Chestnut and Costa to Host 18th Annual Urban Wheel Awards

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Distinguished actor Morris Chestnut will co-host the star studded 18th Annual Urban Wheel Awards.

The Best Man Holiday” star Morris Chestnut will join Alma Award Nominated Actress Maria Costa to host the 18th Annual Urban Wheel Awards on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center during the North American International Auto Show’s (NAIAS) press preview week. The Urban Wheel Awards is the official multicultural event of the NAIAS.

This year’s theme is “Paving the Path to Global Diversity” and top sponsors include Toyota as the exclusive VIP Reception partner, General Motors as the exclusive Afterglow partner, and Hyundai as the exclusive Social Media Café partner.

Chestnut is a high demand actor for leading roles in major motion pictures, having starred in films such as “Think Like A Man” (Kevin Hart), “Not Easily Broken” (Taraji Henson), “The Game Plan” (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and “Ladder 49” (with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix). Among his many credits are the films “The Cave,” “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid,” “Like Mike,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “G.I. Jane,” “The Best Man,” “The Brothers,” “Breaking All the Rules,” “Confidence,” “Two Can Play That Game,” and “The Inkwell.”

Recent theatrical releases for Chestnut include “Identity Thief” (Melissa McCarthy and Jason Batemen) and “The Call” (Halle Berry) and the highly anticipated sequel to his starring role in “The Best Man” entitled “The Best Man Holiday.”  His television credits include Showtime’s critically acclaimed “Nurse Jackie.” and  “American Horror Story,” “V,” and “C-16: FBI.”

Costa is actress/comedian and writer she is currently touring throughout the U.S. packing houses with her unique brand of “sexy, funny, brilliant” comedy. Costa’s new comedy special film, Viva America is a 2013 Imagen Award Nominee for excellence in Latino Film and TV alongside other nominees like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and NBC’s The Voice. The Entertainment Commission has recently been named Costa as an honoree set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. Milestone achievements include her popular role as Valerie on ABC’s Ugly Betty, her role in Universal Remote (currently airing on Showtime), guest roles on Lifetime’s Strong Medicine and CBS’s Joan of Arcadia, and series regular roles in such series as ABC’s Dangerous Minds and BRAVO’S The It Factor LA. She is an Alma Award nominated actress in the category of Best Actress in a Dramatic Series and is the winner of a Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, a Screen Actors Guild Hispanic Heritage Honor for her work in media. Costa is a Detroit talent.

“We are elated that Morris Chestnut and Maria Costa will be joining us to host the 18th Annual Urban Wheel Awards. The opportunity to have Morris Chestnut, a notable and distinguished actor who embodies the essence of this premier multicultural event, will add significant value to our long-standing history of celebrating diversity accomplishments in the auto industry,” said Randi Payton, founder of the Urban Wheel Awards.

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