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Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer at Trumpet Awards

Steve Harvey, 2010 Trumpet Awards Honoree for Pinnacle Award, and his wife Marjorie Bridges Harvey arrive. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Steve Harvey, 2010 Trumpet Awards Honoree for Pinnacle Award, and his wife Marjorie Bridges Harvey arrive. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Steve Harvey was honored with the Pinacle Award at Saturday night’s 18th annual Trumpet Awards, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

“It’s not a popularity contest, it’s what your community thinks of you,” Harvey said as he arrived on the red carpet.

Later, his longtime buddy Cedric the Entertainer surprised him on stage when it was time for the presentation.

Afterwards, the two cut up back stage for a few minutes.

“If I told you some of the road stories y’all wouldn’t have given me the Pinacle Award or any kind of award,” Harvey cracked, referring to their time touring with the Original Kings of Comedy tour.

Fans can rejoice that he has no plans to slow down.

“I look forward to the day when I can be rich and retire,” he said. “Our problem is we’re still buying stuff. I’m still shopping!”LEE_Spike_2000_OriginalKingsofComedy_0_poster

We scored about a 30-second interview with Cedric, trotting along with him as he made his way to his waiting car. He said comedy always has its place in society, especially as the country confronts serious issues like conflicts abroad and economic troubles here.

“My Halloween costume last year is I was a foreclosure sign,” he quipped, launching into an impromptu bit. “I’d just stand in people’s yards and they’d come out and go, ‘Oh, Jesus!’ ”

The Trumpet Awards, honoring achievements by African Americans, also saluted Frankie Beverly, Judge Clarence Cooper, Dr. Farrah Gray, Rev. Jim Holley, Don Jackson, Clarence Otis Jr., John W. Rogers Jr., Synthia St. James and Gen. William E. Ward.

The Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Lowery were honored for their civil rights work, although he was unable to attend. The AJC has since learned he’s been hospitalized with breathing problems.

- Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

6 comments Add your comment

Gwen Wrushen Nelson

February 2nd, 2010
7:12 pm

Congratulations on receiving the Trumpet Award. Best wishes in alln of your endeavors.

Doris and Sam Brewster

February 10th, 2010
8:49 pm

Congratulations and much success in all your efforts. “In all thy ways acknowledge him and he wwil direct your path”.

Helen Roby Bonham

February 14th, 2010
3:25 am

CONGRATULATIONS! ON YOUR RECEIPT OF THE TRUMPET AWARD AS WELL AS YOUR 10TH YEAR CELEBRATION AS HOST OF THE BET GOSPEL CELEBRATION. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP YOU.

Helen Roby Bonham

February 14th, 2010
3:35 am

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RECEIPT OF THE TRUMPET AWARD AS WELL AS YOUR 10TH YEAR CELEBRATION AS HOST OF THE BET GOSPEL CELEBRATION. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP YOU,

Ms.Texas

March 29th, 2010
11:21 pm

Please tell me if we will be allowed to watch the trumpet awards again because I really hate that I missed it!

Donna James

April 17th, 2010
1:53 am

CONGRATULATION MAZE LONG TIME OVER DUE