Emmy Award-winning Family Feud host, talk show and radio star Steve Harvey hosted a star-studded evening at the 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards on Saturday August 8th in Atlanta, GA. In a dynamic at the Philips Arena, stars, nominees, and fans came together in celebration for an unforgettable night filled with fiery performances, comedy and poignant moments of inspiration in an awards show for the everyday men and women across the country who are making a powerful impact in their neighborhoods. Music icon Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds kicked off the show with a passionate opening set that quickly had the crowd on its feet, chart-topping recording artist and movie star Tyrese Gibson performed beloved crowd favorites, and GRAMMY® winning singer Usher delivered a blowout closing set to cap a special evening of honors.
Harvey and television/radio/film producer Rushion McDonald created the one-of-a kind Neighborhood Awards show (formerly the Hoodie Awards) and Neighborhood Awards Weekend, to recognize and celebrate men and women nationwide who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious/community leaders, educators and more.
Driven by public nominations, the show bestows 12 non-traditional awards in the following Neighborhood Awards categories: Best High School Coach, Best Nail Salon, Best School Teacher, Best Car Wash Detail Shop, Best Church Choir, Best Soul Food Place, Best Barber Shop, Best High School, Best Barbecue Place,Best Beauty Salon, Best Church, and Best Community Leader. The 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend includes support from Ford Motor Company, State Farm, Masterbuilt, AARP, McDonald’s, Express Employment Professionals, Tracfone, and DHerbs.
The winners are:
Best High School Coach, sponsored by Masterbuilt: Kenneth Lockett, Franklin Senior High School (KBZE 105.39-FM, Baton Rouge, LA)
Best Nail Salon: Salon Couture (WHUR 96.3-FM Washington, DC)
Best School Teacher, sponsored by Express Employment Professionals: Melanie Griffin Hamlin, Manor High School (KKMJ 96.3-FM Austin, TX)
Best Car Wash/Detail Shop: Goodson’s Auto Detailing (WWLD 102.3-FM Tallahassee, FL)
Best Church Choir, sponsored by AARP: St. Mark 4B Missionary Baptist Church (WWDM 101.3 Columbia, SC)
Best Soul Food Place: Dusties Southern Style Buffet (WVAZ 103.3-FM Chicago, IL)
Best Barbershop: Platinum Cuts Barbershop (V101.9-FM Charlotte-Gastonia, NC)
Best High School, sponsored by State Farm: Charles Herbert Flowers High School (WHUR 96.3-FM Washington, DC)
Best Barbecue Place: Kenny’s Ribs & Chicken (V103-FM Chicago, IL)
Best Beauty Salon, sponsored by Dherbs: Platinum Stylz Hair Studio (WVKL 95.7-FM Norfolk, VA)
Best Church, sponsored by McDonald’s: First Baptist Church of Glenarden (WHUR 96.3-FM Washington, DC)
Best Community Leader, sponsored by Ford: James L. Jones Sr., Simply United Together (Majic 107.5/97.5-FM Atlanta, GA) Continue reading