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Is a ‘Hidden Figures’ TV Series in the Works?

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The lives of mathematicians Dorothy VaughnMary Jackson and Katherine Johnson were so beautifully displayed in the 2016 hit film Hidden Figures that it may just become the subject of a new TV series.

According to S&A, the executive producers of the film—Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping—are reportedly in the “early stages of development” on a scripted drama with National Geographic (Nat Geo).

Hidden Figures starred actresses Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as three women who broke racial boundaries as human computers at NASA.  Each one served as the brains behind America’s race against Russia to put a man in space and quickly rose the ranks of the national space program. The film was very well received and earned Spencer an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Nat Geo has found success in the scripted series arena with the show Genius, which earned 10 Emmy nominations.

RC will keep you posted as this project continues to develop.

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Taraji P. Henson, RuPaul, Daniel Kaluuya & more nominated for MTV’s ‘Movie & TV Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

MTV announced the nominees for its first-ever 2017 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” and congrats goes to “Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson for picking up three nods. The SAG Award winning-actress has been nominated for Best Actor, Best Kiss along with her “Empire” co-star Terrence Howard and Best Hero for her role in “Hidden Figures.” The film has also been nominated for Best Fight Against the System Award.

“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya is also nominated for three awards including Best Actor, Next Generation and Best Duo with Lil Rel Howery. The film also picked up a few nods including Movie of the Year and Best Fight Against the System.

Drag superstar RuPaul is up for two awards including Best Host and Best Reality Competition for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“MTV is about celebrating youth culture and fueling our audience’s passion points,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1 and Logo. “We are thrilled to have Adam Devine as our master of ceremonies for the new MTV Movie and TV Awards where we honor the best stories, actors and characters our audience loves.”

Comedian, film and TV star Adam Devine will host the show which airs LIVE on Sunday, May 7 at 8 p.m. from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Check out all the nominees below:

MOVIE OF THE YEAR (Presented by Toyota C-HR)
Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Logan (20th Century Fox)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment)
Hugh Jackman – Logan (20th Century Fox)
James McAvoy – Split (Universal Pictures)
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)

SHOW OF THE YEAR
Atlanta (FX)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Insecure (HBO)
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)

BEST ACTOR IN A SHOW
Donald Glover – Atlanta (FX)
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin (The CW) z
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Mandy Moore – This Is Us (NBC)
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things (Netflix)

BEST KISS
Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome – Moonlight (A24)
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling – La La Land (Summit Entertainment)
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) =
Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard – Empire (FOX)
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick – Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (20th Century Fox)

BEST VILLAIN
Allison Williams – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Demogorgon – Stranger Things (Netflix)
Jared Leto – Suicide Squad (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Wes Bentley – American Horror Story (FX)

BEST HOST
Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show (NBC)
John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show (Comedy Central)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
13TH (Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia Pictures)
O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films)
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube|Red)
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story (Spike)

BEST REALITY COMPETITION
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
MasterChef Junior (FOX)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
The Bachelor (ABC)
The Voice (NBC)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Adam Devine – Workaholics (Comedy Central)
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson – Broad City (Comedy Central)
Lil Rel Howery – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy (FOX)
Seth Rogen – Sausage Party (Sony)
Will Arnett – The LEGO Batman Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST HERO
Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Grant Gustin – The Flash (The CW)
Mike Colter – Luke Cage (Netflix)
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things (Netflix)
Stephen Amell – Arrow (The CW)
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)

TEARJERKER
Game of Thrones – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death (HBO)
Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo)(ABC)
Me Before You – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Moonlight – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him (A24)
This Is Us – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate (NBC)

NEXT GENERATION
Chrissy Metz
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae
Riz Ahmed
Yara Shahidi

BEST DUO
Adam Levine & Blake Shelton – The Voice (NBC)
Daniel Kaluuya & Lil Rel Howery – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield – Atlanta (FX)
Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen – Logan (20th Century Fox)
Josh Gad & Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg – Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (VH1)

BEST AMERICAN STORY
Blackish (ABC)
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Moonlight (A24)
Transparent (Amazon)

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Loving (Focus Features)
Luke Cage (Netflix)
Mr. Robot (USA)

Official sponsors of the “2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards” include Always®, Diamond Producers Association™, Taco Bell®, Toyota C-HR and truth®.

