. This is WINE LIKE YOU.

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