4 Memorable Moments from the 2019 Stellar Awards #DreamInBlack #ATTPartner #ad

Our 9-year-old son sat inches away from my face last night as I watched the 2019 Stellar Awards on BET. The annual award ceremony honors groundbreaking gospel artists. I loved how it was a mix of familiar and new, emerging inspirational artists. We’ve been playing one of the songs Kirk Franklin performed, “Love Theory,” around the house and in the car. There’s a fun dance you can do with your children that’s featured in the music video. Kirk also busted it out last night. That’s one of the beautiful things about the night that celebrated the deep roots of Black Americans and gospel music. Thank you to AT&T for sponsoring this story and reminding us all to Dream In Black all year long.

1. Aretha Franklin Tribute & Icon Award

This was the first Stellar Awards since we lost the legend,  Aretha Franklin. The Stellars honored her with an amazing musical tribute featuring Regina Belle, Kelly Price and Erica Campbell.

Going forward an artist will receive the Icon Award bearing Aretha’s name. On this inaugural award, the Franklin family was on hand to accept the honor and thank gospel music for remembering Aretha.

2. Dream in Black Commercials

During each commercial break of The Stellar Awards, we heard celebrities like preacher and relationship expert, Devon Franklin, reminding us of how important it is to Dream in Black.

I also loved scenes from the Red Carpet where legend Yolanda Adams shared why it’s important to Dream in Black.

3. AT&T Emerging Artist Stage

AT&T is committed to honoring Black excellence and emerging gospel artists. I admit – I’ve never heard of any of them until they performed on the AT&T Emerging Artist Stage.

Doe Jones, Jabari Johnson and Jordan Armstrong all left me wanting to hear even more of their music. I started following them on social media so I could stay “in the know” in case they’re performing in Atlanta soon.

Listen to this beautiful sample from Doe’s performance.



Multiple Wins for Jonathan McReynolds

I became a fan of Jonathan McReynolds when I first heard him during 2015 Stellar Awards as a new, emerging artist. He updated his first hit song, “Pressure” to reflect what was going on during the show including how Beyonce had just performed before he did and that it was blowing his mind.

Then about two years ago I was leaving the W Hotel Downtown after leaving the Bliss Spa. I ended up on the same elevator with him and complimented his music. At the 2019 Stellar Awards, he was nominated nine times. He won Male Vocalist of the Year & Song of the Year and AT&T Artist of the Year.

Dream in Black All Year Long

AT&T is celebrating future makers who are known as groundbreakers and reminders of Black excellence.

Many of them are household names like Don Lemon, Al Sharpton and Keke Palmer. Others are emerging artists like Anderson Paak and actor Quincy Brown (son of Al B. Sure and Kim Porter).

Follow #DreamInBlack or go to www.att.com/dreaminblack for more information. Grab the Dream in Black Emoji/Sticker app for your mobile device.

I just downloaded the Dream in Black Keyboard for my iPhone and I can’t wait to show our son. We can add stickers to his photos and use GIFS to celebrate Black excellence 365 days a year.

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. Still can’t believe that I missed the 2019 stellar awards, I never Miss it for anything. Thanks for bringing the highlight of the event to us. I am so glad that Aretha Franklin was honored greatly she’s an all time great. I am definitely going to get that dream in black sticker app.

  2. I need to look up the Aretha tribute, because I know they killed it. Those ladies sing their faces off. I am a fan of Anderson Paak, I love that they celebrate those new to the scene.

  3. You did a great job recapping this show! It sounds like it was very empowering and motivating.

  4. I couldnt watch it with you all but I was tweeting with you guys on Sunday. Thanks for the blog recap and another wonder way we are Dreaming In Black!

  5. AT&T is really on point this year with their Dreaming In Black campaign. I love their efforts of encouraging young black creatives and supporting awards shows that mean a lot to us.

  6. I missed the airing of the show but this made me feel I was right there. Thank you! Super excited about this keyboard by the way.