Past Judges

Cheo Hodari Coker

Cheo Hodari Coker is an American former music journalist turned television writer, producer and director known for such television series as Luke CageNCIS: Los AngelesSouthland and Ray Donovan. Coker also wrote the screenplay for the 2009 biographical film Notorious, based on the life and death of The Notorious B.I.G.

Mayor Aja Brown

Mayor Aja Brown made history at 31 as the youngest mayor ever elected in the City of Compton. A national trailblazer, Mayor Brown’s ‘New Vision for Compton’ is a revitalization strategy centered on 12-key principles that focus on family values, quality of life, economic development and infrastructural growth. She was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term in June of 2017.

Aeriél Miranda

Aeriél Miranda is an American actress. She is best known for her recurring role as Shana Fring on the ABC Family series, Pretty Little Liars (2013–2015).[2] She was first introduced as Shana on the web series, Pretty Dirty Secrets (2012), prior to appearing on Pretty Little Liars.Miranda also recurred as Lana on The Nine Lives of Chloe King and The CW series The Tomorrow People (U.S. TV series). Other roles include Universal Pictures Straight Outta Compton (2015) and the Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S. TV channel) comedy For Better Or Worse (2016).

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman (born March 30, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Sherman is part of the “Legion of Boom,” a nickname given to the Seahawks’ starting secondary which contributed to Seattle having the best pass defense in the NFL in 2013. This unit helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl in New Jersey in February 2014. Off the field, Sherman is a man of integrity and community. His passion is his foundation, Blanket Coverage, which gives back to the children in the community to provide all the necessary tools to get an education.

Melanie Kannokada

Melanie Chandra (formerly Melanie Kannokada) is an actress and co-founder of the not-for-profit Hospital for Hope, India. She currently stars as first year resident “Malaya Pineda” in the new CBS medical drama CODE BLACK. Last summer she made her cable debut on the HBO dark comedy THE BRINK as “Fareeda,” acting alongside Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Aasif Mandvi.

Her former TV work includes guest spots on RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, PARENTHOOD, and NCIS LA. She has recently been profiled in the HBO documentary EAST OF MAIN STREET alongside Lucy Lui, Daniel Dae Kim, and nine other Asian-Americans in Hollywood. She holds a 2nd Degree black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Amy Elisa Jackson

Amy Elisa Jackson is an established expert in entertainment and lifestyle journalism, content management and social media strategy. Amy kicked off her career at PEOPLE Magazine where she earned a coveted LA Press Club Award. She continues to work with top brands, both in print and digital media, such as Facebook, MSN, BET, Lexus, Essence Magazine, Latina Magazine and iVillage. An on-air entertainment expert, Amy has appeared on Good Morning America, E! News, Access Hollywood, and Inside Edition. Whether she is conducting a milestone interview or launching a new digital property, she handles it all with poise, passion and a unique blend of sassy sophistication.

Nick Navarro

Nick Navarro is a Talent Acquisition & Marketing Specialist who received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and graduated from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2012. He is the Executive Producer of Mélange Productions Inc. and was the Executive Producer of Eleganza Fashion Production in 2009. You can find out more through Mélange’s website: http://membersofmelange.com/.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike

Nnemkadi Ogwumike is currently a power forward for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, after being drafted #1 overall. She is a graduate of Stanford’s Class of 2012, completing her college career with a degree in psychology, four Final Four appearances with the Cardinal, and many All-American recognitions. Today, she continues as a professional international athlete competing globally, including as a member of the most recent USA Women’s Basketball National Team. As she continues to strive as an athlete, she plans to attain an MBA to continue her professional career in sports, philanthropy, and public relations.

Vanessa Hernandez

Vanessa Hernandez was born and raised in San Jose, California. Her parents met dancing, so she was raised to love music and movement. She started training at a dance studio at the age of 5 and has continued to perfect her craft ever since. In high school, she found her passion for singing and after graduation packed her bags and moved to LA to pursue her dreams of singing and dancing. She’s been able to work with some of her own idols like Paula Abdul and is currently dancing alongside the amazing Zendaya. She is also focusing on her own music to share with the world soon! Get ready! She is currently a dancer and choreographer for Bloc Talent Agency and has made commercial appearances with stars like Kevin Hart and Dave Franc

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Beneficiaries

Over the past 4 years, with your help, we’ve raised over $10,000 for Lyon-Martin Health Services, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), and the National MS Society.