2022 CINCINNATI BLACK PRIDE 

VIZAZI AWARDS

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VIZAZI: A SWAHILI WORD

MEANING GENERATIONS

In celebration of the rich legacy and promising future of Black LGBTQ+ Family in Cincinnati we are hosting our 3rd Annual Vizazi Torch Awards. The event is the primary community celebration for Cincinnati Black Pride, and will be held Friday, June 17, 2022 at e19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque. This year's awards honor Cincinnatians committed to advancing and improving the quality of life for Black Queer and Trans folks. 

                                                    Feel free to read the full bios of our 2022 winners HERE

2022 Flames:

Lynn Love, Fred Pierce, Jaraje Rashad Spencer

2022 Embers:

Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Dr. Durell Callier, Alex Cameron, Jamond Foree, Shandra Ingram, LaToya Watson

2022 Sparks:

Freda Epum, Jas Hubbard, Loren McCauley

2022 Kiburi Award:

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers

2022 Mhenga Award:

Kori Raishon, Mama Gloria Allen

(New) 2022 Rafiki Award:

Joel Lam, Mikhaila Henderson, Joshua Kayes

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Spark

Every fire begins with a spark.

 

This award recognizes the efforts of youth and young professionals in our community age 29 and under. These individuals are innovators, change-makers,

and brave truth-tellers.

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Ember

Embers keep the fire alive. 

 

They are often important and critical bridges between our elders and youth. These individuals, age 30-49, have often accomplished a great deal and are best marked by their drive, initiative, and resilience.

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Flame

The light of flames guide the way.

 

This award recognizes members of our community age 50 and above. These individuals are history bearers, trailblazers, and wisdom carriers. They inspire us to continue carrying the

torch forward.

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AWARD PRESENTATION
FRIDAY • JUNE 17, 2022
7:00PM - 9:00PM EST

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THE KIBURI AWARD:

A SWAHILI WORD MEANING PRIDE.

For the second year we are offering the Kiburi Award. Many native Cincinnatians with strong roots and deep connections to the city and our community have moved away. Some have returned and others stay where they are and continue to make Cincinnati proud with their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.  So we honor the movers and shakers from Cincy who are proud to honor their roots here. They say "wherever you go, there you are"; and we are proud of these amazing leaders who share the best of who we are with the world.

THE MHENGA AWARD:

A SWAHILI WORD MEANING ANCESTOR.

For a second year we are offering the Mhenga Award. This award is given to people in Cincinnati who have passed on and who will continue to watch over and love us. In 2020 we celebrated two Black trans women, Riah Melton and Monica St. James. Going forward we honor ancestors whose memories live in the hearts and minds of so many.