trumpet_award_web.jpgATLANTA — An international cast in the areas of religion, politics, public service, law, entrepreneurialism and entertainment turned out to witness the 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards Show, which celebrates African-American achievers. The festivities took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Annual Trumpet Awards was hosted by Melissa De Sousa, a NAACP Image Award nominated actress, and Laz Alonso, a NAACP Image Award winning actor. De Sousa was recently seen in the film Best Man Holiday.  Alonso has several films to his credit which include Stomp the Yard, Fast & Furious and Avatar; his television credits include, Bones, CSI-Miami, The Practice and more.

Celebrity guests, honorees and others who were seen on the Red Carpet include Tim Davies and the crew from Radio-One, Martin Luther King III, Chris Tucker, Congressman/Ambassador Andrew Young,  Bobby Jones, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Danny Bakewell,  former Chief Justice Leah Sears Collins,  members of the staff of the prime minister of the Bahamas.

Xernona Clayton, chair, president and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, creator and executive producer of the Trumpet Awards, and a national celebrity in her own right, presented the Trumpet Awards  to  the honorees, including: DeVon Franklin; Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; Kamala Harris; Deryl and Cheryl McKissack; Charles J. Ogletree Jr; Steve Pemberton; Alfre Woodard; the five Atlanta Bronner brothers; and seven sisters of the entrepreneurial Williams family from the Bahamas. 

Performers include award-winning recording artists Amber Riley, Carl Thomas, Jaheim, Raheem DeVaughn,  SWV, Chubb Rock, Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Smokie Norful and Donny McClurkin.