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Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy and more recognized at ‘AAFCA TV Honors’ [PHOTOS]

Check out photos from this past weekend’s First Annual AAFCA TV Honors. The exclusive awards luncheon, presented by the African American Film Critics Association, was held at the Fireside Room at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey and recognized some of the biggest stars on television.

Ava DuVernay and the cast of When They See Us
AAFCA’s Gil Robertson along with Ava DuVernay and the cast of When They See Us

Awards were handed out to Emmy nominee Ava DuVernay and her cast of When They See UsNiecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Jharrel Jerome and Asante Blackk. She picked up the award for “Best Limited Series” and the actors picked up “Best Ensemble” as well as “Breakthrough Performance” for Jharrel.

Gil Roberston with Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe

CBS’s The Neighborhood featuring Cedric the Entertainer and Tichina Arnold picked up “Best TV Comedy.” Emmy winner and This is Us star Sterling K. Brown won for “Best TV Performance – Male” along with iconic film actress Angela Bassett for “Best TV Performance – Female.”

Janet Mock, Ryan Murphy, Angela Bassett and MJ Rodriguez

POSE and 9-1-1 producer Ryan Murphy also earned the AAFCA TV Honors first Icon Award for his outstanding contributions to television.

Special invited guests included Chaz EbertSheryl Lee Ralph, Janet Mock, Richard BrooksMj Rodriguez, among many others.  The event was presided over by AAFCA President Gil Robertson.

See the full list of winners below:

Best TV Comedy: “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

A comedy series, limited series, television movie or special that stands out for its quality and cultural significance presented to the series creator Jim Reynolds and cast members Cedric the Entertainer,  Tichina Arnold, Max Greenfield, Marcel Spears, Beth Behrs, and Sheaun McKinney.

Best TV Drama: “Power” (Starz)

A drama series, limited series, documentary series, television movie or otherwise that stands out for its quality and cultural significance presented to show writer Eric Haywood and director Anthony Hemingway.

Best Limited Series: “When They See Us” (Netflix)

A limited series, television movie or special that stands out for its quality and cultural significance presented to creator, co-writer and director Ava DuVernay.

Best Ensemble: “When They See Us” (Netflix)

This award may be given to an ensemble in a drama series, limited series, documentary series, television movie or otherwise that stands out as a groundbreaker or gamechanger in the television landscape. Presented to cast members Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Jharrel Jerome and Asante Blackk.

Breakthrough Performance: Jharrel Jerome “When They See Us”

This award may be given to an actor, creator or project that stands out as a groundbreaker or gamechanger in the television landscape

Best Writing: “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Writing for a drama series, comedy series, limited series, documentary series, television movie

or otherwise that stands out for its quality and cultural significance. Presented to writer Attica Locke.

Best TV Performance – Female: Angela Bassett

An actress whose work during the calendar year has been extraordinary.

Best TV Performance – Male: Sterling K. Brown

An actor whose work during the calendar year has been extraordinary.

Inclusion Award: CBS

Recognizes a network or production entity that demonstrates a powerful commitment to diversity and inclusion presented to Kelly Kahl President, CBS Entertainment.

PHOTO CREDITS: Brook Benjamin for AAFCA

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‘AAFCA TV Honors’ salutes ‘When They See Us,’ ‘Power,’ Ryan Murphy and more

Ava DuVernay’s riveting Netflix project When They See Us earned four wins from the African American Film Critics Association Tuesday as part of the upcoming AAFCA TV Honors. The highly popular limited series about the infamous Central Park rape case that resulted in the arrest and false imprisonment of five black youths, received the group’s Best Limited Series, Best Ensemble, Best Writing and Breakout Performance for Jharrel Jerome who plays Korey Wise in the series.

