First Black Power Awards looks to become the home of Black culture and ‘Authentic Black’ Celebration.
Black Power Awards executive producer DJ Jordan is organizing the first Black awards event with the aim of celebrating and promoting Black culture. He wants to make the event one to remember, as he hopes to make it a place for authentic Black celebration. We have got more details on DJ Jordan’s plan below.
Atlanta Black Star
Community organizer DJ Jordan is fulfilling his vision of celebrating Black culture and unity. As the executive producer of the first-ever Black Power Awards, Jordan put together an event, unlike any other African-American ceremony.
Inspired by the necessity to tell Black narratives, Jordan broke down the community lifestyle.
“What is our quality of life? What do we look like? What do we eat? What do we dress like?” he told Atlanta Black Star. “I looked at the fact that being Black in America was a brand. It’s kind of like a poor brand right now.”
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Jordan spent the last two-and-a-half years creating an event meant to celebrate the best of the Black community outside of the typical media portrayal.
“Let’s go for the apex of what it means to be a Black person, a progressive-thinking person, a conscious person,” Jordan continued.
Inspired by Black Autonomy
The Black Power Awards’ 19 categories showcase a slew of talent and Black culture from not just the domineering entertainment professions but education, justice, health, science, activism, and business. White media typically does not highlight these specialties.
The basis for each category came from The Blueprint for Black Power by the late Dr. Amos Wilson. A highly respected psychologist, Wilson’s book described how necessary it is for Blacks to have economic ownership to gain control. His view served as the inspiration for the ceremony.
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“The [award show’s] subtitle, ‘a celebration of Black excellence,’ is really a way to package it in a way that inspires us to be more than who we currently are,” Jordan shared.
Because of that, the producer wanted to show Black children that Black adults are not just athletes and rappers. They also “form the backbone of our community.”
Creating Our Own Celebration
As the ceremony’s early planning stages began to close, Jordan said the ball got rolling during the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in January. That’s when Jada Pinkett-Smith called for a boycott of the movie celebration. At the 88th annual ceremony, organizers effectively snubbed Black actors of any nominations. As a result, an all-white nomination ballot emerged.
“I thought, ‘Why are we hell-bent on forcing ourselves into other people’s situations?’ ” the 44-year-old said. “If they don’t recognize us that’s fine because that’s not what those institutions were initially set up to do anyway. Why do we always have to try to kick in somebody else’s door when we’re clearly not wanted?”
Yet his moment of clarity came at the end of October when Jordan realized the banner of Black excellence could bridge together the community regardless of differing ideologies and cultures.
One way the business owner sought to push that was by encouraging attendees to ditch the typical suits and designer dresses for traditional African formal wear. Ahead of the event, the Black Carpet Affair will give guests – especially women – the chance to show off their looks.
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“I don’t use frameworks given to us by Europeans,” Jordan explained. “Because I’ve come to realize that those don’t work for us. We achieve greatness and success in this country when we understand the Black culture and we embrace it.” Read more
DJ Jordan’s idea is a very good and creative one. He is looking to celebrate Black culture, which is sparsely commemorated these days. He hopes the Black Power Awards becomes a tradition that allows Black entertainers, scholars and everyone in between to unabashedly celebrate themselves. We applaud his effort and hope the event is a complete success.