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[YGB Entrepreneurial Awards] 2023 Honoree Announcement

The Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards, Inc. announces the 2023 Honorees to be honored during Black History Month on February 22, 2023.  Mr. Carl O. Gray, President-CEO and Founder of the awards platform states “this platform has become a global brand being existence for 18 years…these honorees all exemplify the mission of the awards which is to Provide Opportunity With Effective Resource – Networking – Motivates Optimizes Transcends Inspires Organizes Nurtures individuals towards empowerment.” The selected honorees are the “Unsung Heros & Heroines” within their communities  through “hard work and determination…Continue to Pursue Success!”

The Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards, Inc. is now a New York Non-Profit Charitable Organization and is currently in the process of registering for the tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Mr. Gray states, “this strategic move is long overdue and necessary to expand the brand by raising funds to help produce and  assist with specific global initiatives, large and small Business Development,  Educational Scholarships & Grants, and the Building of Entrepreneurs both new and established entities.” The Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards, Inc. should no longer be considered a local product, its roots are currently planted and expanding across the United States, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean.

The 2023 Young, Gifted & Black Entrepreneurial Awards Honorees represents a diverse collective of entrepreneurial individuals showcasing “Black Excellence” across Business Management, Healthcare, Music Entertainment, Sports Medicine, Philanthropy, Community Service, Artist, Fashion, Brand Management and Technology.

The 2023 list of honorees are beacons shedding light on the Healthcare field to identify individuals such as George Leconte, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem and Maija Neville-Williams, COO of The Rockefeller University Hospital both who will receive our Businessman and Businesswoman of Year Award in Health Care Management & Administration; John Xavier Lambert, 9 year old Author “kidpreneur” and STEM enthusiast and Nicholas Buamah, 9 year old Author having 3 bestselling books into the Library of Congress both receiving our Nina Simone Artistic Excellence Awards; Ralph Woods Jr. aka Da Fireman DJ S-1, one of NYC top ‘Mixologists’ DJ roster on the Legendary New York-based radio station, WBLS 107.5fm receiving the Disc Jockey of the Year Award; Dr. Trevor Dixon, M.D., CEO & Director, JAHJAH Foundation receiving the Philanthropist of the Year Award…just to name a few.  Please view the list below to see the complete roster of 2023 honorees.

The Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards also conducted its annual public poll to  select artistes whose musical body of work influences both their industry and community wherein the overall success story impacts society and continues to embrace an entrepreneurial spirit.

Note: Acceptance of the public nomination in pending confirmation from the artistes chosen.

YGB Caribbean ICON Honoree & Hall of Fame Inductees:

Barrington Levy

Queen Ifrica (Ventrice Morgan)

Bunji Garlin (Ian Antonio Alvarez)

YGB Caribbean Music Impact Artistes of the Year:
This award identifies current trailblazing and trendsetting the within Reggae/Dancehall/Soca/Calypso/World/Afrobeats/Latin/Zouk

Burna Boy (Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu MFR)

Chronixx (Jamar Rolando McNaughton)

Spice (Grace Latoya Hamilton)

Honorary Inductions by YGB Awards Committee:

Lee “Scratch” Perry OD

Daddy U Roy (Ewart Beckford OD)

Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert, OJ

Frankie Paul

Calypso Rose (Linda McCartha Monica Sandy-Lewis)

Robert Nesta Marley

Dennis Emmanuel Brown

Here is a list Artistes previously honored:
(Hall of Fame/Reggae ICON Award:(2022) Buju Banton, Rita Marley, (2021) Beres Hammond, Machel Montano, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, Beenieman; Impact Artiste: Koffee (2022)
Reggae Music ICON Award:(2017)Tony Rebel, (2018) Richie Stephens, (2019) Bounty Killa & (2020)Tanya Stephens.                                                                                          

Please join us on this new journey and save the date for our 2023 Black Tie Fundraiser Gala & Awards Dinner, Wednesday, February 22, 2023, in New York.  For more information, email or follow us on IG @iamygbawards @FB/TW/YT/PN @ygbawards

DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
TIME: 5:00PM – 10:00PM

IN-PERSON TICKETS, TABLES: Tickets Go On Sale December 2022



The Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards program is a simple measure of giving recognition, highlighting and showing appreciation towards one’s peers. The awards program creates a platform that brings exposure to people, who represent positive role models to their peers, and provides an opportunity for others to be inspired and motivated.Through the YGB Cares & Educational Assistance Program (, charities selected by an honoree will receive a percentage of the proceeds from purchases made on their behalf towards VIP tickets, tables and advertisement buys.

YGB Entrepreneurial Awards service line at 347.875.7601 or by sending an email to

In 2006, the Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards program was created with one goal and mission in mind:

To positively empower individuals and communities by highlighting the achievements of the
“Unsung Heroes” whose stories can help inspire others towards making future goals attainable.

P.O.W.E.R. -N- M.O.T.I.O.N.
Providing Opportunity With Effective Resources
Motivates Optimizes Transcends Inspires Organizes Nurtures

The Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards program places an emphasis on individuals that continue to reach levels of success through hard work and determination. There isn’t a formal selection criterion to receive this award; rather the program is designed for peer-to-peer acknowledgement of their Talent, Ambition and Achievements toward the “Continued Pursuit of Success “outlined by where they have been in life to where they are now as ambassadors of the entrepreneurial spirit.

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