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Nominations ends Tuesday June 18th @ 12 noon today

Event Date & Time

Sunday June 23, 2019
Doors open at 6 PM

Event Location

Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayettville St Raleigh, NC 27601

What are the BBU Awards?

Presented by respected Stylist and Image expert Tim Johnson, The BBU Awards is an annual celebration of the Professional Hairstylists, Barbers, Makeup Artists, Models and other beauty influences. This event focuses on Education, Competition and Celebration, where top industry leaders compete for trophies, cash prizes, and the coveted title of “The Best of the Best”.

There will be endless options for national exposure and business collaborations that will increase market shares, introduce new products and expand brands to a wider audience. The BBU Awards will help foster opportunities and business relationships that propel growth within the beauty industry. Expo attendees will experience an elite awards ceremony, entertaining and energetic presentations on the main stage, special “celebrity” guests, expert appearances, product demonstrations, live competitions, and invaluable networking opportunities.

Celebrities Featured Guests

Jesseca Dupart aka @darealbbjudy

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jessica Dupart, better known as @DaRealBBJudy, is a founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products. The single mum of three is a self-made entrepreneur who has expanded her business into real estate management, mentorship, public speaking, and philanthropy. She has established herself as a millionaire hair entrepreneur from a young struggling single mother. Undoubtedly, she is an inspiration to go harder in life.

Jesseca established her hair salon in 2013. Unfortunately, the fire busted her dreams. But she didn’t lose hope and incorporated Kaleidoscope Hair Products.

Recently, she launched a real estate agency Kaleidoscope Realty, where she owns and manages a million-dollar commercial property. She is a beauty mogul and has a significant social media presence. She has over 1 million Instagram followers.

Jesseca is the owner of a million dollar company, which helped her to amass a drooling net worth. Her company has been ranked in over 12 million dollars in sales per year. Her net worth dwells around $5 Million.


Derek J @derekjhair

Celebrity Stylist/ Global Influencer / TV Personality & Actor

Derek J has been a judge on Fashion Queens, co-hosted by Beverly Smith. Derek J is a member of famous Stylist list. Hair stylist who became known to a national audience through his appearances on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta as well as Fashion Queens.


TIphani Montgomery
Founder of Millions Conference
Multi Million $$$ Entrepreneur
Global Speaker
Social Media Influencer

Twelve years ago, Tiphani self-published her first book of poetry — in an act of desperation. She was a single mom in a brand-new state with no support network, and needed cash — fast. That one act of believing in herself landed her on the Essence magazine bestseller list seven separate times — including the #1 spot.

It wasn’t luck — it was manifestation. And it was just the first jolt in a decade-long journey towards empowerment, affluence, and artistic + financial freedom.

Leaving the literary world behind, Tiphani is now the Founder & CEO of the MILLIONS Conference, a powerful event for entrepreneurs who want to learn how to influence MILLIONS, make MILLIONS, and win MILLIONS to Christ through the power of entrepreneurship.

Tiphani has gone from being a college drop out to building a multi-million dollar lifestyle brand in just a few short years.

Her style is wild.
It’s spiritual.
And it’s ABSOLUTELY about cash-flow, power & fearless entrepreneurship.


Joe Louis Dudley Sr.
Co-Founder, Dudley Beauty Corp., LLC

Long before he made his first million, Joe Dudley was a 19-year-old, living in Brooklyn with his aunt. He was a dashing figure, but between jobs. Born in the tiny town of Aurora in Beaufort County, he was not afraid of work. By then he had labored in a chicken house with what he says was the nastiest part of the chicken, because that job paid more than the other jobs at the plant – and he was saving to go to college.

One day he accompanied a woman on her own job hunt and saw another man selling personal care products for S.B. Fuller’s company. Dudley later learned the man did quite well, pulling down as much as $1400 a week – and this was 1957. He decided to join the Fuller team, too, buying a $10 sales kit and knocking on doors selling products, some of the names of which he could not properly pronounce.


Shania Montgomery
@RivetingRadiance on all platforms
Professional Make-up Artist
Owner of Riveting Artistry and Radiant Faces LLCYoutube Affiliate, Beauty Guru and Social Media Influencer


Floyd Kenyatta @floydkenyattaglobal
Floyd Kenyatta
Global ambassador
International trendsetter
Mentor , developer

Floyd Kenyatta’s career is decorated with accolades and acknowledgements. He was inducted into Wilford Beauty Academy Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1980 he founded Black Hair Olympics and has been a global ambassador for John Paul Mitchell Systems for more than 21 years. Kenyatta owns numerous salons and is a leading force in the development of new styling techniques and educational programs for all textures of hair.

