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Sure it’s laudable to reach new heights of success, but it’s even more admirable to reach back into the community to help them follow in your same footsteps. Seeking to acknowledge those who “rise up and reach back,”ADCOLOR, a nonprofit organization, is honoring professionals of color who influence empowerment in the minority community, reports

CNN anchor Don Lemon is set to host the 2013 ADCOLOR Awards in September. As ADCOLOR’s mission pushes to create an inclusive and diverse environment in several industries, Lemon could not have been a better fit for the event. As an African American, Lemon has made his mark on CNN programming from reporting breaking news and covering weighty stories such as the Sandy Hook massacre and the Zimmerman trial. (He just went head-to-head with a conservative over the weekend about President Obama’s response to the Zimmerman verdict.)

One of the disclosed honorees for the ADCOLOR Awards is Nick Cannon. Known for being versatile, ADCOLOR is rewarding him with the All-Star award, recognizing his work transitioning from a child star on Nickelodeon to a career across entertainment, including music, comedy, acting, and TV hosting. His philanthropic endeavors are the cherry on top.

ADCOLOR has also launched a new project — a 260-page glossy book that highlights the journey of successful professionals of color through black-and-white photography. For funding, ADCOLOR has launched a Kickstarter campaign to reach their $15,000 goal. So far, they have collected about $5,000. They’ll be collecting pledges through August 8.

“Diversity is everyone in the room. Inclusion is everyone at the table,” says Tiffany R. Warren, president of ADCOLOR, in one of the book’s quotes.

Stay tuned for the 2013 ADColor Awards and Industry Conference which will take place September 19 through 21 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

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