The 2012 Trumpet Awards honorees surround founder and CEO Xernona Clayton (in red) following the program on Jan. 7 at the Cobb Energy Centre. The awards program, which recognizes African-American achievement, will air on TV One on April 8. Joining Clayton are Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker (from left); NFL great Emmitt and Pat Smith; CNN founder Ted Turner; All-N-1 Security CEO Mary Parker; Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who received the award on behalf of her late father the Rev. Dr. C.L. Franklin; actor/singer Tyrese Gibson; physician Levi Watkins Jr.; U.S. Bahamas Ambassador Nicole Avant; and Earth, Wind & Fire Members Ralph Johnson, Phillip Bailey and Verdine White.
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