Published on January 23, 2017 by Sonya's Spotlight



Sonya’s Spotlight Publisher Sonya Jenkins (also an author and actress) on the red carpet at the 2017 Trumpet Awards.


Black-ishAngie Tribeca star and two-time EMMY® nominated writer and actor Deon Cole and RosewoodThe Real Husbands of Hollywood and seven-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker host an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances at the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, set to world premiere on Sunday, January 29 at 9:00pm ET on Bounce.

Bounce recently acquired all assets of The Trumpet Awards and now owns, produces and exclusively premieres the star-studded ceremony, this year held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Highlights from the show include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award-winning New Edition being saluted by R&B bands Jagged EdgeSilk and The Transitions with a medley of the iconic group’s hits including “Candy Girl,” Mr. Telephone Man” and “Cool It Now” that had the audience dancing in the aisles.
  • Regina BelleBJ The Chicago Kid and Kenny Lattimoreperforming “A Whole New World,” “Feel the Fire” and “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” to honor Trumpet Legend Award recipient Peabo Bryson.
  • A show-stopping all-star Gospel Music Tribute featuring Shirley CaesarErica CampbellJekalyn CarrLe’Andria JohnsonTravis Greene and Canton Jones.
  • Tamela Mann,Lalah Hathaway and Keke Wyatt bringing the house down in individual performances.
  • A memorable spoken-word presentation by Iman Cezanne and Javon Johnson which elicited thunderous applause and brought the audience to their feet.

Honorees at this year’s ceremony also included: Daytime EMMY® nominee Wendy Williams, who was presented with the Trumpet Award for Entertainment; former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo, recognized with the Humanitarian Trumpet Award; Martin Luther King III, presented with the Impact Trumpet Award and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg who was given the Trailblazer Trumpet Award.

Among the presenters and special guests: Vanessa Bell CallowayLou Gossett, Jr., David MannBill WithersEd Lover, Ed GordonGary OwenErica Ash and Willie Moore, Jr.

In a very special tribute, civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton was presented with the distinguished Golden Trumpet Award in recognition of her unparalleled leadership, ability to affect change and steadfast work in building the legacy of the awards.


New Edition accepting the Lifetime Achievement Trumpet at the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards


Shirley Caesar performing at the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards


Jagged Edge performing during the musical tribute to New Edition at the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards


Nick Grant and Jesse Rankins of Watch the Duck performing at the 25h Annual Trumpet Awards


Bill Withers and Legend Trumpet honoree Peabo Bryson at the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards


Deon Cole and Nicole Ari Parker host the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards




Vanessa Bell-Calloway, Sonya Jenkins, Kathi Eastman



Trumpet Awards Creator, Xernona Clayton


Nicole Ari Parker and Deon Cole

Comedian Jonathan Slocumb

Comedian Jonathan Slocumb


Drs. Gary and Angela Johnson


Dr. Angela Johnson and Sonya Jenkins


Aaron Weeks and Burnadette Norris-Weeks


Kathi Eastman, Sonya Jenkins, Charmaine Ward


Kathi Eastman


Sonya Jenkins, Dr. Bobby Jones, Carolyn Wilbourn


Sonya Jenkins, Trumpet Award Honoree Peabo Bryson, Kathi Eastman


Sonya Jenkins


Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.  Bounce has grown to be available in more than 94 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African American television homes, including all of the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce are iconic American figures Ambassador Young and Martin Luther King, III.


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