On a cold Saturday, January 25, 2014, E37 Photography by Ralph Williams arrived at the Cobb Energy to see men laying the red carpet for the celebrities and guests to make their grand entrance along a long eventual line of photographers,video and media personnel who would endure the cold dropping temperatures to see the celebrities and guests pass by to enter the Cobb Energy Center which as become a popular venue of elite performance in the Atlanta Metro Area.
The lady you see here is Xernona Clayton she is the founder and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Executive Producer of the Foundation's Trumpet Awards. The Trumpet Awards is a prestigious event highlighting African American accomplishments and contributions.Initiated in 1993 by Turner Broadcasting, the Trumpet Awards has been televised annually and distributed international to over 185 countries around the world.
This nice looking couple represents Hollywood as it's best. Actress Meagan Good with her large fan base plus the followers of DeVon Palmer Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures equal an avalanche. They definitely received much attention from the media and fans. My Facebook fans like them as well. This image was tweeted by the photographer to share with the public. This was not just a regular red carper walk for Mr. Palmer. He received special honors at the Trumpet Awards ceremony that night.
It was a task to find a reasonable space to photograph the celebrities and guests. This photographer chose to stand high on the wide marble wall along the carpet that allow him to photograph over some heads and between some gaps. As you can see from the image, the distant was very reasonable to see the expressions of their faces during the interviews. It was very interesting to hear them make sound bites for audio and visual crews. You can tell that they were professional and their experience this opportunity was not new. Their red carpet experience seemed very enjoyable for them as the interacted with smiles on their faces. Sometimes you would see some uneasiness from the ladies because of the cold temperature. Overall they took their time to answer questions from the media. Actor and Comedian Chris Tucker actually came back to our area to answer more questions during interviews.
Andrew Young and wife a long time civil rights leader, former mayor of Atlanta, Ga., and U.S. ambassador always makes a historic appearance with his lovely wife. He is one of the most recognizable member of the red carpet for his many contributions to Atlanta, Georgia and the world with his world famous civil rights marches with Martin Luther King, Jr.
The couple you see below were the hosts of the Trumpet Award Program. Actor Laz Alphonso and Actress Mellissa De Sousa were also another representation of the movie industry. Both were smiling and talking despite the cold dropping temperature of the day. Actors know how to work their part. The Trumpet Award recognized honorees but they also had entertainers to highlight the evening. Here are a partial list: Sister With Voice (SWV),Carl Thomas,Amber Riley,Jaheim,Reheem DeVaughn and Tasha Cobb.
The photographer writes SISTER ACT! The sister arrived on the red carpet together. What a sight to see four beautiful and smart women who are sisters at the same Trumpet Award event. The photographer thought he was seeing double at first but he finally realized reality. At this time the names of the sisters in red and tan are unknown. If you can identify them, leave their name in the comment section for additions. The ladies with the dark hair are honoree for the awards program. Deryl & Cheryl McKissack-President and CEO McKissack & Mckissack which names listed on the program.
Well known minister and singer Bobby Jones greets the media. He smile all the time and seem very comfortable answering the media questions and giving sound bites.
It was a honor for the photograph to meet Roland S. Martin news columnist and tv host in person. He is known nationally on radio and television. He was tweet and he did response. He is of course an excellent person with communication skills
More images and details to be added to this blog later.