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Celebrating the Best of Black Las Vegas

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Feature

Whether thinking about individuals, businesses or organizations, one thing is certain about Las Vegas’ black community: it has a rich history, and a tradition of excellence, that has endured for generations. In this special edition of Las Vegas Black Image, we honor that greatness by showcasing those who not only exemplify our powerful heritage, but are committed to carrying it into the future. Special thanks to all of the readers and partners who helped make this list possible by completing personal surveys and weighing in on social media.

Best Live Performer — Earl Turner

Best Judge — Karen Bennett-Heron

Best Filmmaker — Malcolm Brooks

Best Music Programmer and Event Deejay — Ben “DJ Benzo” Famous

Best Live Band — Ariella Azmarellda Blu

Best photographer — Marty Fierson

Best Mortgage Company — Mortgage Solutions LLC (owner, Alicia Taylor)

Best Live Band — Rhythm Nation

Best Public Servant — City Councilman Ricki Barlow

Best Live Band — Soulmaticz

Best Health Food Restaurant — Simply Pure, (owner Stacey Dougan)

Best Gastroenterologist — Dr. Joe Thornton

Best Male Gospel Performer — Ken Young

Best Gospel Brunch Performer — Patti Pennington

Best Live Stage Performer — Clint Holmes

Best College Tour — Las Vegas Unity Through Knowledge HBCU Tours (founder Pastor Kelcey West)

Best Talent and Modeling agency — Kim Flowers Agency

Best Physical Trainer — Otis “Fit Tyme” Tanner

Best Nail Technician — Aaliyah Ratliff

Best Barbershop — Masterpiece Barbershop

Best Live Performer — Jason Tenner

Best Dermatologist — Dr. Linda Woodson

Best Live Female Entertainer — Skye Dee Miles

Best Sweet Potato Pies — Mr. Jeremy’s

Best Radio Personality — DJ Thump

Best Festival — Taste & Sounds of Soul Festival

Best Realtor — Allen Shelton, One Realty ONE Group

Best Broadcaster — Rikki Cheese, Channel 13 ABC

Best North Las Vegas City Councilwoman — Pamela Goynes Brown

Best Photographer — Clark Gabriel McCarrell Jr.

Best Barber — Johnny Williams

Best Community Event Organizers and Producers — Jewel Jeppe and Jani Jeppe (Clark County West Las Vegas Library and Cultural Arts Center)

Best Television Broadcaster — Monica Jackson, Fox 5

Best Car Dealership — Findlay Chevrolet (manager, Jamaal McCoy)

Best Commentator and Event Host — Lillian McMorris

Best Plastic Surgeon — Dr. Marvin Spann

Best Barber and Event Promoter — Robert “Twix” Taylor

Best Parade — The MLK Parade

Best Community Athletic Coach — Henry Thornes

Best Business — JY Associates (owner Johnny Yancy)

Best Community Journalist — Louis Overstreet

Best Elementary School Teacher — Patti Hester

Best Community Slogan — “Look Back“ (created by April Washington)

Best Community Philanthropist — Roz Brooks

Best Community Radio Talk Show Host — Patricia Cunningham (KCEP 88.1 FM)

Best Community Youth Track Team — Vegas Stealth

Best Mortuary — Heritage Mortuary

Best Conscious Theater Production — “Toe Tag Monologues” (created by Bryon Stringer)

Best Cosmetology School — Expertise Cosmetology Institute (owned by Gwen Chaney, pictured with her mother, Willa Chaney)

Best Mortgage Company — Security National Mortgage (Life coach specialist, Toni Woods Morgan)

Best OBGYN — Dr. Annette Mayes

Best Filmmaker — Stan Armstrong

Best Female Radio Personality — Zenja Dunn (105.7 FM)

Best Festival — Springs Preserve Black History Month Festival

Best Fashion Designer — Crystal Ball

Best Elementary School Principal — Marcus J. Mason (Kermit R. Booker Sr. Elementary)

Best Filmmaker — Lamonte Faison

Best Television Broadcasters — Shari Johnson, Krystal Allan, Demetria Obilor

Best insurance Agent — Reba Labatt American Family Insurance

Best Auto Restoration Shop — Stunna Cole


– Best Auto Mechanic — Timothy Evans (owner, E Motors) –

– Best Small Minority Business Supporter — New Ventures Business Development Corporation –

– Best Restaurant and Catering — John Mull’s Road Kill Grill –

– Best Soul Food — M&M Soul Food –

– Best Social Media Network — Aaron Arrington’s Facebook Chorale –

– Best Soul Food — Soul Food Cafe –

– Best Breakfast Restaurant — Gritz Cafe –

– Best Barbecue — TC’s Rib Crib –

– Best Opthalmology — Westfield Eye Center –

– Best Barbershop for the Stars — Iced Out Barber Shop –

– Best Community Market — Mario’s Westside Market –

– Best Nightspot — Classic Jewel –

– Best Elementary School — Rainbow Dreams Academy –

– Best Community Theater Company — Broadway in the Hood –

– Best Non-profit — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority –

– Best Non-profit — Black Business Council of Nevada –

– Best Non-profit — Clark County Black Caucus –

– Best Non-profit — Coalition of 100 Black Women, Las Vegas Chapter –

– Best Non-profit — Delta Sigma Theta –

– Best Non-profit — Las Vegas Urban League –

– Best Non-profit — NAACP Las Vegas chapter –

– Best Non-profit — The Links Inc. Las Vegas Chapter –

– Best Non-profit — Urban Chamber of Commerce –

– Best Non-profit — 100 Black Men, Las Vegas Chapter –

– Best Non-profit — Bully Busters Organization –

– Best Radio Personality — Mike “Mike P” Perry (97.5 FM) –

– Best Public Servant — Commissioner Lawrence Weekly –

– Best Dentist — Dr. Timothy Wilson –


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