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2nd Annual “BLACK CELEBRATION” Awards 2013

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BLACK STREET PRESENTS: “BLACK CELEBRATION”

Come Join BLACK STREET at Their 2nd Annual Black Tie Awards Ceremony

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On September 21st,  2013, BLACK STREET, for its second year, will conduct an awards ceremony like none other in the Black community.  BLACK STREET will choose two finalists from 25 categories to go on the awards ceremony. The award recipients, with the highest amount of votes within each category and has proven credibility within each respective field, will be named at the ceremony.  We will also honor prominent and renown individuals who have utilized their platforms to cater to our community! The evening will consist of an elaborate cocktail hour, entertainment, our awards ceremony, and a VIP dinner during the awards ceremony for our elite and celebrity guests! The event will take place at The Alvin Ailey Studios on 405 W 55th Street (At the corner of 55th & 9th Ave). Doors will open at 5:30pm. The Attire is Black Tie! The event will be streamed live!!!

CONFIRMED HONOREES: 


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  • Michael Skolnik (Political Director for Russell Simmons | Co-President of GlobalGrind.com)
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  • Michaela Angela Davis (BET Commentator | Celebrity Image Activist | Conversationalist)

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SHANDA FREEMAN– MTV’S “MAN & WIFE CO-HOST | RELATIONSHIP EXPERT | PLUS-SIZE FASHION DESIGNER


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Our current and past nominees have worked for and/or with notable brands such as BET, CNN, MSNBC, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, NY TIMES, Essence Magazine, BRAVO TV, Food Network, Black Enterprise, New York Urban League, NBC, renowned television show: SMASH, Mike Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, and many more!

BLACK STREET wants to continue honoring individuals just as those honored in the past such as:

  • Actor, Humanitarian, Author- Isaiah Washington
  • Essence Magazine Editor-At-Large- Mikki Taylor
  • Black Girls Rock Founder- Beverly Bond
  • CBS Personality & WEEN Co-Founder- Sabrina Thompson
  • TV Legal Analyst- Midwin Charles
  • New York State Senator- Kevin Parker

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View Black Celebration 2012 Here: http://youtu.be/jsA1M7aQgAE?t=7m50s

This event will be filled with past featured individuals, the tri-state areas most prominent personages, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful entertainment from live bands, prominent and elite individuals and speakers, and an awards ceremony awarding top tier individuals. This year, we’ll also honor five individuals who will receive honors such as the “Lifetime of Greatness” and “Empowerment Honoree”. Stay tuned to find out our much deserved Honorees. Visit http://www.blackcelebrationawards.com to submit nominations and view our current nominees. For Sponsorship Inquiries, Contact: info@blackstreetonline.com .

We have wonderful sponsorship opportunities as well as Ad Space in our event journals. We are also accepting prominent individuals as well as businesses within our Event Board/Committee. Please contact us at info.blackstreet@gmail.com for more information and details.

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 View Black Celebration 2012 Here: http://youtu.be/jsA1M7aQgAE?t=7m50s

BLACK STREET is an online publication catered to showcasing greatness within the Black community. Although there are many outlets catered to the Black community, not many showcase individuals the way shown on the website. With an extensive mission, they plan to cater to their community through many facets. Be it mentorship programs, fundraisers for non-profits, panel discussions, and various other empowering and uplifting projects. Not merely a website, BLACK STREET is well on it’s way to becoming a movement.

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Black Celebration 2012

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As guest sashayed their way onto BLACK STREET’s “BLACK” carpet in their best numbers for photographers to snap their pictures, the BLACK STREET team awaits the que for what will be history in the making…

