There is only one word that we can think of to describe the 5th Annual B Free Awards which took place on Saturday, March 24, 2018— magical!
Diversity and excellence is an everyday occurrence within the Brooklyn Free Speech producing community but there was really something quite special about this year’s Character & Community-themed awards show.
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(A special night full of excitement, glamour, celebs, and fun.)
The evening’s signature color—sapphire—complemented the beautiful gowns, tuxedos, and overjoyed souls who walked the red carpet.
Although none of the winners went home with an actual sapphire, some told us they felt like they went home with a diamond— their B Free Awards trophy.
The red carpet was hosted by Jessica Mason, Media Education Coordinator with Brooklyn Free Speech and Fred Brown, Senior Producer at BRIC TV. The ceremony was hosted by Angela-Renee Coakley, creative architect in many facets of media and entertainment, professionally-trained dancer, and producer, and Mark Pagán, award-winning film and podcast producer, storyteller, writer, educator, and former B-boy.
The audience was wowed and completely blown away when award-winning actress, director, and writer, Adepero Oduye took the stage. Oduye, a Brooklyn-native, took the time to come out and support Brooklyn Free Speech and community media and for that we will be forever grateful. Thank you, Ms. Oduye for coming out to the 5th Annual B Free Awards!
The Middle Collegiate Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir is known for their powerful and dynamic ministry—both inside and outside the church walls—performing at rallies for racial, LGBTQ, and economic equality. The choir performed throughout the ceremony and brought a beautiful air of inspiration, energy, and love to the event!
The BRIC Community Vision Award was awarded to BRIC President, Leslie G. Schultz and New York City Council Majority Leader, Laurie A. Cumbo for their leadership, commitment, and dedication to Brooklyn. Since 2005, Schultz has been a driving force behind the growth of BRIC and a leader in New York City cultural landscape.
We hope you had a blast celebrating Character & Community with us! The B Free Awards will be back in 2019 but until then, we invite you to submit your own TV show, film, or podcast for air on Brooklyn Free Speech. You never know— you might walk away with your very own diamond (trophy) next year.
And without further ado, here are the B Free Awards 2018 winners...