Fashion & Highlights from HJA 2012 – Part1

(Far right) HJA Chair, Karlyn Percil with a 2012 Harry Jerome Award winner.

What a Stunning Evening!

The Harry Jerome Awards 30th year anniversary was a tremendous success; it was an all encompassing celebration. A sensational extravaganza filled with exciting and memorable moments and performances that entertained and engaged the audience. In addition to being a spectacular event, it was a great atmosphere for networking and reuniting with friends, family and acquaintances.

The event was a sold out affair filled with distinguished attendees and keynote speakers. It was a phenomenal experience of the power of a community coming together. The gala was hosted by Marci Ien and Farley Flex, with keynote speaker CNN strategist, radio and TV personality Roland Martin. The evening honoured and awarded Black Canadians who have demonstrated commitment and success in a variety of fields including: Academics, Arts, Media, Entertainment, Athletics, Business, Community Service, Health Sciences, Leadership, Professional Excellence, Entrepreneurship, and Technology and Innovation. The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is the premier national awards gala in the African-Canadian community and a coveted symbol of achievement.

I had the privilege of speaking to guests and award recipients about their thoughts regarding this world class gala event. Everywhere I looked, I couldn’t resist settling my eyes on another unique and fashionable outfit that represented the personal style and swag of the individual wearing it. It was like being in a room full of brilliant, shimmering peacocks; each one more grand than the one before.


Pauline Christian is a powerful and dynamic woman who wears many different hats. In addition to being thePresident of the BBPA she is also a Community Activist, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur who has made a big impact in the Corporate World, Church, and Community. She truly believes in investing herself, her resources and talents in the community. She stated that “we can accomplish much more with team work collectively instead of singularly.” “We have it in us to attract the best.” Pauline looked regal and magnificent in a custom designed fuchsia couture dress.




Nina Hallie Dixon was the blue carpet host for the evening. She looked like a bombshell in a show stoppingultra glamorous designer gold lame gown.   Her exquisite vintage inspired evening gown is reminiscent of “old Hollywood” glamour. The gown is fitted through the hips then flares toward the hem.







It was Natasha Campbell”s first time at the awards and she looked lovely in  a beautiful hot pink Versace looking gown, adorned with gold chains and a bold cut out at the side.









Vibrant jewel toned colours were a popular choice among the women. London a first time guest at the Harry Jerome Awards was glowing in a beautiful floor length ruffled mermaid style gown.









Roland Martin CNN Strategist looked distinguished in a peak lapel tuxedo and grey print tapestry ascot tie. He delivered a mesmerizing, empowering and riveting keynote speech.  “What will your legacy be when your gone?”  He gave everyone something to ponder and think about.  He challenged us to work from the bottom up not from the top down.







These three beautiful young ladies were the epitome of elegance. They came out to commemorate the 30th year anniversary, network and socialize. Overall they were impressed with the way the event was orchestrated.









Angelina Williams, BBPA co-chair wanted to make her dress but didn’t have time due to an extremely busy schedule.   Coincidentally a designer asked her to wear the stunning antique gold gown.  She dazzled  like a goddess in the gown which has a dramatic bare back design.









Allison Douglas dressed in black and pink brought four lovely young ladies from Westview Centennial Secondary School to the event. Allison claimed that it was a great opportunity for her and the girls to experience and be inspired by the amazing stories and achievements of the people who were nominated.










The BBPA volunteer committee coordinated by Flozel Lewis embodied the spirit of generosity – of giving back to others. They gave of their time, energy and talents to the success of the gala. Their involvement was based on altruism and selflessness.




Warren Salmon and son stepped out in style!  Warren looked sharp in a Harry Rosen tuxedo while his son looked super cute in a pinstriped suite that he chose from the Bay. Warren was recognized in 2008 with the Harry Jerome Award for Technology & Innovation.








Andrew Hunter, European, professional basket ball player based in Toronto attended the awards for the first time. He stated that he was impressed and inspired by the entire event especially Roland Martin’s key note speech. Andrew looked outstanding from head to toe in his bespoke European cut suit.







This young couple made a statement and stood out from the crowd in their bold coordinating outfits. They incorporated elements of subculture fashion for a unique signature style.









Police Constable Milton Ferguson posed with Senator Don Meredith and his lovely wife. The senator was the recipient of the Youth Advocacy Award. He was the distinguished gentleman in his formal tuxedo. His wife looked sophisticated in an elegant royal blue gown.








Special thanks to:

  • Advance Image Consulting and Sue Ajodhia of Passion Hair Creation for styling Charmaine’s hair. You can call Passion Hair Creation at 416.261.0073.
  • Jason Beeston Photography for shooting these beautiful photos.
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