Three of Lorain’s entertainers were honored at the 2022 Ohio Entertainment Awards.
The Northeast Ohio Awards Ceremony celebrated its 10th year on November 13 at Kent Stage in Kent.
Lorain County’s Jeff Seats won Best Chef, Lorain’s Kimyatta Hawthorne won Best Hairstylist, and Lorain’s Andre Massey won the Dedication Award.
“I was very surprised because there were so many great designers nominated,” Hawthorne said. “It’s nice to always have the support of my city; I am so proud to be from Lorain.
Hawthorne said he will continue to bring his best to Lorain County.
“I love my profession and am happy to be able to inspire others who come from my own community,” she said. “I will always encourage them to never give up and keep learning and pushing further.”
Massey said he was delighted to have won the award.
“I’ve been nominated twice in the past for best promoter and chart, but I didn’t win either of those years,” he said. “I received the Dedication Award because I have been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years.”
Seats said it was very grateful for the community’s support.
“When the show originally polled for each category, they told me that a lot of people recommended me, which led to me being formally nominated,” she said. “It was very exciting to participate and winning the award was unexpected.”
He said it’s a blessing to be recognized.
“Winning the award was surreal for me,” Seats said. “I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for a long time; and that confirmed that I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to, and my community recognizes my passion and hard work.”
To give back to those who nominated and voted for it, Seats will hold a community celebration from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, November 29, at The Tabernacle Lorain, 2428 Elyria Ave.
The event will feature free food from Seats as well as other local caterers such as Dishes by Dashonda, Shanese’s Soul-llios and More, Yvonne’s Classie Cakes and Toni’s Belly Sensations.
“I wouldn’t have won if it weren’t for my people, so it’s a way to show customer appreciation,” Seats said. “We will have food, music and photo opportunities.”
Massey said his showcase, Ohio’s Most Wanted, will take place January 7 in Lorain.
“It’s been really nice to be nominated, but I’m only really doing it to bring more attention to the city of Lorain,” said Massey. “I’d like to see the entertainment industry come together and work as a collective, because there can be too much competition within our cities.”