Urban Entertainment and Media Markets in Chicago Showcase the City

Saturday, 03 July 2010 20:37 Written by  Iya Bakare

Guests gathered to honor Chicago’s independent scene at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel’s Honore Ballroom on June 20. Nominees honored were artists in the music, radio journalism, cinematography, videography and fashion industries. Collectively, these artists represent the Urban Chicago Entertainment and Media Markets.

This year’s spokesmodel for the Chicago Independent Awards was model/actress Opheia. Performers at the awards ceremony included Inspirational Artist of the Year award recipient Blaze On, Female Performer of the Year nominee Demi Lobo and artist Keithen Banks.

Chicago’s urban alternative artist Nikki Lynette (pictured right) won the Female Performer of the Year and Alternative Rock Artist of the Year awards. With the recent release of her latest mixtape Roses N’ Guns, Lynette says she’s excited about her recent success and that Chicago has an independent scene in music, whose recognition spans nationally and internationally.

“Chicago rocks and it feels good to get recognition from my own city,” comments Lynette. “I got a bigger response than I thought about my mixtape, and it just shows you doing music independently is the right way to go.”

Model Teslyn Butler was awarded the honor of Model of the Year, who says she represents real women and women who are average, sizes 14 and above.

Other award recipients from the evening included A & O as Promoter of the Year, John Blu for R & B Artist of the Year, Ms. Bling as Internet Radio Personality of the Year, Fakeshoredrive.com for Favorite Site of the Year, Go Getta for Most Slept on Female Artist, Urban Grind TV for the Street Media Award and others.

During the ceremony, Chelle Lee of Chelle Lee Designs presented a fashion show of her line. Her designs are inspired by her admiration for fashion and her individual style. The 30-year-old Rockford, Ill. native says she launched her line in March, which features classic pieces for any woman’s wardrobe.

“I love fashion and wanted to do something to help women feel good about themselves and look good,” comments Lee.

Iya Bakare

Iya Bakare

Iya Bakare, GMO's managing editor, earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in print journalism. She earned her B.A. from Delta State University with a minor in English and graduated with a M.A. degree from Columbia College Chicago. In her spare time, the Chicago native continues to freelance and ponder ways to both inform and improve her community one story at a time.

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