Foxx, Monae among Trumpet Award honorees

Actor Jamie Foxx and recording artist Janelle Monae will be among the honorees at the 23rd annual Trumpet Awards, to be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, with a red carpet starting at 2 p.m.

The event will be hosted by boxing champ Laila Ali and "Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince.

Honorees also will include designer Tommy Hilfiger, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold W. Donald, recording artists/songwriters the Isley Brothers, Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Sunshine Holdings Chairman Franklin R. Wilson.

The awards ceremony will air Feb. 21 on TV One. Times may vary by market, so check local listings.

Related events include a race relations symposium, “The Continuing Quest for Equality,” planned for 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Atlanta; a sponsor recognition tribute to be held after the symposium; and the “Soulful Ending” closing event planned for Jan. 24 after the Trumpet Awards, at the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown.

Sponsors include Coca-Cola Co., General Motors, Nordstrom, Home Depot, FedEx, Southwest Airlines and American Family Insurance.

The Trumpet Awards, founded by Xernona Clayton, were created to celebrate and honor African-American achievers and those who support the African-American experience. The annual event salutes accomplishments in law, medicine, business, politics, the arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and other fields.

“We have come far, and labored much, since we started this project in 1993,” Clayton said. “To say that I am thankful and honored to have been at the helm of this dream is putting it mildly. I am extremely obliged to those individuals who saw the vision and who have helped maintain the Trumpet Awards for more than 20 years. We are an integral part of the global community and are most jubilant to bring this event to the world and to celebrate the achievements of those who had an impact on our society.”

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