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Xernona Clayton, Larenz Tate, Erica Ash, Demetria Mckinney, Jermaine Dupree And More Hit The Red Carpet For The Trumpet Awards

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

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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 WyattAnthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Sir the BaptistArrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane, V. BozemanDonald 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.

26815097_1800623833294668_4103590623472227616_n ·      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.

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Incredible Video Of Dekalb County Fireman Catching Child Thrown From Burning Building

(Decatur, Ga) – Incredible video shows the dramatic rescue of a family caught in a blaze at Avondale Forest Apartments in Decatur Georgia.

The fire happened on January 3rd. The clip shows a few people trapped on the third floor as the fire raged below. As an unidentified person attempts to make her way down a ladder with a 5-year old child in tow, the fire can be seen burning wildly around them.

A woman is heard in the background screaming “Catch my baby!” At that moment, Firefighter Captain Scott Stroup ran over, positioned himself with his arms open and waited for the kid to be dropped.5b347a27ac95fbf54e32a970fb27a6d8Stroup raced to safety once he caught the child.

Fellow firefighter Jackie Peckrul was positioned at the bottom of the ladder next to Stroup.  She also made a harrowing catch. The mother of triplets says she was getting on the ladder to help some people come down but by the time she got up there, the plan had changed. A blue blanket was tossed down to her (while she’s on the ladder) and to her surprise…it had a baby in it. After rescuing the infant, she headed back up the ladder and grabbed another woman and a child. At that time, she saw Captain Stroup positioned for his dramatic rescue.

The department says several lifesaving grabs were made that night. Authorities believe the fire started on a back patio. About 50 people have been left displaced after the massive fire. The family is reportedly doing okay.

Walk-Off: Alabama Beats Georgia In OT For National Title

(Atlanta, GA) – To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.
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Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.”He just stepped in and did his thing,” Hurts said. ”He’s built for stuff like this. I’m so happy for him.”
The Tide might have a quarterback controversy ahead, but first Alabama will celebrate another title.For the third straight season, Alabama played a classic CFP final.The Tide split two with Clemson, losing last season on a touchdown with a second left.What was Saban thinking as the winning pass soared this time?
”I could not believe it,” he said. ”There’s lots of highs and lows. Last year we lost on the last play of the game and this year we won on the last play of the game. These kids really responded the right way. We said last year, `Don’t waste the feeling.’ They sure didn’t, the way they played tonight.”
Smith streaked into the end zone and moments later confetti rained and even Saban seemed almost giddy after watching maybe the most improbable victory of his unmatched career.

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‘Falling apart? Crime Infested?’ Trump’s Insults Not Forgotten In Atlanta Ahead Of Visit To District 5 For Championship

(Atlanta, GA) – When President Donald Trump swoops into Atlanta for a VIP seat at college football’s biggest game, he’ll enjoy the Southern hospitality of a city he disparaged a year ago as ”falling apart” and ”crime infested.”

The insults tweeted by Trump a week before his inauguration may seem like ancient history to most Americans who follow the president’s voluminous stream of online invective. But Atlanta hasn’t forgotten. ”It was very personal because we live here and we love it,” said Stephanie Langer, a 40-year-old East Atlanta resident whose anger
over the president’s put-downs was rekindled by news of his pending visit.

832036108.jpg”I guess it’s just ironic that he’s coming here,” she said. ”I guess things must have improved.” Trump plans to be among 72,000 attending the College Football Playoff Championship game Monday evening between Georgia and Alabama. The game is being held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new $1.5 billion home field of the Atlanta Falcons.

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Atlanta Anchor Amanda Davis Dies Of Massive Stroke

(Atlanta, Ga) –  The AJC reports, Veteran Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis has died, according to CBS 46. She was 62.

Davis suffered a massive stroke Tuesday night while waiting to board a flight at the Atlanta airport, the station reported.  “Her family is asking for privacy at this difficult time,” CBS 46 posted online. “Amanda’s friends and colleagues at CBS 46 are praying for her family.”

The Emmy-award winning journalist joined CBS 46 as a morning in January after spending 26 years at WAGA-TV. Davis retired from WAGA in 2012 following a DUI-related arrest. In 2016, Davis opened up about her battle with alcoholism in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Davis was planning to fly to Texas for her step-father’s funeral when she suffered a stroke, according to CBS. On Sunday, she posted a message on her Facebook about celebrating Christmas after losing a loved on.

“Stay strong, keep praising the Lord,” Davis wrote.

Atlanta Airport Loses Power; Travelers Trapped In Planes, Terminals

(SL) – Travelers trying to get home are jammed inside a very dark Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport today. The airport lost power trapping travelers aboard planes, concourses and terminals at the world’s busiest airport. The FAA said it put a ground stop in place. That means air traffic is slowed or halted. Some flights to Atlanta are being diverted. Georgia Power says the outage happened at one of its substations. The utility says repair crews are working to restore power. Flight disruptions were expected and passengers should check the status of their flights. WXIA-TV reports the power outage stretched across the entire airport and affected the train connecting terminals.

