Duke Ellington Entertainment Award:
The Duke Ellington Entertainment Award, named after the great composer songwriter, entertainer and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is awarded to living individuals who exhibit outstanding character, leadership, is involved within his/her community and embodies the values of being a recognized entertainer.
AFFION CROCKETT is one of the most versatile entertainers around, as an accomplished actor, writer, dancer, rapper, comedian, music producer, and director – his YouTube videos have become an internet sensation. Affion began his career as a dancer at age 10, winning breaking and popping contests with his older brother. Later on, he honed his impression skills by imitating anyone from his mother’s West Indian dialect or his schoolteacher’s southern drawl to the Scarface’s choppy Cuban accent. Soon after, Affion combined his dance and impressionist talents to develop his stand up act. After graduating from Fayetteville State University, with a bachelor’s degree in business, Affion set his sights on the entertainment industry.
Affion was introduced to the world on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, demonstrating his crystal clear impressions and physical comedy, for which he was labeled the next Jim Carrey. He also shows his range with dramatic turns on CSI: NY, NYPD Blue and The District. He was also the break out star on MTV’s ‘Wild’n Out’ and ‘Short Circuitz’ with Nick Cannon. He has starred on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ and ‘Cedric The Entertainer’s Show.’ Crockett also co-starred in the films, ‘Dance Flick’ with the Wayans Brothers, ‘Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins’ with Martin Lawrence, and ‘Soul Men’ with Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac. He is currently co-starring in ‘A Haunted House’ parts 1 & 2 alongside Marlon Wayans and the upcoming film ‘The Wedding Ringer’ with Kevin Hart.
Affion is also best known for his comedy niche with online sketch / parody videos garnering over 50 million views on YouTube. This caught the attention of Hip-Hop Mogul, Russell Simmons and resulted in the launch of an original online comedy series titled ‘Hustles with Russells’ starring the two. This also sparked multiple viral commercial campaigns. For one commercial Affion starred alongside Dr. Dre, and Lebron James, as well as one for Jay-Z’s clothing line Rocawear, where Affion impersonates Jay-Z and the French twin dancers Les Twins. Affion has also partnered with Russell Simmons and Def Pictures to produce and star in films written by and starring Crockett.
In the summer of 2011, Affion starred in and executive produced his own sketch comedy show for FOX called ‘In the Flow with Affion Crockett,’ which was executive produced by Jamie Foxx. The series revealed a fresh take on pop culture with spoofs of movie trailers, commercials, TV shows, music videos and celebrities.
Affion released his first comedy rap album in 2012 titled WATCH THE CLONE, with spoofs of popular artists like Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, 2 Chainz and more. Available on iTunes now!
Affion resides in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his screen time, he is greatly involved in his production company, Lejan Entertainment, Inc.