Young Gifted & Black Awards Honor Leaders in Art, Education, Philanthropy, and Business

Young Gifted & Black Awards Honor Leaders in Art, Education, Philanthropy, and Business

The Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards, launched in 2006, will honor leaders of color in industries including education, art, media, philanthropy, and entertainment on Feb. 24 in New York.

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This year’s honorees include journalist Lola Ogunnaike (The New York Times, Arise TV); young global philanthropist and women’s advocate Lilian Ajayi (Global Connections for Women); author, New York University professor, and minority education expert Noel Scott Anderson, Ph.D.; Whitney Marchelle, international singer and songwriter who has worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, Bill Withers, and KISS; Tricia Quartey, DDS, founder of Noble Dental Care, P.C.; real estate entrepreneur David Germain, and more.

“This program has a simple mission, which is to bring light to individuals who exemplify an entrepreneurial spirit,” says Carl O. Gray, founder of the YGB Entrepreneurial Awards. “Our honorees all have significant backgrounds which highlight their journey towards the Continued Pursuit of Success that allows our organization to create a platform to motivate and empower others to believe in themselves in order to reach their goals.”

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Previous honorees include Macdella Cooper, global philanthropist and founder of The Macdella Cooper Foundation; Gregory M. Gunn, Rhodes Scholar, Harvard Preceptor on Education and Innovation, and and co-founder of Wireless Generation; and Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

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