Location: Detroit`s Garden Theater
3929 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(In Detroit`s Historic Midtown)
Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
VIP Reception - 5:30pm
General Reception – 5:30pm
Awards – 7:00pm
After Glow – 9:00pm
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See the Auto Show before the Public
Special UWA Industry Preview Tickets Promo code: UWA15
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Seeing Business and Community as One
Multimedia company Decisive Media has always considered business as a venue to aid communities and the disadvantaged youth. In 1998, it launched Emerging Diversity Education Fund or EDEF, a non-profit organization that has raised $500,000 in scholarships and trained over 300 young people.
Decisive also assisted multicultural consumers in the automotive industry by releasing national automotive magazines to educate and introduce industry career opportunities. Plus, Decisive established the annual Urban Wheel Awards together with the North American International Auto Show, known as America’s largest revenue event, to benefit its non-profit endeavor. Read More
19th Annual Urban Wheel Awards
2015 Urban Vehicles of the Year Announced
DETROIT, Mich., Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Decisive magazine has announced "The 2015 Urban Vehicles of the Year" for the 19th Annual Urban Wheel Awards (UWA), the "Official Multicultural Event" of the North American International Auto Show taking place Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Garden Theater in Detroit.
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The 19th Annual Urban Wheel Awards is the "Official Multicultural Event" of the North American International Auto Show
The Urban Wheel Awards (UWA) has become a global marketing initiative that promotes awareness in all segments of the auto industry:
The UWA serves as a networking event for hundreds of media, businesses, politicians, celebrities, and community and trade organizations during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), as well as, promoting participation during the auto shows showcase of activities.
19th Annual Urban Wheel Awards Co-Hosted By Judge Mablean
Born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, raised in Los Angeles, California. She is no stranger to achievement. Through hard, consistent and dedicated work, she strives to perform and do her God-‐given best.
At the age of 13th, Mablean Ephriam knew she wanted to become a lawyer. She set a plan in motion and went to work -- allowing no obstacles to defeat or dissuade her. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles, graduating with honors. She received a four-‐year academic scholarship to Pitzer College, Claremont, California, for her undergraduate studies.
In anticipation of her future in law, Mablean began her employment career as a Correctional Officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the Women’s Prison at Terminal Island, San Pedro, California. After about two years, she took a job as a legal secretary in the Law Offices of Eric Parkan, Beverly Hills, California. There, she became skillful in preparing documents for civil litigation and workers’ compensation and gained further practical skills that would be helpful to her in her ultimate career as a lawyer.
For over 20 years, Mablean has represented hundreds of husbands and wives in her Los Angeles based private practice. When treating couples seeking marriage counseling in Los Angeles, Mablean emphasizes the importance of communication and telling the truth in order to uncover the love, which often gets buried beneath feelings of hurt and anger.
Mablean Ephriam is also a seasoned attorney, licensed mediator, author and public speaker and as the former presiding Judge on Fox’s "Divorce Court" for 7 seasons, she's heard over a thousand couples in crisis and made "Divorce Court" the #2 court show in America.
Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Madea Goes to Jail are just a few films that she has been featured in while Celebrity Fit Club, The Bernie Mac Show and Passions are only tipping the iceberg of the TV shows she's appeared on. Judge Mablean has also been on CNN's Showbiz Tonight, Ricki Lake Talk Show, Steve Harvey Morning Show, Al Sharpton Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show and numerous local television and radio stations offering legal commentary on topical issues.
Judge Mablean is now a much sought after public speaker for Women`s Conferences, Churches, Communities, Civic Organizations, Schools and motivating others to pursue their dreams.
Additionally, she is working on the mission of her nonprofit foundation, The Mablean Ephriam Foundation, to build stronger families, educate minds, increase economic power among disadvantaged and lower economic persons and thus create better communities. She is most thankful to have been given the opportunity to provide day-‐to-‐day care to her mother, Mable Ephriam, until her death, at the age of 98 years, on February 9, 2010.
This entrepreneur is the co-‐owner of Jubilane Guest House, a Bed & Breakfast in Johannesburg, South Africa; and founder of an awards program, Honoring Unsung Fathers Awards & Scholarship event, through her non-‐profit, the Mablean Ephriam Foundation. She has written and published her first book, Life Lessons from Judge Mablean, 52 Lessons for Weekly Living and working on her second book.
Judge Mablean has a new television court series called ``Justice With Judge Mablean`` which has a firm go for the fall of 2014, with clearances to-‐date in 75 percent of the country.
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18th Annual Urban Wheel Awards was Co-Hosted By Morris Chestnut
Morris Chestnut is in high demand for leading roles in major motion pictures, having starred in films such as "Think Like A Man" (Kevin Hart), "Not Easily Broken" (Taraji Henson), "The Game Plan" (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and "Ladder 49" (with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix).
Born in Cerritos, California, the athletic actor grew up playing sports and attended college at Cal State Los Angeles before entering the film business in 1990 with a small role in "Freddy's Nightmares." This led him to a memorable co-starring role as high school football player, Ricky Baker, in director John Singleton's acclaimed "Boyz n the Hood," a part that brought the actor into mainstream Hollywood stardom.
Among his many credits are the films "The Cave," "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid," "Like Mike," "The Last Boy Scout," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "G.I. Jane," "The Best Man," "The Brothers," "Breaking All the Rules," "Confidence," "Two Can Play That Game," "G.I. Jane," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," and "The Inkwell."
