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I have been awarded the Radio One 93.9 WKYS Young African Americans for the "Top 30 Under 30"!

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Check out the HOT BLESSING NEWS of being nominated for Young African Americans for the "Top 30 Under 30?!!!

Radio One's 93.9 WKYS DJ Quick Silver & Angie Ange have finish the final voting! See the results of the nomination.

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Nominate Young African Americans For The “Top 30 Under 30″ KYSDC - ...

Reception inclued:

1. DC City Council Members have confirmed attendance, including The Honorable Vincent Gray
2. Washington, DC will issue a City Proclamation Honoring the Top 30
3. Extended invitations to the following and are pending confirmation:

  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards
  • Honorable Jack Johnson, County Executive Prince George’s County
  • Prince George’s County Council
  • Honorable Isiah Leggett, County Executive Montgomery County
  • Mayor Adrian Fenty
  • Council of the District of Columbia
  • Mayor William Euille of Alexandria
  • Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, City of Alexandria


Nominees included:



#1 Mike Winans, Jr.

MikeMike Winans, Jr. was born in Glendale, California three days after his dad Michael Winans Sr. had won his first Grammy Award in 1982. Once his parents, Michael and Regina boarded the plane heading back to their hometown Detroit, it was apparent that Mike Jr. would be a Musical Prodigy.

As the nephew/neice of (Bebe & Cece Winans), growing in a musical family of icons was a natural fit to work in the industry. Mike began his musical career as a high school freshman singing and writing songs for the concert and gospel choirs at Martin Luther King Jr. high school. During his junior year of high school, Mike along with his cousins Marvin Jr., Carvin Jr., and Juan formed the group Winans Phase 2 and signed a record deal with
Word/Sony Records. The group toured worldwide and accomplished many accolades including their nomination for a Grammy Award in 1999.

In 2002, Mike attended Schoolcraft College majoring in Business Administration. He graduated in 2004 and started Baby Mike Music Publishing Co. The company experienced success practically from the beginning. Mike went on to write and produce songs for several artists including New Edition, Avant, Diddy, Chris Brown, Danity Kane, Day 26, B5, Case, Michelle Williams and Mario Winans to name a few. Mike has produced on 5 Billboard #1 Albums and 4 Platinum Albums so far in his accomplished career. He also serves as one of the Senior Producers on Diddy’s MTV’s Makin Da Band.

While the music production continues, Mike has began to encourage and motivate others who are interested in the field of entertainment and business via public speaking engagements. His goal is to offer knowledge and wisdom by sharing personal experiences and valuable commentary.
Mike recognizes that true success is predicated mostly by how many others you can assist to accomplish their dreams.You can contact Mike Winans directly at He would love to talk with you personally.

#2 Amleset Kidane

CoachPicAmleset Kidane referred to as “Coach K” is a Motivational Speaker and Certified Life Coach who began her career as a youth coach for at risk youth. Her passion to unleash the brilliance of youth and young adults propelled her to leave her prominent executive position and start her own coaching firm.

Coach K’s company created youth coaching programs for such institutions as Job Corps, DC Charter Schools, and The Oak Hill Academy. Coach K is one of the most insightful and compelling speakers in her industry. Her ability to persuade and connect with her audience on a deeper level makes her an irresistible speaker.

Coach K is also the Founder of Genesis International Consulting Firm, LLC, a Coaching Firm designed to change the way professionals and leaders approach, think, and live their life. She is passionate about serving as a catalyst for change in the lives of those who she connects with.

Coach K established the First Life Coaching Training Institute in the DC Metropolitan area with a special emphasis on minority populations. The Genesis Life Coaching Institute continues to receive high accolades. Having worked in higher education in the past, she created customized programs in the areas of executive leadership, business, marketing, youth and family, public speaking, spiritual empowerment, health advocacy and public policy, and personal development coaching. At her Institute several qualified Coaches and Consultants serve under her Leadership Training, Coaching, and Consulting Individuals.

