LOS ANGELES – Business leader, media personality, and philanthropist Germany Kent is set to be honored with the Shero of the Year Award from leading nonprofit Two Lifestyles Inc. Women’s Empowerment.
The hall of fame media communications professional, nationally syndicated journalist, renowned celebrity host, producer, author, and activist’s philanthropic efforts have had a tremendous positive impact on the Los Angeles metropolitan community beyond the field of entertainment.
“Germany has a legacy of empowering women and underserved populations. A woman who is recognized for breaking down barriers with documented success,” said La Toyia Conway-Hampton, CEO of Two Lifestyles, Inc. “Germany leads by example, and is relentless in her service to non-profit organizations, and dedicated humanitarian efforts reaching back to help others.”
In recent years, Kent has partnered with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to provide resources for the Boyle Heights Annual Miracle on 1st Street Toy Giveaway. Over the past few years alone, Kent has facilitated efforts to distribute more than 4,000 pounds of clothing bags, hundreds of food boxes, toys and back-to-school supplies to help adults and children in Los Angeles County.
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic created devastating food insecurity for many vulnerable residents, Kent jumped into action and for the past two years served faithfully as a volunteer at New Challenge Ministries, Inc. in Torrance, which served more than two million people in 2021 alone.
During the pandemic, Kent served as a FOX news anchor and news producer writing, producing and sharing content on COVID-19 and businesses making a difference in the community. As a media personality, pundit, and talk show host, Kent’s boundless energy and versatility has been on display on various broadcast and cable TV systems across the country. Kent has served as a correspondent for various local outlets, as a public affairs host, and reporter in Los Angeles reaching more than 4 million households. Kent has also worked as a local radio personality at KTYM in Inglewood.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Two Lifestyles, Inc. The work that La Toyia Conway-Hampton and her team are doing is causing a ripple effect inspiring change for generations to come. As the chief visionary officer, La Toyia is relentless in igniting awareness for multiple social causes and community outreach making a massive impact along the way. I’ve seen her dedication and commitment firsthand and I’m happy to help with her mission in any way that I can,” said Kent.
Conway-Hampton says, “Germany is an inspiring and influential inclusion champion who has made a profound impact in her field and on society. A woman who has made a significant contribution to empower, advance, advocate, and support others.”
In October 2022, Kent was selected as an ambassador for Solombra Ingram’s LA-based nonprofit I’m Every Woman (IEW) for a missionary trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas. Through combined efforts with Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and The Links International Inglewood Chapter, Kent served as the official media correspondent to document survival stories and champion women’s empowerment.
In August 2022, Kent was tapped as the national media correspondent for “Preach The Word Worldwide” Network’s Global Broadcasting Convention. Throughout her career, Germany has filmed, produced, and managed video production projects throughout the state of California and across the country, and has been credited for a variety of videos and documentaries. Her writing has been critically acclaimed, appearing in national syndication and published across the web.
During her career, Kent has been one of the media industry’s go-to trusted sources. Kent’s work has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, HuffPost, Associated Press, NPR, Parade, MSN South Africa, Yahoo Canada, Cosmopolitan, AOL, The Dallas Morning News, Bloomberg Business, and the FOX Business Report, to name a few.
In between volunteering and activism, organizing community events, and mentoring, Kent’s charitable energy can be seen through her commitment and leadership. Kent has been at the forefront to aid in efforts for the homeless population, often documenting the epidemic and providing resources to Skid Row. She has also partnered with NBA Legend Charles Oakley’s Oak in the Kitchen to help Skid Row residents.
“Kent has helped to champion organizations seeking to impact their communities. She has worked tirelessly with non-profit leaders to ensure that underprivileged families of the community have received whatever they needed, including food and clothing. What most people don’t know is that Germany also provides service, financial and emotional support for families, and cash-strapped organizations,” Conway-Hampton said.
Kent is igniting awareness for multiple causes and serves as a marketing volunteer for several charities, and community organizations. Kent also volunteers her time as a media consultant and gives back by providing free media and public relations services to nonprofits. Through media roles, Kent provides a voice for those who have been silenced by their struggles. To date, Kent uses her platform as a writer to spotlight Angelenos and others who are making a difference in their respective communities by publicizing their work in the Los Angeles Post-Examiner and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among other news outlets.
As a national award-winning journalist, Kent has reported on the most important and most talked about news stories of our time. Her portfolio also consists of work covering the entertainment industry as a writer, correspondent and staple on red carpets where she has interviewed a diverse roster of more than 200 celebrities that reads like a “who’s who” of entertainment titans.
Kent has been honored for her journalistic work in the U.S. Capitol at the National Press Club with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award. In addition to being a widely respected journalist, Kent directs publicity and publication as a media owner and publisher for Star Stone Press, a national award-winning public relations and image consulting agency. Kent has worked with advertisers on campaigns for brands such as Nike, Macy’s, LA Galaxy, City National Bank, Budweiser, Walgreens, and more.
