BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Saturday Performance Cancelled

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the excessive heat advisory and in the interest of public safety, all large events in city parks, including the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell, are cancelled for Saturday, July 20.

It’s BRIC first ever B Free Awards! We decided it was time to celebrate what makes Brooklyn Free Speech Television programming unique, original, momentous, and AWESOME. This year, producers have shared, with the Brooklyn community, half a million hours of programs. HALF A MILLION HOURS!
We’ve rolled out the red carpet for the dedicated producers who share these programs that showcase Brooklyn's talent, address needs in the community, and embody free speech. It was a full house at BRIC, filled with joy, appreciation, humility, and FUN; a night to remember as the first B Free Awards in history!

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  • Continue reading the blog below, then view all of the photos from that special night here!

It wouldn't be an award ceremony without a red carpet, which was hosted by Aaron Watkins, host of BRIC TV's BK Live and Fred Brown, correspondent with BRIC TV.

B Free Awards Red Carpet Hosts, Aaron Watkins and Fred Brown
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

The ceremony was hosted by Amar Taborn, producer of “The Love We World Tour” and Lee Eddy, Associate Director of Partnerships for Community Media at BRIC. Gloria Woods’ stellar rendition of the National Anthem gave goosebumps to the whole room and set the tone for a very special night.

B Free Awards Ceremony Hosts, Lee Eddy and Amar Taborn
Photo: Michael Hall

Gloria Woods, Host of Get Connected which airs on Brooklyn Free Speech sings America The Beautiful
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

The Honorable Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, graced us with his presence and shared his perspective on Brooklyn being the center of the Universe, quoting one of the greatest philosophers of our days; Drake’s famous line “started from the bottom now we here”. Kelly Tsai delivered her powerful poem “Weapons of Mass Creation” followed by a screening of her 360° Spoken Word video #SelfCentered.

The Honorable Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Anthony Riddle, Director of Community Media
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Leslie Schultz, President of BRIC
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Performance Poet Kelly Tsai
Photo: Steve Warren 

While only a few people held a trophy, we truly value and respect the work of all those who were honored in every category. See you all next year!

Sheryl Walker – Wow! Factor Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Christopher Callan – Wow! Factor Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Onida Coward Mayers, Founding Director of Brooklyn Community Access TV (BCAT) – B Free Borough President’s Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Greg Sutton – B Free Borough President’s Award Winner Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Ruth J. Morrison – B Informed Award Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

A fellow community producer accepting the award for Lynda Peterson – Best Entertainment Show Ever Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Powell Burns – Best Entertainment Show Ever Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Timothy Smith – B Live Award Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Donald David – B Young Award Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Joanne Naomi Cann – B Healthy Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Norma Harris accepting on behalf of CMS & You – B Healthy Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Pedro Soler – B Artistic Award Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Kevin Watkins – B Free First Amendment Award Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Randy Kearse – B Community Social Impact Award Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

SidLocks Mehu – B Harmonious Award Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

Patrick Metivier – Most Valuable Producer (MVP) Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

James “Pop” Gaskins – Most Valuable Producer (MVP) Award Co-Winner
Photo: Jenna Salvagin