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#UPFRONT to feat. ‘The Trumpet Awards,’ BET’s ‘The Quad’ & more

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Hey RC Fans! Don’t forget to join me this Saturday, January 28 for another exciting edition of my radio magazine, “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

This week I will be airing all of my exclusive coverage of this year’s Trumpet Awards, which are scheduled to air on Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. on Bounce. I had a blast and can’t wait to share that with you.

I also had the cast of BET’s new original scripted series, “The Quad” to stop by the studio to dish about the show and why the New York Times named it one of “15 TV Shows to Watch in 2017.”

Jasmine Guy, CAU Alum Larry Rhem, stage and TV actor E. Roger Mitchell and the show’s executive producer and director Rob Hardy open up about their characters and the cultural relevance of this new series.

“The Quad” follows an ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher (played by Anika Noni Rose) as the newly-elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M University, who is charged with saving the prestigious HBCU from bankruptcy and her twenty-year marriage from crumbling. At the same time, she must manage to repair a tumultuous relationship with her rebellious only daughter while handling a diverse freshman class.

I will also be talking to Kathleen Bertrand and Deidre McDonald of Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival. The ladies will chat about the festival becoming an Oscar qualifier for short films and this week’s historic Academy Award nominations in which three African American movies received nominations for Best Picture.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the new “Entertainment Capital of the South.”

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New Edition, Peabo Bryson, Wendy Williams & more receive Trumpet Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The 2017 Trumpet Awards were taped on Saturday evening at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and your truly was in the mix to capture all of the sights and sounds of one of Atlanta’s biggest nights. This year, I covered the red carpet for my radio magazine #UPFRONT and gathered exclusive interviews with some of the attendees, honorees and presenters. That segment will air this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WCLK.com.

After the red carpet, I was able to go backstage and cover the media room where most of the show’s presenters, performers and honorees stopped by for photo opportunities. As previously reported, this year’s 25th Anniversary show recognized the accomplishments of some of the biggest names in the African-American community including talk show host Wendy Williams, whose Trumpet Award for Entertainment was picked up by her media brother, hip hop icon Ed Lover.

New Edition’s Rickey Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins and Johnny Gill, collected their much deserved Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award. The iconic group from the 1980s, who laid the foundation for many  boy bands of the 90s and 2000s, was recognized just days before their highly anticipated biopic which airs tonight on BET. The group was saluted by R&B groups Transitions, Silk and Jagged Edge.

Music legend Peabo Bryson was honored for his enduring career as a Grammy winning-singer and songwriter. He has performed some of music’s most beloved duets including “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” with Roberta Flack, “Beauty and the Beast” with Celine Dion and “A Whole New World” with Regina Belle, who also performed the song with R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore as part of Bryson’s musical tribute. Bryson’s award was presented to him by music legend—Bill Withers. I had a chance to see Bryson perform last spring and he was simply amazing. He is one of the few veteran performers that still puts on an entire show including stories, dazzling costumes, a live band and back to back hits. This award is very well deserved and was one of the evening’s highlights.

NBA star Dikembe Mutombo picked up the Humanitarian Trumpet Award and praised gospel vocalist Tamela Mann for her amazing performance. She was a ray of sunshine when she entered the media room and bought a smile to everyone’s face. Fashion Blogger Gabi Gregg, was also glowing as she picked up this year’s Trailblazing Trumpet Award. I got a chance to chat with her on the red carpet and she described the moment as “surreal.”  I believe she is the first blogger to receive this award and was really humble to be in the midst of such greatness.

Gospel superstars Jekalyn Carr, Le’Andria Johnson, Travis Greene and Derek Minor were all in the house for a foot stomping, hand clapping, spirit-filled musical tribute. While I wasn’t able to see it from the media room, we were all in awe when the Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, walked into the room. She even took pictures with a dry eraser sign that we created with the famous tag line, “You Name It.”  That was the name of the remixed song that created quite a frenzy over the Thanksgiving holiday and used a line from iconic tune, “Hold My Mule.”

The icing on the cake was Oscar winning-actor Louis Gosset Jr. being there to present Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton with the distinguished Golden Trumpet Award. She also joined us backstage and had everyone’s full attention with her radiant white and gold gown and dazzling head piece.

Other stars spotted on the carpet included Ed Gordon, Erica Campbell, Dr. Bobby Jones, T.C. Carson, Lalah Hathaway, the show’s hosts Nicole Ari Parker and Deon Cole, the cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners,” Gary Owens, BJ The Chicago Kid, KeKe WyattErica AshWillie Moore Jr., Tyler Williams from “The New Edition Story” and more!

See more backstage photos below and stay tuned for red carpet pics:

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann with Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Damacia Howard

showing off their sparkling shoes

Honoree Dikembe Mutombo with Ed Gordon

BJ The Chicago Kid 

Honoree Peabo Bryson with Bill Withers and Ed Gordon

Kenny Lattimore, Erica Ash and Bill Withers 

KeKe Wyatt

Le’Andria Johnson and Jekalyn Carr

That shoe tho! #Jekalyn Carr

Canton Jones with Shirley Caesar 

Shirley Caesar

Willie Moore Jr. 