Recent theatrical releases for Morris Chestnut include "Identity Thief" (Melissa McCarthy and Jason Batemen) and "The Call" (Halle Berry). An upcoming theatrical release includes the highly anticipated sequel to his starring role in "The Best Man" entitled "The Best Man Holiday." Television-wise he stars in the recent and upcoming season of Showtime's critically-acclaimed "Nurse Jackie."
He has also appeared on numerous television series such as "American Horror Story," "V," and "C-16: FBI."
18th Annual Urban Wheel Awards was Co-Hosted By Maria Costa
Maria Costa is renowned actress/comedian and writer whom critics have compared to the likes of Lucille Ball, Lilly Tomlin and Richard Pryor. Maria is currently touring throughout the U.S. packing houses with her unique brand of “sexy, funny, brilliant” comedy. Costa’s new comedy special film, Viva America is a 2013 Imagen Award Nominee for excellence in Latino Film and TV alongside other nominees like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and NBC’s The Voice. In 2012 the Kresge Foundation awarded Costa with prestigious performing artist fellowship and the Detroit Entertainment Commission has recently been named Costa as an honoree set to receive a staron the Hollywood Walk to Fame in 2014. Other honorees include Artetha Franklin, Jerry Bruckheimer and Kid Rock.
Her comedy concert DVD, Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them shot live a at the Kodak Theatre is distributed worldwide on DVD and is available on all major online vendors including-Amazon, Netflix and Blockbuster. Maria is currently touring this hilarious and ground breaking, award winning one woman stand up performance across the U.S and has toured Macho Men in 16 cities and 6 countries internationally. The show has won the prestigious Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Production and the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival Maverick Award. Maria also has a long list of primetime television shows under her belt. Milestone achievements include her popular role as Valerie on ABC's Ugly Betty, her role in Universal Remote (currently airing on Showtime), guest roles on Lifetime's “Strong Medicine” and CBS's Joan of Arcadia, and series regular roles in such series as ABC's Dangerous Minds and BRAVO'S The It Factor LA. Maria is an Alma Award nominated actress in the category of Best Actress in a Dramatic Series and is the winner of a Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, a Screen Actors Guild Hispanic Heritage Honor for her work in media.
Maria has also worked as a writer, producer and on air talent for national programming on the PBS network. As a creative entrepreneur Maria is the co-founder of Oro Entertainment, a multifaceted media and live theatrical production company that produces quality content that reflecting Hispanics.
The Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them feature film and Viva America television series are in development.
Maria Costa is a Detroit talent that is certainly making her name for herself on a national and worldwide platform.
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18th ANNUAL URBAN WHEEL AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS
- Broadens the awareness of all areas of the auto industry, including suppliers, dealers, employees, aftermarket, corporate philanthropy, marketing, media coverage, green technology.
- Increases minority media interest/coverage of the auto industry and auto shows.
- Increases minority consumer attendance at major auto shows.
- Recognizes companies, individuals, cars and trucks of significance to the multicultural community.
17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards
Co-Hosted By Niecy Nash
NIECY NASH was born and raised in Los Angeles and at the age of 5, she witnessed performances by the actress Lola Falana, which inspired her to chase her Hollywood dreams. She has since achieved her dream by becoming an actress, as well as a wife and a mother of three over the last seventeen years. When asked what her hobbies are, Niecy proudly replies, "Motherhood" which she considers her greatest success in life.
Niecy has hosted and starred in her own Yahoo web series titled, Let's Talk About Love. Audiences tuned in each week to listen to her hilarious, no-nonsense perspectives on love, dating and relationships. The series premiered in October 2011. She also starred in her own reality docu-series called Leave It To Niecy, which debuted in March 2012 on TLC. This came right after Niecy partnered with TLC in the summer of 2011 to follow her as she planned the wedding of her dreams to then fiancé Jay Tucker. The entire wedding experience aired as a 2-hour television event that over 5 million viewers tuned in to watch. The event was so heartwarming it inspired the docu-series that shows the blending of two families and the hilarity that ensues.
Niecy recently wrapped the TV Land series THE SOUL MAN opposite Cedric the Entertainer, and has appeared on an episode on the reality show Celebrity Wife Swap on ABC.
Niecy also can be seen starring in two successful TV projects simultaneously: She hosted the Style Network's #1 rated home makeover show Clean House and was a celebrity panelist on the top-rated CBS entertainment news program The Insider. For her work on Clean House, Niecy won a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Special category as Producer/Host in 2010 and The American Women In Radio & Television honored Niecy with the 2007 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Program Host.
In 2010, Niecy coined her own term for her curves when she announced her love for "jiggly parts" on the ABC mega hit Dancing with the Stars. This kind of humor and quick wit earned her a correspondent job on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. For 6 seasons (2003-2009) she played no-nonsense Officer Raineesha Williams on the hilarious Comedy Central hit Reno 911, a half-hour unscripted spoof of Cops and in 2008, Niecy starred in her own FOX comedy series Do Not Disturb, opposite Jerry O'Connell. Additional television roles include: the award-winning series, The Bernie Mac Show, Presidio Med, That's Life, Popular, City of Angels; and guest starred on My Name Is Earl, Monk, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Niecy's film career began when a friend in casting gave her a shot at an audition for a role opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the feature film, Boys On the Side. She has since turned in stunning performances and recently wrapped up filming "Nurse 3D" in Toronto.