In 2009, her Institute launched a campaign for individual and community success titled, A Better You for a Better Tomorrow ( ABYBT). Under the ABYBT campaign a series of workshops, seminars, camps, and retreats are being conducted to elevate participants to their next level. The theme and subsequent classes advocate for individuals to invest in personal growth in their daily living to gain a more prosperous future

As a college student Coach K was a NCAA Champion and All-Star Athlete in cross country and track at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has won numerous awards both athletically and professionally including, The Robin Roberts Award, Athlete of the Year, The Spirit to Serve, MVP, The Sports Writers Top Ten, Scholar Athlete of the Year, Athlete of the Year, and Community Leader Award.

She currently serves as Vice President of Rotary International Greenbelt Chapter and also represents the Rotary Youth Leadership program.

Contact Coach K at

#3 Shawn Hay

SimbaShawn Hay, also known as Shawn Papi aka Sean P. Diddy Combs of Gospel Promotion is the Premier Promoter for Gospel Celebrity Events and Community Service activities in the DMV.

Shawn is also the owner of The Penta Networking Group which is ranked in the top 20 Security Consulting firms in the country. The Hey Papi Promotions Network Company is the top Christian Marketing & Promotions Company in the DC metropolitan that is also owned by Mr. Hay.

Since the year of 1994 while attending college at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore he had early training as a promoter for college events and working under many night clubs including Marc Barnes of DC Live now Dream Night Club. He became one the Mega-Promoters of the DC area night clubs and was well honored for it. Having a calling from the Lord it was time to give everything up and use his talent for serving God.

Today, Mr. Hay is now the Top Christian Promoter in the DC Metropolitan Area and has a network contact of 100,000+ People. He has promoted major events The National Pan-Hellenic Council Community Fundraiser; The Voices of Praise Concert with Jonathan Nelson, CeCe Winans Praise in the Park Event; Run-DMC’s Citywide Foster Care Adoption Walk and most recently The 2010 Stellar Awards.

When not working Mr. Hay enjoys traveling the world, exercising, watching movies, and community service. Mr. Hay can be reached at his “Official” website at

#4 Shayna Yvonne Rudd

Shayna RuddShayna Yvonne Rudd is a proud native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the prestigious Howard University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and African-American Studies. Upon graduation, Shayna remained in Washington, D.C. and was hired through “Teach For America” as an educator at Anacostia Senior High School and upon completion of her two year service, she taught at Maya Angelou Public Charter School. Miss Rudd is currently pursuing her MBA at Trinity University in Washington, D.C.

It was during her tenure at Howard University that Shayna was introduced to pageantry. In 2005, she was crowned Miss Howard University and Miss Black and Gold, Eastern Region. During her reigns, Shayna’s platform and passion for mentoring and empowering the lives of young women was the cornerstone of her dreams becoming a reality. As a result, Miss Rudd founded The LadyDiva Corporation where she is presently enriching the lives of women from all walks of life.

In July of 2007, Shayna earned the honor of being crowned Miss District of Columbia (D.C.) and represented D.C. at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. As her once in a lifetime week of competing came to a close, Shayna earned the non-finalist preliminary talent award that captivated the audience. Being honored opened many doors and fostered relationships that allowed Shayna to return to D.C. as an educator with a drive to serve her community as Miss District of Columbia while changing the lives of many people.

In 2009, The LadyDiva Corporation held its first LadyDiva Honors Awards where she recognized and honored several women in the District of Columbia for personal heroisms and their dedication to enriching the lives of others. On January 29-31, 2010, LadyDiva heldd its first “Having the Audacity to Dream” young ladies conference in Philadelphia, PA. During the conference, Ms. Rudd unveiled her first book, “Lady Lessons: The LadyDiva Guide to Embracing the Truth About You!” With this book, Miss Rudd says, “I want to reach out and effectively touch, help, heal and encourage young women to capture their dreams. I want them to have the audacity to dream and turn those dreams into action.”

