As we near the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination (#MLK50), the sad reality is that many of us are still judged by the color of our skin, rather than the content of our character. That's why we appreciate platforms like the 2018 Trumpet Awards that not only recognize African-American achievement but uplift and inspire us as a nation.
Hosted by Larenz Tate and Erica Ash, the black-tie affair will toast the following Honorees: GRAMMY-winning artist/producer and So So Def founder, Jermaine Dupri (Music Innovation Award); Cameo, the Soul Funk legends with a distinctive style (Lifetime Achievement Award); Sundial Brands beauty mogul and new owner of ESSENCE, Richelieu Dennis (Entrepreneur Award); Activist and Co-chair of the Women's March, Tamika Mallory (Impact Award); Marley Dias, the brilliant 13-year-old behind #1000BlackGirlBooks (Trailblazer Award); Nuclear Engineer and Inventor of several products including the Super Soaker, Dr. Lonnie Johnson (Innovator Award); and Rhyon Brown, actress/singer/dancer making her mark on Hollywood (Rising Star Award).
No celebration would be complete without some good music and the lineup for this year's event is sure to keep the party going. We're looking forward to performances by Doug E. Fresh, Keke Wyatt, Anthony Hamilton, Bilal, Stokley Williams, Sir the Baptist, Arrested Development, Estelle, Big Daddy Kane, V. Bozeman, Donald Lawrence, MAJOR., Carl Thomas and Michel'le.
The 2018 Trumpet Awards is happening this Saturday, January 20th at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. If you don't have tickets, you'll still have a chance to see all the evening's highlights when it airs on Bounce at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11th.