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Newsletter Dated: 8/14/2006 6:53:07 AM
Subject: The Best of Mississippi Prepare to Get their Due!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Best of Mississippi are poised to receive their due, thanks to the Mississippi’s Best Awards
Contact: Jackie Watson-Loggins, Asst. Communications Director
Shadow Play Entertainment
Whether it’s the arts, journalism, sports, business, politics or community service, Mississippi has long been known to produce some of the finest people in the nation. Some have left the state to pursue their careers and dreams, while others remain behind. But they are all Mississippians and deserve to be recognized for being some of the best. For the first time, on Saturday, October 28, 2006, the state will do just that. This history-making event will take place on Saturday, October 28th in the Clarion Ledger Gallery at the TelCom Center in Downtown Jackson.
The Planning Committee of the Mississippi’s Best Awards 2006 are pleased to be making history in the state by organizing an awards dinner that will bring together movers and shakers from all walks of life to celebrate the best of the state in over 40 categories. “We first announced the plans for the event in mid-July and already we have received over 1500 nomination ballots,” related Cyrus A. Webb,31, the event’s founder and the Chief Communications Director. “The people of the state are rallying around the project. With so many stereotypes and prejudices against Mississippians, they are glad to see something good making the news.”
Members of the committee (comprised of Cyrus A. Webb of Shadow Play Entertainment/Free2Flow Productions/Rankin County Arts Alliance, Marilyn Moering of Building Bridges Inc., Jackie Watson-Loggins of Media Mogulz, Kit Wallace of LaRose Realty and Shondra Macklin-Patterson of My Blaque Butterfly) held its first press conference on Friday, August 11, 2006 to highlight the theme of the program and to announce the objectives of each member. Now the focus is on promoting the event as a win-win for the state, especially in this year’s host city: Jackson. Webb explains: “We are expecting over 400 to attend the awards dinner this year. That is a great opportunity for the city’s hotels and restaurants.”
How will the winners be chosen in each of the categories where awards are being given? The people will decide. “What was important to all of us that the people of the state decided who was recognized,” Webb explained. Votes are being taken via the internet at www.free2flow.com and through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will have to become a member of the special group to participate. At the website you can find a complete ballot, and voting will continue through Saturday, September 30th. Once all the nominations have been tabulated, the top three in each category will be posted on the website and from October 1-10th, the public will have one vote per category to help decide the winners. The actual winners, however, will not be announced until the night of the show.
Guest presenters and attendees include Mississippi Taryn Foshee, Mayor Yvonne Brown (Tchula), members of the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ben Allen (Jackson City Council President), representatives of WAPT, WJTV and WLBT, Todd Allen (Grace House), Misha Wilson (Misha’s Models) and Jody Renaldo of Equality MS. Slated to perform at the awards dinner are Martha Simpson-Body (Inspirational), Skeet Myers (Rock),William Michael Morgan (Country), Akami Graham (R&B) and Ezra Brown (Jazz).
One of the highlights of the evening will be the presenting of the four “Committee’s Choice” awards:
MBA Lifetime Achievement Award --- Morgan Freeman (Appearance not confirmed)
Freeman King Award --- Willie Mosley, Jr.
Mississippi’s Best Awards ---Oprah Winfrey (Appearance not confirmed)
Best of the Best Award --- David Banner and Kamikaze (Appearances not confirmed)
It is Webb’s hope that this event will continue to improve people’s perception of the state of Mississippi and the people who live in it. “If we don’t recognize what is good about where we live, it will be difficult to isolate where there is still a need for improvement.” Ticket and sponsorship information are all available by visiting www.free2flow.com. For more information, contact Jackie Watkins-Loggins at 601.923.6461.