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Bodega and ICON MANN: Power 50 Pre-Oscar Dinner

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014


Bodega Premium Blends is proud to have been the official host of the post-cigar lounge at ICON MANN’s 2nd Annual Power 50 Pre-Oscar Dinner.  The evening celebrated the trailblazing accomplishments of Black Men. This year’s Power 50 celebration set in the Harlem Renaissance era, brought together 60 of today’s most notable Philanthropic Black Men working in the worlds of Entertainment, Education, Political, Finance, Arts/Culture, and International Business to engage in an evening of celebration, brotherhood, and conversation about living one’s best life and using one’s platform to empower others.




  • Attracted sixty of the most successful Black Men In Entertainment, Education, Politics, Finance, Arts/Culture, and International Business
  • Full red-carpet featuring over 30 media and press outlets
  • Pre-cocktail and networking reception featuring prominent jazz trio, The Kenneth Crouch Project
  • Special vocal performance by Judith Hill, star of the 2014 Academy Award winning documentary, “Twenty Feet from Stardom” and Finalist from Season 4 of “The Voice”
  • Toast by Remy Martin’s Louis XIII cognac and Post-cigar lounge featuring Bodega Premium Blends cigars










Guests Included:

  • Forest Whitaker (Award-winning Actor & Humanitarian)
  • Raymond J. McGuire (Head of Global Banking, Citigroup)
  • Michael B. Jordan (Actor, Star of Fruitvale Station)
  • Ron S. Kirk (Former US Trade Ambassador)
  • Michael Ealy (Actor, Sony’s About Last Night)
  • Edward Lewis (Founder, Essence Communications/Latina Magazine)
  • Marcus Samuelsson (Five Star Chef, ABC’s The Taste)
  • David Oyelowo (Actor, Star of The Butler)
  • Ozwald Boateng (Fashion Designer)
  • Dr. Robert Ross (CEO, California Endowment)
  • Devon Franklin (SVP, Columbia Pictures)
  • Chris Reynolds (General Counsel, Toyota Motor Company)
  • Nnamdi Asomugha (Clinton Global Initiative and Former NFL Player)
  • Michael Lawson (Ambassador of Global Aviation)
  • Laz Alonso (Actor, Jumping the Broom)
  • Anthony Hemmingway (Director, Treme)
  • F. Gary Gray (Director, The Italian Job)
  • Andre Royo (Actor, The Wire)
  • Dr.Steve Perry (Capital Prep)
  • Blair Underwood (Actor, Ironside, The Event, LA Law)
  • Charles King (Agent, William Morris Endeavor)
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Actor, The Wire)
  • Sanford Biggers (Visual Artist)
  • Jay Alexander (America’s Next Top Model)
  • Dr. Robert B. Gore (Head of Emergency Medicine, Kings County)
  • Lloyd Boston (Host/Style Expert, Today Show)
  • Bill Duke (Director, Producer)
  • Michael Strautmanis (VP, Diversity, Disney)
  • Matthew Johnson (Partner, Ziffren Brittenham)
  • Aaron Walton (CEO, Walton Isaacson)
  • Leland Melvin (NASA Astronaut)
  • Eriq LaSalle (Director)
  • Ron Finley (Artist/Designer)
  • Bernard Kinsey (The Kinsey Collection)
  • Stephen Bishop (Actor, Being Mary Jane)
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Rob is an entrepreneur to the core, spending the last 10 years growing and selling a successful communications firm. The skills he honed over the years will be instrumental in helping guide the ship and making sure Bodega is operationally and financially sound.


  1. Seems like a big time event for Bodega. What was the word about the cigars from some people that can afford those higher end sticks all the time? I’ll assume the Digestivo since it was a post cigar lounge.

  2. Impressive as Hell! Launching in December, and only 3 months later hosting such a prestigious event…

    I’m beyond proud of you guys. Exciting stuff!

  3. Impressive event and what a great marketing point for Bodega!
    Well done guys!!!

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