On September 17th of 2012 many notable individuals had the privilege in being honored at the Milmes, Carlton Hotel in New York City for BLACK STREET’s one year black tie awards ceremony.  In the words of its CEO & founder, Judith Jacques, “This is a public nomination process, where recognition to our unsung heroes and deserved individuals are given in front of a crowd to those who given back to the community as welled as excelled within their own industries.” 50 finalists from all industries ranging from The Arts to Websites have come alongside their supporters, fingers crossed to the revealing of the “winner” in each category. Cocktail hour begins..oohs and aah’s was all to be heard when guests entered to see the romantic but not over powering lighting and decor which gave the place a cozy, classy, and elegant vibe. The Turntable maestro Anthony “DJ Clean” McClean went along with the atmosphere and played some great old to new school tracks. Bite sized juicy burgers, bruschetta with salmon were some of the dishes served with classic wine selections. Not one person in the room expected this awards ceremony to be in the magnitude it was and the questions slowly arrived “How did you guys pull this off and this is just your first event?” Reply you ask… Two words, NO SLEEP! (LOL) Guests finally took their seats, and were greeted by the fabulous Miss Black USA 2010 and founder of Joyful Joy Foundation, Osas Ighodaro and Supermodel Bobby Elliott Roache (You may have seen him from Beyonce’s hit single video “Irreplaceable)”

“Showcasing Greatness Within the BLACK Community” is the motto that BLACK STREET goes by and they did just that, kicking off the ceremony with a stellar solo performance of the Black National Anthem sung by Courtney Porter. As time progressed the young, talented and handsome “Lester White” co-star on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Justin Davis, humbly presented the Humanitarian Award to Isaiah Washington. Whether in his professional life as an actor and producer or his personal role as being a husband,father and activist, Mr. Washington passionately commits himself to all his ventures. Completing his first memoir entitled,  A MAN FROM ANOTHER LAND: “How finding my Roots Changed My Life” is his latest achievement BUT it is his work in the Republic of Sierra Leone in which he was being honored for. In September of 2008 Isaiah attended the 63rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City as an advisor to President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma. Following the events, President Koroma traveled to Washington D.C.and announced that Washington would be granted full citizenship of Sierra Leone. This Historical citizenship declaration made Washington the first African-American to receive such an honor and President Koroma the first African president to perform such an act. Isaiah’s Connection and involvement with Sierra Leone continues to be visible through his organization, The Gondobay Manga Foundation which is dedicated to improving the lives of citizens of Sierra Leone. Isaiah Washington will become the first African -American to lead a Africa/South Korean Alliance designed to rebuild the infrastructure of Sierra Leone with his new company HIRA INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC overseeing a multi million dollar investment fund. Listening to Isaiah speak was as if he was Mother Hen and we were listening to him tell us stories,words of encouragement to come together and support each other in everything. With a well deserved standing ovation he graciously walks off the stage and the Sultry hummingbird, Jeanette Berry of the Soul Nerds reminds us what it feels like to be loved or in love with her single “Love Stomped.”  which is the hit T.V. show Girlfriends intro song.

Moving along, Stacie NC Grant, a renown motivational speaker, address the audience on BLACK empowerment and the audience was not just moved but speechless. In between breaks awards recipients were being announced, win or “lose” all attendees were just happy they were in the presence of great people, a beautiful venue, and most of all being part of history in the making. Introduced by Shanda Freeman,  co-host of MTV’s Man & Wife and wife of DJ Fat Man Scoop, Mikki Taylor, Editor-at-Large of ESSENCE Magazine made her debut as the Lifetime of Greatness Honoree at the Black Street Celebration. Taylor, a humble spirit, truly exemplified “Inner and Outer Beauty” likewise her insanely successful book, Self-Seduction: Your Ultimate Path to Inner and Outer Beauty.

Other honored guests included entrepreneur Jean Alerte, owner of Julius Casimir Jewelry and Carter,Alerte &  Associates; a public relations firm with the Trailblazer Honor, and television producer, Co-Founder of WEEN organization, Sabrina Thompson, was honored with the Empowerment Honor for her work with young women.

The Ceremony closed with CEO & Founder of BLACK STREET, Judith Jacques, with her young son at her side, graciously thanking every single supporter and fighting back tears of joy. “I never thought this would be of such magnitude, thank you for making my dreams a reality. I hope in some small way, BLACK STREET has showed you the recognition in which you all deserve.”  Ms Jacques gave her team a shocker and presented them with a plaque of appreciation and for their contribution in aiding BLACK STREET’S first award ceremony, making it a memorable one.

Each guest walked away with a gift bag filled with goodies including a free hard copy of Isaiah Washington’s memoir. Let us not forget the additional pleasant surprise given to our guest: a 2-hour book signing by Isaiah Washington to each of the guests.

