Written by | Ray Cornelius

The BronzeLens Film Festival hosted its 6th Annual Women Superstars Luncheon Friday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The star-studded event, which was sponsored by Macy’s, is the most sought after ticket of the festival.

This year’s ceremony recognized the talent of rising actress Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane, Shame) as well as award-winning TV/film executive Shelby Stone (Bessie) and actress/producer Terri J. Vaughn (Girlfriends Getaway). The most anticipated honoree was legendary Motown music, television and film executive Suzanne dePasse, who recieved the Legendary Behind the Lens Award. BronzeLens Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand also received an award for her 32 years of service as the Sr. VP of Community and Governmental Affairs at Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB).

Shelby Anthony and Karyn

Honoree Shelby Stone with Anthony Williams and Karyn Parsons

Ms. DePasse also participated in a special conversation about her illustrious career with Atlanta media personality Karyn Greer. During the “fireside” chat, Ms. DePasse recounted how she discovered The Jackson Five as well as the making of Lady Sings the Blues, in which she received an Academy Awards nomination as the film’s co-writer. She also announced that she was working on a remake of Mahogany as well as the film adaptation of Star Jones’ book, Satan’s Sisters.  Follwing the conversation was a musical tribute to Ms. DePasse by Atlanta’s own Collective Group, who performed a number of Motown hits from The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

DePasse and King Family

DePasse with Dexter King and his wife Leah Webber

There were also a number of other celebrities spotted throughout the event including Tasha Smith (Empire, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse), Cocoa Brown (Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, American Crime Story), Cas Sigers Beedles (filmmaker/Girlfriends Getaway I & II), Xernona Clayton (The Trumpet AwardsDrexina Nelson (Celebrity Photographer), Anthony Williams (Fashion Designer), Cocoa Brown (Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, American Crime Story) and Karyn Parsons (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). The luncheon was hosted by comedian, actress and radio personality Myra J.

Check out more photos below:


Cocoa Brown

Tahsa and Brely making faces

Tasha Smith and Brely Evans acting up

Terri and Kayron

Terri J. Vaughn with husband Karon Riley

Drexina Nelson Valerie with William Mickey

Drexina Nelson/ Valerie Benning Barney with William Mickey Stevenson


Kathleen Bertrand

Tasha Smith and Roger Bobb

Tasha Smith with Roger M. Bobb

Charmain Ward and friends

Charmain Ward (Center) with Kimberly Joseph and Michelle Falconer

Theo Tyson

Theo Tyson and friend

DePasse being interviewed

Suzanne dePasse being interviewed by BronzeLens Film Festival

Brely Accepting her award

Brely Evans accepting her award

An Emotional Terri

A very emotional Terri J. Vaughn accepting her award

Judge and Shelby

Shelby Stone receiving her award from Judge Glenda Hatchett

DePasse accepting her award

Suzanne dePasse receiving her award

Bobb and DePasse

Suzanne dePasse and Roger M. Bobb

Talk back

Suzanne dePasse talking to Karyn Greer about her career at Motown

Myra J and Imara

Imara Canady with Myra J.

Collective Soul

The Collective performing Motown hits


Honorees and BLFF Staff and Board Members

Princess Films

Filmmaker Princess Monique and friend

Myra J DePasse and Vaughn

Myra J. with honorees Suzanne dePasse and Terri J. Vaughn

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com