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BMEWOF Class of 2023: Legends and Trailblazers Recognized in Atlanta


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The Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame (BMEWOF) celebrated its Crown Jewel of Excellence Black Music Month Class of 2023 Induction ceremony on October 26, 2023. The event took place at the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame, located just outside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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This year’s induction ceremony red carpet featured the talented and influential Jknow Truth, our cover star and our City’s syndicated radio host. The event aimed to honor and celebrate iconic individuals and organizations that have made a lasting impact on Black culture and continue to shape its future.

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The honorees for the Black Music Month Class of 2023 Induction included Queen Latifah, Lil Wayne, Marvin Sapp, Jermaine Dupri, and the Estate of Mahalia Jackson.

The Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame was a collaborative effort between two distinguished organizations, the Black American Music Association (BAMAssoc) and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC). The BAMAssoc is a 501(c)(6) professional membership trade organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the legacy and future of Authentic Black American Music. On the other hand, the GEC, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Atlanta, focused on bridging the gap between the Georgia Political Sector and the entertainment industry.

The BMEWOF Founders, Catherine Brewton (GEC), Demmette Guidry (BAMAssoc), Erica Thomas (GEC), and Michael T. Mauldin (BAMAssoc), unveiled this year’s class of inductees, and the list was nothing short of extraordinary. The names inducted this year included Marvin Sapp, , Jermaine Dupri, and Dallas Austin. We met Bangladesh, and Darlene McCoy Jackson on the carpet along with The Crown Jewel of Excellence emblems for these inductees were permanently installed on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in front of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The list of BMEWOF inductees showcased black excellence and celebrated their enduring impact. It included a range of categories, honoring figures such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Usher Raymond IV, Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Missy Elliott, Outkast, Snoop, Sean Love Combs, Fela Kuti, Cathy Hughes, T.D. Jakes, Charlie Wilson, Angela Bassett, Bob Marley, Patti LaBelle, and Prince, among many others. The Crown Jewel of Excellence emblems for all these inductees, both from the past and the future, were displayed.

With a mission to acknowledge, preserve, respect, and inspire the Black creative community, the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame established itself as a vital institution in the heart of Atlanta, the mecca of Black music and entertainment. For more information and updates on this iconic institution, please visit the official website:

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