2OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRUMPET AWARDS
Wayne Brady Hosts 2012 Trumpet Awards in Atlanta
Some of America’s finest turned out to witness the 20th Anniversary of the Trumpet Awards and the celebration of African American achievers. The famed “Red Carpet” of the Annual Trumpet Awards rolled out and welcomed an international cast of who’s who in the areas of religion, politics, public service, law, sports and entertainment.
The 20thAnnual Trumpet Awards was hosted by Wayne Brady, an Emmy Award winning actor, recording artist, dancer, and television personality. His work can be seen on television or film, in the theater, or heard on the radio. Brady hosted his own syndicated talk/variety show “The Wayne Brady Show.” Currently, Brady can be seen on CBS as the host of the daytime classic “Let’s Make A Deal.”
The awards show took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, January 7. Celebrity guests, honorees, and participants from previous Trumpet Awards attended VIP events throughout the weekend.
Honerees for this year’s Trumpet Awards were Earth, Wind, & Fire; Rev. C. L. Franklin (accepted by his daughter Aretha Franklin); Ted Turner; Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Emmitt Smith; Mayor Cory A. Booker; U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant; Mary Parker; Tyrese; and a group of 17 African American men and women who are Hotel General Managers.
Presenters for the 20th Annual Trumpet Awards were Sharon Leal, The OJays, Blair Underwood, and more. Performers for the show included award-winning recording artists Bilal, Anthony David, Mint Condition, Raphael Saadiq, Naturally Seven, Kim Burrell; Everette Harp, Estelle and Ronnie Laws. Heads of State – Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill kicked the show off with renditions of their hit songs.
The Trumpet Awards Foundation presented the Spiritual Enlightenment Award at the Prayer Breakfast, held at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, January 5, at the Hyatt Hotel. Honorees included Collie Burnett, Jr. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB TV);Bishop Andrew J. Ford. II, Ford Memorial Temple; Mrs. Serita Jakes, The Potters House; Dr. Bernice A. King, Be A King Enterprises; Derrick Lee, Dherico Music; Reverend Timothy, Bethel Baptist Church (Nassau); and Dr. John & Mrs. Dorothy Casoria, Trinity Broadcasting Network. Reverend Natosha Reid Rice, Esq. is the speaker for the occasion.
Leona Barr-Davenport and Barney Simms emceed the High Tea with High Heels affair, which was open to the public and held on Thursday, January 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency downtown. This event was a fundraiser for the Trumpet Awards Foundation’s scholarship initiative. The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was Friday morning at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, followed by the unveiling of the footprints at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Honorees whose footprints were placed into the granite walk of fame included Civil Rights Foot Soldiers, Reverend Willie Bolden and J. T. Johnson; Reverend Dr. C. T. Caviness; Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho; Constance Curry; Attorney Fred D. Grey; Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh; Charles J. Ogletree, Jr; and Dr. Walter F. Young.
Trumpet Awards Creator and Executive Producer Xernona Clayton, a national celebrity and “shero” in her own right, attended and participated in all of the weekend events which got started on Wednesday evening, January 4, with the Race Relations Symposium. Maria Saporta, award – winning Journalist, moderated the Race Relations Symposium; panelists included Dr. Charles J. Olgetree, Jr, Harvard School of Law; Dr. C. T. Vivian, Civil Rights Activist; Howard Ross, Cook Ross, Inc; Jeffery Tobias Halter, Y. Women; and Cory “CoCo Brother” Condray, Radio Personality.
The first broadcast window on local networks for the Trumpet Awards is March 24 – May 6, 2012; and WSB-TV (ABC) in Atlanta, GA will air during this time. The Trumpet Awards will also air on April 8, 2012 on TV One. AIB TV (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters), sponsor of this year’s Prayer Breakfast, will air several of the Trumpet Awards events during the month of February, 2012, including the Spiritual Enlightenment Awards at the Prayer Breakfast; Race Relations Symposium; High Tea with High Heels; and the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.
Stay tuned for video coverage on the Red Carpet hosted by Sonya Jenkins of Sonya’s Spotlight Web Magazine.