2017 Awards Honors & Honorees

1) Rising Stars: Children Recognized for Extraordinary Achievements

a. Ms. Nyla Marie Ragland, 11yrs. old (photo) Gymnast. Started training at the age of 5 at the Henrietta Recreational Center, 2014 she was an Official USA Gymnast. Has won 52 medals of Gold, Silver, Bronze and countless Blue Ribbons.

b. Mr. Geoffery Rogers, 14 yrs. old (photo), is the “Youngest News Reporter in Rochester” – according to his business card and social media. He has gained attention by reporting hard news and prefers to report on crime. His goal is to make his community safer.

  1. ROC Awards Honors: Special Recognition
    1. MelanyJ.Silas(photo)
    2. Glen Jeter(photo)
    3. Rubie Lockhart & Gene Lockhart (photo)
  2. Humanitarian Award: Constance M. Mitchell (photo) – Civil Rights Activists and the first African American to be elected to the Rochester City Council.

    a. Constance Mitchell-Jefferson (daughter of Constance M. Mitchell, accepted the award for her mother)

  3. Life Time Achievement Award: David F. Gantt, Assemblyman

    a. Glen Gamble, County Legislator (photo), accepted the award for David Gantt

  4. The Cab Calloway Vanguard Award for Humanities and Entertainment: Yolanda Smilez (photo) (recognizes an

    individual in the entertainment industry who unselfishly gives their time, energy and talents to better the community.)

 2017 Winners From Nomination Categories
  1. DJ Of The Year: Tygga Ty
  2. Make Up Artist Of The Year: Tyshala Wright
  3. Comedian Of The Year: Uncle Trent
  4. Designer Of The Year: Mecca
  5. Gospel Rap Artist Of The Year: D. Will
  6. Female Host Of The Year: Racqui B
  7. Male Model Of The Year: Andre Walker
  8. Dance Group Of The Year: Sweet Dancerz
  9. Female Gospel Artist Of The Year: Jeames Graham
  10. Best Radio Station/Show (TOP 3 Stations Chosen):

i. Angel White/The Muse

ii. The Kickback

iii. The Goddess Hour

  1. Female Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year: Angel Golden
  2. Fashion Icon Of The Year: Tiffany Nicole
  3. Actress Of The Year: Pamela Johnson
  4. Best Latin DJ: Johnny Mambo
  5. Album Of The Year: Project #MOG/D. Will
  6. Producer OF The Year: JK Productions
  7. Event Of The Year: Kicking The Violence Kickball Game
  8. Tattoo Artist OF The Year: Natty Tatty
  9. Male R&B Artist Of The Year: Toshman Powell
  10. Minority Business Of The Year: (TOP 5 highest voted nominees of various categories were ALL presented with trophies):

    i. Love Monkey, Monique Chattman, Owner

    ii. Mobile Spa, Rayna Brooks, Owner

    iii. Beads & Bangles, Jaira Santiago, Owner

    iv. Memories Funeral Home, Shawn Watson-Hemphill, Owner

    v. Tangie’s Restaurant,Tangarine Hannah, Owner

  11. Gospel Group/Choir Of The Year: Divine Nature
  12. Promoter Of The Year: RoDaddy Entertainment
  13. T-Shirt Line Of The Year: We Don’t Hate, We Just Hustle
  14. Reggae DJ Of The Year: DJ Maestro
  15.  Photographer Of The Year: Frank White
  16. Hair Stylist Of The Year: Brittany Hagood
  17. Stage Play Of The Year: Four Men On A Couch
  18. Male Gospel Artist Of The Year: Rickey Harvey, Jr.
  19. Freelance Artist Of The Year: Fleezy Art
  20. Author Of The Year: Tracy L. Williams
  21. Best Band: Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People
  22. Female R&B Artist Of The Year: Danielle Ponder
  23. Male Host Of The Year: Toshman Powell
  24. Actor Of The Year: Eddie English
  25. Female Model Of The Year: Aubrey Lynn Oates
  26. Dancer Of The Year: Porsha Moné
  27. Sketch Comedy Of The Year: Joel James
  28. Male Poet Of The Year: Chi TheRealist
  29. Female Poet Of The Year: Ladi Love
  30. Male Hip Hop Artist Of The Year: Reggie Royale
  31. Barber Of The Year: Ronnie Kidz Cuts
  32. Video Of The Year: Sorry “Remake” Directed by Flawless Entertainment Shantel Brown Ft. Miamore The Vet