KarmaJonez Exclusive: That Time Karma Attended TV One’s Triumph Awards


KarmaJonez got the chance to attend TV One’s Triumph Awards! In a year defined by civil rights cases that have galvanized the country, the National Action Network (NAN) and Reverend Al Sharpton decided to partner with TV One to present the first-ever television broadcast of The 2015 Triumph Awards.

Hosted by Tichina Arnold, (who is awesome, by the way) the awards show sought to recognize the positive impact this year’s honorees have made upon society. Among the honorees were civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery; award-winning singer and humanitarian John Legend; recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson; Emmy-award® winning comedienne, actress and producer Wanda Sykes; and Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education and External Relations for Intel Rosalind Hudnell.

The 2015 Triumph Awards presented by National Action Network and TV One recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. Honorees have made a positive impact on society by utilizing their talents and resources to help those within under-resourced communities.

Recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson was presented the Entertainer of the Year honor by Martin Luther King III and received a special message from friend and fellow entertainer Ludacris. With a body of work as a civil rights leader, activist and minister spanning over six decades, Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery received the Chairman’s Award for Historic & Transformative Service. Emmy® winning comedienne, actress and producer Wanda Sykes received the Activism in the Arts honor for her years of service to youth homelessness and engagement within the LGBT community. Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education and External Relations for Intel, Rosalind Hudnell was presented the honor of Corporate Executive of the Year in support of her distinguished leadership within the corporate sector. The night’s final honor, the President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts, was presented to John Legend for his work as a vocal champion for social justice.


Presenters included Afemo Omilami, Danielle Nicolet, Darrin Henson, Donnie Simpson, Nicole Beharie, Soledad O’Brien, Syleena Johnson, Richard Lawson, Patrik-Ian Polk and Terri J. Vaughn.
Musical performances included Tyrese, Tasha Cobbs, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Chante Moore, Stokley Williams and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Award winning hip-hop artist, T.I. delivered an original spoken word piece titled “United We Stand.”

All of the honorees gave amazing acceptance speeches, but a few really stuck out in my mind. First was Tyrese’s speech. Here’s a few quotes:

“This is the season for good people to win. New levels new Devils. It gets confusing when you see quote unquote bad people cutting the line. But this is what God revealed to me…this is the season for good people to win. I don’t do this for accolades. That’s not me. I do it because I love what I do. Ladies who are in school, keep your legs closed and the books open. It’s not about popularity. Stay focused.”

He of course, got a standing ovation after that. Then there was the legendary, Joseph E. Lowery. (One of the streets here in Atlanta is named after him)


“Pray for me as I pray for you, because that’s how gods children ought to do,” he told Rev. Al Sharpton. He then went on to proclaim that “Black lives DO matter.”

Last, was my personal favorite, Wanda Sykes. She was very emotional when giving her speech, and seemed to be the most humbled by her award.

“In the LGBT community we have to build our own families because sometimes our families reject us. I appreciate you Reverend Al, because you were one of the first to stand up and say we all deserve equal rights. I couldn’t turn my back on my child. I mean if he came home and told me he was a republican, I wouldn’t kick him out, but I’d take him out of my will,” the comedienne joked.

Sorry for the late post, but still wanted to share!

Working BTS of TV One's #TriumphAwards today. Fun. Fun. #askaprillove

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#TriumphAwards Celebs will arrive soon!

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Rev Al Sharpton! #TriumphAwards #TVOne #askaprillove #karmajonezknows

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Wanda Sykes and Joseph E Lowrey! #TVOne #TriumphAwards #karmajonezknows #askaprillove

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Tichina Arnold acting a fool! 😂

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Super nice lady! Very humble. More celebs should take note! Wanda Sykes!

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The 2015 Triumph Awards will aired on Saturday, October 3 at 8PM/ET on TV One.

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