Gamma Xi Phi | Arts fraternity bestows prestigious awards to outstanding community members
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April 4, 2021

Arts fraternity bestows prestigious awards to outstanding community members

Gamma Xi Phi, the fraternity for artists, announces its inaugural class of honorees for the Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice. The winners are:

  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Michaela Coel
  • Misha Green
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Jordan Peele,
  • DJ D-Nice
  • Team Rayceen

Team Rayceen, a collective led by Washington, DC, based community activist Rayceen Pendarvis, produced 300 unique cultural programs that linked the public to emerging and established artists, especially those in the Black and LGBTQ communities. Their acceptance speech is below.

The Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice was named for Gamma Xi Phi Brother Bruce Hawkins, a renaissance man best known for his television and stage work, who passed away in 2016.

Additionally, Gamma Xi Phi honored Gamma Chapter in Newark, Jersey, with the 2020 Program of the Year Award for its Creatives Corner virtual program focusing on mental health.

Brother Steven Van Patten was named 2020 Gamma of the Year for his contributions to the arts and his active engagement with the fraternity.

Krylios (left) and Rayceen Pendarvis, representatives of Team Rayceen, winners of the 2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Exellence in the Arts and Justice.

Krylios (left) and Rayceen Pendarvis, representatives of Team Rayceen, winners of the 2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice.

2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice
Chadwick Boseman

An actor who delivered outstanding performances in Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice
Michaela Coel

Creator, executive producer, writer, director, and star of I May Destroy You, a groundbreaking series which furthered conversations about sexual assault and its repercussions.

2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice
Misha Green

Executive producer, writer, and director of Lovecraft Country, which deftly adapted a story about race and horror for television audiences.

2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice
Colin Kaepernick

Social justice activist and philanthropist who established Kaepernick Publishing, a liberation-based publishing house that aims to amplify diverse voices.

2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice
Jordan Peele

Executive producer of Lovecraft Country, The Twilight Zone, and The Last O.G., which provided both entertainment and thought-provoking commentary on society.

2020 Bruce Hawkins Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Justice
DJ D-Nice

A renowned DJ who united the world during the COVID-19 pandemic through his popular Club Quarantine sets on social media.

2020 Gamma of the Year
Steven Van Patten

2020 Program of the Year


Creatives’ Corner
Gamma Chapter, Newark, New Jersey

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