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Best in Black Awards Weekend

BIB Awards

Friday, July 25th marked the beginning of online voting for the 2014 Best in Black (BIB) Awards Competition hosted by The New Tri-State Defender. It is now time for the public to vote for their favorite businesses across 64 unique categories at www.bestinblackawards.com.

In it’s third year, the Best In Black Awards will shine light upon some of the best African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South. This year’s two-week business nomination period garnered nearly 600 nominations online. Voting will end at midnight on August 9.

“This is a creative way to poll the community about the individuals, businesses and organizations that they most support while identifying those with the best brands and reputations,” said President and Publisher of The New Tri-State Defender Bernal E. Smith, II.

The three highest recipients in each of the top 25 categories will be invited to the Best in Black Pre-Awards VIP Reception and the Best in Black Awards Ceremony featuring live performances and presentations at the Cook Convention Center on August 30th. The event is sponsored by BizTweet Local, Ford Motor Company, Cigna, 1Solution Auto Network and Memphis10 Magazine.

“This has proven to be an incredible platform for acknowledging individuals and businesses that the community recognizes as the best,” Smith said.

For more information please visit www.bestinblackawards.com, www.facebook.com/BestinBlackAwards, www.tsdmemphis.com or call (901) 523-1818.

About Best in Black Awards
The BIB Awards mission is to celebrate African-American owned and supported businesses in the Mid-South, serving as a marketing and recognition platform for those same companies while ultimately encouraging the community’s next generation of business leaders. The BIB Awards will also give the community a true voice in identifying and elevating those businesses most deserving of the community’s support.

About The New Tri-State Defender
Locally owned and operated by Best Media Properties, Inc., The New Tri-State Defender is one of the longest continuously published African-American newspapers in the South. Under the leadership of its Owner, President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, the company is undergoing a transformation into a progressive multi-media business. Through a combination of its print newspaper, website, events, digital publications and social media pages, The New Tri-State Defender reaches over 55,000 readers each week. The paper’s mission is to use its dynamic print publications, events and online digital portals to inform, inspire and elevate the quality of life of its growing audience while serving as the primary vehicle for reaching African Americans in the Greater Memphis market.


WHO: The New-Tri-State Defender
WHAT: Best In Black Awards Voting, VIP Reception, Ceremony
WHEN: Voting Period – July 25, 2014 – August 9, 2014
VIP Reception (Invitation Only) – August 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony – August 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Finale Comedy Show – August 31, 2014 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Voting Period – www.bestinblackawards.com
VIP Reception – Dorothy Mae’s at the Ernest Withers Gallery on Beale Street
Awards Ceremony – Memphis Cook Convention Center

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