INDIANAPOLIS, IN, June 7, 2019 – Indiana Black Expo, Inc. announced its luncheon honorees today: Teddy Riley (Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient), DuJuan McCoy (Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient), and Central Indiana Community Foundation (Rev. Charles R. Williams Excellence Award Recipient). The Pacers Sports & Entertainment Corporate Luncheon presented by Indiana University and Hoosier Lottery will take place on Friday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m. inside Halls D & E of the Indiana Convention Center. Individual luncheon tickets are $60 and tables are $600. Tickets can be purchased at the IBE Box Office located at 3145 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, by calling 317.923.3037 or visiting www.SummerCelebration.net. The luncheon is one of the largest luncheons in the state of Indiana with nearly 3000 attendees. “This year’s awardees are giants in their industry and have made a mark on African-American culture, music, progress or achievement,” said IBE President Tanya Bell. “We look forward to honoring them and highlighting their contributions to our community during the corporate luncheon,” added Bell.
About Teddy Riley
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
An innovator credited with creating New Jack Swing, a genre of music whose influence permeated musical categories including, contemporary R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Soul and Pop since the early 80s, Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum mega-producer Teddy Riley continues to remain a relevant force in entertainment. For more than 30 years Teddy Riley’s career has embodied ingenuity as a recording artist, Songwriter, Producer, Composer, Arranger, Engineer, Music, and Technology expert and World music trailblazer. With over 1000 credits to his name, the musical icon has been inducted into the Hip-hop hall of fame and was recently awarded the Soul Train Legend award for his works in creating The New Jack Swing Era of music whose impact changed the sound of R&B indelibly.
About DuJuan McCoy
Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient
DuJuan McCoy is the owner and CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting LLC., one of the leading Black-owned broadcast television station affiliate groups in the United States. McCoy, a 30-year seasoned broadcast professional, and native of Indianapolis attended Ben Davis High School and graduated from Butler University. McCoy recently announced that his company is acquiring WISH-TV (Channel 8) and WNDY TV (Channel 23) from Nexstar Media Group later this year under his newly formed company Circle City Broadcasting, LLC.
About Central Indiana Community Foundation|
Rev. Charles R. Williams Excellence Award Recipient
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is an approximately $800 million public foundation working to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter place, race or identity. Recently, CICF made a multi-generational commitment to become an anti-racist organization that helps create neighborhoods that empower people, changes systems that unfairly hold people back, and dismantles systemic racism. The foundation’s new 5-year strategic plan for Marion County focuses on five initiatives to execute its mission in the areas of family stabilization, economic mobility, criminal justice reform, neighborhood empowerment and dismantling systemic racism. Specific strategies include fostering meaningful relationships with residents, addressing racial disparities in educational outcomes, advocating for bail access and reform, supporting community assets, and helping to create culturally relevant art in underappreciated neighborhoods, among others. These strategies will be implemented in partnership with other organizations, individuals and communities.
About Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) statewide organization with 12 chapter affiliates. The mission of IBE is to serve as a voice and vehicle for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans. IBE is known for its two major fundraisers, Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic®. IBE provides year-round youth and family programs, including its recent Performing Arts Academy, Education Day (college fair), Summer Internship Program, Circle City Classic® Scholarship Fund, State of Our Black Youth Report and Initiative, Parent Leadership Academy, Statewide Anti-Tobacco Initiative, Education Conference, Youth Leadership Summit, Employment Opportunity Fair, and Minority Business Conference. IBE was recently recognized as “A Community to Watch” by the Obama Foundation for its work to eliminate barriers for African American males.