22nd Once-a-year Black Excellence Awards Nominations Declared

The Board of Directors of the African American Arts Alliance, and the Black Excellence Awards Committee have declared the nominations for the 22nd Annual Black Excellence Awards. The Awards were founded in 2002 to honor the outstanding functions of artwork by African People in america in Theater, Dance, Songs, Film, Literature, Visible Arts and Digital Media.

The awards recipients will be announced at the 22nd Annual Black Excellence Gala Awards on Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Black Ensemble Theater, found at 4450 North Clark Street. The night begins at 6:00 pm with a lavish reception for the 2022 nominees and sponsors. The awards ceremony starts immediately at 7:00 pm. Tickets, priced at $50, are offered at https://www.aaaachicago.org/.

“”The Black Excellence Awards moves the mission of the African American Arts Alliance ahead by highlighting African American achievements in the arts and advertising and marketing the excellence of our creative neighborhood,” reviews AAAA Board Chair and Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.”

African American Alliance Executive Director Jackie Williams provides, “The African American Arts Alliance is beyond energized to be back again dwell, celebrating Black Excellence in the arts, and we invite absolutely everyone to join us for our 22nd 12 months!”

The Black Excellence Awards delivers recognition of qualified African American artists for their achievements of excellence and creativity in the regions of dance, theater, movie, literature, new music, engineering, and visual arts. A lot more information and facts is offered at https://www.aaaachicago.org/.

The 2022 Black Excellence Awards Nominations are as follows:


Exceptional Achievement in R & B:

London Kay – London Kay
Brandon James – Brandon James
Illville Vanguard – IllVille 2022

Outstanding Accomplishment in Jazz:

Darrell Wilson Sax Preacher – Live at Audio in the Park/Dolton IL
Ava Logan
Michele Thomas

Unique Recognition in Music:

Tony Wilson – Tribute to James Brown


Fantastic Accomplishment in Theater Manufacturing:

Black Ensemble Theater Business – It can be Just Like Coming to Church
Black Ensemble Theater Business – Grandma’s Jukebox
Congo Square Theatre – What to Send Up, When IT Does Down
Theater 47 – Dwelling All By yourself, the Phyllis Hyman Musical
MPAACT Ma’at Output Affiliation of Afrikan Centered Theatre – Pulled Punches

Remarkable Achievements for Director:

Jackie Taylor – It can be Just Like Coming to Church
Michelle Renee Bester – Grandma’s Jukebox
Daniel Bryant & Erika Ratcliff – What to Deliver Up, When IT Does Down
Lauren Wells Mann – Pulled Punches
John L. Ruffin Jr. – Living All On your own, the Phyllis Hyman Musical

Exceptional Achievement for Actor:

Vincent Jordan – It is really Just Like Coming to Church
Vincent Jordan – Grandma’s Jukebox
Anthony Irons – What to Send out Up, When IT Does Down
Randle Michael – Living All On your own, the Phyllis Hyman Musical

Outstanding Accomplishment for Actress:

Dawn Bless – It truly is Just Like Coming to Church
Jessica Brooks Seals – Grandma’s Jukebox
McKenzie Chinn – What to Deliver Up, When IT Does Down
Melanie Victoria – Pulled Punches
Liberty Clay – Residing All Alone, the Phyllis Hyman Musical

Specific Recognition in Theater:

Felicia P. Fields – Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues: A Night time with Felicia P. Fields
Jerod Haynes – Two Trains Managing
Kierra Bunch – Two Trains Jogging
Mildred Langford – Personal Apparel
Al’Jaleel McGhee – Personal Clothing
Ayanna Bria Bakari – Relentless


Remarkable Accomplishment for Dance Company Production:

Praize Productions – 9
South Chicago Dance Theatre – An Night with South Chicago Dance

Fantastic Achievement for Choreographer:

Vershawn-Sanders-Ward – BLACKBIRD
Trevon Lawrence & Anthony Sampson – React
Kevin Iega Jeff – SURRENDER
Joel Hall – Four Gals

Exclusive Recognition in Dance:

Muntu 50th Anniversary

Visual Artwork

Outstanding Accomplishment for a Gallery/Exhibition:

South Side Neighborhood Artwork Center – EMERGENCE – Curated by Lamar Gayles, Jr and zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal
Blanc Gallery – To Whom This Ground Belongs – Curated by Jalen Hamilton
Anthony Gallery – In The Eye of the Beholder – Curated by Isimeme “Effortless” Otabor

Outstanding Accomplishment for an Personal Artist:

Brandon Breaux – Significant Words
Rose Blouin – To Washington Park, with Love
Gerald Lovell – In The Eye of the Beholder

