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New York, NY (June 5, 2020) - The winners of the 26th Annual Communicator Awards have officially been announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). With over 6,000 entries received from across the United States and around the world, The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. She Blaze, a weekly cannabis news and culture video podcast, received an Award of Distinction in Online Video for Podcasts/Vlogs.

“I give full credit to my sister, Ice Dawson, for having the vision to create a video podcast like She Blaze to inspire and inform younger women of color who are typically only showcased as hyper-sexualized sidekicks as part of the cannabis culture” said Dasheeda Dawson, best-selling cannabis author and co-host of the weekly show. She added, “We are proud to be the first from our industry to receive The Communicator Award and we hope to continue blazing trails in media excellence for years to come.”

The award-winning podcast is the first cannabis media platform to be honored by the AIVA. 2020 Winners who received the competition’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, include Amazon, ESPN Films, Publicis Sapient, Macy’s, PepsiCo Design & Innovation, Forbes Media, and Savvy. "We are extremely proud to recognize the work received in the 26th Annual Communicator Awards. This class of entries embodies the best of the ever-evolving marketing and communications industry” noted Eva McCloskey, managing director of the AIVA.

An invitation-only member-based organization, the AIVA is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including GE Digital, Spotify, Condè Nast, and Disney. Please visit to view the full winners list.


About She Blaze. She Blaze is a trailblazing video podcast bringing cannabis culture from a woman’s perspective to the mainstream. Co-hosts Dasheeda and Ice are millennial women offering a frank and funny take on the industry, combining keen business insight with head-nodding real talk, news, reviews, and interviews. Join them every Saturday at 12pm EST on Facebook Live for the latest from the world of cannabis. Listen anytime on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRadio. Welcome to a bold new take on the high life!

About the Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. Founded over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best digital, mobile, audio, video, and social content the industry has to offer. Entries are judged by the AIVA to evaluate distinction in creative work. In determining Excellence and Distinction Winners, entries are judged on their merits against a standard of excellence considering the category entered. See for more information.

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