Shayna is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Service Sorority, Inc. and the reigning Miss Black USA 2009. She is determined to make a difference through the arts, education and social awareness.

For more information on The LadyDiva Corporation, please visit

#5 Ryan Richmond

30-under-30-ryan-richmondRyan Richmond is a Washington, D.C. native and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a cinematographer, he has shot more than 40 films and music videos. His cinematography has been showcased in some 50 festivals nationally and internationally, including Sundance and Cannes. He shadowed Spike Lee on “25TH HOUR” and Mathew Libatique on “INSIDE MAN”.

Richmond’s directorial debut film MONEY MATTERS, was the first Short to be nominated for the Independent Feature Project’s (IFP’s) Gordon Parks Award (2001). He developed the short film into a feature screenplay, which was selected by Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Program, won UrbanWorld Film Festival’s HBO Screenplay Competition and won 2nd place for the Larry Neal Dramatic Writing Competition. With MONEY MATTERS now complete, the film will star Aunjanue Ellis (RAY, UNDERCOVER BROTHER), Michel Wright (WPGC) and Antonio “The Cuban Cigar Smoker” (WKYS) with executive producer Sam Pollard (INSIDE MAN, JUICE).

Currently, his cinematography is airing on HBO with the documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”, and Ryan is producing a four-part documentary series with Spike Lee on President Barack Obama for A&E Indie Films (A&E Channel).

#6 Pharoh Martin

30-under-30-pharoh-martinPharoh Martin is the national correspondent for the NNPA News Service. “The Black Press of America” serves over 200 Black and community newspapers nationally.

As a reporter for NNPA, Martin focuses largely on issues of the aging, civil rights and public policy, as well as covering the White House and Capitol Hill for the Black Press.

The Fresno, California native also writes regularly for, Radio One/ Blackplanet’s most trafficked entertainment website (2.5 million+ monthly page views).

In 2004, Martin co-founded urban lifestyle periodical Streetz Magazine, where he served as it’s editorial director. He recently launched, a life and style blog geared toward urbane gentlemen.

Martin is a 2009-2010 NNPA/AARP fellow. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications, where he was twice nominated for a Hearst Award for feature writing.

Interview subjects include entertainment celebrities 50 Cent, T.I., Diddy and Kanye West, mother of rapper Notorious B.I.G. Voletta Wallace, Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams, actor Hill Harper, civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, civil and women’s rights icon Dorothy Height, Michael Jackson’s family lawyer L. Londell McMillan and AARP’s first black CEO A. Barry Rand, among many other prolific subjects. He has also covered President Barack Obama as a White House correspondent.

His work has been published in Vibe, GIANT, J’Adore and XXL magazines, as well as The Legal Times, and, The Los Angeles Sentinel, Amsterdam News, The Chicago Defender, The Afro Newspaper, The Final Call and The Philadelphia Tribune, among many other places.

#7 William Lance Blake

30-under-30-william-blakeWilliam Lance Blake currently serves as an educator in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). As a product of PGCPS, Mr. Blake displays a sincere dedication to serving as an innovative educator, who is determined to educate youth and inspire them to create their individual “Blueprint of Success.” Mr. Blake graduated from Forestville High in 2002. He went on to attend Morgan State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences. Shortly after graduation Mr. Blake was hired by PGCPS as the Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher at Gwynn Park High School. Mr. Blake’s drive and eagerness to actively participate in the educational culture at Gwynn Park High School has allowed him to serve as: Director of Peer Mediation, Senior Class Advisor, Curriculum Writer, Chairperson of Student Activities and Administrative Intern in his first three years.