Photo Credit: MTV.com

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AAFCA recognizes Sidney Poitier, ‘Moonlight,’ Lee Daniels & more! [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) held it’s 8th Annual AAFCA Awards Ceremony recently in Los Angeles and the event was nothing short of spectacular. A number of 2016’s top films were honored including “Moonlight,” “Fences,” “Loving,” and “Hidden Figures.” TV series like OWN’s “Queen Sugar” and FX’s “Atlanta” were also recognized as Top programs.

This year’s awards ceremony took place at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA and was attended by a number of the honorees including Janelle Monáe (Breakout Performance, “Moonlight” “Hidden Fences”), Barry Jenkins (Best Director, “Moonlight”) and Lee Daniels (Cinema Vanguard Award). Screen legend Sidney Poitier was also recognized for the 50th Anniversary of his groundbreaking film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

A list of who’s who in film and television were also present including Nischelle Turner, John Singleton, Sanaa Lathan, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jovan Adepo, Joe Morton, Tommy DavidsonAnna Marie HorsfordDemetrius Shipp Jr., Laz Alonso, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Eva Marcille, Rhyon Nicole, Marcus Scribner, Kendrick Sampson, Neil Brown Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips, Karen Sharpe and Kat Kramer.

“Queen Sugar” cast members Dawn Lyen-Gardner, Timon Kyle Durrett, Omar J. Dorsey, Tina Lifford and Dondre Whitfield were also present to pick up their “Best TV Show Award” along with the cast of “Underground” Alano Miller, Aisha Hinds and show creator Misha Green.

“Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows to choose from this year,” says AAFCA Co-founder Shawn Edwards. “It was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the black experience. And while this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry it was definitely refreshing to have such a wide-range of exceptional work to choose from to honor and celebrate with our approval.”

“2016 provided our membership with many great films to choose from,” says AAFCA President and Co-founder, Gil Robertson. “Every movie and TV show on our Top 10 Lists could have easily been number one. The number of incredible performances by black actors and actresses added to a very competitive field of performances and represents a step towards inclusion that our membership warmly embraces. We look forward to what 2017 has in store.”

See more pictures and a full list of winners below:

Lee Daniels 

Janelle Monáe

Barry Jenkins 

See the full list of winners below:

FILM
BEST PICTURE : MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST DIRECTOR: BARRY JENKINS, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST ACTOR: DENZEL WASHINGTON, FENCES– (Paramount)
BEST ACTRESS: RUTH NEGA, LOVING – (Focus Features)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: MAHERSHALA ALI, MOONLIGHT – (A24)
BEST ENSEMBLE: THE Cast of HIDDEN FIGURES (20TH Century Fox)
BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE 2017 – Janelle Monae for MOONLIGHT AND HIDDEN FIGURES
BEST INDEPENEDENT FILM: “MOONLIGHT” (A24)
BEST ANIMATION FILM; ZOOTOPIA (Disney)
BEST SONG – “VICTORY” from HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – 13 (Netflix)
BEST FOREIGN FILM – TANNA (Lightyear Entertainment)
BEST SCREENPLAY – AUGUST WILSON, FENCES – (Paramount)

TV
BEST TV SHOW (Drama) – QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
BEST TV SHOW (Comedy) – ATLANTA – FX
BEST TV SHOW (CABLE/NEW MEDIA – UNDERGROUND – WGN America
BEST TV SHOW (Special/Limited Series) – LEMONADE – HBO

AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:

