NYABJ Awards Press Release

For Immediate Release


Hostin, Duncan, Harriot, DuBois help New York Association of Black Journalists
recognize best in journalism, honor Harlem Renaissance

The View’s Sunny Hostin, CBS News’ Jericka Duncan and The Root’s Michael Harriot are just
some of the headliners who will help The New York Association of Black Journalists celebrate
the best in journalism next month at a gala at Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom.

NYABJ will honor Hostin, Harriot and Bevelations host Bevy Smith at NYABJ’s awards
ceremony, slated for the evening of Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at the Alhambra Ballroom, a venue
that has hosted Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and more. The event theme is “The Harlem
Renaissance: A Century of Black Journalists Advancing the Movement.” WCBS TV’s Maurice
DuBois will co-host with Duncan.

NYABJ, the largest chapter of the groundbreaking National Association of Black Journalists,
also will announce and recognize the winners of 13 awards categories.
“We are incredibly proud and inspired by the work of all the finalists who are accurately and
eloquently telling impactful stories of people of color,” NYABJ President Julie Walker said. “We
at the New York Association of Black Journalists look forward to recognizing them and saluting
their work.”

The award finalists are:
Online Media – General Feature
Mazin Sidahmed, Documented NY
Sudanese TPS Holders Struggle To Hold Jobs as Deadline Looms

Hasani Gittens, The City
20 Years After NYPD Killing of Amadou Diallo, His Mom Asks: What’s Changed?

Madison Gray,
Learning to Cook Up a Brighter Future in Brownsville

Jimmie Briggs, Vice
The Trauma of Everyday Gun Violence in New Orleans

Online Media – Blog Commentary
Matthew Allen, The Root
Should Black Artists Care About the Grammys?

Selena Hill, Black Enterprise
Black New Yorkers Should Be Wary of Amazon’s Move to Queens

TV/Online Video – General Feature
Janelle Burrell, WCBS TV
A Legacy Lives On

Ugonna Okpalaoka, NBC Universal
Jenna Bush Hager Meets The Remarkable Woman Behind ‘Girl Up Initiative Uganda

Matthew Allen, Brooklyn Free Speech TV
“Let My People Go: The To Be Free Project” featuring Sophia Dawson

Dorissa White, BronxNet
The Life of Bronx Rapper Win

Print/Online Media – Spot/General News
Natasha Alford,
Tension, Trauma, and Trust: New pilot program looks to bridge gap between police, civilians

Jordyn Holman, Bloomberg
Kenneth Chenault’s AmEx Departure Puts Number of Black CEOs Near 17-Year Low

Newspaper/Magazine – General Feature
Malaika Jabali, Current Affairs
The Color of Economic Anxiety

Tory Parrish, Newsday
LI salons changing focus to adapt to growing natural hair movement

Investigative Journalism
Janelle Burrell, WCBS TV
Exclusive: Alleged Coverup Within the New York City Housing Authority

Madison Gray,
The K2 Corner: Why a Toxic Drug Persists in Brooklyn

Sports Journalism
Jami Floyd, WNYC
When Black Athletes Took a Stand

Doug Doyle, WBGO
SportsJam with Doug Doyle: Boxing Great Andre Ward and “The Contender” Contestant John
Thompson IV

Broadcast/Video/Audio – General News
Sharon Barnes-Waters, 1010 WINS
Remembering A King

Alexandra Hill, WBGO
Thousands Of Young Men in Newark Attend Pathways To Success Summit

Radio/Online Audio – General Feature
Alexandra Hill, WBGO
Newark Public Schools Expands Girls Who Code Initiative

Darnell Jefferson, WNYC
Working Class Utopia: When Co-op City Opened in The Bronx

TV/Online Video – Documentary
Sharon Barnes-Waters, 1010 WINS
Fighting For Her Rightful Place in History: The Claudette Colvin Story

Sharon Barnes-Waters, 1010 WINS

A Fallen Tuskegee Hero Returns After 73 Years

Public Affairs Journalism
Louise Dente, Cultural Caravan TV
A Conversation With Eagle Academy

Louise Dente, Cultural Caravan TV
A Conversation With Communicator Bob Law

Jami Floyd, WNYC
A Conversation With Arthur Mitchell

Photography – Feature
J. Conrad Williams, Newsday
U.S. Open FInal: Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka

Alejandra Villa Loarca, Newsday
Choir director leads group in song in Copiague

Excellence in Student Journalism
Ariam Alula, Black Youth Project
No Plan for Daniel

The awards chair is Melanie Eversley, NYABJ secretary.

The event benefits NYABJ educational and networking programs for members, as well as the
organization’s First Take program for budding high school journalists.

Event tickets are $95 per person and a VIP table is $1,000. NYABJ is a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Alhambra Ballroom is located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at the corner of
West 126th Street.

Tickets can be purchased at this link: For information about sponsorship opportunities, email

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