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getright
Apr 27th, 2005, 12:24 AM
Awards trumpet 'real' achievement

By A. SCOTT WALTON
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/26/05

He came dressed in his finest formalwear — a custom tux and gleaming silver necktie — like all the other attendees. But the rich and famous comedic actor Chris Tucker best summed up the appeal of Monday night's Trumpet Awards ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center by commenting, "I'm just here to see people who've done some real stuff."

Real stuff like showing selfless dedication to civil rights, overachieving both in and out of the sports arena, wielding political power responsibly, and leading untold thousands down the path of righteousness.


The Trumpet Awards, held annually since 1993, highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans and their champions from all walks of life.

Monday night's honorees included Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams; comic-turned-activist Dick Gregory; theologians Charles E. Blake, T.D. Jakes, Eddie Long and Vashti Murphy McKenzie; hair care magnate Joe Louis Dudley; former Detroit Mayor and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dennis Archer; and pop singer Beyoncé Knowles, who was a last-minute no-show.

Father Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus of Notre Dame University, made sure he was there to receive the inaugural Humanitarian Award.

"I've all but stopped traveling because I'm losing my eyesight and I walk with this cane," said Hesburgh, 87. "But for various reasons I had to make it here, not the least of which being the fact that Atlanta was always the most civil of Southern cities during the movement leading to the signing of the Civil Rights Act."

President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed that act into law in 1964, was honored with a Trumpet Award posthumously Monday night.

"This is a premium invitation," said radio host Ryan Cameron. "Being here with people this powerful makes me feel like I've arrived again."

It was also a good experience for the newly arrived, such as Clark Atlanta University graduate Eva Pigford, recent winner of the reality television show "America's Next Top Model."

"I'm new to all this," Pigford said. "I'm humbled to be among all this greatness."

Xernona Clayton, founder and president of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, said the black-tie gala broke attendance records with more than 1,700 invitees.

Most — such as Tucker, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders — attended in support of the Trumpets' noble cause. But the sight of a seemingly endless stream of celebrities and dignitaries on the red carpet has been a Trumpet Awards drawing card each year as well.

The Williams sisters — dressed, respectively, in Dolce & Gabbana and Betsey Johnson — certainly didn't disappoint the film crews who crowded the red carpet in unprecedented numbers. Neither did Pigford (sheer white cap-sleeved dress by Chloe); "Beauty Shop" co-star LisaRaye (sheer white wrap dress by Versace) or "Apprentice" femme fatale Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (yellow column gown by Roberto Cavalli).

"We fight and scramble just like every girl hassling with our clothes and hair and makeup to the very last minute," Venus Williams said. "But it all comes together in the end."

A three-hour-long Trumpet Awards special, complete with a one-hour red carpet preview, will air on the TV One cable network on June 5, with replays scheduled tentatively throughout that month. (Time TBA, depending on the NBA playoffs.)

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PaulieM
Apr 27th, 2005, 12:31 AM
yay for them, keep up the good work!! although i'm not a fan of serena's dress.

StarDuvallGrant
Apr 27th, 2005, 12:45 AM
The dress I'm not a fan of either but work it girls!

Lucy
Apr 27th, 2005, 12:45 AM
what the heck is serena wearing:eek:

Infiniti2001
Apr 27th, 2005, 12:55 AM
Those darn outside interests :o I am not feeling Serena's dress :eek: but my Vee looks tres elegant in her trousers :p

dreamgoddess099
Apr 27th, 2005, 12:57 AM
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:lol: at Venus eating off Serena's plate. Or she might be cutting her steak for her.

RVD
Apr 27th, 2005, 01:36 AM
Fabulously attired! :hearts: Although Rena's dress is hiding her killer bod. :mad:
Mad props to these ladies for their 'work outside of tennis'. :worship: And to think, they're barely getting started. :cool:

40-0
Apr 27th, 2005, 01:53 AM
thanx to worldofvenus.net for the pix!

im thinking of tagging them...!!!!

geoepee
Apr 27th, 2005, 01:55 AM
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:lol: at Venus eating off Serena's plate. Or she might be cutting her steak for her.
Great picture!

