14th Consecutive Year Six Outstanding “Difference Makers” Named 2022 Black Tie for Black History Honorees

For the 14th consecutive year,  the NICYO   Black Tie for Black History  Extravaganza  will honor  some of the city’s most accomplished  Black History Makers.

It all takes place this  Friday,  February 25 at Arthur’s Pub, 596 Genesee at Jefferson Avenue from 7-10 p.m.  where those selected as 2022 honorees range from an acclaimed sculptor to a decorated Navy veteran.

“They’re all outstanding difference makers,” noted Marnetta Malcolm. “It’s  an honor to be able to acknowledge some of the city’s most accomplished citizens.” These individuals she added, who are often unsung.

Although it’s an in-person affair, unlike the  previously held  “extravaganzas,” Friday’s production will actually be a reception  for the honorees she explained. 

“We’ve scaled it back tremendously from how we did it in years past,” she continued.  But it will be an “extravaganza “ just the same  – a very special occurrence indeed.

DJ Big Poppa will be in the house and a dress code will be in effect .

“Come with your sophisticated, sassy self,” Marnetta instructs. “Dress appropriately   because we’re trying to honor the difference makers  as well as ourselves.”

This year’s honorees include:

•Michelle Barron Executive Director,  Dress for Success

•Tiffany Lewis – Founder Confident Girl Mentoring Program

•Valeria  Cray- Artist, Activist, Business Person

•Robert Cornelius – Manager, Key Bank Main and High

•David A. Smiley II – USN (Ret) US Navy  

•Thomas “Tommy” Fluker – Owner,  Arthur’s Pub and Mike’s Lounge

Marnetta  said when she realized that Mr. Smiley was the first veteran to receive the Black Tie for Black History award, she decided that going forward, a  veteran will be among those honored annually.

All of the awardees have been interviewed and their amazing stories can be viewed on line via  Facebook and You Tube – just key in Black Tie for Black History and put in the honorees name.

-Special Recognition-

This year special recognition will be made to Tina Allen, Call Center Director for the New York State Contact Tracing Initiative (Covid). 

“Tina, who was honored last year as a  Black Tie for Black History recipient will be cited   because of what she  did for this community during Covid,” said Marnetta. “She   did a tremendous job of making sure people knew about everything. 

As Director for New York State Contact Tracing Initiative she currently leads a team in the thousands of virtual staff and growing, dedicated to the combating COVID-19.   Although honored last year  

– COVID is still here and she did a tremendous job as  a young Black woman  who ran that initiative with excellence!”

“It’s important that we honor all these outstanding difference makers,” concluded Marnetta. The reception is free and open to the public! So come out and    meet some marvelous people.” Any donations will go towards this year’s Funk Fest.

This year’s sponsors include Dr.  Catherine Collins,  Attorney John Elmore, Camellia Foods, WUFO  Power 96.5  and The Challenger.