1.      MOONLIGHT – A24
2.     FENCES – Paramount
3.     HIDDEN FIGURES – 20th Century Fox
4.     LION – The Weinstein Company
5.     LALA LAND – Lionsgate
6.     BIRTH OF A NATION – Fox Searchlight
7.     LOVING – Focus Features
8.     MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Amazon Studios / Roadside Attractions
9.     HELL OR HIGH WATER – CBS Films
10.  QUEEN OF KATWE – Disney

AAFCA Top Ten TV shows of 2016 are as follows in order of distinction:

1.      QUEEN SUGAR – OWN
2.     UNDERGROUND – WGN America
3.     ATLANTA – FX
4.     INSECURE – HBO
5.     LUKE CAGE – NETFLIX
6.     THIS IS US – NBC
7.     BLACKISH – ABC
8.     THE GET DOWN – NETFLIX
9.     WESTWORLD – HBO
10.  SURVIVOR’S REMORSE – STARZ

Photo Credits: AAFCA

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AMC to Celebrate BHM with free screenings of ‘Hidden Figures’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

So you haven’t had a chance to see “Hidden Figures?” Well, here is your opportunity! AMC Movie Theaters are celebrating Black History Month with free screenings of the film this Saturday, February 18 at select locations.  According to THR, 21st Century Fox will screen the Oscar nominated-film in 14 AMC Theaters around the U.S. including Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C., and New Orleans.

“Hidden Figures” stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as mathematicians Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, who served as the brains behind America’s race against Russia to put a man in space and quickly rose the ranks of NASA. The SAG Award-winning film also features Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali and Aldis Hodge.

In addition to the free screenings, schools and community groups can also go online and request a free screening in their community. The deadline is February 28 and the winners will be announced in March. Click here to register!

See the participating theaters below:

AMC Southbay Galleria 16, Redondo Beach, CA (LA)
AMC Aventura 24, Aventura, FL (Miami)
AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Atlanta)
AMC Ford City 14 (Chicago)
AMC Westbank Palace 16 (New Orleans)
AMC White Marsh 16 (Baltimore)
AMC MJ Capital Center 12 (D.C.)
AMC Southfield 20 (Detroit)
AMC Esquire 7 (St. Louis)
AMC Cherry Hill 24 (Philadelphia market)
AMC Bay Plaza 13 (NYC)
AMC Mesquite 20 (Dallas-Ft. Worth)
AMC Bay Street 16 (Oakland)
AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 (Charlotte)

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#UPFRONT talks to Robi Reed, Craig Stewart and Cassi Davis (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Just in case you missed it, here is link to this morning’s edition of “UPFRONT.” This week’s show featured legendary casting director Robi Reed and her important message about testing on this coming Tuesday’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We also talked about her Reed for Hope Foundation and the work she does with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. We also chatted about current position with BET and her most memorable casting story.

LGBTQ author and playwright Craig Stewart stopped by to talk about his books, Words Never Spoken and OneThing for Certain, Two Things for Sure: A Memoir Continued. We also discussed the importance of the Oscar nominated film, “Moonlight” and what a “Best Picture” win could mean for other LGBTQ stories of color.

Comedic actress Cassi Davis had me cracking up as she talked about working with Tyler Perry in “Boo! A Madea Halloween” + her new OWN series, “The Paynes,” which debuts in 2018. She also talked about marrying her high school sweetheart and finding laughter in everything.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the new “Entertainment Capital of the South.” It airs on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK and WCLK.com

Click here to check out past shows!

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#TONIGHT ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’ at 8 p.m. on TBS and TNT

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Will Viola Davis pick up her fifth and sixth Screen Actors Guild Award tonight? We’ll find out in less than two hours as the awards ceremony will air simultaneously beginning at 8 p.m. on TBS and TNT.

The “Fences” star is up for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Her “Fences” co-star Denzel Washington is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role as well for Best Cast. Both will be presenting at some point during the telecast.

Other nominees include Sterling K. Brown for his role as Randall Pearson in NBC’s breakout series “This Is Us” and as Christopher Darden in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” He is going up against his co-star Courtney B.Vance for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series.

