Photo credit: Divinci R’shon
15-year-old Iyanni Pradia was one of 18 young people honored for their outstanding community work, leadership, grades and skills at the Lemon-Lime Light Media 18 Under 18 gala held at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum.
La’Torria Lemon, owner of Lemon-Lime Light Media and founder of Let’s Talk Teen Talk launched the awards initiative to shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of a multi-faceted group of budding entrepreneurs and movers and shakers in the making.
Iyanni, an anti-bullying activist, fashion designer, model/actress and budding filmmaker shared her hopes for bringing awareness to the growing epidemic of bullying nationwide. Her efforts have included launching a nationwide Million Kids March Anti-bullying initiative and speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus 46th Annual Legislative Conference on Children’s Issues in 2016.
“We are thrilled to honor our future leaders that are leaving their mark in society,” said Lemon.
The Houston PR and branding specialist also commended Lisa Pradia, Iyanni’s mother, and the parents of each of the honorees for the time and sacrifices they have made to set their children on the path to success.
“I am so excited to have been honored,” said Iyanni, who gave a shout out to her mother for her tireless support. “I could not have done any of this without your love and encouragement.”
The event featured a red carpet, catered brunch, on-stage interviews and awarding of an 18 Under 18 plaque to each honoree to commemorate the event.
Iyanni rounded out an eclectic group of honorees who represented a broad range of fields from fashion to business to homeless advocacy.
Photo credits: Divinci R’Shon