The Stars Come Out to Honor Neighborhood Stars From Across the Country at the 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards

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.

Steve Harvey and Marjorie Bridges-Woods attend the 2015 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at Phillips Arena on August 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Neighborhood Awards)

Steve Harvey and Marjorie Bridges-Woods attend the 2015 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at Phillips Arena on August 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Neighborhood Awards)

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.

Usher performs at the 2015 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at Phillips Arena on August 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Neighborhood Awards)

Usher performs at the 2015 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at Phillips Arena on August 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Neighborhood Awards)

Driven by public nominations, the show bestows 12 non-traditional awards in the following Neighborhood Awards categories: Best High School CoachBest Nail SalonBest School TeacherBest Car Wash Detail ShopBest Church ChoirBest Soul Food PlaceBest Barber ShopBest High SchoolBest Barbecue Place,Best Beauty SalonBest 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

And We’re Off!: The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Officially Kicked-Off the Awards Season Honoring the Year’s Best Talent With Series of Star-Studded Surprise Presenters

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The race is on. The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony lit up the night with a star-studded turnout at its 17th anniversary show on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills. The A-list event attracted Hollywood’s elite to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking, as well as creative talent within the global creative community. The evening was hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell. (A full list of the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards honorees is listed below.)

Honorees recognized for their achievements at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala included Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Coldplay, Lupita Nyong’o, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dan Scanlon, Michael De Luca, John Knoll, Steve McQueen, Jerry Weintraub, Lee Daniels, Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo, Michael Wilkinson, Judy Becker, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, and Misty Upham, mostly for films yet to be released in the theaters but are seen to be potential box office and award season winners. These films includes “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “August: Osage County”, and “Dallas Buyers Club”

Celebrity presenters for the evening included Jack Black, Octavia Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Kanye West, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jane Fonda, Forest Whitaker, Brian Helgeland, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Robert Kazinsky, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett and Olivia Munn among others.

Multiplatinum, multiple award-winning recording act Coldplay was honored with the Hollywood Song Award for the hit song “Atlas” from Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The band’s Chris Martin gave a soaring solo performance of “Atlas,” in addition to accepting the award on behalf of Coldplay. The award was presented by 10-time Grammy winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Continue reading