The focus of this unique awards show is to highlight and acknowledge the entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the impactful agenda of hard working men and women in twelve diverse areas of business in various neighborhoods throughout the country, hence, what many consider the ‘foundations, pillars, and staples’ of the African American community.
Thought by many nominees to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be recognized for their skills or services in a public forum of this magnitude, these dedicated individuals have stood out amongst their peers in representing the essence of hard work, tenacity, creativity, courage, and commitment to service.
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With a solid foundation of having a meaningful purpose, the awards show was interspersed with performances by Fantasia, Mary Mary, Jaheim, and the iconic, beautiful Chaka Khan culminating the show. For the opening set, in typical Fantasia style, the audience was treated to the barefooted, lip trembling, penetrating vocals of the songstress in a very high energy performance. Mary Mary, always harmonizing beautifully did not disappoint, and of course, Jaheim was a special treat for the ladies with his smooth voice.
With the comedic antics of the utmost host, Mr. Steve Harvey, plus George Wallace and Sheryl Underwood, the audience was kept in tears laughing between presentations.
Garnishing the support of such major sponsors as title sponsor Ford; State Farm, The Nielson Company, K & G Fashion Superstore, General Mills, AARP and many others, the entire Neighborhood Awards weekend was executed fittingly from the all white afterparty, to the interactive expo, to the concerts, to the beach party. Make your plans now for next year’s event!
Prior to the start of The Neighborhood Awards show on the evening of August 10th, the blue carpet was graced by celebrities and celebrity presenters such as Shemar Moore, Anthony Hamilton, Phylicia Rashad, Judge Alex, Judge Mathis, Tamara Tunie, Stephen A. Smith, Tichina Arnold, Ronreaco Lee, comedian Earthquake, Chubb Rock, George Wallace and many others.
Categories and winners were as follows:
BEST HIGH SCHOOL COACH
Larry Yarbray-Basketball, Chester High School – Philadelphia, PA
BEST NAIL SALON
Poochiez Pawz Nail Studio, Cara Gaskins – Atlanta, GA
BEST SCHOOL TEACHER
Albert T. Lewis, Washington, DC
BEST CAR WASH/DETAIL SHOP
Waterline Auto Spa – Philadelphia, PA
BEST CHURCH CHOIR
Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church Unity Choir – Norfolk, VA
BEST SOUL FOOD
Carolina Kitchen Bar and Grill – Washington, DC
BEST BARBER SHOP
Fadeologist Barber Shop – Atlanta, GA
BEST HIGH SCHOOL
Cass Technical High School – Detroit, MI
Big Daddy’s BBQ – Chicago, IL
BEST BEAUTY SALON
John T. Elliott Pro Hair Design – Columbia, SC
First Baptist Church of Glenarden – Washington, DC
BEST COMMUNITY LEADER
Stan Richards – Washington, DC
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