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College Park women spearhead BB ICON Awards

Photo by Jeylin White
The McBride family, of McBride Research and Laboratories Inc., at the 2013 Bronner Bros. Icon Awards, spearheaded by College Park residents Jessica Manning and Lalohni Campbell.

Photo by Jeylin White The McBride family, of McBride Research and Laboratories Inc., at the 2013 Bronner Bros. Icon Awards, spearheaded by College Park residents Jessica Manning and Lalohni Campbell.

COLLEGE PARK — The Southern Crescent and metro Atlanta were flooded with some of the best hair and make up artists in the entertainment industry, this past weekend. Several conventions and hair shows were hosted around town showcasing the latest trends in fashion and hair for African American women.

However, to culminate the weekend festivities, two women from College Park — Lalohi Campbell and Jessica Manning — spearheaded the Bronner Bros. International ICON Awards. The duo coordinate private and public events for local celebrities and musicians.

“Its just an awesome event to be able to recognize so many amazing people in the industry and who live right here in Georgia,” Campbell said.

The black-tie event was held at the historic Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, in Atlanta, Monday night.

Prior to the awards ceremony, guests and stars enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, light jazz music, and the signature red carpet.

The awards for the evening were presented by Clairol Professional, and hosted by model and Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Cynthia Bailey, and Hollywood stylist George Robert Fuller.

The awards paid homage to individuals and businesses that impact the world of beauty and style, Bailey said.

“Remember the enduring appeal of Pam Grier’s voluminous afro and the glamour of black women like Diana Ross? Behind each of these iconic looks are make-up artists, hairstylists and designers who deserve recognition,” said Bernard Bronner, president of Bronner Bros. “The ICON Awards is about celebrating the contributions of professionals who drive style trends that ultimately become part of popular culture.”

The 2013 BB ICON Awards represent the best and brightest in African-American beauty, fashion and entertainment. This year’s honorees include: Reggie Wells, received the Lifetime Achievement, he is a makeup artist to Oprah Winfrey and several other celebrities; Chuckie Amos, Hair Stylist of the Year; Actor Blair Underwood/BU Collection, Man of Style Award; Dwight Eubanks, Legend Award for Hair Artistry; McBride Research Laboratories, Go Further, Legacy Entrepreneurial Award, presented by Ford Motor Company; Sherita Cherry, Rising Icon, Hair; Merrell Hollis – Rising Icon, Makeup; Shirley Gordon, Trailblazer, Hair: Linda Stokes , and Trailblazer, Fashion Design; and Too Groovy Hair Salon, Salon of the Year

During the show, it featured an evolution of style, vignettes with models donning iconic hairstyles, make-up and fashion from the 60’s through today. James Harris, 2012 BB ICON Legend Award recipient, will design the installation.

“These special vignettes represent each of the six decades in which Bronner Bros. has been in business,” said Gerald Render, vice president of marketing, Bronner Bros. “The presentation reminds us of the power and influence that beauty and fashion industry professionals hold, particularly African Americans.”

Bronner Bros. International, a leading African American hair and skin care company. Bronner Bros. is a privately held, family-owned company, headquartered in Marietta, which was founded by Nathaniel H. Bronner, Sr. and his brother Arthur Bronner, Sr. in 1947.