Why He’s Influential: As the only African-American in 25 years to represent the USA in the Alternative Hair Show and the first black artist to unite and educate black and white South African hairdressers in one session, Kenyatta leaves a stamp of his influence everywhere he goes. He opened and financed more than 150 salons and continues to be a force in cutting, styling and educating on all textures of hair.


Wendell Lissimore @wendelllissimore
Male Super Model / Actor / Model Industry Coach / Global Influencer

Model • Actor • Verified Social Media Influencer
Wendell has walked for fashion week in Milan, Paris and New York for the likes of Christian Dior, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL, Tom Ford and countless others. Wendell has graced the pages of V magazine, W magazine, Luomo Vogue, GQ and Details magazine in addition to working with famous photographers such as Bruce Webber, Steven Klein, Steven Miesel and many more. Wendell has landed ad campaigns including Adidas, Timberland, Levi’s and Marc Ecko in America, Gianfranco Ferre in Italy.

About The Founder

Tim Johnson is an entrepreneur, national speaker, respected stylist and Image expert. He has owned and operated eight salons and has positioned himself as a formidable force in both the entertainment and beauty industry for over 30 years.

He has also served as a commentator, emcee, and a spokesperson for some of the largest beauty and hair companies in the industry such as Bronner Brothers, Mizani, Pantene, Loreal, Salon Exclusives and Red Pro. After becoming one of the most sought after beauty brand ambassadors nationwide, Tim Johnson has been recognized by elite brands and selected to produce and host high end beauty events such as BET’s Rip the Runway, Radio One’s Women’s Empowerment, and the Bronner Brothers, Inc.’s International Hair & Fashion Show.

A well respected leader in the beauty industry, Johnson also takes pride in acknowledging other current and up and coming beauty industry leaders. He will soon announce the date for his upcoming awards show which will highlight those in the beauty and entertainment industries. The epiMediaGroup is prepared to drive measurable results through targeted campaigns and partnerships both nationally and internationally. For more information, partnership opportunities, or media inquiries please contact PRTeam@epimediagroup.com.

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      Celebrating Our 2018 Winners!

      Teddy Mason

      Best In Hair

      Tip White

      Best In Natural Hair

      Victor Fontanez

      Best In Barbering

      Edwina Wallace

      Best In Makeup

      Legendz Barbershop

      Best Barber Shop

      Skillz Unlimted Salon

      Best In Salon

      Azia B Nails

      Best in Nails

      Tori McKoy

      Best In Photography

      April Gaulden

      Fashion Designer of the Year

      Tyler Parker

      Model of the Year Male

      Adriana Bell

      Female Model of the Year

      Tawanda McCrimon

      Model of the Year Plus Size

      Ja’Nhia Bridges

      Model of the Year Kid Female

      Omari McCrimon

      Model of the Year Kid Male

      Highlights from 2018 BBU Awards


      The Beauty and Barber United Awards (BBU Awards), a Tim Johnson Production, is now in its fourth year. The BBU’s are a celebration of Professional Hairstylists, Barbers, Makeup Artists, Fashion Designers, Photographers and Models as they come out from behind the scenes and walk through the flashing lights of the paparazzi onto the “red carpet”.

      The BBU Awards is an evening of fashion shows, live entertainment, awards and honors. This industry of experts also pay tribute on this evening of celebration to individuals that have pioneered, mentored or exemplified stupendous excellence in their life’s journey. We call them our “Living Legacy Award Recipients.”

      The BBU Awards brings together this creative community and seeks to restore prestige and honor to this illustrious industry through networking opportunities sprinkled with glitz and glam.

      Iron sharpens Iron… and makes it shine!!!

      A client, a friend, even a relative can nominate you for the spectacular work that you demonstrated in your career or field of beauty, barbering, fashion, photography or fashion. It is that simple… Click the link that says nominate Your Favorite and follow the instructions. Never been so easy!

      It’s safe to say that your reputation proceeds you!

      It gives me great honor to inform you that you have been nominated among the great in your industry to be a possible recipient of a BBU (Beauty & Barbers United) Award for the category of “________________”!

