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22nd Annual Trumpet Awards

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The 2014 awards season is underway and Atlanta is not with out its share of the spot light.

Some of entertainment’s biggest names along came out to honor the accomplishments of African Americans who have succeeded against insurmountable odds. Actors Chris Tucker and Actress Amber Riley joined honorees such as award-winning Actress Alfre Woodard and super music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Other honorees included Senior Vice President of Columbia TriStar Pictures Devon Franklin and Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree, Jr.

The prestigious celebration began Thursday at the downtown Atlanta Marriott Marquis with their signature mid-day event, High Tea & Heels. That night, there was a Race Relations Symposium, which was open to the public with civil rights leaders, political and community leaders who shared dialogue about race relations in 2014. Friday, the International Civil Rights Hall of Fame was held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Also open to the public, notable Hall of Fame inductees include Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Bahamas Prime Minister, Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie and Reverend Jasper Williams.

Saturday’s star-studded awards ceremony was held at the beautiful Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Actors, entrepreneurs, athletes and music artists braved some of the coldest temperatures Atlanta has experienced in years to grace the Red Carpet.

Hip Hop was represented by Pioneer Rapper/Artist Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. He shared why it was important for him to show up to pay homage to the past achievements of leaders while looking forward to new and innovative trends in music. Beloved reality show superstar, Ms. Robbie Montgomery, from the hit show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” on OWN, stopped to talk about her support for the Trumpet Awards and what this unique ceremony means to all African Americans. Dr. Tommie Smith, who is famous for the iconic “power fist” picture at the 1968 Summer Olympics, shared his message of the importance of education and the empowerment of all people.

Other Red Carpet favorites were R&B singers Carl Thomas, Jaheim and Joe. A special moment includes the crowd, who erupted with celebration when the hit group SWV appeared. Their musical resurgence has been one of the more anticipated ones.

Other highlights include R&B Singer Stephanie Mills, Trill Entertainment CEO Turk, Chubb Rock, and Judge Mablean Ephriam. Martin Luther King III, The Bronner Family, R&B singer Lyfe Jennings, Actor/Comedian DC Curry, Gospel legend Dr. Bobby Jones, Ms. Sarah Jakes, Actor Palmer Williams and Actress Megan Good were all in attendance. Xernona Clayton, who is the CEO and Founder of the Trumpet Awards, joined the celebrities on the Red Carpet to express her appreciation and gratitude for all the of support from the community and the attendees.

The hosts for the 2014 awards ceremony were Actress Melissa De’Souza and Actor Laz Alonzo. “When I got the call I was so excited and I jumped at the chance to participate in such a worthy event. I am glad to offer what I have to make this event spectacular,” said Alonzo.

TV One will air the 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards on Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2014 at 8pm/EST with an encore presentation at 11pm/EST.

For a full list of the events, nominees and the performances go to www.trumpetfoundation.org

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