Steve Harvey, Mayor Kasim Reed Bring 2014 Neighborhood Awards to Atlanta
By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 2/7/2014, 5:28 p.m.
ATLANTA (Feb. 7) - Comedian and best-selling author Steve Harvey and City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed were all smiles and laughs at today's press conference at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium, where they officially announced the 12th annual Ford Neighborhood Awards' inaugural show in Atlanta.
"First time I've smiled in two weeks ," Reed told the crowd, referring to last week's snow debacle that landed Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal and he on local and national hot seats.
But those worries seem distant for the mayor, who sets his sights on his city of Atlanta playing host to the 2014 Neighborhood Awards Weekend, running August 7-10, with the actual award show on Saturday, August 9 at the Philips Arena.
The signature event recognizes the best leaders and organizations in local neighborhoods across the nation.
"We're going to be the center of action for lifting up individuals who are worthy of praise," Reed said. "We're going to make sure that the Neighborhood Awards, also known as the Hoodie Awards, has the most successful experience it has ever had."
The previous shows have been in Las Vegas.
"There's a lot of good things in the hood that don't get talked about," Harvey, the event creator, said, explaining how he conceived the award show idea during a red carpet event he was attending years ago. "I said, 'How cool would it be to have an award show, where we honor the businesses in our local community. The flip was I would have celebrity friends of mine to present the awards."
Harvey is a multiplatform mogul, whose recent success include a 2012 bestselling book that became the no. 1 box office smash "Think Like A Man." The sequel for that adaption will open in theaters later this year.
Other featured speakers at the press conference included Rushion McDonald, Ford Neighborhood Awards co-creator, and Shirley Strawberry, author and "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" co-host.
There was also an unexpected and brief interruption by employees of the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. They called out to Steve Harvey, who met and greeted them, before they headed upstairs where they met with city officials about undisclosed grievances.
More information on that coming soon.
For more information on the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards, visit www.nuoppinc.com.