our honorees.

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

JAMIE FOSTER - Publisher & Culture Leader

JAMIE FOSTER - Publisher & Culture Leader

To say that magazine publisher, Jamie Foster Brown knows practically everyone who matters in the cultural life of New York City, and nearly every major metropolitan hub in the United States, is an understatement. Her popularity is undeniable, and what makes her different from the run of ordinary power people is that no imaginary velvet rope cordons off her cohort of friends and associates. 

Jamie is probably most known for founding and publishing the nationally prominent Sister 2 Sister magazine. The publication had a twenty-six-year run before meeting the digital shift. And as that shift in technology changed at a rapid pace, Jamie’s life went through a series of transitions. But the moment the fog cleared, she noticed, surprisingly, that little in the world had changed in the last couple of millenniums, as it relates to cultural empowerment. Suddenly her second wind arrived.



CAPTURE THE MOMENT AWARD

JOHNNY NUNEZ - Photographer & Entrepreneur

JOHNNY NUNEZ - Photographer & Entrepreneur

A contributing photographer for WireImage/Getty Images, Johnny Nunez has been called one of Wire Image's top five connected photographers. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he persevered the hardships of  adoption and poverty with a strong faith in God and a dedication to success to became a music industry legend. 

In an act of faith, Johnny started shooting in 1997 and never looked back.  He quickly came to the attention of music royalty and in 2002 began traveling the world as the personal photographer to Rocafella Records co-founder Damon Dash.  Other clients followed including Spike Lee, Jay-ZBeyonceDrakeSean "Diddy" CombsKanye WestKim KardashianJennifer LopezJustin Bieber, Naomi Campbell and Lebron James to name a few.

More than just a photographer, his exuberant charm, love for music, masterful networking and commitment to not posting an unflattering photo has endeared him to many celebrities.  This sentiment is best expressed in the words of Ice-T, noting in a New York Times article, “When I see Johnny, I feel like I’m seeing an old friend,”, “He’s a real cool cat and everybody, and I mean everybody, knows Mr. Nuñez.” 


CONQUEST AWARD

JEFFREY DESKOVIC - Legal Defense Expert

JEFFREY DESKOVIC - Legal Defense Expert

Jeffrey Deskovic, MA, is an internationally recognized wrongful conviction expert and Founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice (www.Deskovic.org ), which has exonerated 2 people and helped free five other people through other legal means and helped pass legislation pertaining to video-taping interrogations and improved identification procedures. Jeff’s body of works includes: delivering more than 200 presentations; authoring more than 200 articles in 9 different publications; meeting with elected officials and testifying at legislative hearings; and participating in uncountable television, radio, and print media interviews- in effect trading privacy in exchange for awareness. Certified as an instructor in NJ Police Academies, Jeff has instructed seven soon to be graduating classes of police officers in ethics and best practices, and has twice co-taught a wrongful conviction college class at Rockland Community College. Jeff has served as a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) instructor on 5 occasions, with four of them in front of judges on various topics related to wrongful conviction while on the fifth occasion the topic was introducing civil lawyers to doing wrongful conviction work.


UNSUNG HERO AWARD

WYKEIMA C. KING-WALKER - EDUCATOR

WYKEIMA C. KING-WALKER - EDUCATOR

WyKeima C. King-Walker was born on June 16, 1982 in Sleepy Hollow, NY to Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. King Jr.  WyKeima received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology from North Central University.  Soon after WyKeima graduated from Empire Beauty School and became a licensed cosmetologist in the State of NY. WyKeima is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in early childhood education.   

WyKeima is the director and co-owner of Little Kings & Queens Daycare, Inc., Which has 5 locations and services over 200 children in the Peekskill area.  WyKeima also manages King Shell Service Station of Ossining.  