Other big wins went to the popular Starz drama Power, which begins its sixth and final season August 25th, and the CBS freshman comedy, The Neighborhood, starring Cedric the Entertainer and Tichina Arnold. Angela Bassett and Sterling K. Brown earned Best Acting Honors for their respective performances in the series 9-1-1 on Fox and This Is Us on NBC.

In all, the sixteen-year-old association will give out ten awards, including honoring mega-producer Ryan Murphy with the AAFCATV Icon Award and big three network, CBS, with the AAFCA Inclusion Award for its diverse programming and talent.     

“It is impossible to ignore TV’s popularity and remarkable influence on America’s pop culture landscape today,” says AAFCA president Gil Robertson IV. “As the stature of the small screen continues to expand, it has become increasingly more diverse and inclusive, a movement that we at AAFCA wholeheartedly embrace and champion. The honorees for our first AAFCA TV Honors represent the very best of television programming. They all successfully put a mirror up to our world to tell stories that are refreshingly diverse and authentic. We feel that this new wave of innovative, thought-provoking storytelling is inspiring and deserving of celebration.”

The honorees will be feted at AAFCA TV Honors during a private brunch on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, CA.

See all of the winners below:

Best Drama – “Power” (Starz)

Best Comedy – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

Best Limited Series – “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Best Performance Female – Angela Bassett (9-1-1) FOX

Best Performance Male – Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) NBC

Best Ensemble – “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Best Writing – “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Breakthrough Performance – Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us” (Netflix)

AAFCA TV Honors Inclusion Award – CBS

AAFCA TV Honors ICON Award – Ryan Murphy  

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Billy Porter, Niecy Nash, Jharrel Jerome, Sterling K. Brown and more nominated for Emmy Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Ava DuVernay‘s epic Netflix drama When They See Us. The film about the “Central Park Five” (now referred to as the Exonerated Five) received 16 Emmy nominations today including two for her in the categories of “Outstanding Directing” and “Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series” along with co-writer Michael Starburry.

When They See Us actors Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Niecy Nash, Michael K. Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Vera Farmiga and Marsha Stephanie Blake were also nominated for their roles.

Other Emmy nominees include POSE star Billy Porter, This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones, Glynn Turman and Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder, Black-ish lead Anthony Anderson, Giancarlo Esposito, Lavern Cox and Maya Rudolph.

Veteran actresses Phylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson were also nominated and as well as Don Cheadle and Mahershala Ali.

Iconic drag superstar RuPaul picked up nods for “Outstanding Host for Reality” and “Outstanding Reality Program” for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Beyoncé’s Homecoming and Wanda Sykes Not Normal both picked up nominations for “Outstanding Variety Special.”

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 at 8:00 p.m. and will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

See the nominees and full list below:

Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Killing Eve (AMC/BBC America)

Ozark (Netflix)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Bodyguard (Netflix)

Pose (FX)

Succession (HBO)

This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Laura Linney, Ozark

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Billy Porter, Pose

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Julia Garner, Ozark

Outstanding Comedy Series

Barry (HBO)

Veep (HBO)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

The Good Place (NBC)

Fleabag (Amazon Prime)

Russian Doll (Netflix)

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Bill Hader, Barry

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Henry Winkler, Barry

Stephen Root, Barry

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Limited Series

Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)

Chernobyl (HBO)

Fosse/Verdon (FX)

When They See Us (Netflix)

Sharp Objects (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us

Joey King, The Act

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl

Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora

John Leguizamo, When They See Us

Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Michael McKean, Better Call Saul

Glynn Turman, How To Get Away With Murder

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone

Michael Angarano, This Is Us

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black

Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live

John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live

Robert De Niro, Saturday Night Live

Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live

Peter MacNichol, Veep

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Fiona Shaw, Fleabag

Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag

Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live

Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding TV Movie

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)

Brexit (HBO)

Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)

King Lear (Amazon Prime)

My Dinner with Herve (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)

Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home with Amy Sedaris (Tru TV)

Documentary Now (IFC)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

I Love You, America (Hulu)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Who Is America (Showtime)