Hartsfield-Jackson serves 150 domestic destinations and 75 international airports in 50 countries. An average of 275-thousand passengers pass through the Atlanta airport each day.

Bodies Of Missing Atlanta Rapper And His Cousin Found

(SL) –  The Montgomery Advertiser reportsThe deaths of rapper Edward Reeves and his cousin Kendrick Stokes are being investigated as a double homicide.

“It’s not fair for their lives to be snuffed out like this,” Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson said Monday at a news conference. “We’re going to do everything we can to bring justice.

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Reeves, whose stage name was Bambino Gold, and Stokes were reported missing Nov. 7 after their family lost contact with them in early November.

More: Bodies of missing Montgomery rapper Bambino Gold, cousin found

The bodies of both men were found over the weekend, Brunson said, in two separate locations within a three- to four-mile radius.

“I think the bodies were placed,” Brunson said. “I don’t think they were killed in Macon County. I don’t want to give more details, but I don’t think they were killed in Macon County where we found them.”

Brunson said a young man discovered Reeves’ body on Friday evening less than 20 yards from a roadway in a wooded area. He told family, who reported it to the sheriff.

After the body was identified, an officer began searching the surrounding area for Stokes. His body was discovered around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

“We are actually only dealing with the bodies found right now,” Brunson said. “I know Montgomery has their own investigation going, and we’re going to connect at some time.”

The men were last seen on Nov. 5, driving a white 2016 Honda CRV, according to Montgomery police. The CRV had a Georgia tag.

More: ‘We just want answers’: Montgomery rapper Bambino Gold, cousin missing

On Nov. 5, Kendrick Stokes and Reeves both stopped by Stokes’ brother’s house and were also seen at the Alabama State Fair.

“It’s stressful to think that somebody has done something to your child and you can’t be there to take care of them,” Reeves’ mother, Aieda Harris, told the Montgomery Advertiser on Wednesday. “It makes you very angry. I’m extremely angry. I try to be a calm person but this is just beyond dealing with. It’s absolutely terrible.”

Tire Flies Off Truck Strikes Another Car Kills Driver

(SL) – A freak accident claimed the life of a woman this morning in Atlanta.  A truck traveling NB on the GA 400 at Pitts Rd lost its tire.  The tire flew across the highway median hitting a car traveling SB, striking the windshield and the roof.

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Tyisha Fernandes of WSB spoke with the driver following the incident. He said he was on his way to work, not speeding and in no way impaired when the tired popped off his truck and flew across the highway.  He went on to say that it was a brand new tire and he didn’t expect it come off.

“I was on the way to my job,” Jorge Herrera told Channel 2. “I’m not drunk. I’m not driving fast. It was like a normal (day) trying to get to my job.”

The driver says he feels horrible and sent his apologies to the family of the victim. Police have identified the victim but haven’t released her name.

Human Trafficking: Atlanta Mom Buys Her Missing Teenager After Seeing Her Advertised On A Backpage Ad For Sex

(SL) – The sex trafficking problem rears its ugly head daily in Atlanta, GA. Kubiiki Pride is sharing her story through a documentary titled “I am Jane Doe” that was released on Netflix early this year.

Kubiiki’s daughter (called MA) sneaked out of the house one night to go to an end of the school year party and quickly found herself in trouble. The 13-year old left with a woman who she thought was going to take her home and ended up being kidnapped by the female trafficker.

Gone without a trace, after 270 days, Pride started looking online and said she was scrolling through Backpage.com when she came across online advertisement offering sex with her her daughter.

It was the escorts section of Backpage.com

According to the FBI, the average age that a girl is first recruited into prostitution or sex trafficking in the U.S. is 11-14 years-old.

The most recent numbers show sex trafficking in Georgia generated nearly $300 million a year.

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The Daily Mail reports, something about the stars and hearts caught her attention and she clicked it to find explicit photos of her daughter wearing only underwear and posing provocatively.

“I called and asked to purchase the services myself,” she said.  When her daughter was returned to her, she said she was addicted to drugs and had been horribly abused.

‘My daughter was stabbed and burned, her head shaved, and she was beaten,’ she said. She ran away two more times, both times being returned to her mother.

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‘I said why are you running away?’ Pride said in the documentary while choking back tears. ‘And she said, “Well mom I have to go and get these pills.”‘

The woman who trafficked MA was caught and sentenced to five years in prison in 2010, but the advertisement featuring explicit photos of the teen remained online.

‘Once I told her about all the pain and suffering I went through and that I wanted revenge, she also did,’ MA said in the documentary.

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