B Free Awards 2018 Hosts Angela-Renee Coakley and Mark Pagán
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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.

WATCH THE 2018 B FREE AWARDS
(A special night full of excitement, glamour, celebs, and fun.) 

B FREE AWARDS 2018 PHOTOS

Producers and hosts of Real Fans Real Talk which airs on Brooklyn Free Speech TV walk the red carpet and get interviewed by B Free Awards red carpet host, Fred Brown.
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The evening’s signature color—sapphire—complemented the beautiful gowns, tuxedos, and overjoyed souls who walked the red carpet.

B Free Awards 2018 red carpet hosts, Fred Brown and Jessica Mason
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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.

Our amazing hosts Angela-Renee Coakley and Mark Pagán rockin' their B Free Awards 2018 swag bags.
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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!

Award-winning actress, director, and writer Adepero Oduye came out in support of community-made TV, film, and podcasts. We're so grateful, Ms. Oduye. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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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 Middle Collegiate Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir
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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.

New York City Council Majority Leader, Laurie A. Cumbo and BRIC President, Leslie G. Schultz, were presented with the BRIC Community Vision Award.
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At this year's B Free Awards we as a team felt that it was very, very important that we honor the life of Reginald Joseph "Reggie" Ossé, known professionally as Combat Jack. Mr. Ossé, was a Haitian-American hip-hop music attorney, executive, journalist, editor, and podcaster. He was also the former managing editor of The Source. With all of the things that you know about Mr. Ossé, what you may not know is that he was a supporter of community-made media and was even scheduled to come speak to the Brooklyn Free Speech producing community on Community Media Day (October 20, 2017). Mr. Ossé was not able to make the October 20 event because he got the very sad news that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Exactly two months later on December 20, 2017, he passed away from colon cancer. Mr. Ossé was a force and he really and truly was an inspiration to us all. Thank you, Mr. Ossé for your work, your dedication, and your commitment to nurturing the next generation of media makers. 

Did you know that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? In celebration of the life of Reginald Joseph "Reggie" Ossé (Combat Jack), we wanted to do what we could to build awareness about this very important issue, so we invited Dr. Denzil Etienne from The Brooklyn Hospital Center to the 5th Annual B Free Awards so that he could speak with our producing community about the importance of getting screened. Dr. Etienne generously lent his time and for that we are so grateful. Thank you Dr. Etienne and The Brooklyn Hospital Center!
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True to BRIC and Brooklyn Free Speech's mission, the B Free Awards team invited Debbie Ciraolo a local ASL Interpreter to ensure that the 5th Annual B Free Awards was an inclusive event, for all.
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Anthony Riddle, Vice President of Community Media at BRIC and Leslie G. Schultz, BRIC President pose for a sweet photo before the show began.
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Sharon Polli, Vice President for Advancement at BRIC.
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Public Equipment & Facilities Assistant, Kate Smirnova and Chief Engineer, Daniel Alphonso Johnson do an on stage bit that includes Dan doing push ups while Kate sits on his back. The audience broke out in laughter. A great moment in B Free Awards history.
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DJ Majestic Ladyfe aka Gabby got the B Free Awards after party on and poppin' with old school hip-hop hits like Bel Biv Devoe's, Poison: "It's driving me out of my mind. That's why it's hard for me to find." Okay, back to business. Great job, DJ Majestic Ladyfe!
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Our friends at City Farm Café came up with two really great cocktails that matched perfectly with our Character & Community theme. Thanks guys!
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Just a photo of some of the yummy for your tummy treats you missed from LCI Caterers if you weren't at the 5th Annual B Free Awards.
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Here's a photo of the yummy for your tummy potato salad you missed from LCI Caterers if you weren't at the 5th Annual B Free Awards.
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Our B Free Awards-branded swag item, Mr. Robot danced and partied so much on B Free Awards night that he passed out. Poor, Mr. Robot!
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The Brooklyn Free Speech staff wants to say thank you for your time, your dedication, and your commitment to community-made media. We'll see you at the 6th Annual B Free Awards.
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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.

B FREE AWARDS 2018 PHOTOS

And without further ado, here are the B Free Awards 2018 winners...

Brandhyze Stanley, winner of the WOW! Factor Award for Learning Adventures Kid Entrepreneurship.
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Ekwa Msangi, winner of the B Spoke Award for African Cinema Now!. 
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Norman Lam, winner of the B Cinematic Award for The Streets.
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Sheba Legend, winner of the B Documented Award for MasculineUs. 
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Jason Godbey, winner of the B Documented Award for No Rest for the Weekend
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Serrina Goodman, winner of the Spirit & Being Award for I’m Here for You
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Ricardo St. Louis, winner of the B Harmonious Award for Hey Harmonicaman!
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Sunnydaze Media & Bobby Stone, winners of the B Hilarious Award for Tnos Comedy Show
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Jon Haggins, winner of the B Entertaining Award for GlobeTrotter TV
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Anthony Riddle, Vice President for Community Media at BRIC and Michelle Alimoradi, National Board Member for the Alliance for Community Media presenting the B Free First Amendment Award.
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James Proctor, winner of the B Free First Amendment Award for scenes from a life
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Interim Director for Youth Education, Patrick Dougher presents the B Young Award to Travis Wood for One Peg Boss
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Phyllis Roker, winner of the B Artistic Award for Artistic View Featuring Nanette Carter, In The Abstract
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Greg Romenski, winner of the B Healthy Award for Medcastplus
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CMS & YOU, winner of the B Healthy Award. Christopher Semidey accepts on behalf of CMS & YOU; also in attendance were Elizabeth Levan, Dominique Mathurin, and Mitzi Zambrano.
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Mario Brown and Sam "PD" Barden, winners of the B Informed Award for The Spinner Rack.
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Peter Crocilla, winner of the George Stoney Award for Social Impact for The Missing Kids Channel.
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Mark Campbell, winner of the Most Valuable Producer (MVP) Award
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Sunnydaze Media and Bobby Stone win the People's Choice TV Award for their show Tnos Comedy Show which airs on Brooklyn Free Speech TV.
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Underqualified and Over Opinionated with Angela and Marien wins the People's Choice Podcast Award for Brooklyn Free Speech Radio.
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