Bay Area Black Music Awards Set for Dec. 13

The Second Annual Bay Area Black Music Awards (BMA) will honor superstars like Hammer, Joe Sample, George Duke, Tower of Power, Shelia E and the Oakland Symphony.

The event will pay tribute to entertainers from around the Bay Area who have been nominated in categories such as jazz, hip-hop, blues, spoken word, R&B and neo soul. This year, the event will also present the Bay Area Gospel Jubilee Awards.

The BMA will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1930 Allston Way, Berkeley. The show will begin with red carpet ceremonies at 6 p.m. and awards at 7 p.m.

In addition to awards for major entertainers, this year the BMA will feature Verge Awards, recognition of entertainers who are on the verge of major stardom.

Tickets and exhibit booth reservations are now being sold and accepted by phoning (510) 393-7930. Information on the BMA is also available at