INFLUENCE AND ENGAGEMENT were the themes of the 2019 AutoFOCUS Awards. With a mission of serving as judges and influencers, the selection committee also worked tirelessly to create a viral campaign that expands the audience beyond auto enthusiasts. "We see our role as a leader that can connect the exciting worlds of fashion and design, music, film, art and technology into the already dynamic, innovative automotive culture" said Tony C. Lesesne, co-producer of the AutoFOCUS Awards. Top selections included the Mercedes Benz E450 (Best Design) and a huger upset with the the Hyundai Veloster edging out the Chevy Camaro (Fan Favorite). Notable acknowledgements also included the impressive Ford Edge ST as one of the top SUV's of the year, and the Chrysler Pacifica as one of the notable Miniivans of 2019.
The judging committee consisted of more than thirty executives and entrepreneurs from various industry segments from technology and media to design and government. The selections were made from test drives throughout the year.
BEST DESIGN WINNER
MERCEDES BENZ E450
FAN FAVORITE WINNER
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Naomia Harris shines as an action hero of sorts in Black and Blue
Frank Grillo is fun to watch as a
the villain cop gone rogue
Black and Blue is a tightly wound crime thriller that keep audiences on the edge as the story unfolds. Set in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, the story follows police officer, Alicia West (Naomie Harris), who finds herself in a nightmarish predicament when she captures an officer-involved shooting on her body camera. Its turns out to be the centerpiece of the action crime thriller.
The story takes off from there. Alicia has to fight to survive on her own, seeking any help she can get from the neighborhood and make her way back to her precinct. Once there, she hopes to upload the footage and enter it as evidence against the cops that perpetrated the execution by murdering their informants.
Alicia shows her toughness and grit as she has to dodge both the angry black folks in the neighborhood who have a particular disdain for her uniform, and her fellow cops who can’t be trusted.
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Black and Blue confronts inner city corruption in a New Orleans law enforcement unit. from the eyes of a rookie officer
IN FOCUS TV perspective
Kaepernick wins with or without
a revised NFL career
Facing brutal blitzes, dangerous stunts and an array of confusing defensive schemes is nothing new to an NFL quarterback but those challenges are relatively small compared to the ones Colin Kaepernick has already faced.
As the poster boy for the now iconic NFL "Take a Knee" protest, Kaepernick has done what very few people though possible. he beat the NFL by simply exercising his basic rights as an American citizen.
Its too early to know if any NFL teams will give him a shot at making their squads, but to even be in a position to do so it amazing. Love him or hate him, Kaepernick, the NFL and America in general can learn a lot from his experience, his journey and the American spirit of freedom of speech and expression.
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Tracey Marie presents her automotive-inspired art specifically designed for Toyota's Micholl Azenon during the AutoFOCUS Awards. Her company, Abitta Bling was the Art sponsor and was the featured exhibit (Mercedes art seen below).
Tracey Marie is CEO of Abitta Bling, a unique rhinestone design company specializing in complex, exclusive custom rhinestone accented products & special projects. The mother of three is a USAF veteran, artist and entrepreneur.
Her work is beautiful, custom trophies and awards, bling statues, masks, and wall art for fundraising and art events. Connect on social media: @theblingartist on FB and IG and Twitter. Connect with the brand by searching AbittaBling on any platform.
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