Media Awards: What You Need to Know

April 30, 2015

We are just days away from MPAC’s 24th Annual Media Awards Gala. We have an exciting evening planned for you, and look forward to celebrating three inspiring Voices of Courage and Conscience!

For those of you who have not yet purchased your tickets, online ticket sales will be available through 3 p.m. PST on Friday, May 1.

Here is a guide to everything you need to know about the Media Awards Gala:

When and Where

The Gala will be held at the Omni Hotel in Downtown, Los Angeles in the Bunker Hill Ballroom. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m.

Our Honorees

Check out our website to learn all about our “Voices of Courage and Conscience” honorees:


Directed by Ava Duvernay, "Selma" tells the story of how Martin Luther King, Jr. and fellow activists organized to secure voting rights for African Americans.

"Camp X-Ray"

Director Peter Sattler’s film, starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Peyman Moaadi (A Separation), is a feature narrative on an unlikely friendship that forms at a Guantanamo Bay prison between a soldier (Stewart) and detainee (Moaadi).

“The Newburgh Sting”

Produced by husband and wife team Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, "The Newburgh Sting" is an HBO Documentary about four men from the impoverished and largely African-American city of Newburgh, NY, who were lured into carrying out a terrorist plot by an FBI informant in 2009.

Plus, we’ll have producer/actor Waleed Zuaiter (“Omar,” “House of Cards”), retired veteran news reporter Warren Wilson of KTLA News, and professional screenwriter Roger Wolfson (“The Closer”, “Saving Grace”, and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”), who will serve as guest presenters.

Our Mistress of Ceremony for the evening will be lyricist, comedian, writer, public speaker and eldest daughter of Muhammed Ali, Maryum Ali.

Directions & Parking

The Omni Hotel is located at 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, just off the 110 freeway. Click here for more directions to the hotel. Please note that valet parking is $15. The hotel does not offer self-parking, however, you may park in the California Plaza for $11.30, which is next to the hotel.


For those with children age 10 and below, childcare is available for $20 per child. Childcare will be located on the 2nd floor of the Omni Hotel in the Widney Room, and will be conducted by Play Action Parties, a professional childcare company. Dinner will be provided for the children.


Maghrib prayer will be held in the Hershey-Crocker Room after dinner, but before the beginning of the second-half of the program.

Media Awards Photo Albums

Check out our Facebook and Flickr photo albums for pictures of past Media Awards Galas to get a taste of what you can expect at the Gala!

For more information, please contact Suhad Obeidi at or (323) 258-6722.

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