Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The 2009 Trumpet Awards

Honorees Cathy Hughes, Chris Tucker, Paula White and Raven-Symone attend the 2009 Trumpet Awards honoree and sponsor dinner at the Hyatt Regency on January 24, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

On January 25, 2009, the 2009 Trumpet Awards ceremony was held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. The Trumpet Awards was founded by Xernona Clayton, a civil rights leader and broadcasting executive, to honor the accomplishments of individuals who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life for all. Among this year's honorees are Earvin "Magic" Johnson, actor/comedian Chris Tucker, actress Raven-Symone, Captain William D. Pinkney, the first African American to sail solo around the world, and Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, the first African American female dean of a U.S. medical school.

Honorees the Tuskegee Airmen attend the 17th Annual Trumpet Awards

Honoree Michael V. Roberts, actor Louis Gossett Jr., honorees Johnathan Rodgers of TV One, Dr. Alvin Crawford and Chris Tucker

At left, Daniel Griffin; right, Holly Robinson Peete and Raven Symone. I interviewed Daniel last year for a magazine feature. His story of overcoming the odds is remarkable, which included a brief stint in the foster care system, to becoming an entrepreneur, a teacher and a philanthropist in Compton, California.

Photos from the Trumpet Awards Honoree and Sponsors Dinner:

Sheree Whitfield, right, of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta and a guest

Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton

Photos from the Creative Incentives Gifts gifting suite by Keisha McCotry of Prominence Marketing Group and Kandis Knight of Lucretive PR.

This book by author Janet K. Ginn, was included in the gift bags.

Photos by G. Paras Griffin, Keisha McCotry of Prominence Marketing Group and Wireimage.

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