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Connections: Previewing the 5th annual Roc Awards

Feb 16, 2017

Have you ever seen or a heard a local artist and thought, "Why hasn't he or she gone national?"

Local comedian Yolanda Smilez wanted to recognize those artists, especially artists of color who may have a hard time breaking through. She co-created the Roc Awards. The fifth annual event is set for Sunday at the Kodak Center for Performing Arts.

We preview the show and talk about what it means for our community. Our guests:

  • Yolanda Smilez, CEO and co-founder of the Roc Awards
  • Tracie Isaac, executive producer
  • Santos Cruz, Latino advocate and videographer