Esteemed writer and social activist, James Baldwin was posthumously honored at the VH1 Trailblazer Honors. He reflected his passion and his activism in his work, inspiring many such as the stars in the video below.
Through his groundbreaking works, reflecting on issues of class, race and sexuality, Baldwin inspired generations of creators to come. His tenacious life, fervently pursuing his truth as a queer, black man inspired the likes of Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), CNN anchor Don Lemon and actor Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, Pose). Billy noted, “It unlocked a power in me. It unlocked a space where I felt like it’s my duty to actually own and love the totality of who I am.”
If you missed the show, be sure to catch up on all the VH1 Trailblazer Honors moments you missed on VH1.com!