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Two Time, "Keep America Beautiful" National award winner JD Lawrence is the country's first African American playwright to receive two public performing arts Special Town Recognition awards, a County Legislature Distinguished Achievement award, as well as a certificate of special recognition from Congress. The Network Journal honored the acclaimed thespian as one of the country's top 40 African American entrepreneurs under 40. Lawrence has also performed over several hundred urban theatrical presentations across the country and is the creative force, outline and inspiration behind several groundbreaking urban films since 1990 grossing over $100 million in 2002 and 2004. The Telly award winning director's Off-Broadway production of Color Blind was the longest running Urban Theater dramedy in New York. The New York Times says "JD Lawrence's humor is slick, razor sharp and family oriented." Selected International benefit performances by JD Lawrence have helped to supply medicine for men, women and children in Africa. JD Lawrence the host for the American Gospel Music Awards will also be the host for the international World Fest in South Africa. Lawrence, the Grammy Award Winner's director, has worked with the likes of Stephanie Mills, Hall & Oates, Edwin Hawkins, Ronald Winans, Kenny Lattimore, Ashford & Simpson, Darius McCrary, Natalie Wilson, Latrice Pace, Tony Terry, Robin S., Chante' Moore, Alyson Williams, El DeBarge, Letoya Luckett, Lisa D' Amato and Camille McDonald "America's Next Top Model", Ronald Isley, Telma Hopkins, Willie Neal Johnson, American Idol judge Paula Abdul, and George Willborn just to name a few. Lawrence will be shooting his first film this year and finishing his highly anticipated novel "Behind The Cross". JD Lawrence is the finest example of a true well rounded, entertainer, philanthropist, humanitarian, and entrepreneur.