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool (CBS)

Springsteen on Broadway (Netflix)

Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce (Netflix)

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (Netflix)

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix)

Outstanding Variety Special Live

72nd Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’(ABC)

Rent: Live (Fox)

The Oscars (ABC)

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)

The 61st Grammy Awards (CBS)

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (CNN)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E)

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

The Voice (NBC)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Top Chef (Bravo)

American Ninja Warrior (NBC)

Nailed It (Netflix)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It

James Corden, The World’s Best

Marie Kondo, Tidying Up

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
David Nutter — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Miguel Sapochnik — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Lisa Bruhlmann — “Killing Eve” (BBC)
Jason Bateman — “Ozark” (Netflix)
Adam McKay — “Succession” (HBO)
Daina Reid — “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:

Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz — “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Jed Mercurio — “Bodyguard” (Netflix)
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Emerald Fennell — “Killing Eve” (BBC)
Jesse Armstrong — “Succession” (HBO)
Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder — “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special:

Russell T. Davies — “A Very English Scandal” (BBC)
Craig Mazin — “Chernobyl” (HBO)
Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin — “Escape At Dannemora” (Showtime)
Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin and Jerry Stahl — “Escape At Dannemora” (Showtime)
Steven Levenson and Joel Fields — “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury — “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:

“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
“Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Outstanding Choreography for Variety or Reality Programming:

Travis Wall — “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
Luther Brown — “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
Suresh Mukund — “World of Dance” (NBC)
Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega — “World of Dance” (NBC)
Tessandra Chavez — “World of Dance” (NBC)
Melvin “Timtim” Rogador — “World of Dance” (NBC)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special:

Stephen Frears — “A Very English Scandal” (BBC)
Johan Renck — “Chernobyl” (HBO)
Ben Stiller — “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)
Thomas Kail — “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Jessica Yu — “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)
Ava DuVernay — “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program:

Patrick McManus — “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
Hisham Abed — “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
Nick Murray — “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
Ken Fuchs — “Shark Tank” (ABC)
Bertram van Munster — “The Amazing Race” (CBS)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:

Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas — “Documentary Now!” (IFC)
Derek Waters — “Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
Paul Pennolino — “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)
Don Roy King — “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Jim Hoskinson — “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)
Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino and Dan Mazer — “Who Is America?” (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special:

Ben Winston — “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” (CBS)
(Netflix)
James Burrows and Andy Fisher— “Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons’“
Thom Zimny — “Springsteen On Broadway” (Netflix)
Glenn Weiss — “The Oscars” (ABC)

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary / Nonfiction Program:

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin — “Free Solo” (National Geographic)
Chris Smith — “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” (Netflix)
Dan Reed — “Leaving Neverland” (HBO)
Julie Cohen and Betsy West — “RBG” (CNN)
Tim Wardle — “Three Identical Strangers” (CNN)

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Sneak Peek of OWN’s New Season of ‘Black Love’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

OWN’s hugely popular series—BLACK LOVE—returns this fall beginning October 2.

The show profile on the lives and relationships of famous African American couples and will feature Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, Niecy Nash and Jay Tucker, Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe, and many more.

Take a first look below:

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Watch New Trailer for ‘The Predator’ featuring music from Big Boi & Killer Mike (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the new trailer for The Predator featuring some dope music from Killer Mike, Big Boi and Bassnecter. The song, “Rabbit’s Revenge” is from Tom Morello‘s forthcoming album, The Atlas Underground.

From the outer reaches of space to the to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race.

The Predator stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Jane Thomas, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski.

CLICK HERE to purchase advanced tickets!

THE PREDATOR arrives in theaters on September 14, 2018!

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Donald Glover, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Rupaul & more nominated for Emmys

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congratulations are in order as a number of our favorite African American actors and entertainers picked up Emmy Nominations this week.