HONOREES:

MIKKI TAYLOR LIFETIME OF GREATNESS AWARD

ISAIAH WASHINGTON – THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD

SABRINA THOMPSON – THE EMPOWERMENT AWARD

JEAN ALERTE – THE TRAILBLAZER AWARD

 

AWARDS RECIPIENTS;

BRANDON FRAME – FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

EVELINE PIERRE – FOR EXCELLENCE IN ART

JENNIFER LAROCHE – FOR EXCELLENCE IN DANCE

ORANE WILLIAMS – FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCE

STEPHANIE FOLLING – FOR EXCELLENCE IN BLOGGER CATEGORY

CANDICE COOK – FOR EXCELLENCE IN LAW

MYCHAL SLEDGE – FOR EXCELLENCE IN EMPOWERMENT

MARCUS JOHNSON DDS, MSD – FOR EXCELLENCE IN MEDICINE

DAMIAN BAILEY – FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS & FITNESS

STEPHANIE FOLLING – FOR EXCELLENCE IN WEBSITE CATEGORY

CARLA MILLS-TATUM – FOR EXCELLENCE IN TV & FILM

PST. DWAYNE H. DAWKINS SR. – FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPIRITUALITY

JERMAINE “JAY EVERYDAY” SMITH – FOR EXCELLENCE IN RADIO

SAMUEL L. PIERRE – FOR EXCELLENCE IN POLITICS

FABRICE ARMAND – FOR EXCELLENCE IN PHILANTHROPY

JUDITH MILLS – FOR EXCELLENCE IN NON-PROFIT

ALEXIS GARRETT STODGHILL – FOR EXCELLENCE IN NEWS & JOURNALISM

ESNAVI – FOR EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC

DON CLITANDRE – FOR EXCELLENCE IN LITERATURE

DENNIS & DHYLLES DAVIS – FOR EXCELLENCE IN FASHION

CHEF NILKA HENDRICKS – FOR EXCELLENCE IN CULINARY ARTS

KIM N. THOMPSON – FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMEDY

KATHY LIAUTAUD – FOR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS

MARLENE DUPERLEY – FOR EXCELLENCE IN BEAUTY

LYNNETTE CARR-HICKS – FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMING ARTS

“Your honor is because of your GREATNESS, not solely because of the reputability you have grown, BUT, because of your undeniable contribution to our community and THAT is worth every honor bestowed upon you. I hope in some way, BLACK STREET will forever embed in your memory as the organization that remembered YOUR GREATNESS” -Judith Jacques

Special thanks to ALL who’ve made BLACK STREET’S First Annual Awards Celebration Ceremony more than a SUCCESS!!

Photos by Peuge Benjamin

 

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MTV’S “MAN & WIFE” CO-HOST- Shanda Freeman

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Born and raised in Newburgh, NY Shanda Freeman was destined to do great things! Becoming a young mother at the tender age of 15 did not stop her from believing she would achieve all her dreams!

Beginning her career in HIV/AIDS Services in 1996, Shanda worked as a Case Manager and Counselor for over 8 years. This rewarding and life changing career allowed her to overcome and leave an emotionally and physically abusive first marriage. In helping others she gained the strength to help herself! In 2002, Shanda met and fell in love with the “love of her life” and current husband, Fatman Scoop! Fatman Scoop is a Hip Hop promoter and radio personality famed for his on-stage rough, raw, loud voice. In 2007, they created their sex and relationship advice podcast Man and Wife! With a combination of their wit, charm, and life experiences they are able to provide their 5 million plus audience with real and unabashed “love” advice! Man and Wife debuted on MTV in 2008!

In branching out on her own, Shanda created Shanda Says! Shanda Says vlogs and advice column offers her audience a place of experience, compassion, enjoyment, and fashion! Shanda has contributed her advice articles to numerous media outlets such as; Essence.com, AOL BlackVoices, The New York Post, and Straight Stuntin Magazine to name a few. She tours the country delivering speaking engagements at different schools and colleges offering young people and women her life story of strength and overcoming obstacles. Her love of fashion will have her branching out and conquering her dream of Clothing Designer as well! She continues to be an “All or Nothing” woman! For Shanda, there are no limits, only opportunities!!

Q&A With Shanda Freeman

BS: Although you encountered hardship as a woman, what kept you going?

