Best In Black Award Winners 2017

Best in Arts
Best Original Art | Paintings
Lyrikal Jenkins | Amazing Creations by Lyrikal

Best Spoken Word
Quiet Storm Poetry | Yolanda Gates

Best Author/Writer
Latrossica Wilson

Best Dancer (All Genres)
Ladia Yates | L.Y.E. Academy

Best Artist Overall
Carin Malone | Writeous Soul

Best in Beauty
Best Barber Shop
C. Tatum’s Signature Salon | Chris Tatum

Best Beauty Salon
Hair Kingdom Beauty & Barber Salon

Best Barber
Nappy Ike Wilson | Hair Kingdom

Best Beautician
Mary J. Watson | Mary J.’s Hair Studio

Best Mani and Pedi
Pamper Me Nails | Kimberly Becton

Best in Business
Best Youth Business
Kool Kidz Sno Cones

Best Niche Business
Makeda’s Cookies

Best Home Based Business
Erica’s Sweet & Savory | Erica Jones

Best Technology Business
Kilowatts Technology | Keith Watson

Best Overall Business 2017
Makeda’s Cookies | Pamela & Maurice Hill

Best in Church
Best Choir
Live & Direct | New Direction Christian Church

Best Impact Ministry
New Direction Christian Church

Best Pastor
Bartholomew Orr | Brown Baptist Church

Best First Lady
Rhonda Spencer | New Direction Christian Church

Best Overall Church
Brown Baptist Church

Best Clubs and Organizations
Best Sorority
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Best Fraternity
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Best Car Club
MidSouth Camaro Club
RiverCity Camaro Club

Best Motorcycle Club
Women On Iron

Best Fan Club
Cowboy Stars of Memphis

Best in Clothing
Best Boutique
Classy Curves Couture

Best Clothing Designer
Bodacious Bodywear

Best Seamstress/Tailor
Blessed Hands

Best Local Place to Purchase a Hot Outfit
Classy Curves Couture

Best In Education
Best Principal
Dr. Vincent Hunter | Whitehaven High School

Best Assistant Principal
Jocelyn Mosby | Booker T. Washington High School

Best Teacher
Sophia Hardy | Memphis Academy of Health Sciences
Stan Bell | SCS Telecommunications

Best Guidance Counselor
James Cathey | John P. Freeman

Best Coach
Rodney Saulsbury | Whitehaven High School

Best Events
Best Annual Festival
Africa in April

Best Annual Party
The All Black Affair | CGI Entertainment

Best Annual Fundraiser
Sista Strut | iHeart Media

Best Annual Concert
Southern Heritage Classic

Best Overall Annual Event
Southern Heritage Classic

Best in Fitness
Best Male Personal Trainer
Courtney Johnson | Fit by C Personal & Group Training

Best Female Personal Trainer
Sherika Norris Holmes | Sherika Fitness

Best Meal Plan/Prep
Taste Buds Catering

Best Workout Facility
Sherika Fitness | Sherika Norris Holmes

Best Overall in Fitness
Toye Bogard | Fit Nation

Best in Food
Best Baked Goods
Makeda’s Cookies

Best BBQ
Boss Man Pit Stop BBQ

Best Chicken (Fried or Baked)
HM Dessert Lounge

Best Food Truck
901 Wings

Best Soul Food
Southern Hands Family Restaurant

Best Specialty Menu Item
Makeda’s Cookies | Banana Pudding

Best Wings
Ching’s Wings

Best Food Overall
DeJaVu | Chef Gary Williams

Best in Health Care
Best Nurse
Chrisla T. Key | LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

Best Dentist/Orthodontist
Dr. Delwyn Turnip Seed | Dental Connections

Best Pediatrician
Dr. Patrice Reed | Memphis Pediatrics

Best Pharmacist
Dr. Andrea Walker | Fred’s Pharmacy

Best Doctor (All Disciplines)
Dr. Belvia Carter, MD

Best in Law
Best Real Estate/Closing Attorney
Ursula Jones | Preferred Title and Escrow

Best Family Law/Divorce Attorney
LaQuita Stokes | Stokes & Glass Law Firm

Best Overall Attorney
LaQuita Stokes | Stokes & Glass Law Firm

Best in Media
Best Television News Anchor or Personality
Mearl Purvis | Fox13

Best Radio DJ or Personality
Bev Johnson | The Bev Johnson Show

Best Radio Talk Show Host
Stan Bell | V101.1

Best Local Media Personality Overall
Michael Adrian Davis | 88.5 The Voice of SCS

Best in Money
Best Banker
Whitney Williams | First Tennessee Bank

Best Financial Advisor
Memphis CPA Group

Best Tax Service
Better Days Financial Services | Monica Kegler

Best Insurance Agent
Cynthia Scales | Allstate

Best In Music
Best DJ
DJ Houston

Best Male Solo Artist
Devin Crutcher

Best Female Solo Artist
Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman

Best Band (Music)
Memphis B.B. King All Stars

Best Musical Group
Jerome Chism & B.B. King All Stars

Best Overall in Music (Solo Artist or Group)
Karen Brown

Best in Non-Profits
Best in Serving Youth
Lyrikal Jenkins

Best Overall Non-Profit
Church Girls Rock | Marcus Malone

Best Service Business
Best Detailing/Car Wash
J & J Mobile Detailing | DeShun Banks

Best Event Planner
Stephanie Townsend | Everlasting Events & Designs

Best Lawn Care Service
Payne’s Lawn Service | Earnest Payne

Best Make-Up Artist
Nikki Channel | Facegyrl x Nikki Channel

Best Photographer
April Tolbert | April Tolbert Photography

Best Realtor
Sherry Scott Chambers | Crye-Leike Realty

Best in Social Media
Best Branding or Marketing
Bubble Bistro | Andrea Johnson

Best Humorous Posts
Comedian Poundcake | Damario Hollowell

Best Informative Posts
LeNora Millen | LeNora Millen Books

Best Inspirational Posts
Rev. Earle J. Fisher

Best Social Media Posts Overall
Demario Hollowell | Comedian Poundcake

Best Brands In Support And Impact
(These are non-black owned businesses that are
recognized as having the best product and or service
in their category but also consistently give back and
reinvest in the community as well.)

Best Local Restaurant | Jack Pirtle’s Chicken
Best Bank | First Tennessee Bank
Best Media Outlet | Fox 13
Best Car Dealership | Jim Keras | Keras Car Central
Best Hospital | LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

Best In Class
This distinction has been awarded to those
individuals and businesses that have been the “Best”
for 3 consecutive years (2014-2016). Our Hats off to you, and thank you for providing an opportunity for some
other “Bests” to shine!

A & R BBQ | Best Bar-B-Que

Derrick Payne | Best Dentist

Andrea Johnson | Best Gifts/Novelties | Bubble Bistro

Thaddeus Matthews | Best Local Media Personality

100 Black Men of Memphis | Best Men’s Organization

Toye Bogard | Best Personal Trainer

Eric Massey - Best Barber Shop

Bernard “Hard Nard” Williams | Best Car Salesman


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