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Xernona Clayton

Xernona Clayton is the Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards.  The Trumpet Awards is a prestigious event highlighting African American accomplishments and contributions.  Initiated in 1993 by Turner Broadcasting, the Trumpet Awards has been televised annually and distributed internationally to over 185 countries around the world. Ms. Clayton began her television career in 1967 and became the south’s first Black person to have her own television show.  The Xernona Clayton show was a regular feature on WAGA-TV, CBS affiliate in Atlanta. Xernona Clayton was employed at Turner Broadcasting for nearly 30 years where she served as a Continue Reading

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About the Trumpet Awards

About the Trumpet Awards Black men and women are a valuable resource to this country. Their contributions and accomplishments, including the part they play to ensure the continued vitality of the nation’s economy, have become increasingly evident. Originally presented by Turner Broadcasting in 1993 and now presented by the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc., the Trumpet Awards were created to herald the accomplishments of Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds. Special recognition is given to the few, who symbolize the many, who have overcome the ills of racism and poverty and achieved special greatness. The past award presentations have been very successful and the future productions will continue to enhance Continue Reading

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A group of twenty-six Trumpet Award honorees join a listing of some of the most celebrated personalities throughout the nation.

The Trumpet Awards Foundation presents the 20th Annual Trumpet Awards, a milestone achievement, with a group of history-making honorees slated to receive the 2012 esteemed Trumpet Award. The twenty-six honorees join a list of some of the most celebrated personalities in this nation and abroad. The 20th Annual Trumpet Awards black-tie ceremony, sponsored by the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. will be hosted by Wayne Brady, star host of CBS’s Let’s Make A Deal. The event will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. The weekend of events and activities, held at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel, will include the Continue Reading

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Trumpet Awards 2013 Honorees Announced: Rickey Smiley and Essence Atkins Will Co-Host Star-Studded Ceremony

The Trumpet Awards Foundation announced the 2013 Trumpet Award honorees including Chaka Khan, Debra Martin Chase, Michael McMillan, Alonzo & Tracy Mourning, Mayor Kasim Reed, Charlie Wilson and Edward Welburn. Comedian Rickey Smiley and Actress Essence Atkins will co-host the ceremony. Atlanta, GA – The Trumpet Awards Foundation announced the 2013 Trumpet Awards honorees at a press conference in Atlanta. The Trumpet Awards Ceremony is one of the most respected televised award shows saluting African American achievement in the world. The following Trumpet Award honorees will attend and receive their award at the ceremony on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4pm: Chaka Khan – Legend Award Debra Martin Chase – Entertainment Award Michael Continue Reading

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Zendaya Coleman – Star of Disney Channels Shake it Up will be a featured Trumpet Awards Panelist in the Sister to Sister Forum: Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Success.

  Zendaya Coleman, actress, singer, dancer and Star of Disney Channel’s Shake it Up, will participate as a featured panelist at the Trumpet Awards Sister to Sister Forum: Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Success on Friday, January 25, 2013, 10-11:30am at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The event will be moderated by April Woodard, BET Correspondent and additional panelists include Desirée Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publications, Tamara Turnley-Robinson, National President of Jack and Jill America, Inc., CaSondra Devine, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo and Angelica Gray, M.A. Candidate at George Mason University. This Wells Fargo sponsored event will focus on having a town hall format and dialogue focused on Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Success for African Continue Reading

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Trumpet Awards 2013 Honorees Announcement Scheduled by The Trumpet Awards Foundation

The Trumpet Awards Foundation will announce the honorees of the 2013 Trumpet Awards at a Press Conference on December 11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in the International Ballroom South at 10am. The Trumpet Awards is one of the most respected awards ceremonies honoring Black American achievement in the world. Previous Trumpet Award honorees recognized in 2012 include; Ambassador Nicole Avant, Mayor Corey Booker, Earth Wind & Fire, Rev. C.L. Franklin, Tyrese Gibson, Mary Parker, Emmitt & Pat Smith, Ted Turner and Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. The 2013 Trumpet Awards black-tie ceremony, presented by the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc.will be hosted by Rickey Smiley star of TV One’s The Rickey Continue Reading

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