Save the date! September 7, 2023

The 2nd Blackout ICT Awards were held at the Crown Uptown on July 9, with a capacity crowd excited about the event’s return post pandemic. The Black-carpet event featured local performances and fellowship at a class-act event.

Jayden Flemmings delivered as host, and hats off to the event hostesses and creators: Julia Brown, Ashlee Norris, Erin Garcia and Paris Walker.

If you missed it, the date is already set for the 2023 awards, so mark your calendar – Sept. 7, 2023.

Here’s the complete list of 2022 winners.

Band of the year: Rudy Love Jr.

Best Actor: Ke’Juan Moses

Best Actress: Injoy Fountain

Best Artist: Brittany Stewart

Best Author: LaShona Jones

Best Barber: Lawyer Jones

Best Braider: Jamillah Bonner – JSlay Braids

Best Boutique: Jacqueline McGilbray – Jewel Angels Boutique

Best Chef: Angelica Baker- Heaven on a Paper Plate

Best Cosmetologist: Parishae Witherspoon

Best DJ: Dj 4TheWin

Best Esthetician: Dominique Hunter -Everything Polished

Best Fitness Instructor: Brianna Williams – 3 Keys Fitness

Best Gospel Artist: Jermane Milton

Best Graphic Designer: Chad Steele -Steele Design Agency

Best Lash Tech: Bray Reed -The Beauty Square

Best Loctician: Janasia Portley- Like No Other

Best Makeup Artist: Jennifer Meridy

Best Nail Tech: Bahja Parker- Nailtrapchic

New Kid on the Block: Keyocsha Brown – The Tailored Experience

Best Non Profit: Restoration Family Services (RFS)

Best Photographer: Gaberial Booker- Gaberial Creative Visuals

Best Podcast: Flavor by J. Nichelle

Best Poet: BLK SOL

Best Producer: Jordan Lattimore

Best R&B Artist: Paris Jane Cunningham

Best Rapper: Vic (Scooney) Johnson

Best Tattoo Artist: Eyeman Standifer

Best Videographer: Troy Andrews – Vibe Wichita

The Plug Award: Christina Long – CML Collective, LLC – Your Leadership is building our future with Creativity and Vision.

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Simone Garza was a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....