The big news was announced on Thursday with nods going to Donald Glover and his hit FX series Atlanta, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony AndersonRuPaul, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown and This is Us, Cicely Tyson and Tiffany Haddish.

Click here to see the full list of nominees and don’t forget to tune in on Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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WATCH the First Look Trailer for ‘The Predator’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

20th Century Fox has released the first look trailer and a few new images for The Predator. The film stars award winning This is Us actor Sterling K. Brown, comedic actor Keegan-Michael Key and Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes. The film arrives in theaters on September 14, 2018.

The film’s synopsis reads as follows:

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black‘s explosive reinvention of the Predator series.

Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

The Predator also stars Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski.

Tell us what you think?

Photo Credits: 20th Century Fox

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Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry team up for ‘Hotel Artemis’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

This is Us star Sterling K. Brown and Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry are a few criminals who finds themselves in need of some emergency care in the new drama—Hotel Artemis.

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. Rounding out the all-star cast is Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista.

Hotel Artemis is a stylish, high-octane action-thriller written and directed by Drew Pearce and opens in theaters nationwide on June 8.

Watch the exciting trailer below:

Photo Credit: YouTube.com/Hotel Artemis

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OWN’s ‘Black Love’ to return on Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m. (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

OWN has released a sneak peek of the new season for Black Love and I can’t wait!  The hugely popular docu-series on love and relationships from an African American perspective returns on Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m. EST.

The inaugural season debuted last fall with 1.2 million total viewers, becoming OWN’s most-watched unscripted series debut in network history and its highest-rated unscripted series debut in more than four years in the network’s key W 25-54 demo.

This second season will feature Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, Emmy Award-winning actress Niecy Nash and husband Jay Tucker, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, NBA All-Star Grant Hill and Grammy-nominated record artist Tamia, RUN DMC’s Rev Run and wife Justine Simmons, Grammy Award winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin and wife Tammy,  comedian D.L. Hughley and wife LaDonna, former NFL-running back Eddie George and wife Taj of SWV, Hip-Hop artist Styles P and wife Adjua, Actors Alano Miller and Dewanda Wise, NFL Linebacker Bart Scott and wife Starr, and more. The couples talk about how their relationships began, the road to the altar, life after children and all of the other obstacles they may have faced to make their marriages stronger than ever.

In addition, OWN will celebrate Mother’s Day with a “Black Love” special Motherly Love on Tuesday, May 8 at 10 p.m. celebrating the love and the bond that is shared between mothers and their children. The special will feature the families of NAACP Image Award-winner Tichina Arnold, Queen Sugar‘s Kofi Siriboe, NAACP Image Award-winner and author Hill Harper, Erica and Tina Campbell of the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling gospel duo Mary Mary and Uber’s Chief Brand Officer and trailblazer Bozoma Saint John. The families open up and share candid, hilarious and heartwarming moments that have shaped their relationships.

Stay tuned…

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Watch Sterling K. Brown’s SAG Award Acceptance Speech (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to “This Is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown! He made history Sunday night when he won the award for “Best Outstanding Performance By a Male in Drama Series” during the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG). This is a first for an African-American actor and another history making moment for Brown. He most recently made headlines during the Golden Globe Awards where he became the first African-American actor to win in the category of “Best Performance TV Drama.”

Brown also picked up another SAG award when the entire cast from “This Is Us” won in the category for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.”

Sterling K. Brown with “Claws” actress Niecy Nash

“To all those people still out there hustling, trying to make it – the fame won’t sustain you. The money won’t sustain you. The love will keep you going,” said Brown during his emotional speech.

Click here to see the complete list of winners!

Photo Credits: YouTube + Instagram/Niecy Nash

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Winners + Red Carpet Pics from ‘NAACP Image Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about Black excellence Monday night (January 15) during TV One’s live telecast of the “NAACP Image Awards.” Many of our favorite actors, actresses, personalities and music stars were honored for their creativity throughout 2017.

