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Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Ambassador Andrew J. Young Honored at NBAF’s Annual Benefit and Fundraiser

This past weekend, the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) hosted its 2021 Annual Benefit and Horizon Awards event in Atlanta, Georgia.

Themed ASCEND, the NBAF honored Legendary Ambassador Andrew J. Young with the 2021 Luminary Award and music industry great Kevin “Coach K” Lee of Quality Control Music with the 2021 Trailblazer Award. Both gentlemen have harnessed their artistic expression to capture the heart of NBAF’s story and have contributed tremendously to uplifting emerging talent. This year's Horizon Award winners included Jamie Harris (visual art), Victor Jackson (music), and Nakia Stephens (film).

This year, the awards event took place at Guardian Works, one of Atlanta's hidden gems, and was hosted by Lori Wilson (WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News) and co-chaired by Beverly Ferguson (Sr. Director of Community Affairs at Georgia Pacific), Carolyn Young (Vice-Chair of Andrew J. Young Foundation) and Henrietta Antoinin (Retired SVP of Atlanta Life Financial Group).

The evening began with guests experiencing a silent auction and cocktail hour hosted by CIROC/Deleon and music courtesy of Orchestra Noir. Immediately following, guests transitioned into the main area for dinner and the evening's program. Lori Wilson welcomed guests and Executive Director Stephanie Owens and Board Chair Tracey Lloyd provided remarks before the award presentations by NBAF Artistic Director Tiffany Latrice and co-chairs, Beverly Ferguson and Henrietta Antoinin. Guests also enjoyed additional entertainment from aerialist Christina Ward, the Mad Violinist Ashanti Floyd and Quinn, and the Jukebox Band.

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Photo Credit: Prince Williams,


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