Atlanta, GA — The African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) will return with its tenth Annual AAMBC Awards, and kick off the official Black Writers Weekend from Thursday, June 7th to Sunday, June 10th 2018. Hosted by Hop Hip Legend MC, musician, radio personality, and former MTV VJ ED Lover, the purpose of the event is to expose unknown African American writers and to give them the opportunity to be recognized on a national level as well as win accolades.
One of this year’s featured highlight is The Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to legendary recording artists and producer Angie Stone.
AAMBC creator, Tamika Newhouse says, “Angie Stone has influenced hundreds of creators, recording artists, and producers. Her songs have been the back drop to many love stories and honoring her will be a dream for me since I grew up listening to her music.”
In addition to honoring Angie Stone, Newhouse selected rapper Roxanne Shante for the IAMCREATIVE Icon Award. Newhouse says, “It’s ideal to honor Roxanne Shante who is often named as one of the first female MCs to have mainstream success. To be the first in anything is a huge feat and it is ideal for us to acknowledge the doors Roxanne helped open for more creative such as she.”
Other honorees include Wahida Clark as this year’s recipient for the Francis Ray Trailblazer Award, and husband and wife duo Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman for the Urban Classic Honor.
The event will also feature live performances from Amillion the Poet, Ikea Damone, Chante Cann, with surprise celebrity guests and your favorite authors.