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Turner Broadcasting Announces 2003 TRUMPET AWARDS Honorees; Ceremony To Take Place in Atlanta Monday, Jan. 6; Airing on TBS Superstation Saturday, Feb. 22.

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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 2002

Destiny's Child, Spike Lee, Pam Grier, Dr. "J" Julius Erving, Vernon Jordan and Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee are among the honorees at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 2003 TRUMPET AWARDS ceremony, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Monday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m.

Turner Broadcasting flagship entertainment network TBS Superstation will present coverage of the event on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. (ET)/8:30 p.m. (PT). The TRUMPET AWARDS honor African-American achievers in fields as diverse as law, politics and entertainment.

Special to this year's event is the new American Hero Award, being given to Lt. Col. Marilyn Wills, who was instrumental in pulling victims from the fire following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The following is a complete list of the 2003 TRUMPET AWARDS Honorees:
-- Special Achievement in Music Trumpet Award: Recording artists Destiny's Child

-- Special Achievement in Film Trumpet Award: Actress Pam Grier

-- Special Achievement in Sports Trumpet Award: NBA Hall-of-Famer Dr. "J" Julius Erving

-- Filmmaker Trumpet Award: Director Spike Lee

-- American Hero Trumpet Award: Lt. Col. Marilyn Wills

-- Civil Rights Trumpet Award: Civil rights lawyer and former presidential advisor Vernon Jordan

-- Trailblazer Trumpet Award: Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker

-- Leadership Trumpet Award: 100 Black Men of America Board Chairman and TWD, Inc. President and CEO Thomas W. Dortch Jr.

-- Pinnacle Trumpet Award: Actors-writers Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis

-- Global Trumpet Award: Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie

-- Rising Star Trumpet Award: Golfer Cheyenne Woods


Xernona Clayton, the creative force behind Turner Broadcasting's first TRUMPET AWARDS in 1993, will once again serve as executive producer for the event. Also serving as executive producers are Geovanni Brewer and Jeff Fischgrund (10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, World Stunt Awards) of Black & White TV, Inc. Emmy-winning director Ron De Moraes (2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards) will direct the event, which will feature production design by Emmy-winning designer Steve Bass (2001 Emmy Awards, 2002 Winter Olympics Medals Plaza and Ceremonies).

Sponsors for the 2003 TRUMPET AWARDS include the following: ACDelco, AIC America Ltd., Anheuser-Busch Companies, Bank of America, Caversham Financial, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, GM Goodwrench Service Plus, Household International, Johnson Controls Inc., Kroger, Miller Brewing Company, Nordstrom, Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Pitney Bowes Inc., United Parcel Service and V-103 /WAOK.

TBS Superstation's Saturday, Feb. 22, telecast of the TRUMPET AWARDS will be paired with a special uncut presentation of Spike Lee's acclaimed film Get On the Bus, the story of a group of African-American men riding a bus to the Million Man March, held in Washington, D.C. in October 1995. Charles S. Dutton and Andre Braugher star in the movie, which was financed in part by Danny Glover, Will Smith and Wesley Snipes.

TBS Superstation, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s flagship entertainment network, is basic cable's #1 network among key adult demos and cable's most-watched network, a position it has held for 25 consecutive years. Reaching more than 88 million households, the Superstation offers viewers a wide mix of programming, including action-packed original movies, groundbreaking original series, hosted movie franchises, world broadcast premieres, popular sitcoms, Atlanta Braves baseball and college football.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
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