Third Annual Awards Gala Honors Black Media Members In The River City

The Ken Knight Awards, named after well known journalist and media pioneer Ken Knight, will take place on September 8th, honoring black journalists, podcasters, anchors and more.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - July 17, 2022 - PRLog -- This celebration of Black History has returned for a third year to celebrate trailblazers, current and future leaders of color in the media. Curated by Obi Umunna, Esq., Managing Partner of Umunna Legal Group, this event will honor the men and women that fight for truth, transparency, and leadership as well as continue the legacy of black media. "At a time when we are losing so many of our historic black publications I couldn't think of a better time to lift up black media particularly in our city. '' said Umunna. Sponsored by Florida Blue™ and VyStar™, The Ken Knight Awards will bring together journalists, anchors, reporters, on-air personalities, producers, influencers, sales and marketing professionals across Northeast Florida to honor their peers in media.

The namesake of the awards, Ken Knight is credited with starting a movement in which African Americans asked for more of their music and announcements to be aired. Mr. Knight initiated training programs to prepare other African Americans for careers in broadcasting. He originated the Ken Knight Show which was the first African American television show in Jacksonville.

Nominations for award recipients will begin on July 19th until August 1st. With voting to start immediately after. Media members are encouraged to nominate themselves and colleagues and will also be open to the general public to nominate. Last year's award recipients were Charles Griggs, Communications Pioneer and President at Eighth & Whitner Group; Tonya Weathersbee, Journalist at Florida Times Union; Monique Blue, Radio Industry Veteran; Al Letson hosts Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting; Tenikka Hughes, award winning anchor at Action News Jax; Wayne Peterson, Owner of MPN Podcast Network; Freddie Rhodes local radio Gospel legend and News 4 Jax as the Floor Director; and Letisha Bereola, award winning anchor at Action News Jax and podcaster. Nominees must be active participants of African-American media (including but not limited to journalists, representatives from tv, radio, newspapers, and social media influencers, etc).

This year's host will be Ken Knight Award recipient Dawn Lopez. Dinner is catered by celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert. The event is presented in coordination with AA Couture Events, LLC and Sauti Plus, LLC. The celebration will take place at Jessie Ball duPont Center at 6:30. RSVP is required for entry and reserved for members of the media only.  Nomination can be placed at

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