Officially launched in 2011, the Afro Entertainment Awards honors the contributions of multi-genre artists and entrepreneurs in the ?Afro-Entertainment? Industry?with a focus to educate, inspire, and nurture through entertainment. The philanthropic goal of the Afro Entertainment Awards is to enhance the lives of individuals in need, by supporting both local and international charities through fund-raising and community advocacy. Nominations for the Afro Entertainment Awards 2012 were submitted by the general public, and deemed eligible by a non-biased board of directors. The public voting process will take place until Friday, October 19, ?12 ? at which time votes will be tabulated by a contracted company to determine the Afro Entertainment Awards 2012 recipients.

BEST MODEL:
Tracy ?Hollywood? Hendrix | Stephanie ?Akos? Manu | Chiagoziem Nwakanma | Kiki Danos

BEST DEEJAY:
DJ Bonsu | DJ Phlame | DJ Ant | DJ Dee Money | DJ Top Donn | DJ Chief | DJ Diesel

BEST FASHION DESIGNER:
St. Frimpong | Kwabena Klassics | Kaela Kay Collections | Christiane King | Modupe Adeoti | Modanik Wear | Sheila Denanyoh

BEST EVENT PROMOTER:
Ghana Fou Entertainment | D.I.S. Entertainment | Yupie Entertainment | Afrodisiac

BEST SONG WRITER:
Kudjo Achem | Johhny T | ReeZon | Dynamq | Uniq | P. Jericho | MoeSBW | Nana NYC | Kash | Yaba Angelosi | BlackUp

BEST MUSIC VIDEO:
BlackUp | ReeZon | Dynamq | Joe B | Yaba Angelosi | MoeSBW | Nana NYC

BEST FEMALE ARTIST:
Titi Lo?Kei | Lady Aqua | Efya | Chelle | Dancia | Willy Jay

BEST MALE ARTIST:
BlackUp | MoeSBW | ReeZon | BizzyB FaReal | Chibbz | Dynamq | P. Jericho | Yaba Angelosi

BEST TALENTED ARTIST: Malibu | Lady Aqua | Philaira | Dynamq | Agya Obomfour Thunder | Dynamq | Yaba Angelosi | Jay Doubl | MoeSBW | Tic Tac

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST: Malibu | P. Jericho | Shimzie | Lady Aqua | Yaba Angelosi | Philaira | Agya Obomfour Thunder | Dynamq | Tic Tac | Dainjah Rus

BEST MUSIC ALBUM: ReeZon | P. Jericho | Yaba Angelosi | Dynamq

BEST DANCE GROUP:
African Dance Kings | Les Boucantiers Royale | The Dance Mission | Afrodescent

BEST BEAUTY HAIR SALON:Seddeb Braids | Eden Africa Braids | Mai?s African Briads | Falou Hair Braiding | Martha?s Braiding | Mary?s African Hair Braiding

BEST AFRICAN RESTAURANT: Grace African Restaurant | Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant | Yassa African-Caribbean Restaurant | Bolat African Restaurant | Iyanze Restaurant

BEST STUDENT ORGANIZATION: Loyola African Student Alliance | ASA @ Eastern IL University | African Student Council  @ UIC | ASC Southern Illinois University Carbondale | African Cultural Association @ The University of Illinois | African Students Association @ Illinois State | IIT African Student Organization

The Afro Entertainment Awards will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Chicago?s McCormick Auditorium ? and include a V.I.P. Networking Reception, Red Carpet Promenade, Live Musical Performances, African Vendor?s Market, Natural Hair Competition, Awards Ceremony, and Closing Party ? with music by Legend Talk Radio?s DJ Ziggs, ?World Famous? DJ Bonsu, and DJ Chief! Event sponsors include African Community Media Network (ACMN), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Legend Talk Radio, Jah Ghana Productions, Illinois Association of Hair Braiders (IAHB), United African Organization (UAO), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Xtreme Fuel Treatment, and GOLD COAST GODESS?. ###

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