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Marvin Sapp And Others Celebrated At The Inaugural Urban One Honors Awards

Marvin Sapp And Others Celebrated At The Inaugural Urban One Honors Awards
Sunday evening, Urban One hosted the inaugural URBAN ONE HONORS Awards show at The Anthem in Washington, DC.  The star-studded show, hosted by comedian and REACH Media personality D.L. Hughley, honored Jermaine DupriApril RyanBrandyTom JoynerMarvin SappDJ KhaledJune AmbroseDoc WalkerShaun KingBenny PoughCongresswoman Eleanor Holmes NortonJade NovahDr. Nadia LopezTracy MartinSybrina Fultonand Rotimi. Presented by MGM National Harbor and Radio One’s Washington D.C. radio stations Majic 102.3 & 92.793.9 WKYSPraise 104.1WOL 1450 & 95.9Spirit 1340and The Team 980, the event was developed to acknowledge and honor individuals or organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on society and culture.
“I am immensely proud of our inaugural Urban One Honors awards show,” expressed Urban One Chairperson, Cathy Hughes. “We exhibited and experienced black on black love and appreciation, something that is extremely critical during these times. We are already planning for next year and look forward to creating a rich tradition of celebrating the best and brightest of who we are.”
Beginning with a hilarious welcome from the King of Comedy host, D.L. Hughley, the highlights of the evening included powerful musical tributes, moving speeches and calls-to-action for political, educational and social change. Cathy Hughes also welcomed and thanked attendees for supporting the inaugural event and celebrating the honorees.
Performer Elle Varner kicked off the evening with an upbeat medley of her songs, including the hit, “Refill” and new single “Loving U Blind,” which got the crowd rocking early.
Songstress Brandy received the Cathy Hughes Excellence Award, for her commitment to excellence throughout her career. Presented by her brother Ray J, he proudly listed just a few of his superstar sister’s accomplishments over the years. “She is and will always be the first black Cinderella, the first black singer to be the face of Cover Girl and the vocal bible to millions of fans.”
Radio Veteran and REACH Media’s own Tom Joyner was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Cathy Hughes and Phyllis James, Chief Diversity Officer at MGM, who helped to sponsor the evening. “When I think of lifetime achievement, I think of someone who dedicates themselves to the advancement of others and works tirelessly to enhance society. When nominees were being considered, Tom Joyner stood above all others, because he is without equal,” stated Ms. Hughes. Joyner was also celebrated by his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, with a high-energy step show performance.
The soulful Avery Sunshine brought the house down with a stellar Aretha Franklin tribute. She performed “Daydreaming,” while accompanying herself on piano, “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” and “Jump To It.” R&B crooner Johnny Gill also took the stage, handing out red roses as he performed his classic “My, My, My,” along with some of his other hit songs.
Following his acceptance of the Inspirational Impact Award from son Jamar Sapp and Griff, co-host of “Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell,” Pastor and Gospel singing sensation Marvin Sapp delivered a soul stirring  performance of his songs, “Never Would Have Made It,” and “The Best In Me.” Keeping the momentum going, K-Ci of Jodeci had the crowd on its feet, as he performed “Forever My Lady,” which he dedicated to the late Kim Porter, followed by his remake of the Bobby Womack classic “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”  Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who presented the Global Ambassador Award to Tracy Martin, activist and father of Trayvon Martin, drew an enthusiastic response when he delivered his own version shortly after, meant for the current occupant of the White House. “If you think you’re lonely now,” he crooned, ” wait until impeachment.”
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh presented Baltimore native, journalist and author April Ryan with the Media Personality of the Year Award. “As the Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks and a White House correspondent, she faces adversity with a calmness that makes our president take pause,” Mayor Pugh said of the accomplished journalist. Baltimore State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby was also in attendance and presented the Education Maven Award to Dr. Nadia Lopez, who urged the audience to support the educators fighting daily.
The night closed out with Jermaine Dupri receiving the Living Legend Award, presented to him by longtime friends Da Brat and Bryan Michael CoxDJ Nabs played a tribute mix, which included some of Jermaine’s greatest hits from Mariah Carey, Usher, Da Brat, Kriss Kross, Xscape, Bow Wow and more.
Other honorees and presenters included: June Ambrose, recipient of the Fashion Icon Award, presented by Q Parker; Shaun King received the Social Change Agent Award, presented by Symone SandersLA Reid presented Roc Nation President Benny Pough with the Record Executive of the Year honor; Roland Martin presented Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton with the Public Servant AwardRotimi was honored with the Generation Next Award by Traci BraxtonDJ Khaled accepted the Hip Hop Impact Award via video message; Fred Smoot presented the Sports Legend Award to Doc Walker, and recording artist Jade Novah received the Viral Sensation Award presented by Gia Peppers.
Representing excellence in the areas of innovative programming, successful business ventures, advanced technology, entertainment, social activism, education, and community service, through diligence and dedication, this inaugural class of URBAN ONE HONORS recipients has set the bar high while being an exemplary catalyst for change and profound models for success. The show will premiere on TV One in 2019.
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