In 2008, alongside her mother, WyKeima founded The Underground, which is a nonprofit organization to uplift and empower teenage girls.   WyKeima is a past matron on Ruth Chapter #8 Order of the Eastern Star Prince Hall.  WyKeima is also member of Zeta Phi beta Sorority Inc. and the second lieutenant commandress of Elejmal Court #171 (Ossining, NY).  WyKeima is also a member of Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Ossining, NY.

In 2011 WyKeima was appointed by Mayor Mary Foster (Peekskill) to serve on the City of Peekskill Youth Board.   WyKeima finds a joy in giving back to the community and participates in community service initiatives and events at least once a month.


HUMANITARIAN AWARD

KEVIN LIVINGSTON - Community Leader

KEVIN LIVINGSTON - Community Leader

Kevin Livingston was inspired by the notion that if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. So, he opted to be part of the solution by creating 100 Suits, a community-centered non-profit organization that is making positive changes in the lives of men and women in the New York City area. Founded in 2011, 100 Suits has served the needs of underprivileged men and women in need of business attire to enter the workforce. The primary focus of the organization is providing solutions to help individuals get to a place of economic freedom and to reduce recidivism rates. Through a variety of programs, 100 Suits has been able to connect to and assist formerly incarcerated individuals, those experienced or threatened with homelessness, gang members and survivors of domestic violence. Starting his personal campaign to impact and improve the day-to-day lives of community people in Jamaica, New York by offering free suits and business attire, his efforts were soon observed to be of significant value to those seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce. Believing that his passion would guide his work and create a monetary return, Mr. Livingston stepped out on faith developing a creating a platform for redemption and engagement that supports the realization of one's potential.

In 2016, 100 Suits began to capture the steady attention of media that heard talk about free business suits being given out in the subway and on street corners as well as haircuts on the spot occurring around various boroughs of New York City. Since then, 100 Suits has been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, Black Enterprise, NY1 News, Jet Magazine and the Steve Harvey Show among other promoted endeavors that keep Mr. Livingston on the move. In 2017, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick teamed with 100 Suits in Jamaica after which Mr. Kaepernick donated fifty (50) of his own suits and became a major financial contributor. Other celebrities have followed suit including Jill Scott, Chris Brown, Akil Salaam, Michael Strahan and Stephen A. Smith among others. Also, in 2017 the estate of Kenneth Thompson, former Brooklyn County District Attorney provided suits and financial support to the organization. Now a force for community empowerment, 100 Suits has become a recognized agency for change that is vigorously promoted and energized by the force of Mr. Livingston's embracing personality and understanding of what helps young people thrive. In addition to three (3) offices in New York City, 100 Suits can be found in Camden, NJ and Baltimore, MD. Besides being a community leader, organizer and "man on a mission," Mr. Livingston is also a Dad and family man. In 1999, Mr. Livingston earned his High School Equivalency diploma. He consistently encourages the pursuit of higher education and training to enter skilled trades and industry as well as promoting entrepreneurship. Overall, for him the goal is to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of others in every way possible.


RISING STAR AWARD

ANDRE RAINY - MAYOR OF PEEKSKILL NY

ANDRE RAINY - MAYOR OF PEEKSKILL NY

Mayor Rainey’s positive approach and his focus on collaboration, inclusiveness, and good fiscal management have generated a growth boom in the City of Peekskill. Long awaited shovels have finally hit the ground and new developments are underway. In the past two years, tens of millions of dollars in private development, including 16 new condominiums, more than 180 mixed-income and luxury apartments, and a few thousand feet of new retail space have been completed. Add to this another 200+ market rate/luxury and mixed-income apartments, a boutique hotel and spa and 10,000 sq ft of new commercial space currently in process, the new hi-tech/clean energy businesses that have moved into Peekskill, and Mayor Rainey’s commitment to “going green” and empowering our youth, and you’ll know why there is such a positive buzz about Peekskill. Let’s continue with progress we can depend on.

