Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it happens if we don’t purposely give our power away .Every obstacle put in our path should remind us of the power we hold in our hands each time we pull that lever or fill in that oval or touch that screen.We just have to harness that power. We’ve got to create a national network committed to taking action.We can call it the National Action Network
Pres. Barack Obama
Author : Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
NAN and TV. ONE presented the 7th annual Triumph Awards hosted by actress ,philantropist Tichina Arnold at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on Sunday September 18th.
This year it was a celebratory year as it marked the silver anniversary of National Action Network (NAN) .
An idea to form a social justice organization was birthed into existence by Reverant Al. Sharpton while recovering in a hospital bed from a stab wound that nearly took his life.
Today NAN has establishment chapters across the United States and has regional offices in every corner of the nation ready to respond at a moments notice. More importantly , is dedicated to continue cultivating a new generation of activist who will continue to carry the Martin Luther King Jr. Mantle throughout this centuary and into the next, using non-violent civil disobedience to effect systematic and long term change. Fashioned in it’s crucible struggle is the single initiative of it’s founder and president Reverent Al Sharpton who along the journey of NAN”S 25 years , his vision, energy and sacrifice continue to fuel this movement.
‘Al Shatpton has emerged as arguably the most influential civil rights leader today .”
Vanity Fair Magazine.
As Triumph Awards attendees comfortably got themselves situated to their seats TV.ONE was ready with crew and cameras to start the taping of the 7th annual Triumph awards .
Triumph Awards will air Sunday, October 2nd at 7pm and 9pm EST on TV One.
welcomed the audience saying, “We hope tonight’s Triumph Awards inspire you to continue the necessary work that we must do in order to transform our nation. We celebrate the work of these honorees who have made a positive impact beyond their performance on stage, in the arts, in the community, and in their respective professions.”
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Larenz Tate (House of Lies) presented the “Triumphant Man of the Year” award to
who has established a successful. career as a hip – hop artist, producer , songwriter, author and CEO of So So Def Records founded in 1989.
“Triumphant Woman of the Year” went to FedEx executive Vice President
Gina F. Adams,
Gina Adams is living proof that hard work, dedication and loyalty can still pay dividends in a business world known for quick turnovers.
As the Corporate Vice President of Government Affairs for the FedEx Corporation, Gina Adams. oversees the second-largest corporate political action committee in the United States.
In addition, the FedEx executive is extremely active in Washington, D.C community and supports numerous projects and events that target education, health , youth and the arts. She also sits on several boards, including American University, the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreational Campus, the Meridian International Center, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Beauvoir School, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Alvyn Ailey American Dance Theater.
Derek“Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins was on hand to present the “President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts” to Sean “Diddy” Combs (who was not in attendance);
Sean Diddy Combs
a definition of a mogul continues to apply that same drive and entrepreneurial spirit to his philanthropy work and political activism who most recently made the announcement that Sean (P Diddy) Combs just gifted Howard University a whopping $1 million check during his Bad Boy Reunion tour.
Earlier this year he also announced that he was building a school in Harlem . Flint Michigan water crisis was another pledge Diddy committed himself to by providing residents with one million of his AOU Ahydrate water bottles and offering longterm assistance.
“Corporate Partner of the Year Award;”was accepted by Tom Murphy of Mastercard
The final award of the evening was the “Activism in the Arts Award”
The award was presented to
Dr. Vietta Johnson, President of Spelman College Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and actress Teyonah Parris.
Spike Lee told the story of how he got his first camera visiting his friend Vietta in Brooklyn and noticed a “Super 8” camera. He inquired about it and was informed that it was a gift from her father and that he could have it. He also noticed a box of film and she said he could have that too. The incredible but true story is how Spike Lee acquired his very first camera and began making films that employ more people of colour in the history of filmmaking in USA.
who’s performance was politically charged and reminded attendees why it was important to vote.
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ther memorable performances were delivered by gospel artist Jekalyn Carr
, V. Bozeman, Nick Cannon, BJ the Kid Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, and Fantasia. Tichina Arnold, JB Smoove, Carl Payne, Erica Ash and Teyonah Parris also joined forces to perform a “Spike Lee Joint Medley,” a hilarious musical tribute.
and Georgia State House Representative Erica Thomas. The MOM group’s emotional speeches brought many in the audience to tears.
” Most people disappeared when the lights went out,” said Carr, who has since become an activist and a regular at NAN’s weekly Saturday-morning rallies in Harlem. “Reverend Sharpton was with us from day one. He never turned his back on us.”
Photo credit: Robin Marshall, Marcus Ingram for TV One