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  • Bianca Brown


Updated: Dec 5, 2023

On December 2, 2023, Get Lit- Words Ignite had its 13th Annual Gala hosted at the Skirball Cultural Center Honoring Quintessential Musician Anderson .Paak, as well as celebrating WME and VANS. Among these iconic names, many other profound individuals blessed the red carpet, such as Diane Luby Lane (Founder of, Get Lit), Alberto M. Carvalho (LAUSD Superintendent), Micheal Evans Behling (All American), Salome Agbaroji (National Youth Poet Laureate), Geffri Maya (Get Lit Board Member, All American), Lizzy Yao (Vans), Caroline Joyner (Endeavor Impact, Inclusion & Advocacy), Brittani Nichols (Writer, Abbot Elementary), Chante Adams (League of their Own), Terayle Hill (Judas and the Black Messiah), & Camille Hyde (All American).

Get Lit- Words Ignite is a Los Angeles-based education non-profit that has been serving communities for 17 years through poetry and visual media to enhance literacy and empower the youth and their communities. Professed beautifully by the Get-Lit Protege, and now Harvard University Elite Salome Agbaroji as she strutted the Red Carpet, “Get Lit has not only molded me into the poet that I am today, but as the young woman, as the artist, the activist, and the teenager still trying to figure it ou. Get Lit has not only been a place for professional and artistic development but has become a family”.

Eight-Time GRAMMY winner, producer, songwriter, artist & director Anderson .Paak also revered the red carpet elated, and prepared to be Get-Lit’s Honoree. “I’ve never been honored for anything, they look like they have a budget, it’s looking great, beautiful people, well dressed, It’s amazing; I’m ready to receive and get my flowers while I can, tomorrow isn’t promised, this is a beautiful occasion; I’m ready,” said Paak.

Anderson .Paak is the founder of The Brandon Anderson Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to uplifting communities through arts, education, and unique experiences. Get Lit is honored to partner with the newly launched .Paak House in 2024, an initiative to create a “safe-haven” for the next generation through community outreach. Together with the launch of the Get Lit Creative Lab, .Paak House and Get Lit will give young artists across LA hands-on experiences in all facets of artistic creation. WME, one of Get Lit’s Honorees’ is one of the leading agencies personifying some of the world’s most extraordinary talents.

They have been unwavering supporters of the Get Lit Foundation for many years, providing opportunities for the youth while also supporting social impact-related activities, alongside Vans, another one-off Get Lit’s Honorees’; who has generously supported the Get Lit Foundation with grants and sponsorships, while also sponsoring events such as Why I Rise Mental Health competition. The Get Lit Words-Ignite Foundation has much in store for the upcoming years of 2024 through 2025. “We just launched our ethnic studies curriculum, it’s brand new, approved by LAUSD, and will be rolled out to schools throughout California; by 2025 every young person must have an ethnic studies course to graduate,” says Diane Luby Lane (Founder, Get Lit).

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