First Annual Black Gold Awards 2013

It had been the talk of the African, Caribbean and Afro- Canadian communities for sometime now that an award show was being organized to recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals who are doing exceptional things in each communities. The goal was not only to recognize and celebrate these individuals, but also to bring everyone together to celebrate with their role models, family and friends while creating a sense of pride and empowering the youth in these communities to achieve whatever they set their minds to. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when the First Annual Black Gold Awards took place at the EPCOR Center for Performing Arts. An idea not new to the city, but one that had been halted for many years, came back to life and it was amazing to say the least. The event highlighted some noteworthy young men and women doing amazing things in our city and it was an honor to be surrounded by these exceptional people. The event was hosted by local celebrity Sunday Omony and renowned author and speaker Derrick Shirley. Performances from local musicians, dance groups and spoken words were some of the highlights of the evening. Truth be told, Calgary has been long overdue for something like this and this event created a buzz and a huge anticipation of what next year's event will look like. Big thank you to the Black Gold Awards and my community for recognizing me and my small business by  nominating me for a few awards. Also, BIG thanks to the organizers of the show for putting this all together in such a short amount of time. Check out some pictures from that nights event.

Images by EJ Negre

I had such an amazing and can't wait until next year's event.


  1. It was a fabulous evening Joyce! Such unbelievable talent and a great turnout. I hope they invite me back for next year's ceremony, it was an honour to co-host. Did you get one of my books?


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