In Los Angeles County, Kent has played a role in the planning, publicity, press, or production of events for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, Beverly Hills Caviar, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Philippe Chow Beverly Hills, Paula Williams Madison/The Africa Channel, March of Dimes, NAACP Beverly Hills Chapter, The City of West Hollywood, Gospel Goes To Hollywood, Black Business Association, Black AIDS Institute, Petersen Automotive Museum, Producers Guild of America, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and many more.
In 2022, Kent worked as the Chief Media and Marketing Officer for Najah Roberts and Crypto Blockchain Inc. based in Inglewood. In that position Kent managed local and national press including features in print, radio, and television. Kent also worked on publicity for The Black Wall Street, a joint venture Roberts created with acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Hill Harper. Kent oversaw execution of content for various media functions and strategically interacted with media partners to strengthen community affairs relations throughout the greater Los Angeles community.
Kent successfully secured celebrity endorsements and facilitated major media placements helping to bridge the gap between Hollywood and the hood, working closely with name talent to bring attention to the wealth gap that exists among communities of color.
In 2022, Kent also secured celebrity endorsements and oversaw content creation and publicity for the radio program Ahead of The Crypto Curve, a nationally syndicated show that airs daily on Tavis Smiley’s KBLA 1580 talk radio station broadcasting live from Leimert Park.
Additionally, Kent has served as entertainment press and a contributing reporter on media efforts for Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), and EURweb. Two of the largest Black online outlets covering black news and culture.
“Germany excels in unifying diverse voices and is affecting positive representation of communities of color in the media and directing change. She is dedicated to empowering youth, and maintains a long history for encouraging participation in the arts, and fostering support of literary programs. As an inclusive and inspirational leader, Germany has also been instrumental in helping others segway into the media and entertainment industry,” said Conway-Hampton.
Not that long ago Kent was selected by Soledad O’Brien as a panelist to speak to youth about branding at the national PowHerful conference, sponsored by Billionaire Sara Blakely. Further, Kent’s dedication to ending bullying has been showcased through her tireless efforts speaking out against bullying and cyberbullying, both locally and nationally.
In 2022, Kent was selected to the Board of Directors for All Cops Ain’t Bad, a national nonprofit organization that aims to develop trust and strengthen police and community partnerships. Kent also sits on the board for Los Angeles based Women of Prominence. With this initiative, she helps provide needed resources to train women and girls in public speaking, life skills, and etiquette, helping others to gain life skills that will allow them to enter/re-enter the workforce.
“Germany is an exceptional unsung hero: giving back, creating a legacy, and making the world a better place. She has dedicated her life to the advancement of others and paved the way for the leaders of tomorrow. She is recognized as an ambassador for women through her extraordinary dedication, personal achievements, and service to others through mentorship, philanthropy, and business,” Conway-Hampton said.
Kent maintains a reputation as a wise wordsmith. She is broadly and frequently quoted on the Web by countless organizations around the world. Some of which include The City of Los Angeles, Humane Society, The United Way, The Salvation Army, The Empire State Building, Chicken Soup for the Soul, St. Mary’s College, John Hopkins University, and many, many more.
The multihyphenate Kent is an IMDB accredited SAG-AFTRA actress and has appeared on scripted television shows such as CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” USA’s “Graceland,” and Disney’s “Jessie.” Germany has also appeared on unscripted television and reality shows, including Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and CBS’s “The Doctors,” among others. Kent has also achieved commercial success appearing in national advertisements for more than 100 commercials for brands like Disney, eHarmony, Nike, Coors Light, and Verizon, to name a few.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2011, Kent previously served as the human resources director for Starwood Hotels and as the director of human resources and a corporate recruiter for MetLife where she tackled diversity outreach, corporate communications, and media relations.
Kent is an alumna of the University of Southern California, Mississippi State University, and the University of Alabama. Kent’s contribution to the arts and to her community garnered her a coveted Lifetime Community Service Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has previously been listed by the Los Angeles Business Journal among the Powerful Women Making A Difference in Los Angeles.
“With a wide portfolio of work, Kent has manifested a legacy that continues to inspire others,” said Conway-Hampton. “Germany’s influence is far-reaching with the number of people she has impacted, and she continues to blaze new trails.”
In recognition of her leadership, dedication to the community, and work in empowering the underserved, Kent will be recognized at the event by U.S. Senator Alex Padilla. The unsung hero will also receive recognition on behalf of Congressman Ted Lieu, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, and the California State Senate from Senators Ben Allen and Steven Bradford.
The Shero of the Year Awards are scheduled for Feb. 3, 2022 in conjunction with The She Rose Academy Youth Experience on the Two Lifestyles Inc. Women Empowerment campus in Palmdale.
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