“Moonlight” actress Naomie Harris will get a taste of Oscar night as she is competing against Viola Davis and “Hidden Figures” Octavia Spencer for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Supporting Role. “black-ish” star and host of the NAACP Image Awards Anthony Anderson will also be competing against Broadway actor Titus Burgess for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

“Orange is the New Black” star and fan favorite Uzo Aduba is vying for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series, Thandi Newton is up for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for “Westworld” and Audra McDonald‘s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille” is going to-to-toe with Kerry Washington‘s “Confirmation” for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.

Screen Actors Guild presenters include Harris and Spencer along with  John Legend, Gina Rodriquez, Mahershala Ali, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Rashida Jones and Janelle Monáe.

Iconic funny lady Lily Tomlin will recieve this year’s Life Achievement Award, which will be presented by her” 9 to 5″ co-stars Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton.

Congrats and good luck!

Photo Credit: SAGAwards.org

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‘Moonlight,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Fences’ earn Oscar Nods for ‘Best Picture’ & more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight” and “Fences” were all nominated in the Best Picture category. I believe this is the first time we’ve ever had three African-American films nominated at the same time in this category.

Other nominations include Denzel Washington for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Ruth Negga for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Mahershala Ali for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Octavia Spencer, Naomie Harris and Viola Davis for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

“Moonlight” also picked up nods for Cinematography, Directing for Barry Jenkins, Film Editing, Music (Original Score) and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney. “Fences” also picked up for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) while James Baldwin‘s “I Am Not Your Negro” (which I saw last night) and Ava DuVernay‘s “13th” were nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

I must say that I am shocked that Taraji P. Henson was not nominated for her role in “Hidden Figures” nor was Pharrell Williams nominated for the film’s soundtrack. #SMH

Click here to see the full list of nominees and don’t forget to watch the Oscars when they air live on Sunday, February 26 on ABC! This year’s show is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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TONIGHT! ‘The Golden Globe Awards’ at 8 p.m. on NBC

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Award season is officially here with TONIGHT’s presentation of “The Golden Globe Awards” at 8 p.m. on NBC. The lavish ceremony will recognize the best in television and film and his hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

As previously reported, a number of African-American stars are up for awards this year including “Insecure” actress Issa Rae and “black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.” “Atlanta” star Donald Glover will go toe-to-toe with “black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.”

The People V. O.J. Simpson‘s Sterling K. Brown is up for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” as well as Westworld’s Thandie Newton for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.”

“Hidden Figures,” which opened in theaters this weekend, pulled in two nods including “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” for Octavia Spencer and “Best Original Score” for Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wall Fisch.

“Moonlight” scored six nods including “Best Motion Picture,” “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” for Naomie Harris, “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” for Mahershala Ali and “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” for Barry Jenkins.

Kerry Washington is nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” for her portrayal of Anita Hill in “Confirmation” and Courtney B. Vance for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” for his portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in “The People V. O.J. Simpson.”

“Fences” star Viola Davis is competing against Naomie Harris and Octavia Spencer for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” while her co-star Denzel Washington is up for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.”

Tonight’s presenters include John Legend, Naomi CampbellCarl Weathers, Zoe Saldana and Sofia Vegara as well as film icons Sylvester Stallone, Goldie Hawn and Nicole Kidman. Screen legend Meryl Streep will receive this year’s coveted Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Click here to see the full list of nominees!

Photo Credits: GoldenGlobes.com

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Pharrell Williams talks ‘Hidden Figures,’ women & more in ‘ESQUIRE’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy winning-music star Pharrell Williams is looking dapper as usual for the upcoming February issue of ESQUIRE Magazine. Inside, the content creator addresses his concerns for our nation’s future and its need to provide more leadership opportunities for women and girls.

