The sights and sounds of the 2013 Best in Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender echoed through the FedExForum on Saturday night.
"I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of positive posts following the 2nd Annual Best in Black Awards," TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II shouted out on Facebook.
"I want to congratulate all of our winners and finalists and thank everyone that attended. Your presence contributed to an incredible evening of celebration. I am looking (forward) to an even grander event in 2014!"
Smith, who developed the idea of he Best in Black Awards, said it was created as a "unique high level platform for recognizing and honoring our community's everyday heroes and heroines; those that make a difference everyday just by doing what they do and doing it well."
There were nearly 800 nominations, with 178 finalists across 57 categories. Online voting yielded 125,800 votes.
Pam Brown described the evening as a "motivational and encouraging experience."
"To see so many generations of black business in ...the same building, looking so beautiful was just awesome," read Brown's Facebook entry.
"For years Memphis has honored businesses doing great but for some reason they fail to include us in that list, so the Tri-State Defender has presented a platform that will acknowledge and promote us. So (whether) you won or not it is a honor to be recognized and promoted, be proud!!!!"
NOTE: Check out this week's edition of The New Tri-State Defender for coverage of the Best in Black Awards Weekend. Also stay tuned for more online coverage.