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.

What do you think when you hear the words B Free? A few things that come to mind for us are soaring high, unlimited possibilities, freedom of speech, and of course, the B Free Awards.

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The 2nd Annual B Free Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 21 was a glamorous affair filled with the stars of Brooklyn Free Speech. From the performances, to the dresses, the tuxedos, the food, and the smiling faces, we’ve rolled out the red carpet again to honor the free speech crusaders who work tirelessly to share their voice with the community. If you missed it, you missed something special. This year's awards festivities kicked off with a live red carpet coverage hosted by Jessica Mason, Media Education Coordinator with Brooklyn Free Speech and Fred Brown, correspondent with BRIC TV.

B Free Awards Red Carpet Hosts, Fred Brown and Jessica Mason
Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    The award ceremony was presented by Brian Vines, host of BRIC TV’s BK Live and the hilarious Yvonne Delet, host of The Unknown Zone Talk Show which airs on Brooklyn Free Speech. While only a few producers took a trophy home that night, we deeply value and respect the work of all those who were honored in every category. The audience will surely remember the reading of the First Amendment, everything that Brooklyn Free Speech stands for, by members of the staff in five different languages, the powerful rendition of America is beautiful by Gloria Woods and “A Poem about Freedom” by poet Maya Osborne.

    B Free Awards Ceremony Hosts, Brian Vines and Yvonne Delet
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    The Reading of the First Amendment: Gen Ai Liu (Brooklyn Free Speech), Zak Sherzad (Brooklyn Free Speech), Sriyanka Ray (BRIC), Kate Smirnova (Brooklyn Free Speech), Gama Ramos (BRIC)
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

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

    Poet Maya Osborne performing “A Poem about Freedom”
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Cynthia Smith-Bellinger - Spirit & Being Award Co-Winner
    Photo: Ryan Handt

    Groundswell Community Mural - B Brief Award Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Kathy Koller - Spirit & Being Award Co-Winner
    Photo: Ryan Handt

    Brooklyn Public Library - Borough President’s Award Winner
    Jesse Montero, Manager of Information Services at Brooklyn Public Library
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Louise Dente - Best Entertainment | B Harmonious Award Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Ms. Divine - Best Entertainment | B Hilarious Award Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Chante Graham  - Best Entertainment | Variety Award Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Asta Cummings - B Young Award Winners
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Joanna White-Oldham - B Healthy Award Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Andrew Benedict - B Artistic Award Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    PJ Landers - B Free 1st Amendment Award Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    T. Billi Martin - George Stoney Award: B Informed Co-Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    William Robertson - George Stoney Award: B Informed Co-Winner
    Photo: Ryan Handt

    Rich Colosimo - George Stoney Award For Social Impact Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Veronica White - MVP (Most Valuable Producer) Award Co-Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    Aaron Bramwell - MVP (Most Valuable Producer) Award Co-Winner
    Photo: Jenna Salvagin

    After the ceremony the after party treated our guests with love, raffle prizes and B Free Awards swag. Get your dresses, tuxedos, and smiling faces ready for next year's B Free Awards! 

    It looks like someone is going home with one of the raffle prizes!
    Photo: Ryan Handt

    Some very delicious fruits!
    Photo: Ryan Handt

    B Free Awards swag
    Photo: Ryan Handt