“I don’t know what I could do, but I know if women wanted to, they could save this nation. If women wanted to, they could save the world…” says Williams. “Women have a lot to carry, right? Including the entire human species. That’s deep. And still they don’t have an equal say on this planet. That’s insane. Meanwhile, their feelings are suppressed, their spirits are oppressed, and their ambitions are repressed.”

Williams also talked about working as an executive producer on “Hidden Figures,” which opens in theaters this weekend, as well as scoring the film’s soundtrack with the world renowned music composer—Hans Zimmer. He also dished about not being the true creator of his music but rather a conduit for the words and melodies to flow through him.

“I think everything is given to us,” he says. “Everything is. We didn’t create it. It’s being given to us in one shape or form. It is a deep delusion to think otherwise. I’m not the juice. I’m not the ice that makes it cool. And I’m certainly not the glass. I’m just the straw.”

Check out more images of Pharrell Williams below and click here to read the entire article:

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Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe cover ESSENCE [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars of “Hidden Figures,” Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe look absolutely “out of this world” for the upcoming February issue of ESSENCE Magazine.  The actresses are on the covers promoting their new film which opens in limited theaters on December 25 and nationwide on January 6.

As previously reported, the divas portray mathematicians Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson. These Black women were not just pioneers in their chosen fields but they helped integrate NASA’s White male dominated space program.  “Hidden Figures” also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali and Aldis Hodge and has already been nominated for numerous awards this season including three Golden Globes.

Check out their covers below along with excerpts from their ESSENCE interviews.

“When I was growing up, people told me out of their mouths math and science are for boys. I was told that over and over. Like, no one showed me how to fall in love with numbers. If I had a teacher like Mrs. Johnson, who knows, I might be on the moon,” says Henson to ESSENCE.

“I think they would not have achieved the level of success that they did had they not had one another,” says Monáe to ESSENCE. The Grammy nominated-singer turned actress has already earned AAFCA’s “Best Breakout Performance” Award for her role in this film as well as Barry Jenkins‘ “Moonlight.”

Spencer, who has also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role, signed on to the film project two years ago and continues to admire the woman she portrays. “Dorothy Vaughan is the genesis of Black Girls Code,” Spencer tells ESSENCE.

The February issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands on January 13.

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‘UPFRONT’ talks to MAJOR., AAFCA’s Gil Robertson & stars from ‘Hidden Figures’ (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Just in case you missed it, here is link to this morning’s edition of “UPFRONT.”  This week’s show featured NAACP Image Award nominee MAJOR., who talked about his new found musical success and his chart topping single, “Why I Love You.”  Gil Robertson, co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association, came back to chat with us about the 2017 AAFCA Awards as well as their tribute to film icon and humanitarian Sidney Poitier.

Hidden Figures” actresses Maria Howell, Donna Biscoe and Karan Kendrick stopped by the studio to chop it up about their new holiday movie and why they were so elated to be a part of this inspirational story. They also talked exclusively to “UPFRONT” about their time on set, working with film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe and why this project is so timely. Kendrick also discussed her new girls empowerment tour that was created as a result of appearing in the movie.

“UPFRONT” airs every Sat. morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK or WCLK.com.

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‘Moonlight,’ ‘Fences’ & ‘Hidden Figures’ earn 2017 AAFCA Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced all of the winners for the 2017 AAFCA Awards on Monday and “Moonlight” walked away with the most honors. The film, which is based on Tarrell Alvin McCraney‘s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, earned “Best Picture,” “Best Director” for Barry Jenkins, “Best Supporting Actor” for Mahershala Ali and “Best Breakout Performance” for Janelle Monáe.

August Wilson‘s “Fences” picked up three awards including “Best Actor” for Denzel Washington, “Best Supporting Actress” for Viola Davis and “Best Screenplay.” Other winners include “Hidden Figures” who grabbed “Best Ensemble,” Best Breakout Performance” for Janelle Monáe and “Best Song.” In addition to the films, TV shows “Queen Sugar,” “Atlanta” and “Underground” were also awarded for their hugely successful first seasons.

