The Hoodie Awards

The Hoodie Awards are being held again in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The awards show is hosted by comedian, actor, morning show personality and writer (among others jobs) Steve Harvey. The Hoodie Awards were created to honor the best neighborhood businesses and leaders in several different categories.  The day that the category is announced is the only day that people can nominate a person or group for those categories. Of course the nominations period has ended for 2011, but be sure to listen to the Steve Harvey radio show daily for nomination categories around April or June of 2012 if there is a person and/or group that you would like to nominate. Voting begins for the chosen nominees about 2 weeks after the candidates have been selected. The 2011, 9th annual Hoodie awards categories:

  • Best Church
  • Best Beauty Salon
  • Best Barbershop
  • Best  Soul Food
  • Best Nail Salon
  • Best Church Choir
  • Best High School Teacher
  • Best High School
  • Best Community Leader
  • Best Fried Chicken
  • Best barbeque
  • Best Car Wash/Detail Shop

2010 Winners of the 8th Annual Hoodie, Sold Out Hoodie Awards Included:

  • Best Fried Chicken – Carey’s Cuisine, Temple Hills, MD
  • Best Nail Salon sponsored by Wells Fargo – Salon Couture, District Heights, MD
  • Best High School Teacher sponsored by the National Education Association – Kathleen Bowens, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Best Car Wash/Detail Shop sponsored by Budget Rent-A-Car – Show Room Shine Express Detailing, St. Louis, MO
  • Best Church Choir sponsored by Glory Foods – Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, IL
  • Best Soul Food Place sponsored by Hillshire Farm – Mama Nem’s Soul Food, Orlando, FL
  • Best Barbershop sponsored by Magic Shave – JoeyCuts Barber Salon, Kansas City, MO
  • Best Beauty Salon sponsored by Optimum Care – M Salon 1, Tampa, FL
  • Best High School sponsored by State Farm Insurance – I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, VA
  • Best Barbecue sponsored by The Home Depot – Big Daddy’s BBQ, Gary, IN
  • Best Church – First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Best Community Leader sponsored by Ford Motor Company – Denise Warren, Jamaica, NY


Performers for the event include Jill Scott, Kirk Franklin & Kem. Last year the Hoodie Awards sold out and it there are still some good seats available for the Awards Show left but they are a bit pricey! There will also be plenty of parties, a Midnight Comedy Jam, Movie Screening and a gambling night and tickets are still available for almost all of these events. On top of that, I just checked around and the Mandalay Bay (the host hotel for the awards) still has rooms available, even this late in the game! I found a room at the Mandalay Bay for $262 on Orbitz, $252/night on Expedia and I found the room even cheaper ($239.04/night) when I used my Travel Club Discount Card.