the Honorees

Our focus is The Unsung Hero. In most instances we hear acknowledgement of those in the front, but what recognition does the hardworking behind-the-scenes person receive? Little to none; consequently, this is where the Unlabelled Awards step in. The 2018 Unlabelled Awards will unmask individuals who work hard behind the scenes and bring them to the forefront. We will honor them for their hard work in their respective fields.

Lifetime Achievement Award

                                   Lenny Green                   Radio Personality 107.5 WBLS

                                 Lenny Green

               Radio Personality 107.5 WBLS

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lenny Green has pioneered the New York radio market and been on mainstream radio for over 20 years. He is host of the popular radio show The Quiet Storm with Lenny Green. Now, as a syndicated on air personality, over the years, Lenny has interviewed celebrities from music, film, theatre like Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Tyrese, Jay Z and more.

 Barrier Breaker Award

                       Melissa Harville – Lebron      Founder / CEO     W.M. STONE ENTERPRISES, Inc. 

                    Melissa Harville – Lebron

Founder / CEO     W.M. STONE ENTERPRISES, Inc. 

A mother of seven from New York, Melissa Harville-Lebron is the first woman and first African-American woman licensed to own a developmental and multicultural NASCAR team. Her team consists of the first African-American and Latino developmental team, as well as an active duty Marine, who's Pit Crew has active and disabled veterans.

  

Fashion Designer  Award

                                  Christopher Palu                  Fashion Designer &  Project Runway Finalist

                               Christopher Palu

            Fashion Designer & Project Runway Finalist

Palu is a Season 10 Finalist of Project Runway and Season 3 Finalist of Project Runway Allstars. In the last year alone, he has launched his fashion brand Christopher Palu New York and has shown his collections at both Fall and Spring NYFW. 


Songwriter of the Decade Award

                        Manuel Seal    Grammy Award Winning Songwriter

                    Manuel Seal

Grammy Award Winning Songwriter

Grammy award winning songwriter and producer, with nearly 20 number one Billboard pop singles and a slew of top 10/top 40 hits, Manuel is the songwriting/producing mastermind behind some of pop's biggest hits -including Mariah Carey's record-breaking songs, "We Belong Together,"  "Always Be My Baby" and "It's Like That." It was also Manuel who gave Usher the chart-topping hits, "You Make Me Wanna," "Nice and Slow" and "My Way".

 

Unsung Hero Award

                                     Nicole Mckenzie                         Hospice Nurse & Philanthropist

                                   Nicole Mckenzie

                     Hospice Nurse & Philanthropist

Nicole Mckenzie was born and raised on the island of Jamaica. Nicole is a registered nurse who specializes in hospice, home health and holistic Nursing. Nicole is also developing  the Kenzie Foundation. A non- profit organization that specialize in aiding with redevelopment of the mental & physical wellness for survivors of incest and molestation. Nicole Mckenzie is based in New York City and works Internationally in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. 

Humanitarian Award

                Augustine Moscatello, M.D., F.A.C.S.                         Director of   Otorhinolaryngology

              Augustine Moscatello, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

                    Director of Otorhinolaryngology

Over the past two decades, Dr. Moscatello has played a key role in the advancement of specialized head and neck surgery at Westchester Medical Center. Under his leadership, the Department has become one of the busiest surgical services at the hospital. When not working, he uses his time to Volunteer his services world wide by giving free surgeries to those in need.


Casting Awards

                                      Wendy Mckenzie      Acting Coach, Casting Director, Speaker, Entrepreneur  

                                 Wendy Mckenzie 

Acting Coach, Casting Director, Speaker, Entrepreneur 

Wendy has taught and or guided many successful talents including... Michael K Williams - HBO “The Wire,” Nature Naughton STARZ “POWER.”  Nafessa Williams CW “Black Lightning.” Diggy Simmons - BET “The Start Up.” Marquise Neal - Broadway “Kinky Boots.” Troy Bell Jr. Broadway “School of Rock.” Wendy McKenzie’s talents are unique and filled with Endless Possibilities. Once experiencing Ms. McKenzie’s workshop, each student becomes more self-aware and able to effectively access the appropriate emotion. 

Rising Star Award

                                 Donshea Hopkins                                Actress, Singer, Dancer, and Model

                              Donshea Hopkins          

                 Actress, Singer, Dancer, and Model

Donshea Hopkins is making her mark across all platforms as an actress, singer, dancer, and model. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Donshea began her career as professional actress at the age of four and has since been on some of the biggest hit television shows including POWER, The Detour, Orange Is The New Black, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order SVU, Sesame Street, and David Letterman.

 

Capture The Moment Award

                               Rowena Husbands                                Celebrity Photographer

                             Rowena Husbands

                            Celebrity Photographer

Rowena Husbands is one of the most sought after and requested celebrity photographers in the business. She has a celebrity clientele that boasts a black book of names only a star-struck fan would dream of having. Rowena is a member of the National Board of Directors for Women of Height Organization and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Global Communicator,The Amsterdam News, Creme & Black Enterprise magazines.