Mayor Rainey is a Peekskill native, a graduate of PHS, an entertainer and entrepreneur, and a father of 2

 


CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

ERNEST DUKES - Producer

ERNEST DUKES - Producer

Ernest Dukes is a successful brand builder, award-winning publicist and television producer. Owner of The Nottingham Group, a premiere boutique public relations firm based in Beverly Hills, Ernest’s passion is rooted in educating, inspiring and helping others realize their fullest potential. Born and raised in California, Ernest’s hustle and determination is unmatched. Ernest’s past and current client roster includes Fashion Nova, Nick Cannon, Keyshia Cole, K. Michelle, Jeezy, 112 & more. In addition to marketing and branding, Ernest is also a creative force in the television industry, his producing credits include From The Bottom Up (BET Her), Bonnet Chronicles (Tidal), Keyshia Cole: All In (BET), Tami Ever After (VH1) & more.


MUSIC OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

AMADEUS - CEO, MULTI-PLATINUM PRODUCER, MUSICIAN & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

AMADEUS - CEO, MULTI-PLATINUM PRODUCER, MUSICIAN & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

Amadeus, The CEO of Platinum Boy Music Inc. Multi-Platinum BadBoy/Hitmen Record Producer, & Trey Songz's Musical Director/Tour Drummer, Drai's Night Club Resident, Educator & Motivational Speaker).

Amadeus has produced for over 90 artist thus far, ranging from Jennifer Lopez, French Montana, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Young Ma, 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Fabolous, T.I, Jeezy, Tyga, Keyshia Cole, Wale, Busta Rhymes, just to name a few. Has produced & scores music for BET, VH1, VH1, Burger King, Sprite, EA Sports & ESPN created the last 2 theme songs for ESPN's First Take show alongside Maybach Music Group Artists Wale & Stalley. His relentless work ethic has set him apart from his many other peers within the music industry. In addition to being considered a "Super Producer", Amadeus is also a professional drummer & music director to Atlantic Records Multi-Platinum recording artist Trey Songz. Amadeus is truly passionate about giving back, motivating & inspiring people to believe in theirselves & their dreams and doing whatever it takes in a positive manner to see their dreams become a reality.


VOGUE HAIR AWARD

TATRIAN SAMUELS - HAIRSTYLIST

TATRIAN SAMUELS - HAIRSTYLIST

Tatrian is the Chief executive officer of Tami Hair Studio, (THS) Tatrian has embarked upon her dream. This entrepreneur began her business with $4000 and 3yrs later she is known to be one of the top hairstylist in New York City This under 31 year old entrepreneur collaborates with community organization. Tatrian makes and donates wigs to children that are diagnosed with cancer she also sponsors an annual Toy drive that is distributed to children that are less fortunate. During the month of November families that are experiencing difficulties are sure to receive a basket full of cheers “FAITH IS TAKING THE FIRST STEP EVEN WHEN YOU CANT SEE THE WHOLE STAIRCASE” Dr Martin Luther KING Jr.


JOURNALISM AWARD

KenBarbie dove head first into social media popularity across the world in 2012 and has since transformed his humble platform into one of the most trusted independent celebrity news and entertainment networks in the digital space. Combining his own self built following which averages a reach of over 8 million people, Ken has been featured in various television appearances with his notable brand of hilarious opinions, including various works with MTV, TMZ Live!, Buzzfeed, and more. Along with co-hosting on his own talk show 'Dirty Laundry', and radio co-hosting duties. The success of his media appearances and blog site has allowed Ken to branch off into merchandising and expanding his brand to a different level. With a clothing line, featuring many of his well known quotes and phrases, a hugely successful cosmetics line 'Ken Cosmetics,' a fragrance line, and so much more! As Ken continues to expand his empire and remain an advocate for the LGBTQ community, itsKenBarbie.com remains a primary focus to provide the most trusted and notable entertainment news to the masses...in the way that ONLY KenBarbie can do it!

