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2016 Trumpet Awards Recap

CELEBRATED ACTORS, SINGERS, POLITICIANS & HUMANITARIANS ATTEND AT THE 24th ANNUAL TRUMPET AWARDS  NIA LONG & TERRENCE HOST MEMORABLE EVENING HONORING SALT-N-PEPA, NE-YO, GEORGE WALLACE, WILL PACKER & THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN OF THE US CONGRESS TO AIR ON BOUNCE TV ON JANUARY 29th AT 9:00 p.m.   (Photo Credits: Frontpage Photography, JTR Photography, and…

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CELEBRATED ACTORS, SINGERS, POLITICIANS & HUMANITARIANS ATTEND AT THE 24th ANNUAL TRUMPET AWARDS

 NIA LONG & TERRENCE HOST MEMORABLE EVENING HONORING SALT-N-PEPA, NE-YO, GEORGE WALLACE, WILL PACKER &

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN OF THE US CONGRESS

TO AIR ON BOUNCE TV ON JANUARY 29th AT 9:00 p.m.  

(Photo Credits: Frontpage Photography, JTR Photography, and SocialXposure LLC )

 

 

ATLANTA (January 27, 2015)The Trumpet Awards Foundation and title sponsor American Family Insurance presented the 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, celebrating and honoring history-making entertainment, humanitarian, political and philanthropic individuals. “The Best Man” and ABC sitcom “Uncle Buck” actress Nia Long and “Think Like A Man Too” and “The Perfect Match” star Terrence J hosted the black-tie ceremony, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards will premiere on Bounce TV on Friday, January 29th at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

Kicking-off the show was a crowd-pleasing special tribute to the GRAMMY® Award-winning iconic group Salt-N-Pepa, in celebration of their 30-year anniversary in hip-hop. The tribute included a special performance by Salt-N-Pepa, who took the stage to perform their smash hit “Push It,” as well as featured appearances by rappers MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Monie Love.

Two extraordinary performances of the evening included a soul-stirring rendition of the Adele hit single “Hello” by GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter Joe Thomas, as well as an emotionally riveting performance by R&B and jazz singer Andra Day, who sang “America the Beautiful,” prompting the audience to their feet, which she sang during a very special tribute to all 20 African American Women of the United States Congress who were honored with the prestigious “Political Leadership Award.” The women lined the stage one by one during the performance, and were honored in recognition of their unparalleled leadership, affecting change, and steadfast work in representing their constituents and promoting diversity.

One of the biggest highlights of the evening was the honoring of comedian and actor George Wallace with the “Legend Award.” Reminiscing on old times, sharing their fun memories and reflections were comedians Rodney Perry, Arnez J, Cory “Zooman” Miller, Jonathan Slocumb, and a very special appearance and tribute by Academy® Award-winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique. George Wallace accepted the honor, sharing a few jokes, which caused the audience to break out in tears of laughter.

Among the many well-deserved honors included GRAMMY® Award winning artist Ne-Yo presented with “The Visionary Award;” Television and film producer Will Packer received “The Entertainment Award;” Alicia Boler-Davis, Vice President of Global Connected Customer Experience for General Motors was presented with “Corporate Executive of the Year Award;” Dr. Curtis Ivery, Chancellor of Wayne Community College District in Michigan received “The Education Award;” Alexis M. Herman, Former Secretary of Labor and Chair & CEO of New Ventures was honored with “The Phoenix Award;” and HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud, International Humanitarian was given the “The Global Humanitarian Award.”

Other stand-out performers, presenters and special guests who graced the stage at this year’s milestone show included &B singer-songwriters Vivian Green; Kelly Price; Joe; Raheem DeVaughn; gospel singer Deitrick Haddon; actors Regina Hall; Michael Ealy; Bryshere “Yazz” Gray; Clifton Powell; Christian Keys; R&B recording artist Al B. Sure and journalist Ed Gordon.

Closing out the night was a very special surprise honor to Trumpet Awards Foundation Founder & CEO Ms. Xernona Clayton.

The support of corporate sponsors was vital to helping make the production of the Trumpet Awards possible; presenting sponsor American Family Insurance, and other major corporate partners included:  FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Cadillac, Nordstrom, The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, Turner Construction and MGM. The red carpet was sponsored by Carnival Corporation.

For more information about past honorees, presenters, performers, and information about The Trumpet Awards Foundation, visit www.trumpetfoundation.org.

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DEMI LOVATO TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIV

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’

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Now that Tyler Perry has ended the Madea franchise, and has his very own state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta, GA, Perry is trying his hand at another thriller movie with his upcoming Netflix film, A Fall From Grace,

Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, returns to Canada after bombshell announcement

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The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and Meghan is expected to come back to London on Tuesday, when the couple are set to attend an event with Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada to the UK, at Canada House.

Meghan and Harry wanted to meet with Charette “as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple recently returned from Canada, where they spent the Christmas holidays with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.

“The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family,” the royals said on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, on Wednesday.

The latest developments follow the shock announcement that the pair plan to “transition into a new working model” and become “financially independent” after stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

There was said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement, and senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.

Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” has also sparked questions as to how they will be able to do this.

The pair published detailed documents outlining the structure and funding of their household, which revealed they receive 5% of their income from the Sovereign Grant — a lump sum of UK taxpayers’ money given to the Queen every year — and 95% from the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate controlled by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.

Media reports have suggested that Meghan was independently worth around $5 million before she married Harry, who inherited millions from his mother Princess Diana.

However UK newspaper The Times reports that Charles may withdraw funding from the couple if they completely withdraw from their royal duties.

Observers say the couple are unlikely to struggle for money and could generate income from a UK trademark for their brand ‘Sussex Royal,” which the couple applied for in June, as well as sponsorship or speaking tours.

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