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    2018 ByBlacks.com - People's Choice Awards

    2018 People's Choice Awards Winners

    After more than 20,000 votes, the results of the first ever ByBlacks People's Choice Awards are in!

    Here's how it all worked:

    The awards were announced on December 21, 2018.

    This was a public nomination process where our readers submitted nominations across 50 categories. Self-nominations were permitted. Nominations closed December 31, 2018.

    ByBlacks took the top five nominees with the highest number of votes as finalists in each category.

    Voting opened on January 28, 2019. Readers had up until midnight February 17, 2019 to vote, and were allowed to vote once per day based on their IP address.

    There were two ties - in the Restaurant and Artist of the Year (major label) categories.

    The Breakout Business of the year is a special category selected by the ByBlacks.com editorial team.

    Congratulations to all winners! This award means you are loved out there - you must be doing something right! Look out for your invitation to a private reception to receive your physical award. And of course, get social with us! All award winners will also be announced on Twitter - so go ahead and RT your good news!

    Accountant 

    GMS Professional Corporation Chartered Professional Accountants

    Actor

    Chantel Riley

    Artist of the year - Independent

    William Dolan

    Artist of the year - Major Label

    Daniel Caesar

    Drake

    Athlete of the year

    Mikyla Grant Mentis

    Author

    Lawrence Hill

    Auto Care

    Uchanics

    Baker

    Mellycakes

    Barbershop

    LocNTwists

    Beauty Salon

    Hair By Glenna (mobile salon)

    Beauty/Personal Care Supplies

    Up North Naturals

    Blogger

    Makeba Lindsay (ynotkeeb)

    Bookstore

    Knowledge Bookstore

    Chef

    Teneile Warren - Nyam

    Clothing Brand

    Deeply Dope Tees

    Comedian

    Aaron Lewin

    Dance Company

    Carnival Spice

    Dancer

    Bakari Lindsay

    Dentist

    Dr. Cyrus 

    Disc Jockey

    Lissa Monet

    Doctor

    Dr. Nekessa Remy

    Event Planner

    Charles Matthews - CMJ Entertainment

    Fashion Designer

    Catherine Addai (Kaela Kay)

    Film

    Oliver Jones: Mind Hands Heart

    Film Director

    Howard Davis

    Financial Advisor

    Ian Webster

    Fitness Professional

    Buffboy Fitness

    Funeral Services Professional

    Justin Carmichael, Chapel Ridge Funeral Home

    Graphic Designer

    Sophie Taylor - Castlefield

    Information Technology Company

    Geek Speak

    Insurance Advisor

    Gavin Douglas, Dream Insurance Brokers

    Interior Designer

    Jacqueline Onassis - Alluring Interiors

    Lawyer

    Anthony Stephen Benjamin, Benjamin Law

    Marketing Company

    Kapostrophe Media

    Media - Radio Personality

    Paula Letang

    Media - TV Personality

    Marci Ien

    Model

    Winnie Harlow

    Mortgage Broker

    Arica Bryan

    Newspaper

    Share newspaper

    Non-profit organization

    Black CAP

    Outdoor Festival

    Durham Caribbean Festival

    Paralegal

    Everett Russel - Russell Legal Services

    Photographer

    Samantha Clarke

    Poet/Spoken Word Artist

    Faduma Mohamed

    Real Estate Professional

    Kandice Henry

    Restaurant

    Harlem Restaurant

    The Real Jerk

    Stage production of the year

    A Little Black Lie

    Theatre Company

    Crossfield House Productions

    Visual Artist

    Ashante Blackwood

    Web Designer

    Roushelle Reign

    Breakout Business of the Year

    VR Planet, possibly the first black-owned virtual reality arcade in Ontario opened in 2018 in Ajax and has been a popular spot ever since.

    Click here to read more about the family behind this successful business.

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