Electronic MEDIA/Know-how

Outstanding Accomplishment in Digital Media:

Jewel Ifeguni – How We Received Listed here
Crystal Marshal – Authentic Chat in Jeans
Cody Mack – What is actually the Term Tv set


Exceptional Achievement in Fiction:

Rahsaan Lewis – Overlooked Heir
Clyde David Jones – The Misplaced Babies of Dexter Road
Tracy Clark – What You Don’t See (A Chicago Thriller)

Superb Achievement in Non-Fiction:

Mark Davis – Race Traitors
Dawn Turner – A few Women from Bronzeville
Bernard Turner – A Perspective of Bronzeville

Remarkable Achievement in Children’s Literature:

Evan J. Roberts – Share Share Share
Darryl Harvey – What Do You Do When A Bully Picks on You?
Tony Lindsey – Nearly Developed

The Black Excellence Awards, a lavish awards ceremony honoring superb artists and arts corporations in the types of music, film, literature, theater, dance, visible arts, and technological know-how is developed by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. The award was developed to honor the voices, trailblazers, innovators, and possibility takers, whose performances and functions of art signify a extensive illustration of the arts in Chicago. The Alliance is committed to celebrating the artistic vitality of Chicago’s African American community by recognizing their excellence by The Black Excellence Awards.

The Black Excellence Committee is a 33-member committee of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago manufactured up of artwork enthusiasts and supporters from the community. Formed in 2001, the intent of the Black Excellence Committee is to establish superb African American people and organizations operating in the arts. The membership of each individual committee is made up of artwork lovers within just the Chicago neighborhood. Each individual committee member will have to provide on a sub-committee in movie, new music, literature, dance, theater, visible arts, or engineering/digital media. Each individual sub-committee will have to identify and nominate artists for the opportunity to acquire a Black Excellence Award at the Annual Black Excellence Award Gala and has judging requirements precise to their artwork sort. To provide on the Black Excellence Committee member will have to have a enthusiasm for the arts and the time to experience the operate of as numerous artists and artwork organizations as achievable in the group.

The Black Excellence Awards Committee Users are: Tanita Abrahamson, Mike Abrantie, Alan Davis, Ernson Augustin, Allan Baldwin, Ezra Brown, Pamela Brown, Marcus Bullock, Hilda Coleman, Sylvia Dyer, Erika Flowers, Sandra Gibson, Wilburn Eco-friendly, Barbara Hayes, Valeria Hubbard, Jewel Ifeguni, Ivy Jackson, Elneda Khaan, Denise Leaks, Ronald Leveston, Claudette Lewis​, Portia McFarland, Barnetta Montgomery-McKinney, Lynette Moore, Alicia Moore, Rahsaan Clark Morris, Kim DuBoise Morris, Delaware Patricia, Mae Pearson, Troy Pryor, Alice Rivers, Pamela Roberts, Dara Sanders, Gwendolyn Sea, Bonnie Taylor-Williams, Gabrina Thornton, Scott Tia, Covana Washington, David Weathersby, Etta Williams, Wanda Young, and Roxanne Walton.

About the African American Arts Alliance

In 1997 a team of Chicago’s top African American artists and arts corporations arrived jointly and fashioned a new firm included as the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. This business embraced the record of the original 1977 Chicago Black Theater Alliance whilst expanding their scope to consist of diverse teams of artistic mediums which consists of theaters, dance, new music, literature, movie, visible arts organizations, and men and women.

The mission of the African American Artwork Alliance is to enhance community consciousness, interaction, interaction and advancement of African American arts organizations and men and women while delivering systems that boost their visibility, marketability, steadiness, and sustainability.

The Board of Directors includes: President Jackie Taylor (Black Ensemble Theater, Govt Director), Vice President Runako Jahi, Jackie Williams (AAAA Chicago, Govt Director), Treasurer Wendell Etherly (Playwright), Charlique-Rolle (Congo Sq. Theatre, Govt Director), Chuck Smith (Goodman Theatre, Associate Director), Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Goodman Theatre), Sydney Chatman (Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit), Vershawn Sanders-Ward (Red Clay Dance), and Troy Pryor (Producer/Perfomer).

The AAAA is supported in component by the MacArthur Foundation, Fifth Third Lender, The Chicago Neighborhood Have confidence in, Illinois Arts Council Company, The Subject Basis of Illinois, the Arts Perform Fund for Organizational Improvement, the City of Chicago Section of Cultural Affairs and Specific Occasions (DCASE), the Driehaus Foundation, the Walder Basis, and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.