( ENSPIRE Community ) The Unlabelled Awards: Unsung Heroes
Photo Credit: D’Anthony Photography
It was an honor to be present at the annual Unlabelled Awards that took place earlier this year that left an unforgettable feeling of motivation. We could not curtail the excitement and pride we had as the event unfolded. The familiar and unfamiliar faces who received awards all have amazing backgrounds that have led to their amazing journey. Our joy knows no bound every time we attend award ceremonies that give support to other people doing great things for themselves or the community because you get to hear their stories and passion from others that you can see in yourself.
The founder and president of the Unlabelled Awards– Carol ‘Butterfli’ Tia Dunkley has had a focus on acknowledging hard working people who work behind the scenes. The organization has created a vision to bring into limelight people who work tirelessly behind the scenes and often go unnoticed. She calls them “the unsung heroes.”
Events like this go a long way in building the courage and zeal of people in whatever they do in different facets of life. Irrespective of the challenges they might encounter, they put in their best and work tirelessly; though behind the scenes but the hope of been celebrated and applauded at the end of it all keeps them rolling without complaining. When people do what they do in the best of their capacities, mediocrity becomes a forgotten issue. The community as a whole can enjoy the best of services through the immense contributions of people who work so hard to help themselves and others.
Hosted by Davina Bennett; the winner of the Miss Universe Jamaica Pageant. And she is also the second runner-up of Miss Universe 2017. Awards were given to the Brooklyn Native pioneer and radio personality, Lenny Green bagged a Lifetime Achievement Award for his numerous impacts. Melissa Harville-Lebron got the Barrier Breaker Award. She is a mother of seven and the first African-American woman approved to operate developmental and multicultural NASCAR team. Christopher Palu got the Fashion Designer Award and Manuel Seal, Songwriter of the Decade Award. Further awards were given, and they are as follows: Nicole Mckenzie won the ‘Unsung Hero Award,’ while Wendy Mckenzie got the Casting Awards. Augustine Moscatello, M.D., F.A.C.S, received the Humanitarian Award. The Rising Star Award was given to Donshea Hopkins. Rowena Husbands got Capture the Moment Award for her amazing eye and dedication to photography, and Ashley De La Mode received the International Survivor Award. Michale McGuire –Wooten bagged the Community Angel Award, while Kyle Anfernee got the Blogger Award. Suzana Hallili, International Celebrity Makeup Artist received the Mirror Image Award, Martha Luna, Latina Influencer and fashion/lifestyle blogger received Social Media Award, Patricia Robinson, Motivational Speaker & Director of Operations for Hot 97, WBLS, and WLIB who has been successful in developing workforce and mentoring programs for New York City youth. The Conquest Award was given to Sunny Smith – Williams, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Film Producer & Author, Aisha Rochester Hall, Prison Reform Activist & Author, and Jamila T. Davis, Prison Reform Activist & Author. The Mompreneur Award was given to Melanie Marie a Serial Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Business Mentor, Curator, Motivator, Philanthropist, Speaker, and Mother. Last but not least Shadane “Stitchie” Henry, Celebrity Hair Stylist got the Vogue Hair Award.
D Anthony Designs showcased fashion by @vindictive_by_d_anthony during the award ceremony with a few performances from independent artists. One of the highlights for the ladies was an appearance of support by Safaree from Love and Hip Hop. He posed with the models and we were able to get a quick word with him. Exclusive interview in our next issue!
However, the Unlabelled Award is created to give solace to everyone who has been ignored after putting in so much to achieve success. Not all heroes wear capes, but none should go uncelebrated.
If you are one who takes an interest in what is positive in your community, state, country or world, we are reaching out to you. If you are involved or looking to be involved in increasing awareness and having a more positive future that includes educating and preparing our youth.