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Celebrity Scene News - October 21st, 2007

Steve Harvey's Hoodie Awards Highlights

by Pete Allman
Steve HarveySteve Harvey’s Hoodie Awards held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Sat, Oct 20, drew more than 10,000 fans. The Hoodie Awards, in its fifth year, has a slogan that applies to anyone: “You Don’t Have to Be Asleep to Dream.”

Comedian-actor Harvey, creator of the awards show, and his partner, television-radio producer Rushion McDonald, say they will televise the awards show next year. In the meantime, BET is producing a one-hour special on the making of the show, and it is scheduled to air in November.Monique

The Hoodie Awards go to outstanding leaders and institutions throughout the country. Recipients come from church, business, civic and school leadership. High schools and churches receive awards for their service and excellence in their respective neighborhoods.

“It’s all about people and their beliefs, courage and commitment,” said Harvey.
On a religious note, Harvey states: “I give credit to God first for making this possible. Not just for this awards show, but for our nationally syndicated radio show.”
Harvey and Shirley Strawberry, his radio show co-host of “The Steve Harvey Show,” speak for ten minutes on air each morning getting it right with God before discussing other topics. Harvey acknowledges that it’s hard to do on secular radio.

The O'Jays Other comedian presenters included George Wallace and Mo’Nique. Actors presenting awards included Salli Richardson, Tachina Arnold, Anthony Hamilton and Robert Townsend. Other media personalities and entertainers presenting included ESPN sportscaster Stephen A. Smith, talk show host Montel Williams, along with recording artists Cupid, Yolanda Adams and The O’Jays.

Special guest performers were Chuck Brown, Robin Thicke, Tank and Marvin Sapp.
Congratulations go to Harvey for holding this show together with his impromptu comedy and to his partner Rushion McDonald.

The Hoodie awards show is truly the Oscars with an urban beat, recognizing those individuals and organizations from communities throughout America.

Pete Allman is a Las Vegas-based celebrity interviewer and media personality. He can be reached by email at or phone (702) 265-9099.