-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

-Emmy Award Winner 
-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
 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, an Emmy Award-winning film director, composer and mentor is known for his impact across mixed-media art platforms. Once homeless and one who occupied the unforgiving streets of Pittsburgh Pa., Alaquiva shifted the trajectory of his life's path to become one of the most distinct trailblazers in the arena of creative arts. Multi-award decorated, Alaquiva is the CEO of 

Ya Momz House, Inc, co-founder of Hip-Hop On L.O.C.K. and curator of OpticVoices. Alaquiva hold’s a 2017 Emmy nomination his international directorial debut of the film “Ghetto Steps” and was selected by the City of Pittsburgh to spearhead the Amazon Pitch Video for their second

Headquarters. Moreover, Alaquiva is a national BMe Community Leader recognized by President Barack Obama, Pittsburgh Business Times, “Top CEO of the Year” and most recently was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for the state of Pennsylvania.

“The Sky is NOT the Limit” - Emmai Alaquiva