Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael to be Honored at this Year’s ChooseATL “Welcome to ATL Reception” during A3C

A3C and ChooseATL will host the official Welcome to ATL Reception on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at theLoudermilk Center in Atlanta. The event will kick off the 14th year of A3C, the premier hip-hop music festival and conference.

The Welcome to ATL Reception is an annual event that invites executives, influencers and more to engage with the heart of hip-hop through food, music and cocktails while acknowledging some of hip-hop’s most influential personalities. The reception will honor three extraordinary individuals who have made significant social and cultural impact throughout the hip-hop community – Jermaine Dupri, Wyclef Jean and Rodney Carmichael.

So So Def founder and music icon Jermaine Dupri is celebrating the 25th year of the record label and will be receiving the Cultural Icon Award. This honor is awarded to a hip-hop figure who has made significant contributions to the zeitgeist of global culture. Dupri has transcended hip-hop to join the pantheon of icons that create the ideals and values that have shaped a generation.

Wyclef Jean is a legendary MC, producer and poet and will receive theSocial Impact Award. This honor is awarded to a person who has an undeniable connection to the hip-hop ecosystem and has demonstrated a tremendous social impact among the community through service, advocacy and economic contribution. With all of Jean’s efforts in Haiti and work in communities around the world, he is the definition of how to use one’s platform to impact the culture in a positive light.

Lastly, Atlanta native and NPR’s hip-hop staff writer Rodney Carmichaelwill receive the first annual Combat Jack Storyteller Award. This honor is awarded to a leading voice and champion for culture who is also a storyteller who has helped amplify important aspects of hip-hop. Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse was a pioneer in hip-hop podcasting. He was honest, genuine and cared deeply about the culture he represented. He was a fixture in the hip-hop community and beloved by everyone he met. He was also a staple at A3C Festival & Conference for nearly a decade and will be missed dearly by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

“The Welcome Reception with ChooseATL is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance for us to recognize some of the people that inspire us to do what we do. It’s a wonderful night in Atlanta for hip-hop culture, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” states A3C Partner/Director Mike Walbert. This event is the first among a variety of panels, workshops, live shows and more that the A3C Festival will bring to Atlanta in October.

About A3C Festival & Conference
A3C educates and empowers the artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that shape hip-hop culture. Founded in 2005, the A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year, which is commonly referred to as “Hip-Hop’s Family Reunion.” The three-day A3C Conference hosts dozens of panels, workshops, mixers and mentor sessions with hundreds of thought leaders and industry experts. The two-day A3C Festival is the breeding ground for the next generation of stars while honoring the legends and trailblazers of hip-hop. The five days of shows and events highlight different aspects of hip-hop culture and showcase hundreds of artists, producers and DJs from around the world. All three coasts gather annually in Atlanta to connect, create and build together.

Learn more about A3C Festival at www.A3Chiphop.com.

About ChooseATL
ChooseATL is a public-facing initiative to attract emerging talent needed to maintain Atlanta’s position as a top-tier globally competitive metro. ChooseATL showcases Atlanta as a leading world destination and celebrates its unique community, inclusive culture, and expanding business opportunities across all industries.

Learn more about ChooseATL at www.ChooseATL.com.

2018 Trumpet Awards Announces Performers and Honorees [Jermaine Dupri, Keke Wyatt, Bow Wow, Rhyon, Estelle & More]

Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias,

Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Rhyon Brown Announced as Recipients of 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards

Performers to Include Doug E. Fresh, Keke Wyatt, Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow,

Sir the Baptist, Arrested Development, Estelle

Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding, Angell Conwell Among Presenters

Larenz Tate (Power) and Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse) to Host

26th Annual Event World Premieres on Bounce Sun. Feb. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET

(ATLANTA, GA) – Jan. 17, 2018 – The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, will air exclusively onBounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Larenz Tate, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and Power series star and Erica Ash, who appears on Survivor’s Remorse and stars in the upcoming BET legal drama series In Contempt, will serve as this year’s hosts. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018.

2018 Honorees announced today: Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown.

 

Performers at the event will include: Doug E. Fresh, Keke Wyatt, Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Sir the Baptist, Arrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane, V. Bozeman, Donald Lawrence, Major., We’ McDonald, Mr. TalkBox, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, Rhyon Brown, Michel’le, Stokley Williams and Carl Thomas.

 

Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters.

 

About this year’s honorees and awards:

  • GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer, songwriter, hip-hop artist, Jermaine Dupri will receive The Music Innovation Award. Dupri has worked with Mariah Carey, Usher, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Anthony Hamilton and Alicia Keys. He founded So So Def Recordings in 1993 which launched the careers of Bow Wow, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge and many others.

  • American soul-influenced funk group Cameo will be presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. With a career spanning four decades, Cameo has released 17 albums and is well-known for their dance floor hits including Single Life, Candy and Word Up!, which led to the pop-culture catch phrase of the same name. Their undeniable impact to contemporary music can be heard in songs from Tupac Shakur to The Beastie Boys.

  • Founder of Sundial Brands and Essence Ventures Richelieu Dennis will be recognized with The Entrepreneur Award. Driven by his passion for entrepreneurship and sustained by a vision to fill unmet consumer needs, Dennis founded SheaMoisture in 1991 which has grown into one of the world’s most recognized beauty brands. Just this month, it was announced that Dennis’s Essence Ventures, LLC will acquire Essence Communications, Inc. which includes Essence Magazine.

  • Activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, will receive The Impact Award. In 2009, Mallory became the youngest Executive Director of the National Action Network (NAN). She gained recognition as one of four co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, which saw participation from five million people worldwide. Her role in the March landed her on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers List and Fortune’s 2017 List of the World’s Greatest Leaders.

  • 13-year old social activist behind the #1000BlackGirlBooks, Marley Dias, will be given The Trailblazer Award. Dias has appeared on Ellen, CBS This Morning and BET’s Black Girls Rock and recently became the youngest person featured on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 List.

  • Nuclear Engineer and Inventor Dr. Lonnie Johnson will be honored with The Innovator Award. Dr. Johnson holds more than 80 patents, including his most famous invention, the Super Soaker® water gun, which is one of the most popular toys in the world with sales approaching sales of $1 billion.

  • Actress, singer and dancer Rhyon Brown will receive the Rising Star Award presented by McDonald’s.  Brown is best known for her role as Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sutton on the ABC Family series Lincoln Heights and has had recurring roles on That’s So Raven, Judging Amy and Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse.

The Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee. Visit www.trumpetawards.com for more information.

 

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