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STACEY ABRAMS, NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES, DR. ALA STANFORD, ROSALIND BREWER, KIM FORD, ROBIN RUE SIMMONS AND MORE ARE CELEBRATED AT THE 3RD ANNUAL URBAN ONE HONORS AWARDS

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STACEY ABRAMS, NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES, DR. ALA STANFORD, ROSALIND BREWER, KIM FORD, ROBIN RUE SIMMONS AND MORE ARE CELEBRATED AT THE 3RD ANNUAL URBAN ONE HONORS AWARDS

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for TV One

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL ARTIST ERICA CAMPBELL AND AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST ROLAND MARTIN HOSTED THE SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE ‘WOMEN LEADING THE CHANGE’

FEATURING SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY JAZMINE SULLIVAN, DA BRAT, AVERY SUNSHINE, LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, KIM BURSE AND THE KB PLAYERS, AND MORE WITH A SPECIAL HOMAGE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTH

 May 17, 2021 – Sunday evening, TV One hosted the third annual URBAN ONE HONORS award show, which was simulcasted for the first time on its sister network CLEO TV. Celebrating the exemplary accomplishments of African American women, the special was hosted by Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist Erica Campbell and award-winning journalist, author, and syndicated columnist Roland Martin. Honorees included Stacey Abrams, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Dr. Ala Stanford, Rosalind Brewer and Robin Rue Simmons. A special homage was also made to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, one of the most celebrated female jazz bands of all time. Presented by Amazon, Ford Motor Company, McDonald’s, PNC Bank, Toyota and Verizon, the event was developed to acknowledge and honor individuals or organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on society and culture. 

This year’s theme of ‘Women Leading the Change’ commemorated the myriad achievements of women leaders who are blazing trails and creating new pathways for others in their respective areas of expertise. Stacey Abrams was honored as the Voting Rights Champion, which was dedicated to a fearless leader whose efforts help to build political infrastructure by turning out voters and protecting their votes. Robin Rue Simmons was named Reparations Ambassador for her work to break down systemic racism and barriers that have held African Americans back and Rosalind Brewer received the Business Alchemist award for successfully breaking the glass ceiling to blaze new trails in corporate America. Additionally, the Investigative Journalism Crusader award, sponsored by McDonald’s and its Black and Positively Golden Movement, was bestowed upon Nikole Hannah-Jones, a media maven who is reframing the national conversation by covering the impediments and contributions made by Black Americans.
The inspiring night of excellence also featured a salute to some of our cities most prolific mayors as well as the sororities of the historically Black Greek Letter Organizations. The night celebrated the prominent women leading our nation’s cities including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and the work they are doing to inspire impactful change within the Black communities that they serve. And “Sisters in Sororities,” featured the work of the four sororities of the Divine Nine lead by President Glenda Baskins (Alpha Kappa Alpha), President Beverly Smith (Delta Sigma Theta), President Valerie Hollingsworth Baker (Zeta Phi Beta) and President Rashida S. Liberty (Sigma Gamma Rho), showcasing the importance of sisterhood and how they are working together to support African American college students who are looking for community as they pursue their education. 

The ceremony was packed with equally talented, contemporary, female performers including Jazmine Sullivan, Da Brat, Avery Sunshine, and Le’Andria Johnson, and the all-female house band Kim Burse and the KB Players. A special homage was made to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, with five musical performances celebrating the jazz ensemble throughout the ceremony. The boundary-breaking, all-girls jazz band was founded by Helen Jones Woods – the mother of Urban One Founder, Cathy Hughes. The Sweethearts band was comprised of 17 ethnically diverse members who overcame discrimination – both gender and Jim Crow – to become symbols of success against adversity.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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