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-4-Time Emmy Award Winner 

-2018 PA Council on the Arts for the State of Pennsylvania 

-2018 Outstanding "CEO of the Year" Pittsburgh Business Times

-2017 Get Involved, Inc "Man Of The Year"

-2016 BMe Community Leader
-Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Honoree
-Whirl Magazine’s “Pittsburgh 50 Finest” Honoree
-New Pittsburgh Courier’s “FAB 40” Honoree
-Urban Empowerment Award (Urban League)
-3 TIme Pittsburgh Hip Hop Award Winner
-14-Time Telly Award Winner (film)
-3 Time A.I.R. Award Winner (radio production)
-Blazing Leadership Award Winner (African-American

Leadership Association)
-Excellence Award Winner
-Shyne Award Winner (youth group)
-YWCA Award Winner (community youth)

-Nat'l Society of Black MBAs Entrepreneur of the Year

-5 Time Proclamation Honoree


Emmai Alaquiva, is a 4-Time Emmy Award-winning film director, photographer, and composer. Once homeless, Alaquiva is now the CEO of Ya Momz House, Inc., co-founder of Hip-Hop On L.O.C.K. and curator of OpticVoices. Alaquiva has been nationally honored as Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 100 Modern Men of Distinction”, appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Most recently, Alaquiva wrote and directed a viral PSA, called “Unspeakable” featured on Good Morning America and seen by over 300 million people in over 60 countries which aims to amplify the voices of the Deaf, hard of hearing and those with disabilities. Emmai won two 2021 Emmy Award for his social justice work and was selected by GOOGLE as a contributing film director for the 2021 Google Year End Search film released globally. He is a National BMe Community Leader recognized by President Barack Obama.

“The Sky is NOT the Limit” - Emmai Alaquiva

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