Black Star News’s Annual Excellence Awards

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[Annual Awards Dinner & Obama Celebration]

Weeks after the big party for President-elect Barack Obama, Harlem lights up again for a big party November 21 when The Black Star News hosts its annual Excellence awards dinner at the famous Nubian Heritage.

"For those who missed the big bash November 4th when Barack Obama made history here's a great opportunity to celebrate again," says Milton Allimadi, CEO and Publisher of The Black Star News Publishing Co. and Harlem Business News. "We're combining our annual awards dinner into an Obama celebration as well."

The evening will be a Black tie event.

The newspaper also recently revamped its website with news features such as dedicated bloggers, and Black Star TV, which lets viewers submit their video news to be considered for posting.

Web editor Neanda Salvaterra notes: "Don't forget to turn off pop up blocker!"

The Black Star News' annual Excellence awards dinner honors and celebrates individuals who are exemplary in their respective professions and who inspire young people. "It's important that our young people see achievers that look like them," Allimadi adds. "All of our honorees are individuals that our youngsters should be proud of emulating. I think it's a fantastic thing that this year our annual dinner comes in the wake of Obama's and America's great achievements. We invite everyone to join us for great food and music."

Past honorees at the Black Star News' annual Excellence awards dinner have included Bill and Camille Cosby; the couple provided seed funding when The Black Star was launched a dozen years ago. Additional past Black Star News honorees have included: Gil Noble, host of ABC's "Like it is" program; pioneer filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles; The New York Jet's coach, Herman Edwards; Grammy-nominated singer Amiel Larrieux; New York City Councilmember Charles Barron.

This year, Black Star News honors several stellar individuals, including: David Lipscomb, Sovereign Bank; Desiree Dancy, The New York Times; Bob Herbert, The New York Times; Jarred McAllister, New York Daily News; Marcia Sells, Columbia University; Voza Rivers, Harlem Arts Alliance; Lesley Pinckney, Essence Magazine; Robin Verges, Rubenstein Associates; Kenneth Theobalds, Entergy Co.; Nayaba Arinde and Herb Boy, The Amsterdam News; The Family of the late Andrew and Jocelyn Cooper, Founder of The City Sun; Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Manhattan Deputy Borough President; and, Shirley Jenkins, Municipal Credit Union.

This year's Guests of Honor and speakers are Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and New York State Senator Malcolm Smith.

The Gala starts at 6PM with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and awards presentations. Musical entertainment will be provided by Chico Pons, the phenomenal Cuban Jazz group.

Reserved dinner tables are still available as are a limited number of individual tickets at $100 per ticket. Nubian Heritage is located at 2037 5th Avenue, between 125th Street and 126th Streets, along 5th Avenue, in Harlem.

To reserve your dinner table or purchase individual tickets please call (212) 481-7745.

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