By the way, is that Stephan Urquelle in the corner looking at Venus?

kabuki
Apr 27th, 2005, 01:56 AM
I think Serena's dress is cute. :o

Both girls look fab IMO.

hingis-seles
Apr 27th, 2005, 02:34 AM
Serena's dress looks like a cake. :p :lol:

Venus looks chic in the black trousers. Very good. :hearts:

Jericho
Apr 27th, 2005, 02:43 AM
where's darrinbaker the buzzkill? :p i thought he'd ruin this thread by now

mykarma
Apr 27th, 2005, 02:48 AM
yay for them, keep up the good work!! although i'm not a fan of serena's dress.What was she thinking:confused: :tape:

Alfie
Apr 27th, 2005, 02:49 AM
Serena's the girl that jumps out of a 7-tier layer cake. Surprise! :p

Anyway, both girls looks cute and their outfits reflect their personalities.
I love Venus' look. Lately she's been looking quite elegant in all her offcourt clothes.

mykarma
Apr 27th, 2005, 02:50 AM
Serena's dress looks like a cake. :p :lol:

Venus looks chic in the black trousers. Very good. :hearts::lol: :lol: :lol:

harloo
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:15 PM
Serena:( LOL~ The dress is unbelivable, why oh why? She is still hot though.:lol: :drool:

Venus looks a bit casual for this type of event, but she looks great. :hearts:

tennisIlove09
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:16 PM
I actually like Serena's dress :o It's cute

Venus looks classic though.

THank you for the pics/article :hug:

harloo
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:18 PM
Great picture!

By the way, is that Stephan Urquelle in the corner looking at Venus?

Who is Stephan Urquelle? He looks like he wants to do Vee or something.:eek: :tape:

Cariaoke
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:56 PM
Serena's taking the Southern Belle thing too far. WTF is she trying to be? Serena O'Hara? :lol: :tape:

Venus looks so classy. :worship:

Paneru
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:58 PM
I think they both look
great!

I too like Serena's dress and anyone
who knows of Betsey Johnson wouldn't
expect anything less.

Cariaoke
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:00 PM
I think I need to see the entire length of the dress. if it's to the floor, ew. if It's at the knees, cute.

starr
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:11 PM
It's quite likely the dress is above the knee. Serena wore a similar (but imo prettier) style to the Palm Beach Film Festival.... or whatever it's called.

Dunkins
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:14 PM
They both look very good, is Venus getting more muscular again?? hope so...!!!
I think Serena dyed her hair lighter...
Lovely picts

~Rachel~
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:24 PM
Venus looks great :hearts:

I really wish Serena would wear bras when she goes to these kind of things, her boobs really need it :lol: Still looking good though :)

virtue05
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:27 PM
They both look very good, is Venus getting more muscular again?? hope so...!!!
I think Serena dyed her hair lighter...
Lovely picts

I noticed that also, I thought the same thing the other day when I looked in some photos, of her from last year, and some photos of her now. She has put on a few pounds of muscle.

Mica
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:30 PM
Who is Stephan Urquelle? He looks like he wants to do Vee or something.:eek: :tape:

"Family Matters" reference.

Veenut
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:38 PM
What wonderful achievements!!! I'm happy that they are being recognized as woment of substance!!! I endorse Chris Rock's comments.

Thanks to those who constantly post articles and pictures because this is the place I come for information on my favs due to time contrain. Keep up the good work it is greatly appreciated by people like me.

hotandspicey
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:41 PM
Ahh! The belles of tennis.:) Way to go girls. They both look cute. Poor Serena. she just can not win with us. damn if she do and damn if she don't.:lol: Notice that in most pics Serena is always looking at vee.Still looks up to big sis. And big sis likes playing the part.:p

Marcell
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:50 PM
The Sisters will be in DC at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center this evening.It's the 10 year anniversary celebration.I heard that Pam Shriver,Yolanda Adams,Barack Obama and over 600 guests will be there to raise money for the Center.Oracene and the former Mayor's wife are good friends and was instrumental in the building of the center.
I saw a nice article about a young man who had the opportunity to hit with Venus ten years ago at the opening of the center and went on to get a tennis scholarship to attend college.

Paneru
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:51 PM
Both ladies will be in Beverly Hills this coming
Sunday walking down the catwalk for the
third annual Runway for Life, benefiting
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

volta
Apr 27th, 2005, 05:56 PM
hhhhhmmmm Rena Dress is ok but it an´t working for her xD

Vee Looks :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Rocketta
Apr 27th, 2005, 06:02 PM
awww they both look cute. I would never wear that dress Serena has on but it doesn't fit my personality. It fits hers and therefore it's cute on her. :p