announced Esteem Awards line-up


June 29, 2011

 Contact: Philip Esteem

 (CHICAGO – June 29, 2011) is pleased to announce the entertainment and special guest line up for the fifth annual installment of the Esteem Awards to be held on Saturday, July 2, at Sidetrack Nightclub, 3349 North Halsted, from 1:00PM – 4:00PM.

 “We’re excited to be joined by the multi-talented Yolo Akili and Baker Award winning poet, LOVE the Poet,” said Philip Esteem of “Our honorees and guests will enjoy these equally dynamic performers,” he continued.

 Michael-Christopher will be on-hand to sell and sign copies of his sexy new photographic coffee table masterpiece BLACK: MAN.

 Dr. D. Marcell will also be on-hand to sign his provocative book SAVED, SANCTIFIED, and SAME-GENDER LOVING, the first in a series of books which will deal with issues pertinent to the African-American SGL community.

 Attendees can pick up BLACK, GIFTED AND GAY, by LGBT media pioneer Leyla Farah (with assistance from prolific LGBT celebrity reporter Sarah Toce). The book is an exploration of what it means to be a part of both LGBT culture and African-American culture at the same time. For more information, visit

 The Esteem Awards honors local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the African-American and LGBT community in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art. 


 Chicago Honorees

Outstanding Service, Male – Jamal Edwards, CEO of Howard Brown Health Clinics

Outstanding Service, Female – Mary F. Morten, Activist, Producer & Director

Outstanding Service, Transgender – Joy Morris, Executive Director of Trans Actions Chicago

Outstanding Social Services/CBO – Chicago House

Outstanding Magazine Reporter or Columnist – Sukie de la Croix of Gay Chicago Magazine

Outstanding Newspaper Reporter or Columnist – Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun-Times

Institutional Award – Keith Elliott, Founder of Dance for Life Chicago

Artistic Expression – Tarell Alvin McCraney for The Brothers/Sisters plays

Promoters of the Year, Male – Talents of Chicago

Special Recognition – Project SYNCERE



National Honorees

Outstanding Service, Male – Curtis Lipscomb, Executive Director of KICK: The Agency for LGBT African Americans (Detroit)

Outstanding Service, Female – Angel L. Brown-Ross, Executive Director of Queer Black Cinema Institute (New York)

Outstanding Service Transgender – Monica Roberts, Lecturer and Founder of TransGriot Blog (Houston)

Outstanding Social Services/CBO – National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities (NAESM) (Atlanta)  

Outstanding Magazine Story or Feature – The Advocate magazine “Forty Under 40”

Outstanding Magazine Columnist or Reporter – Emil Wilbekin of

Outstanding Newspaper Reporter or Columnist Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post

Outstanding Website –

Outstanding Blog – (Los Angeles)

Outstanding Podcast or Web series – (Los Angeles)

Institutional Award – Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund (Washington, DC)

Artistic Expression – Kenny Leon, Artistic Director of True Colors Theatre (Atlanta)

Promoters of the Year, Male – James Saunders of JSP (New York)

Promoters of the Year, Female – Black Lesbians United (BLU) (Los Angeles)

Special Recognition – SPARK  


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