Shanda Freeman: My faith and belief in my future. I really knew with hard work and persistence I could achieve anything. My education also gave me confidence! I’m most proud of my intellect! My parents instilled these confidences in me as a child and I hold to them this day!

BS: What has aided you in not becoming a statistic as a teenage mot tpiuvprviher? Did other women around you influence you? Do you believe the type of people a person have around them influence their decision-making?
Shanda Freeman: Back in the mid 80’s when I had my daughter, there were so many statistics stating that young mothers were destined for welfare, more children and a failed education. I never had anymore children and graduated with honors with my class. I have ALWAYS hated statistics and was determined to exceed any expectation that society or any individual would put on me! I am still this way. Never doing what is expected, but exceeding the norm.
BS: Domestic abuse, be it physical, verbal, mental, sexual, or even financial is a growing issue today. How did you overcome any abuse you experienced through your first marriage?
Shanda Freeman: It was very difficult. I was married for 10 years and on the outside looking in I appeared to have it all. Most women would take my place, but I was hurting and scared. I worked with Safe Homes to devise a plan for me to leave that marriage safely. It took years for me to gain the courage to leave and trust that I would be ok on my own. I am so proud to  be in a position to speak to young women about me overcoming this part of my life. It’s so empowering when you achieve strength of yourself!
BS: From what the world has seen, you and FatMan Scoop are in a loving relationship? How did you two learn to become such loving and understand partners? What’s the most essential ingredient for a lasting relationship? 
Shanda Freeman: Me and my husband our both on our second marriage. He went through such unhappiness as I did and when we found each other, it was like, YES! This feels right! He has been my best friend for the past 9 years. We have our moments, but we have a mutual love and RESPECT for each other. I’m proud of that. The essential ingredient for most any relationship is COMMUNICATION! We all know how important it is, but so many of us don’t know how to communicate well. It’s often times how we’re raised. Me and my husband are always talking. If you’ve watched our show Man and Wife you’ll see that Scoop is never at a loss for words!
BS: For eight years you worked as a case counselor for HIV/AIDS. How was it a rewarding and life-changing experience for you? How important is it that we within the Black Community not only get “checked” but protect ourselves?
Shanda Freeman: My career was so life changing at the time because my clients looked to me for help and guidance in dealing with this deadly disease. Unknown to them, I was going home to havoc. Their strength in dealing with this disease and living with the stigma of it really helped me emotionally. If I was going to be a help to others, I had to help myself. With EVERY racial community we have to be informed of this disease regarding prevention and transmission. It truly is not a disease that has favorites. In terms of media we always get the African American community stats. I have been in the trenches in fighting this disease and will share with you that all races and sexual orientation have been affected. We all have to take personal responsibility of our health and bodies. That’s not for your partner to do. Period!
BS: What to you are the rewards of giving back to your community? In which ways have you done so? 
Shanda Freeman: My rewards are always so emotional for me! When I tell you that as I sat in my 10th grade class pregnant with my daughter, I always wanted more. I would get looks and stares and finger pointing. I was mad at myself that I had in society’s eyes become a statistic. When I speak to young women today and share my story it’s so wonderful because they respect a struggle. They appreciate that you share your life’s mistakes, but through better choices and a solid education you can overcome anything! I love our youth and I always want them to be better and to be real ladies. I’m very old school in that way.
BS: We know you love fashion, what designers do you love, and will influence your work in the near future?
Shanda Freeman: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fashion! I have since the days of Easter Suits! My mom was big on her children always being presentable and being ladies. I adore 70’s fashion! I grew up with it and find it inspires most things that I wear. I love DVF, Rachel Pally and pieces that I’m currently designing myself which I cannot wait to share with the world!
BS: What next should we expect from Shanda Freeman?
Shanda Freeman: Expectations?! Expect that I will exceed them! LOL! I am currently working on an affordable and classy clothing line with my good friend and partner Rachel Fenimore of Fennimas jewelry.My own TV Show,based on my vlog Shanda Says,continue to bring the best sex and relationship advice with my husband (MAN AND WIFE) to the masses and most importantly continuing my work touring the country inspiring and empowering women everywhere to be the best that they can be! I am also proud to be hosting Full Figured Fashion Week this year in NYC June 16th-18th! I would like to thank Ms. Gwen Devoe for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful event! I hope to see many of you there!
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