By TSD Newsroom

With the Best In Black Awards fast approaching, we’re delighted to announce our host: comedian Jonathan Slocumb!

Seen on BET, HBO and as a two-time host of the Stellar Awards, Slocumb brings his energy, personality and unique brand of comedy. It’ll be a great night of fun!

A few other updates:

• Voting continues through Aug. 2! VOTE NOW!

• Get your tickets NOW at or at the Cannon Center box office. A limited number of tickets are available at the TSD offices — call Ester Moore at 901-523-1818.

• Tickets are $40, $30 and $25.

• Tickets for the VIP Pre-Show Party on Friday, Aug. 19 are $30.

• On July 25, early voting results will be posted on and on the TSD mobile app.

• TSD CEO/Publisher, Bernal E. Smith, II, BIBA executive producer, will go LIVE on the TSD Facebook page at noon on Monday, July 25 for big announcements about the charitable contributions from this year’s event, special ticket giveaways and a special one-day sale on tickets for both Friday and Saturday night’s events! Mark your calendars!

• Also on July 25, we will be giving away tickets for BIBA events at Melodic Mondays at Love Lounge!

Don’t miss this year’s show! Special thanks to:

Presenting Sponsor First Tennessee Bank, Cigna, City of Memphis Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Coca Cola, Comcast, The National Civil Rights Museum, The Redwing Group, All World Media Group and Creative Solutions!