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Group to Announce Nominees for “5th Annual ROC Awards 2017”

By Staff


ra2017bannerblackThe “5th Annual ROC Awards 2017” will take place Sunday, Feb. 19, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kodak Theater for the Performing Arts, following a “ROC Awards Nomination Party” that will take place on Jan. 8.

ROC Awards founder Yolanda Smilez will announce this year’s nominees during the free event, which she said the group will hold from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave.

The nominees were chosen in an online vote by the public last month.

“This year we are proud of the diverse candidates that have been nominated for the ROC Awards,” Smilez stated. “We received over 1500 nominations at, and are excited to reveal the names this weekend.”

The purpose of the show is to highlight local residents for their contributions in the areas of entertainment, theater, visual arts, fashion design, and community involvement, Smilez said.

In addition, community members will have an opportunity to vote for the winners online, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 4.

Winners will be announced throughout the show, and pre-show, the group said.

Glenn Jeter, the owner of the McDonald’s on Upper Falls Blvd.; Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox Corp.; and former All Day Sunday store owners Ruby and Gene Lockhart will also receive special honors in February.

The cost is $30 for general admission, and $55 for VIP admission, prior to Feb. 1.

Tickets are available at Belle Cheveux, 442 Genesee St.; Xquisite Boutique, 171 Monroe Ave.; and online, at

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