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3rd Annual Black Music Honors Awards (Pictorial)


3rd Annual Black Music Honors Awards (Pictorial)

Photos by Jerome Dorn

– Grammy ®Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie Mills, Hip Hop group Whodini, Bobby Brown, Faith Evans and Dallas Austin were among a dynamic list of honorees for the 2018 Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated
evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett,  celebrated the artistry of the music  industry’s most revered icons.

Stephanie Mills received the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music nd acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodni, was presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. Both will join an impressive list of previously announced honorees.
The celebratory night also featured exciting performances by Syleena Johnson, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and
Jonathan McReynolds.

The 2018 Black Music Honors took place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville, Tenn.

The annual two-hour television special taping will broadcast in national syndication from Sept.
8-30, 2018 and will air on Bounce TV Sept. 28, 2018.

Proceeds from the 2018 Black Music Honors will benefit the 2019 opening of the National Museum of African American Music
(NMAAM) in Nashville. NMAAM’s mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
Event sponsors include AT&T, McDonalds, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Chevrolet and State Farm as title sponsor. For more information on Black Music Honors, please visit and connect on social media @blackmusichonors
#BMH2018 and #BlackMusicMatters.

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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