Entertainment Awards make triumphant return

Entertainment Awards make triumphant return
July 12
05:00 2018

The talent, creativity, and artistic prowess of Forsyth County were on full display last weekend as hundreds gathered for the Fourth Annual Forsyth County Entertainment Awards (FCEA). 

After taking a break for the last four years, the FCEA came back in style as hundreds filed into the Fairgrounds Annex to see if their loved ones and friends would bring home a coveted Leak Award. 

The award is named after FCEA founder Ellen Leak-Forbes.

For the past few weeks, residents of Forsyth County had the opportunity to vote for award recipients in a number of categories ranging from music, art, cooking, fashion, sports, and more.

After accepting her award for Best Female R&B Artist, A Dub said, although she has been nominated for  awards in the past, it feels good to finally leave with the trophy. She said, “Being nominated for this award in the past has helped me grow as an artist. I am grateful to Ellen and everyone who made this possible.”

Others recognized for their talents during the awards ceremony were: Rare Breed, Alicia Samuels, Shante Hauser, K&K Love Catering, Alphonso Abbott Jr. and People’s Catering.

Several individuals were also honored for their lifetime contributions to the arts in the community. Those honorees were: Wrenwick Williams, Darryl Gordon, Cheryl Ann Lipstreu, Leo Rucker, and Mickey and Penny Hull.

During the show there was also a special recognition for young business owners and other youth in the community. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 were awarded to Alvin Carlisle III, a recent graduate of Atkins High School and Sylvia Randall a recent graduate of Reynolds High School.

Young entrepreneurs honored were: Jayla Kristina Page-Thomas, JCB Dance, Camden Myers, Rashaud Payne, Kymora Wright, Dorothy Sansbury, and sisters Nia and Imani-Chrisette Joins. 

FCEA was founded by Ellen Leak-Forbes in 2011 with the goal to become a resource that supports, guides, and celebrates entrepreneurs and individuals in the arts and entertainment in the area. The first awards ceremony was held in 2012 with about 100 people in attendance by 2014 nearly 2,000 people came out to support the event.

For more information on the Forsyth County Entertainment Awards visit

Here’s a list of the categories and the names of the 2018 Leak Award winners:

**Best Music Video  Crossing Avery “From The South”

**Best Actress  La Shunda Life Booker

**Best Model (Traditional) Ebony Baker

*Best Athlete  Carlette Ewell

*Best Sports Entertainer  Mad Cattah

*Best Painter  Rachael Wallace-Johnson

*Best Sports Coach  Carlette Ewell

*Best Dancer MJ Footworkz

*Best Gospel Hip Hop Artist Mike Teezy

*Best Fashion Designer Swante Designs

*Best Event Designer  Mansion House of Designs

*Best Graphic Designer Natasha Young

*Best  Hand Crafted Artist Katrina McCullum

*Best Model (Non Traditional Female) Latisha R. Stuckey

*Best Model (Male) Nathan Snipes

DJ of the Year DJ Beware

*Best Band  OSP Band

*Best Actor Lance Megginson

*Best Event Decorator  Arnette Horne

*Best Event Planner  Mansion House of Designs

Melody of Praise Gospel Performer of the Year (Male) Monte Odom

Melody of Praise Gospel Performer of the Year (Female) Sharon Evans

*Best Music Video   O.G. Hanus  “City of Gunshots”

*Best Hair Stylist Ashley Payne

*Best Make up Artist Alexandra Marso

*Best Music Producer Karlton Jones

*Best Promoter Mac Entertainment

*Best R & *B Female Performer A Dub

*Best R & *B Male Performer   Mike Tinsley

*Best Jazz Performer  Karlton Jones

*Best Hip Hop Female Lady J

*Best Hip Hop (Male) Nathyl Snipes

Music Company of the Year   Tre Game Entertainment

*Best Photography   Allison Hutchins

*Best Videographer   Tyler Hickman

*Best Creative Writer  Latisha R. Stuckey

*Best Creative Writer  La Shunda Life Booker

*Best  Creative Writer  Jeremy Autry

*Best Music Video Taylor Vaden

*Best County Music Performer (Female)  Sherrie Lyon

*Best Country Music Performer (Male)  Tyler Nail

*Best *Band  Juke Box Rehab

*Best Food Service-Caterer  Trice Eatz

*Best Food Service-Food Truck  Wings N Fins

*Best Food Service-Desserts  Dj’s Cheesecakes


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