International Survivor Award

                                 Ashley De La Mode                    International Record Label Owner

                               Ashley De La Mode

                International Record Label Owner

With offices in Paris, London, Ghana and the United States, Ashley De La Mode is an international entrepreneur and owner of "De La Mode" records.  Ashley has an extensive background in celebrity journalism and working in the beauty industry, with the likes of 50 Cent, Tyra Banks,  Dionne Warwick, Bobby Brown and more. She is currently searching for a kidney transplant as she is suffering from kidney failure.

Community Angel Award

                          Michale McGuire-Wooten                        Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

                        Michale McGuire-Wooten

                   Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Michale is a entrepreneur, philanthropist, and humanitarian, who is also owner/operator of a McDonalds restaurant in New Jersey. She assists with literacy and mentoring programs to enrich the lives of at risk children and partners with Target annually for a “Back to School” supply drive.

 

 

 

Blogger Award

                                       Kyle Anfernee                         Senior Editor of The ShadeRoom

                                     Kyle Anfernee

                     Senior Editor of The ShadeRoom

Kyle Anfernee is an amazing journalist, media correspondent, talk show personality, panel moderator, actor, voiceover, and speaker. Kyle received his degree in Broadcast Journalism at Pepperdine University. Kyle's the youngest team member of  The Shade Room  He is also he a  special guest every Wednesday on The Real, a popular national daytime tv talk show, in which he delivered a "Cup of Shade" discussing recent celebrity news. Kyle has a very outgoing and infectious personality that everyone loves and he reaches over 20 million people from television to journalism!



Mirror Image Award

                                   Suzana Hallili            International Celebrity Makeup Artist

                                Suzana Hallili

       International Celebrity Makeup Artist

Celebrity makeup artist Suzana Halilli grew up in Eastern Europe.  Szana's makeup application and techniques have been called 'magical'. She has worked with a coveted list of A-list celebrities, alongside the who's who of makeup icons and has collaborated with some the world's sought out Photographers and Creative Directors. 

Social Media Award

                                     Martha Luna             Latina Influencer and fashion/lifestyle blogger     

                                  Martha Luna

       Latina Influencer and fashion/lifestyle blogger

 

 Martha Luna is a Latina Influencer and fashion/lifestyle blogger,  born in Caracas, Venezuela In 2015 she took her first step as a designer and launched a line called the Bilingual Collection in collaboration with Venezuelan designer Astrid Carolina.  Luna designed a special swimsuit edition called "La Luna/” which added a touch of her favorite color pink to the collection. These samples were exhibited during New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016. As the CEO and face of her own brand MNYC

Originator Award

                                  Patricia Robinson      Motivational Speaker & Director of Operations  for Hot 97, WBLS, and WLIB     

                               Patricia Robinson

Motivational Speaker & Director of Operations  for Hot 97, WBLS, and WLIB

 

Patricia Robinson currently holds the professional title of Director of Operations for Emmis Communications’ New York/Hot 97, WBLS, and WLIB.  Her exceptional work ethic, apparent leadership, creativity, attention to detail, and consummate professionalism has earned her a dynamic career –spanning over ten years-----in Human Resources.  She has also garnered success in developing workforce and mentoring programs for New York City youth to ensure prosperity in the workplace and in life---a mission that she is exceptionally passionate about. 



Conquest Award

                            Sunny Smith - Williams          Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Film Producer                                                 & Author

                          Sunny Smith - Williams

     Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Film Producer                                                 & Author

Sunny utilized education as a weapon to overcome poverty and obtained several degrees and certifications, climbing the corporate ladder to achieve success. After being laid off from her dream job in 2010, Smith-Williams gained the faith to start her own consultant firm, Sunny Legal Realty LLC.

 

Conquest Award

                         Aisha Rochester Hall              Prison Reform Activist & Author

                       Aisha Rochester Hall

          Prison Reform Activist & Author

At the mere age of twenty five, her life seemed perfect until some bad business deals in 2009 landed her in federal prison with a sentence of more than ten years. Since then, Aisha has penned more than six novels. She is also an advocate for ending mass incarceration as well as the overly harsh sentencing for all non-violent offenders.  

Conquest Award

                                      Jamila T. Davis                          Prison Reform Activist   & Author

                                    Jamila T. Davis

                      Prison Reform Activist & Author

Discovering her purpose while incarcerated, and encountering injustices within her own case, Jamila T. Davis developed “The High Price I Had To Pay” Book Series, creating a platform for women serving decade plus sentences for non-violent crimes to tell their stories. The success of the series led to the formation of Women Over Incarcerated, an advocacy group created to shed light on the lengthy sentences of non-violent female federal offenders and rallies for sentencing reform.

 



Mompreneur Award

                                Melanie Marie      Serial Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Business Mentor, Curator, Motivator, Philanthropist, Speaker and Mother

                             Melanie Marie

Serial Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Business Mentor, Curator, Motivator, Philanthropist, Speaker and Mother

Melanie Marie, a New York native, started as an accessory line but has always been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls. Melanie Marie Gems & Jewels seeks to build the self esteem and self worth of young women by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and helping them to empower themselves. 

Vogue Hair  Award

                           Shadane  "Stitchie" Henry                                   Celebrity Hair Stylist

                         Shadane  "Stitchie" Henry

                              Celebrity Hair Stylist

Shadane "Stitchie" Henry, a Jamaican native, has become a well known hair stylist throughout New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Florida. Doing hair and making females look and feel beautiful by enhancing their beauty is apart of his purpose.