*Saturday night, multimedia personality Steve Harvey brought his tremendous brilliant power-filled ‘8th Annual Hoodie Awards’ to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and turned the super-sized area out with a sold-out audience, heart-tugging musical performances and alarming nods to accustomed people, according to BV’s Karu Daniels.
For eight after years, the King of Comedy and his agents have honored community businesses and leaders, in 12 categories, for the everyday efforts and strides that the stars of our neighborhoods accomplish in their cities and towns.
“I believe that we’re all created equal and it’s not fame or fortune that makes an ordinary person extraordinary, but it’s the things they do to help others and to uplift their communities that makes them special,” the best-selling author and new ‘Family Feud’ host said.
Legendary soul singers, The O’Jays, opened the night with a 30 minute set of their hits, including ‘She Used to Be My Girl,’ ‘Backstabbers’ and ‘Love Train.’
Fantasia Barrino, the 2004 ‘American Idol’ winner, who has been the subject of abundant boilerplate media absorption after her arguable activity with a married man and father of two was unveiled, got the crowd going in a rousing performance of new and old songs. The 26-year-old ‘Bittersweet’ singer – who recently attempted suicide with a canteen of aspirin – brought the audience (of 17,000) to their feet during her set.
The awards ceremony is the centerpiece of a three-day event packed with activities, which included financial seminars and cooking demonstrations, a plus-sized jeans fashion show, a comedy showcase, a beach party and a fundraising golf tournament.