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CAPE Wraps Second Annual Radiance Gala Honoring Sandra Oh, ‘Joyride’ & ‘Black Cake’ Teams, And Many More

Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, the leading film and television industry organization for Asian and Pacific Islanders, on Monday night presented its second annual Radiance Gala, celebrating the achievements of Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Non-Binary artists, artisans, and leaders in entertainment, presenting honors to actress Sandra Oh, the teams behind Lionsgate‘s Joy Ride and Hulu’s Black Cake, and more.

At the event held at at the Ebell in Los Angeles, Oh was presented with the Luminary Award by Jessica Yu, the director of her 20th/Hulu comedy Quiz Lady. Cast members of Black Cake, including Mia Isaac, Chipo Chung and Simon Wan, joined creator-showrunner Marissa Jo Cerar in accepting the Best in TV Award. Meanwhile, Joy Ride filmmaker Adele Lim was joined by writer-producers Teresa Hsiao and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, and actors Sherry Cola and Desmond Chiam, in accepting the prize for Best in Film, presented by Baron Davis.

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Additional honors included the Julia S. Gouw Next Gen Award, presented to The Creator star Madeleine Yuna Voyles by Gouw and director Gareth Edwards; the Cindy Y. Huang Rising Star Award, presented to It Lives Inside‘s Megan Suri; the Visionary Award, presented to Wish filmmaker Fawn Veerasunthorn; the Actor in TV Award, presented to Expats star Sarayu Blue; the Actor in Film Award, presented to Shortcomings’ Ally Maki by director Randall Park; the Mentor Award presented to Melinda Hsu, showrunner, executive producer and co-founder of the Asian American Writers Brunch; the Decision Maker Award presented to Ramsey Naito, President, Paramount and Nickelodeon Animation; the Deal Maker Award presented to Sophia Yen, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; the Trailblazer Award presented to author, poet, comedian, and public speaker Alok Vaid-Menon; and the Tastemaker Award bestowed upon content creator, women’s rights advocate, podcast host, and author Drew Afualo.

Hosted by actor and comedian Jenny Yang, the ceremony also featured a special musical performance from artist, writer, producer, and social change artist MILCK.

Proceeds from the evening will go towards sustaining CAPE’s pathway programs such as the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, CAPE Leaders Fellowship, Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge for API Women and Non-Binary Filmmakers, CAPE Animation Directors Accelerator, CAPE Emerging Executives Committee, and other programs in incubation. All of the aforementioned are intended to help break down the barriers that have held API creatives in the industry back for too long.

Tessa, founder PRISM DJs, a booking agency representing female DJs, served as DJ, with Sechel PR, an Asian woman-founded and women-led PR firm, running the red carpet.

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