KEN BARBIE - Journalist

KEN BARBIE - Journalist


MIRROR IMAGE AWARD

RENEE SANGANOO - MAKEUP ARTIST

RENEE SANGANOO - MAKEUP ARTIST

Renee Sanganoo was raised in a small town in Westchester county, Yorktown Heights . She started her journey in beauty with hair and went to cosmetology school while she was in high school. By the time she graduated she was licensed and was already working in a salon but hair wasn’t creative enough for her . A friend introduced her to the world of makeup and gave her a book by Kevin Auccoin, that’s when she had the light bulb moment and she knew she found her calling . She started doing makeup In the salon and then moved to retail where she worked for different makeup brands and soon became a regional artist for Bobbi brown cosmetics . She ended up landing her first reality TV show by getting discovered working at counter . That opened up a different lane for Renee she knew she was meant to do amazing things in the beauty world . Since then Renee has worked on all of your favorite celebs and Tv shows, from Angela Simmons to Tamar Braxton, Star Jones, Amanda Seales, Justine Skye and many more. Renee coined the phrase “ non touring” and did a interview that went viral calling concealer spanx for The skin she’s stayed true to her style of makeup which is making her clients look like the best version of themselves. Her social media name Reneemadeulook has become her trade mark . Renee has always loved the way makeup gives women confidence she has been obsessed with giving women transformations from a very young age . She thinks all women are beautiful and sometimes they just need a little help seeing it . She prides herself on knowing how to work with all skin tones and is know for making her clients look youthful and timeless she has build a name for herself all by herself by being consistent and treating all her clients like a celebrity.


COMMUNITY ANGEL AWARD

SAM NORTH - Educator

SAM NORTH - Educator

Sam North has lived in Peekskill for 20 years.
As a social studies teacher at Ossining High School for the past 17 years, Sam has taught Sam is most proud of his ongoing collaboration with a colleague from the English department in the creation of several college level elective courses including SUNY Racism, Classism, Sexism; SUNY The Black Experience Through Literature and History; SUNY Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and SUNY Crossing Borders.

Sam is also an active member of the Peekskill NAACP, really big on community involvement, criminal justice issues and the fight for equality and social justice. He has led the charge on ground breaking solutions, some of which have gone on to become laws in NY.


ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Holiday Williams was raised in Queens, N.y by a hard working single mother. His father who was incarcerated for a large portion of his youth struggled with heroin addiction. A talented artist with promising opportunities he was accepted into Art & Design high school and had work displayed at the renowned Sutherbys auction house. But by his teenage years he had succumb to the allure of the misleading street life. By 15 he dropped out of high school and began to hustle. Soon his love for art was replaced by his passion for hip hop. He began rapping and because of its connection to the street life it embodies all the things that motivated him. Little did he know his desire to live the fast life and misdirected ambition would put him on a path to federal prison. He enjoyed all the spoils of being a street boss but was wise enough to know it would be short lived. Making his exit from the streets he made solid investment but his ties to the underworld would come back to haunt him and jeopardize everything he built.

HOLIDAY WILLIAMS - Entrepreneur, Investing In Us (I.I.U.)

HOLIDAY WILLIAMS - Entrepreneur, Investing In Us (I.I.U.)

Holiday Williams is a thriving serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the Co-founder of Shared Living Residential a chain homeless facilities that specializes in housing formerly incarcerated men and women. He is also the co-owner of Duverge Auto Group, Sunny Legal Realty llc, and Sunny Side Up films. He is also a partner in M B professionals a real estate investment firm and The Chemistry Group a full service sports & entertainment company. But of all his current business ventures his baby is I.I.U. The acronym stands for Investing In Us. I.I.U. is a investment company he started upon his return from a 30 month stint in federal prison. Through I.I.U. he invests in minority businesses, ventures and sponsors education and events for the youth of underprivileged communities. It is so dear to heart because it allows him to uplift and create opportunities for those who have been subject to the same adversities and substandard conditions he faced coming up.