Once again, the New Pittsburgh Courier has added 40 more young men and women to its distinctive list of Fab 40 honorees.

On March 10, at its 2016 Fab 40 Awards Reception, held at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh, the historic newspaper celebrated those individuals who are under 40 and some of the region’s emerging African American trailblazers.

This year’s group included a few firsts—a husband and wife team, a Bronze Star Awardee for military service, and a wife and a sister of a former Fab 40 honoree.

“It feels absolutely wonderful and I’m truly blessed and appreciate that someone would nominate me for this beautiful award. It’s always good whenever you’re doing things for the community and passionate about certain things, but to be honored for it is just a whole other level,” said honoree Yasmin Shaheed, chief administrative officer of the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.

She went on to say, “It’s good to have events like this because it pushes and motivates individuals to continue to do well in their communities. It’s always good to be acknowledged and it gives you that push to keep moving and to keep going.”

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