While learning the ropes of being an educator, Mr. Blake simultaneously completed coursework to earn his Master’s Degree from Trinity University in Curriculum & Instruction. The accolades and degrees of higher learning have only been stepping stones for the ultimate platform that Mr. Blake seeks to execute. To add to his many accomplishments, Mr. Blake was recently accepted into the New Leaders for New Schools Program (NLNS). NLNS is a National Initiative that trains Resident Principals to lead urban schools and close the achievement gaps in our urban communities. This program seeks leaders who are “influential agents of change who impact not only students and schools but entire communities…”At the tender age of 25, Mr. Blake is the youngest person to be accepted in the program in which he will be a Resident Principal for the 2010-2011 school year.

Mr. Blake believes that all students can excel no matter what circumstance they encounter in life. Building relationships with family, school, and community are the faucets of success that Mr. Blake believes creates levels of achievement amongst all students. Only 25 years of age, most colleagues assume that Mr. Blake has 25 years of experience in the field of education due to his relentless drive and motivation to connect and engage with students who have been underserved or disenfranchised from their education.

Aside from his professional track, Mr. Blake is also a community activist and has been honored by the United Methodist Episcopal Church for his unselfish work in the community. He serves as Co-Founder of The Fellaz Inc., which is a non-profit organization geared toward empowering the youth to achieve in every field of their human endeavors. Last but certainly not least, Mr. Blake is a devoted member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

#8 Stephen Conti

30-under-30-stephen-contiStephen Conti, President and CEO of Tocar Spa, concentrates his practice on athletic re-development and recovery massage. He is trained and licensed in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Pregnancy, & Hot Stone massage. His experience ranges from work with Collegiate and High school athletic teams to Day Spas. Stephen’s formal training was conducted at the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC. His massage incorporates a variety of techniques including: myo-fascial release and advanced stretching. With an in-depth understanding of anatomy and structural kinesiology Stephen is able to work the issues at the root and not just the surface.

In his previous post he was the Guest Services Manager at a Multi-National Spa & Salon and was responsible for designing a comprehensive Quality-of-Service training program for Guest Service Representatives. In the capacity he also developed a company wide guest incentive based reward program to increase customer retention.

Stephen is a firm believer that we should all empower ourselves to achieve the goals which we have set forth in our own lives. “Setting goals for your health should be no different from any financial or professional goal that you have set. We need to view our health as a top priority, rather than an afterthought. It is imperative to remember we are only given one body and that we need to take care of it.”

Stephen, 27, is currently single and resides in Hyattsville, MD.

#9 Natasha Eubanks

30-under-30-natasha-eubanksNatasha Eubanks is the creator of, one of the largest and most popular celebrity gossip and entertainment websites. She started the blog as a hobby in July 2005 while in her first year of law school. is the product of her obsession with all that is Hollywood and celebrity. Natasha noticed there was a lack of African-American celebrities being represented by mainstream media, and decided to create a lane for celebrity gossip and entertainment news focusing on Black Hollywood. Today, at 27 years of age, Natasha has developed into a full-fledged business that enjoys a readership of over 15 million readers per month. The brand focuses on shedding light on the fabulous side of Black Hollywood, as well as having fun with the drama that makes Hollywood—Hollywood.

In July of 2008, expanded from the web into the airwaves! Natasha became the Gossip & Entertainment Correspondent for the nationally syndicated Big Boy’s Neighborhood Morning Radio Show. You can hear Natasha giving the most up-to-date entertainment news daily to listeners in over 40 markets in several major cities across the United States.

Natasha is just as hard working off the air and away from her computer. Natasha was featured on the cover of the January 2010 issue of Black Enterprise magazine. She is working hard to dominate the business landscape through all areas of media. Natasha stresses, “Maintaining ownership is the end-all, be-all of my goal because it is important, especially for the black community.” Her company, The Young, Black, and Fabulous LLC, boosted revenue near the $1 million mark in 2009!

Natasha has also created an online magazine, Extra, and is currently developing several more businesses to create a media empire.



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Comment by Joann Hillman on February 12, 2010 at 11:17am
I voted for you today Shawn via the radio station's e-mail address! Good luck!

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