The AAFCA Awards takes place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood and will feature a star studded tribute to screen legend Sidney Poitier.  It will also recognize the 50th Anniversary of Poitier’s groundbreaking film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

“2016 provided our membership with many great films to choose from,” said AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “Every movie and TV show on our top 10 lists could have easily been No. 1. The number of incredible performances by black actors and actresses added to a very competitive field of performances and represents a step towards inclusion that our membership warmly embraces.”

See the complete list of winners below:

FILM

Best Picture
Moonlight

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Ruth Negga, Loving

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences

Best Ensemble
The cast of Hidden Figures

Breakout Performance 2017
Janelle Monae, Moonlight and Hidden Figures

Best Independent Film
Moonlight

Best Animation Film
Zootopia

Best Song
“Victory,” Hidden Figures

Best Documentary
13th

Best Foreign Film
Tanna

Best Screenplay
August Wilson, Fences

TELEVISION

Best TV Show, Drama
Queen Sugar

Best TV Show, Comedy
Atlanta

Best TV Show, Cable/New Media
Underground

Best TV Show, Special/Limited Series
Lemonade

AAFCA Top 10 Films of 2016 in Order of Distinction

1. Moonlight
2. Fences
3. Hidden Figures
4. Lion
5. La La Land
6. The Birth of a Nation
7. Loving
8. Manchester by the Sea
9. Hell or High Water
10. Queen of Katwe

AAFCA Top 10 TV Shows of 2016 in Order of Distinction

1. Queen Sugar
2. Underground
3. Atlanta
4. Insecure
5. Luke Cage
6. This Is Us
7. Black-ish
8. The Get Down
9. Westworld
10. Survivor’s Remorse

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Issa Rae, Mahershala Ali, Donald Glover & more nominated for ‘Golden Globes’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced this morning and congratulations goes to “Insecure” actress Issa Rae. She has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy” along with black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross. “Atlanta” actor Donald Glover and black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson are up for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.”

img_2474The People V. O.J. Simpson‘s Sterling K. Brown is up for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” as well as Westworld’s Thandie Newton for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.”

“Hidden Figures” pulled in two nods including “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” for Octavia Spencer and “Best Original Score” for Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wall Fisch.

“Moonlight” scored six nods including “Best Motion Picture,” “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” for Naomie Harris, “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” for Mahershala Ali and “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” for Barry Jenkins.

Kerry Washington is nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” for her portrayal of Anita Hill in “Confirmation” and Courtney B. Vance for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” for his portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in “The People V. O.J. Simpson.”

“Fences” star Viola Davis is competing against Harris and Spencer for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture” while her co-star Denzel Washington is up for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.”

“The Golden Globe Awards” will take place on Sunday, January 8 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and is hosted by Jimmy FallonClick here to see the full list of nominees!

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Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Janelle Monáe nominated for Critics’ Choice Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to “Hidden Figures” actress Janelle Monáe! She has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award and may walk away with the “Best Suppoting Actress” honors during Sunday’s ceremony. Monáe portrays Mary Jackson, one of three African-American women who were instrumental in NASA’s first successful space missions. The film has also garnered nominations for “Best Acting Ensemble” and “Best Adapted Screenplay.”

Other nominees include Viola Davis for “Best Actress” and Denzel Washington for “Best Actor” for their roles in “Fences.” The film has also earned nods for “Best Picture,” “Best Director” for Washington and “Best Adapted Screenplay” for the late August Wilson.

Versatile actor Mahershala Ali also picked up a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination for his role in “Moonlight” along with his co-star Alex R. Hibbert who earned a “Best Young Actor” nod and Barry Jenkins for “Best Director.”

John Legend‘s “La La Land” is also up for a whopping 12 nominations including “Best Picture,” “Best Actor,” “Best Actress,” and “Best Director.”

Click here to see the full list of nominees and don’t forget to watch the show when it airs on Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m. on A&E.

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