2011 Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entreprenurial Awards - Press Release



Media Contact:
Shaila Mentore
YGB Public Relations
         347. 559.4YGB (4942)



New York, New York ---(June 3rd, 2011)
The Young, Gifted, and Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 as a private & exclusive dinner reception.  Scheduled to officially open its doors in July, SoCo, a new & very upscale venue located at 509 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hills, Brooklyn NY is hosting the 6th year YGB Awards. SoCo is the sister company to the popular Negril Village Restaurant in Greenwich Village, NYC and will titillate your taste buds with Southern fusion cuisine in addition to arousing your senses with an awesome décor.

Since moving the original date of the awards program from February in honor of Black History, the 2011 YGB Entrepreneurial Awards celebrates June being Caribbean Heritage Month.  This year’s event is hosted by James ‘TALENT” Harris On-Air personality for 98.7 Kiss FM / Comedian & Actor & 2006 YGB HonoreePaying tribute to Caribbean Heritage Month, the program will feature the dynamic and sensational musical talents of the Pop-Fusion singing duo 2NTRIGUE, Charli & Kelli Griffith, representing the islands of Trinidad & TobagoPerformances by 2NTRIGUE will also honor the life and legacy of singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist “Eunice Kathleen Waymon” better known as Nina Simone whose estate has branded with the YGB Entrepreneurial Awards continuing with the Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Award; The Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Award in Photography will honor noted celebrity photographer and founder of Nubuzzphoto, Johnny Nunez; Rock & Soul singer/songwriter, and Comic Book Creator, Afua Richardson, will receive the Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Award in Arts and Illustration.  Additional surprise guests are slated to make special performances on behalf of certain YGB honorees.

Continuing a tradition of honoring brilliant business leaders, the YGB Awards is set to introduce the Millennium Business (M.B.) Awards; a brand new category to acknowledge those individuals who have accumulated over 20 years in business, impacting their industry, profession and/or community.

Read more about the YGB Awards Program at http://www.ygbawards.com

YGB Awards Program Gives Back!

The Chris Rose Community Empowerment Campaign (www.crcec.org) a certified NYS 501 c (3) charity is the 2011 YGB Awards Program non-profit fiscal partner/sponsor.   The YGB Awards will make a 10% donation to CRCEC from all sponsorships and payments made on behalf of the program.  In addition, the YGB Awards program is also committed to making donations to The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (www.afuwi.org) scholarship program; when making payments make all checks payable to: YGB AWARDS and indicate on your check whether you would like a portion of your proceeds donated to the respective charities

The 2011 YGB Awards will be an exclusive, invitation only event, with limited ticket sales to the general public. Tickets are currently available for purchase online at www.ygbawards.com.  VIP Admission is $75/person and cocktail dining is $50/person.

2011 Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Award Recipients

Millennium Business (MB) Award

George Crooks
President & CEO, Jammins Entertainment

Concert Production Award

Buzz Willis

President & CEO, 

Paradise Events & Entertainment Group
Entertainment Management Award

Denise Warren
Founder,  Body by Denise (BBD)

Instructional Fitness Award


Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Award

Johnny Nunez,
Founder, Nubuzzphoto
Photography Award

Afua Richardson
Freelance Comic Book Creator
Illustration & Arts Award

Professional Services Award

Dr. Keneca Boyce,  
President-CEO, Multiple Avenues to Success
Women in Business Award

Natalie Lamming

President & CEO, NatKen LLC  
Event Planner Award

Peter Best, Malissa Browne, Asim Walker
Owners, SoCo Inc.
Hospitality Services Award

Juan Perez
Daniel Gutzmore, Vice President
Highbrid Outdoor Inc.
Strategic Marketing Award

Jeff Broom

Co-Founder, Making A Difference (M.A.D) Team
Business Marketeer Award

Jevante Qirashawn
President & CEO, Elique Group, Inc.
Small Business Award

Gordon Chambers,
Singer, Producer, & Grammy Award Songwriter
Music Entertainment Award

Freddie Ricks,
Actor & Comedian
Comedic Artist Award

Nicole Duhaney,
President & CEO,  DNZ 
Broadcast Communications Award

Tanyka Renee, 

Founder & Owner, D2B Holistic  Inc
Holistic Health Award

Lawrence Dunlap
President & CEO, The Dunlap Group
Business Development Award

Lloyd Strayhorn, 
Astro-Numerologist & Author, Numbers and You

Astrological Sciences Award

Wilfred Kirkaldy,
Life Management & Motivational Speaker
Community Mentorship Award



 About YGB: Founded in 2006 by Carl O. Gray, President and CEO, The NetLinkz Group, Inc., and Founder of Unified Network of Business Professionals, in honor of Black History Month, The Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards is designed for peer-to-peer acknowledgement for their Talent, Ambition and Achievements toward the “Continued Pursuit of Success.”  - www.ygbawards.com

About NetLinkz: The NetLinkz Group, Inc. is an organization making a conscious effort to bridge concepts, ideas, lifestyles, professions, likes and passions within a professional and entertainment forum. – www.netlinkzgrpinc.com

About CRCEC: The Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign seeks to fight youth violence by raising community awareness and creating solutions by offering positive alternatives. CRCEC intends to mobilize the community to increase community awareness of the factors that contribute to youth violence; occurrences of violence; the impact of violence; and strategies for preventing delinquency of adolescents that leads to youth gang involvement and community violence.  The Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign is a New York Not-for-Profit corporation with registered 501(c) 3 status. The interim acting governing body of CRCEC is the Family Coordinating Committee. The acting executive body in New York is the Brooklyn Steering Committee and in Pennsylvania, the Bushkill Steering Committee.  The committees are composed entirely of volunteers and are actively seeks committed new members. – www.crcec.org

About AFUWI: The AFUWI serves as the primary vehicle for The University of the West Indies in its Capital Campaign and fundraising efforts in the United States. This is done by organizing special events, locating funding sources, facilitating research programs and developing strategic partnerships with American corporations, foundations, alumni and other organizations in order to sponsor projects, scholarships and academic programs which benefit students and faculty in the 4 campuses serving the region .This includes –three main campuses in Jamaica-Mona , Barbados-Cave Hill, Trinidad & Tobago-St Augustine and the Open Campus in the 12 University Centers located on the islands of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Montserrat, St Kitts’s, St. Lucia and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines. While fundraising is the Foundation’s primary mission, it also seeks to establish long term strategic relationships with other institutions, organizations and individuals who share the desire to positively impact the educational offerings of the University and by extension improve the socio-economic structure of the Caribbean region. The Foundation has more recently intensified its focus on supporting the University so that the institution can continue to expand to meet the dynamic demands of a global environment while remaining relevant to the societies it serves. – www.afuwi.org