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Stars Attend Children's Defense Fund Beat The Odds Awards

The Children's Defense Fund–California hosted its 28th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 6, 2018, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Liza and Conan O'Brien at Children's Defense Fund-California's Beat The Odds Awards 2018

The celebration honored five Los Angeles high school “stars” – Ian, Jazmin, Manuel, Samantha, and Samarea – in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the obstacles that stand in their way.

This momentous occasion was co-chaired by Children’s Defense Fund President Emerita Marian Wright Edelman, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Alfre Woodard & Roderick Spencer, and Cdf-CA Executive Director Shimica Gaskins. Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Alfre Woodard also served as presenters during the ceremony, and were joined by Angela Bassett, Garcelle Beauvais, Aisha Hinds, Tory Kittles, Jussie Smollett, and DeWanda Wise. Additional special guests included J. Alexander, Andy Buckley, Lex Scott Davis, Reverend James Lawson, Shawn Levy, Mo McRae,

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