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Best In Black Awards, Memphis

Presented by The New Tri-State Defender


Tri-State Defender

The Best In Black Awards, hosted annually by The New Tri-State Defender since 2012, is an endeavor to shine a light upon some of the most outstanding African-American businesses, community organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals in the Mid-South. The BIB Award's mission is to celebrate black owned and operated businesses, organizations and individuals in the Mid-South, serving as a marketing and recognition platform for those individuals and companies while ultimately encouraging the community's next generation business leaders. The BIB Awards will also give the community a true voice in identifying and elevating those businesses that they most support. It's an innovative way to poll the community about the businesses and organizations that they most support while identifying those companies with the best brands and reputations. It is also a platform where by The New Tri-State Defender can promote and celebrate the businesses that ultimately support us.

Best In Black 2015 Winners


Best Athlete/Sports Figure
Zach “Z Bo” Randolph | Memphis Grizzlies

Best Attorney
Ricky Wilkins | Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins

Best Author
Jae Henderson

Best Banker
Tara Stewart | Regions Bank

Best Barber Shop
Eric Massey | E Massey's Barber Shop

Best BBQ
A & R BBQ - All Locations

Best Boutique or Clothing
Savvy Sistas | Precious Harper & TaNia Isby

Best Burger
Evergreen Grill "Lobster Burger"

Best Car Salesman
Bernard "Hard Nard" Williams

Best Chef
Chef Desmond Robinson

Best Choir (Church or Community)
Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith

Best Cigar Lounge/Smoke Shop
Ice Bar & Grill

Best Clothing Designer
Kouture Kreations | Kimberly Terry

Best Club or Lounge
LoVe Lounge | Curtis Givens

Best Consulting/Professional Service
Southern Charm Event Group | Danielle Reid

Best Customer Service
Bubble Bistro | Andrea Johnson

Best Dentist
Dr. Derrick Payne | Superior Smiles of Memphis

Best DJ
DJ Superman | Hot 107.1 FM

Best Doctor
Dr. Denise Hightower | Grace Family Medicine

Best Event Planner
Danielle Reid | Southern Charm Events Group

Best Faith-Based Outreach Ministry
Girls Will Be Girls | Lashundra Richmond

Best Financial Advisor
Nick Smith | Sims Financial Group

Best Fraternity
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Best Gifts or Novelties
The Bubble Bistro | Andrea Johnson

Best Graphic Artist/Web Designer
Bryant Warren | Memphix Web Design

Best Hair Salon
A Natural Affair | Takeisha Berry-Brooks

Best Hot Wings
All-Star Hot Wings

Best Insurance Agent
Realis Sanders | Allstate Insurance

Best Live Band or Group
Will Graves & Soul

Best Local Media Personality-TV
Thaddeus Matthews

Best Local Media Personality-News Caster
Ernie Freeman

Best Make-Up Artist
Paris Chanel

Best Mechanic
Rick "Derrick" Kendall

Best Men's Organization
100 Black Men of Memphis

Best Nail Salon
Andrea's Nailtique | Andrea Wiley-Harris

Best New Business
Pretty Perculiar Shoes | Ashley Bailey

Best Niche Business
Pretty Peculiar Shoes | Ashley Bailey

Best Non-Profit Organization
BWABC Literacy Association | Sheila Bell

Best Party Promoter
Derrick Payne

Best Performing Artist
Karen Brown

Best Personal Trainer
Toye Bogard | Fit Nation, Inc.

Best Photographer
Wiley Brown | Contempo Studios

Best Publisher/Publication
Spirit Magazine | Minerva Little

Best Radio Personality
Michael Adrian Davis | 95.7 Hallelujah FM

Best Realtor
John Cornes | Keller Williams Realty

Best Restaurant
Southern Hands Family Restaurant

Best Social Media Posts
Elliott McKinney | "El Mac"

Best Solo Artist
Lil Rounds

Best Sorority
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Best Soul Food
Four Way Grill

Best Spoken Word Artist
Timothy "Urban Thoughts" Moore

Best Theatre or Performing Arts Organization
Hattiloo Theatre | Ekundayo Bandele

Best Visual Artist
Jamond Bullock

Best Vocal Artist (All Genres)
Lil Rounds

Best Women's Organization
Black Girls Run! Memphis

Best Youth-Owned Business
Angels & Tomboys |  Madison Star & Mallory Iyana

The Hustle Award
Nia Ray | Nia Ray Photography

The Living Legend Award
Ruby Wilson | The Queen of Beale Street

The Rising Star Award
Danielle Reid | Southern Charm Event Group, LLC

Best Overall Business 2015
The Bubble Bistro | Andrea Johnson