Black History Month: The Roc Awards Show Returns For 8th  Year  

The  Roc Award Cares initiative in conjunction with the We Before Me Foundation Inc., will host  the organizations  8th Roc Awards Show at  Monroe Community College Theater, Brighton Campus. Sunday, February 23  at 5 p.m.  Doors at 3:30 p.m.

The Roc Awards Show is an annual black-tie event filled with award recognition, musical performances, spoken word, dance and more. The event recognizes members of Rochester’s urban community for their talent and contributions to their community. After a lengthy nominee selection process, local residents vote for award nominees in the areas of education, human services, entertainment, beauty, health and wellness. Winners are announced at the awards show.

 The event began in 2013 after comedian Yolanda Smilez and a team of friends realized there were a number of gifted people in the City of Rochester, specifically in urban communities that go unrecognized for their contributions in areas such as education, human services, entertainment, health and wellness. The Roc Awards Show has over 45 award categories, including Best Author, Best Stage Play, Salon of the Year and Male Hip Hop Artist of the Year.