      The Beauty and Barber United Awards & Competition (BBU Awards), a Tim Johnson Productions, is an annual celebration, created to bring together, the best, most influential Professional Hairstylists, Barbers, Makeup Artists, Models, Photographers & Fashion Designers on the East coast!

      The final process for you to be sealed as a candidate is for you to accept this nomination by responding “I gladly accept this nomination” and you’ll receive a confirmation email that will give you all the guidelines to follow.

      Attached is a flyer of this year’s 4th Annual BBU Awards with the date.

      There’s more to come!  So stay tuned for more emails with more details about this amazing event!

      Cosmetologist, Salons, Barbers & Barbershops must be licensed in whatever state they are represented. Models, photographers and Fashion Designer’s must be experienced.

      Visit www.bbuawards.com and scroll down and click the section that says become a sponsor now!

      Monday May 6th – May 21st

      After the nomination process has ended. The tallies of official nominees will be completed. A complete list of the official nominees will be released on an online poll. And then the voting begins!

      May 25th – June 16th @ 11:59 pm

      The BBU Awards is intended to shine light and bring honor to our community leaders in the Beauty & Barber Industry. So here are a few Tips to help you utilize this prestigious nomination to bring added value to your business.  Because the bottom-line is that we want you to win!

      1.      I’ll personally be sending you videos in your email with valuable information that’ll help you increase your bottom-line. Remember, this is exclusive information I’ll be sending to ONLY you. Keep and eye out for them in your Spam or promotions folder. Let’s #BlowUpBaby.

      2.      You’re valued, that’s why you’re here! Make sure to ask your clients, co-workers, family and friends to get involved in making your BBU nomination go viral. Ask them to support you through marketing your campaign with likes, thumbs up, re-posting your BBU voting link, sharing your BBU Poster, and of course, what REALLY matters…. VOTING! It’ll blow your mind when you receive the overwhelming support!

      3.      Tim Johnson & the entire BBU Support Staff is here for you! Your success is our mission! Our BBU team is committed to support your viral marketing efforts. Votes are very important; however, on a greater scale, I want your clientele to grow…CHING,CHING!!

      Get Connected in Community! Follow us on Instagram: @bbuawards & @timjohsoninternational.  Remember to also add these to your postings marketing your campaign.  You can also increase your brand recognitions by cleverly using hashtags.  Here are a few good examples:  #yourname #bbuawards #timjohnsonproductions #beauty #barbering #barbershop #hairsalon #thecutlife #fashionshow #runway #topmodel #mua #fashion #hairshow #thecutlife #hairshow #hairawards #nails #barberconnect

      Hashtags are very beneficial in building the power of your brand!

      Broaden your social media branding power awareness.  How do you do that?  Take advantage of the many FREE social media platforms available.  These are the giants in the Social Media Kingdom: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr, BlogSpot, etc.  Try your hand at a few and become familiar with them.  Live Videos are easy and mostly free and give you the most visibility. These videos can later be saved and downloaded to create your own YouTube Channel or recorded links for future content marketing. Here are some simple platforms you can use: Periscope, Instagram Live, Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

      Please email for special group rates BBU.awards@gmail.com

      Yes please inquire by emailing us at BBU.awards@gmail.com Attn volunteers

      Yes please inquire about emailing us at bbu.awards@gmail.com attention photographers

      Yes we are looking for a fashion designers!

      There will be an open model call on for MODELS, DANCERS & FASHION DESIGNERS ,

      Monday, May 13 from 6-9 pm.

      @ La Quinta Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown North

      2610 Westinghouse Blvd

      Raleigh, NC

      Visit www.bbuawards.com and scroll to the section that says Become a Vendor.

      When the nomination process is over and the voting process is officially open…you may visit www.bbuawards.com and scroll to the area that says VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE NOW!

      No experience necessary… Must be adaptable… Teachable… Reliable… And most importantly a team player!  Lastly all female models must be able to walk comfortably in at least 3 inch heels.

      There will be an open model call on for MODELS, DANCERS & FASHION DESIGNERS ,

      Monday, May 13 from 6-9 pm.

      @ La Quinta Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown North

      2610 Westinghouse Blvd

      Raleigh, NC

      As a nominee will not have to pay for a ticket to the event?  This year all “OFFICIAL” listed Nominees will be admitted for Complimentary Access!

      By submission to bbu.awards@gmail.com attention performer or by word-of-mouth.

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        500 Fayettville St
        Raleigh, NC 27601

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