“As one of the most powerful women in our business in Hollywood, she knows that true power has nothing to do with strength; has everything to do with doing the right thing,” Laurence Fishburne said in a heartfelt introduction about his longtime friend and attorney Nina Shaw, a founding partner at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
The renowned entertainment lawyer was the recipient of the 2017 Impact Award at the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs dinner that took place at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on April 20. The event attracted notables from the Hollywood figure’s client list, including Nick Cannon who flew in just to serve as the evening’s emcee. Shaw’s table was also peppered with celebrities like “Underground” co-creator Misha Green and star Jurnee Smollett Bell as well as “Hand of God” actress Emayatzy Corinealdi.
The Alliance, which has served the Greater Los Angeles area for over 30 years, assists in providing independent schools with students from underrepresented communities in order to address issues of racial diversity. The ongoing message throughout the evening was that success can come from all economic backgrounds, and Shaw proved to be a living example.
Growing up in Harlem in the 1970s, Shaw shared memories of humble beginnings: becoming a Columbia Law student and talking with her great-grandfather, who made sacrifices just to learn how to read the Bible.
The night also provided three scholarships to students, who spoke about their journeys since being placed in private schools by the nonprofit, as well as a performance by “The Voice” finalist Judith Hill.
Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff was also awarded at the charity gala, and spoke candidly about his own personal goal in providing opportunities to the disadvantaged within his football organization — despite his privileged upbringing in Benedict Canyon. The night raised $100,000 towards scholarships, programs, and additional support to the org’s students and their families.