Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 5:15 PM
Quiñones and Phylicia Rashad to host 2012 Urban Wheel Awards
credit: Urban Wheel Awards
credit: Urban Wheel Awards
Media is proud to announce Emmy award-winning ABC News Anchor John
Quiñones will join award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad
as the co-hosts of the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards.
John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC
newsmagazine "Primetime" and has been with the network
nearly 25 years. He is the sole anchor of the "Primetime"
series "What Would You Do?," one of the highest-rated
newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his tenure he has
reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent
for "Primetime" and "20/20."
While Quiñones was covering the Chilean Miners' disaster
last year, he was the first journalist out of thousands to get an
exclusive interview with the first survivor (Mario Sepulveda) who
spoke about the miners' horrendous ordeal. Other recent headline-making
interviews include an exclusive with singer/actor Marc Anthony who,
for the first time, spoke about his separation and pending divorce
from Jennifer Lopez. And now, he's hosting the Urban Wheel Awards.
Whether she is bringing
laughter to millions of television viewers around the world, moving
theatre-goers to tears, thrilling movie fans, offering new insights
to students by teaching Master Classes at renowned learning institutions
that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon, serving
on Boards of prestigious organizations, or breaking new ground as
a director, Phylicia Rashad (photo by Matthew Jordan Smith) is one
of the entertainment world's most extraordinary performing artists.
A native of Houston,
Texas, Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University.
A versatile performer, Rashad became a household name when she portrayed
"Claire Huxtable" on "The Cosby Show," a character
whose appeal has earned her numerous honors and awards for over
two decades. She teamed up with Bill Cosby in later years on television
as "Ruth Lucas" on "Cosby."
The 16th Annual Urban
Wheel Awards will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2011 in the Sound
Board theater at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit to benefit
the Emerging Diversity Education Fund.
EDEF provides scholarships
for students of color pursuing degrees leading to careers in either
the automotive, communications, or green industries. If that's you,
or if you know of someone who fits that description, download an
application, complete it and return it before the application deadline
of December 16, 2011.
The Urban Wheel Awards
event, hosted by Decisive Media, has been named the Official Multicultural
Event of Detroit's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
by the 2012 NAIAS Executive Committee. This year's automotive manufacturer
sponsors include; Toyota, Hyundai, GM, Ford, BMW, Chrysler, Kia,
Nissan, Honda, and Volvo.
At 4 p.m. on January
8th, a special reception will be held to honor Bill Perkins, the
2011 chair of the North American International Auto Show. Perkins
is the first African-American to lead the nation's largest and most
prestigious auto show.
Urban Wheel Award tickets
are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the Sound Board
theatre's box office.
For more information
or to purchase tickets to the Urban Wheel Awards, visit www.urbanwheelawards.com.