Brandy, D.L. Hughley, Jade Novah, Elle Varner, Marvin Sapp and more celebs grace the Urban One Honors Stage to be aired on TV One in January 2019.


Cahty Hughes, the media maven behind TV One and Radio One, has done it again.  She’s created another outlet that exemplifies the best of the African American community in media, music, education, politics and activism.  The inaguaral Urban One Honors Awards was held in Chocolate City, Washington D.C. and sponsored by MGM National Harbor.

The event started with a robust red carpet hosted at La Vie at the Wharf, with April Ryan, Symone Sanders,Tom Joyner, Elle Varner, Jade Novah, Brandy, Ray J and the list goes on.



Brandy, Actress and Singer, was presented with the Cathy Hughes Excellence Award, while June Ambrose, stylist and resplendent in a mermaid style luxe gown, received the Fashion Icon Award.  She mentioned that TV One was the first channel to air her reality show, so she felt this award was a full circle moment.  Jade Novah, Comedian and Singer, was awarded the well deserved, Viral Sensation Award.  She was glowing as she described her new album and how grateful she is to be in the moment and knowing that she is headed in the right direction.


Symone Sanders, pictured above with the Social Change Award recipient, Shaun King, was a presenter along with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.  Ms. Pugh presented April Ryan the Media Personality of the Year Award.



Jermaine Dupri, received the Living Legend Award presented by Da Brat and Bryan Michael Cox.  Mr. Cox also a music producer took the time to grace the red carpet.  The hardest working man in showbiz, Rotimi, was honored with the Generation Next Award by Traci Braxton, who was gorgeous is a red fringe leather ensemble.  Marvin Sapp received the Inspirational Impact award for his work as a Gospel Radio DJ and his consistent release of gospel hits.

The Urban One Honors event will be aired on TV One in January 2019 with Reach Media’s D.L. Hughley as host of the star studded, celebrity event.

All photos supplied by James DeMarco with Strategic Heights Media.

Article written by Jovanna Reyes @jovannareyesphotography


Vydurya Lokesh, Celebrity MUA, Body Positive Influencer and Muse


I met the amazing and wondrous Vydurya Lokesh at the Priscilla Ono Masterclass in NYC  this past summer.  I was the oldest woman there and realized quickly I was way out of my league in the course.  The silver lining, outside of learning that makeup application is an art, is meeting Vy.  Her aura is gentle, kind and she glows.  I mean her skin glows!  She reminded me of Lupita Nyongo, who also has luminescent skin and happens to be the direct descendant of Eve.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Vydurya has DNA from a Goddess of Light.  It’s who she is and I hope I captured it in this collection of photos.

One of the evenings after class, I invited her to have dinner and we ended up at Eataly near the World Trade Center, after visiting MAC, of course.  At dinner, she went on to tell me about her childhood and the tribulations she experienced at such an early age.  I realized that her past made her clueless on her beauty.  She was just happy to be alive and be a positive influence to everyone she meets.  The entire dinner, I kept thinking what a classic beauty she is and how I would love the opportunity to photograph her.  She was shocked and moved when I finally asked her.

Her last night in the states she spent with me in Maryland and we shot until late evening.  I am happy to share these with you and hope you can see the light that reflects from Vydurya that I noticed from the moment we met.

As she likes to say, “I am destiny’s child. “, not the singing group, but a child of faith that walks in light.

Please make sure to follow her on Instagram @VyduryaLokesh and Facebook @Artistry by Vydurya Lokesh.










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