Honoree Gabi Gregg

Gary Owens taking part in our backstage shenanigans

The group Transitions performed as part of the NE Tribute

Honorees Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins 

Tyler Williams 

Ronnie DeVoe and Lyfe Jennings 

Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton

The Trumpet Awards airs this

Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. EST On Bounce

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BOUNCE adds performers & presenters for ‘Trumpet Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

“The Trumpet Awards” have added more star power to this year’s 25th Anniversary show. The award’s ceremony will tape tomorrow afternoon at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and will air on Bounce TV next Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m.

According to the press release, additional presenters include Martin Luther King IIIVanessa Bell Calloway, Ed Gordon, Lou Gossett, Jr., David Mann, Willie Moore, Jr., Gary Owen and Bill Withers.

There will also be additional performances by Regina Belle, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lalah Hathaway + R&B groups, Jagged Edge and Silk.

As previously reported, this year’s honorees include media maven Wendy Williams, who will be given the Entertainment Award, New Edition will pick up the Lifetime Achievement Award, NBA great Dikembe Mutombo will get the Humanitarian Award, GRAMMY®-winning soul singer Peabo Bryson will receive the Legend Award and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg will walk way with the Trailblazing Award. Trumpet Awards founder and civil rights icon Xernona Clayton will be presented with the distinguished “Golden Trumpet Award.”

RC will be there on the red carpet to get all of the interviews and photos!

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‘Trumpet Awards’ to honor Wendy Williams, New Edition and more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Bounce TV has announced the honorees for this year’s “25th Annual Trumpet Awards” and congratulations goes out to media maven Wendy Williams, who will be given the Entertainment Award and legendary R&B group, New Edition, who will pick up the Lifetime Achievement Award. The lavish ceremony will tape next Saturday, January 21 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and will air on Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. EST.

“Black-ish” star and two-time EMMY® nominated actor Deon Cole is teaming up with and “Rosewood” and seven-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker as hosts of the black-tie ceremony.

Other honorees include former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo (Humanitarian Award), GRAMMY®-winning soul singer Peabo Bryson (Legend Award) and fashion blogger Gabi Gregg (Trailblazing Award).

The 25th Annual Trumpet Awards will also include special performances by Erica Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Bobby V., Keke Wyatt and Jekalyn Carr.

In a very special tribute, civil rights icon and founder of the Trumpet Awards Xernona Clayton will be presented with the distinguished “Golden Trumpet Award” in recognition of her unparalleled leadership, affecting change, and steadfast work in building the legacy of the awards.

“We have come so far since we started in 1993 and I am extremely obliged to those individuals who saw the vision and who have worked with us for 25 years. Bounce is the ideal custodian to continue to enhance the level of excellence that is our standard going forward. I am thrilled to have my beloved Trumpet Awards become part of Bounce who will continue to celebrate the achievements of those who had an impact on our community for many more years to come,” says Mrs. Clayton.

RayCornelius.com and “UPFRONT” will be on the red carpet to get all of the exclusive interviews with the honorees and presenters, so stay tuned!

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BOUNCE TV acquires ‘The Trumpet Awards’ & airs on Jan. 29 at 9 p.m.

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to Bounce TV and “The Trumpet Awards.” The Atlanta based-network has acquired all assets of the prestigious award show in a new agreement with The Trumpet Awards Foundation.

Set to celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2017, “The Trumpet Awards” will world premiere on Bounce TV on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (EST). The black-tie ceremony will be taped on Saturday, January 21 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

“After 25 years, I felt it was a good time to find a strategic partner to take The Trumpet Awards into the future. Bounce TV is the ideal custodian to continue to enhance the level of excellence that is our standard. I am thrilled to have my beloved Trumpet Awards become part of Bounce TV,” said Trumpet Awards Founder and Executive Producer—Xernona Clayton.

2016 Trumpet Award Honoree Ne-Yo with his award

According to the press release, Mrs. Clayton will become Chairman Emeritus of the awards and continue to play an active role in the event. She will also remain President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc.

Bounce TV EVP of Original Programming Elizabeth Kealoha will executive produce the telecast with Bounce TV SVP, Original Programming Ri-Karlo Handy in charge of music and performances and Abbey MacDonald, Director of Originals, handling talent for the event.

Bounce TV is the fastest-growing African-American network on television and will now own, produce and world premiere the star-studded event annually. Bounce TV will also syndicate “The Trumpet Awards” to television stations around the country as well as internationally for broadcast after the Bounce premiere.

On a personal note, RayCornelius.com covered “The Trumpet Awards” in 2015 and 2016 and is looking forward to bringing it to you again in 2017.  Stay tuned as the hosts, honorees and talent will be announced shortly.

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