The 30th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards

Coming this January, the 30th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, celebrates the best in African American excellence and achievement. A beacon to inspire, enlighten and raise the human spirit to its highest potential, the Bounce Trumpet Awards recognizes Black humanitarians who have succeeded against immense odds and augment the richness of our society by striving for the justice and equality of all.

Stay tuned for more information about the 30th Annual Trumpet Awards, coming soon!


Last Year's Honorees

The Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction

Tommie Smith

Cheered by some, jeered by others and ignored by many more, Olympian and world-class athlete Tommie Smith dedicated his life to activism and fighting against oppression.

During the historic 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith broke the world and Olympic record with a time of 19.83 seconds and became the 200-meter Olympic champion. As Smith and bronze-medal winner John Carlos stood on the victory podium, each raised a clenched fist covered in a black leather glove in a historic stand for black power, liberation and solidarity. This courageous, unexpected worldwide event propelled Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad.

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Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction recognizes individuals who, having succeeded against immense odds, herald change and prosperity to enhance and enrich the world.
Vanguard Award

Naomi Campbell

International supermodel, activist and philanthropist Naomi Campbell is one of the most prolific and influential profiles of contemporary culture today. Naomi has championed the modeling industry, fronted the covers of more than a thousand magazines and has been featured in advertising campaigns for celebrated luxury houses including Burberry, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino. Her numerous accolades include being the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, French and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. Today, Naomi is undoubtedly solidifying her place as a cultural innovator–using her incredible platform and success for positive change across industries around the world.

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Vanguard Award recognizes individuals who creatively challenge the norm by introducing mainstream culture to avant-garde ideas and making a social impact in their respective industry.
Trailblazer Award

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi is an actress, executive producer, change agent and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated comedy ABC series Black-ish and its spinoff Grown-ish on Freeform. The recipient of many prestigious awards and an advocate for womens issues, Shahidi is one of Hollywood’s most heralded young talents as she continues to use her platform to empower and inspire others.

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Trailblazer Award recognizes pioneers who inspire others to follow their path to greatness with innovative ideas that challenge the status quo.
Valor Award

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of Our Time is Now and Lead from the Outside, a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving as Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Over the course of her career, she founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color and tackling social issues.

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Valor Award recognizes a bold and courageous individual whose moral compass directs their impassioned fight toward fairness and the betterment of society while overcoming insurmountable odds.