Winners included “Girl’s Trip” for Outstanding Motion Picture, Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Power’s Omari Hardwick for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.

“Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, picked up the fan voted NAACP Entertainer of the Year, William Lucy was awarded the NAACP Chairman’s Award and veteran actor Danny Glover received the coveted NAACP President’s Award. Several members of the Memphis Sanitation “I Am A Man” Workers were also in attendance and were presented with the NAACP Vanguard Award earlier in the week during a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Other highlights included “Uncle” Charlie Wilson picking up the Music Makes a Difference honor, a soul-stirring musical performance by Oscar winner Common and Andra Day and a special #TIMESUP presentation featuring Ross, Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox and Lena Waithe.

Presenters included Sterling K. Brown, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Michael B. Jordan, Issae Rae, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews,  Yara Shahidi, Angela Rye, Danai Gurira, Isaiah Washington, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams and Mike Colter.

Click here to see all of the winners and check out more pics below:

The hosts from The Real

Omari Hardwick

Jussie Smollett + Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Halle Berry 

Charlie Wilson

June Ambrose 

Danny Glover 

Kerry Washington 

Girl’s Trip producers Will Packer Malcolm D. Lee + James Lopez

Issa Rae

Chadwick Boseman

Tina Lifford

Cast of “Behind the Movement” Meta Golding +

Isaiah Washington + Loretta Devine

Lynn Whitfield 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Anthony Anderson 

MAJOR.

Mary J. Blige

Tiffany Black

Rutina Wesley

LeToya Luckett + Tommicus Walker 

Demetria McKinney

Jacob Lattimore 

Logan Browning

Michael B. Jordan

Niecy Nash 

Andra Day

Ava DuVernay

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Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba, Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele & more win ‘NAACP Image Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The winners of the “49th NAACP Image Awards” in the non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration that took place on Sunday evening (January 14) at the Pasadena Conference Center. The event was hosted by The Real’s Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

Winners included Tiffany Haddish for her role in “Girls Trip,” “Insecure” star Jay Ellis, David and Tamela Mann for their reality series, “The Manns,” TV One’s “UNSUNG” for Outstanding News and Information and Roland Martin for Outstanding Host in Talk or News.

In addition to the nominees, a record number of other stars were in the building including “Queen Sugar” actors Dondre Whitfield and Tina Lifford, “Greenleaf” stars Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Deborah Joy Winans and Merle Dandridge and the cast from “This Is Us” Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson and Lonnie Chavis. OWN star Iyanla Vanzant was also in attendance as well as The CHI’s Lena Waithe, R&B singers MAJOR. and Ledisi, jazz musician Damien Escobar, “Black Girls Rock” creator Beverly Bond, Gospel sensation Marvin Sapp, filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, “The New Edition Story” actors Wood McClain and Yvette Nicole Brown and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Winners in 47 categories were announced during the event while the remaining 9 categories +  Entertainer of the Year will be announced LIVE on stage during TONIGHT’s two-hour star-studded telecast at 9p.m.  The ceremony is hosted by “Black-Ish” star Anthony Anderson.

See the complete list of Non-Televised Categories below:

 

Television  

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “`black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited – Series or Dramatic Special

“The New Edition Story ” (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Idris Elba – “Guerrilla” (Showtime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited -Series or Dramatic Special

Queen Latifah – “Flint” (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

“The Real” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

“The Manns” (TV One)

Outstanding Variety or Game Show – (Series or Special)

“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)

Caleb McLaughlin – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Roland Martin – “News One Now” (TV One)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)

 

Recording 

Outstanding New Artist

SZA (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Jazz Album

“Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

“Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album

“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

 

Literature

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction 

“The Annotated African American Folktales” – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor),Maria Tatar (Editor), (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” – Dick Gregory (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Autobiography

“Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By), (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams ” – Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By), (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Incendiary Art: Poems” – Patricia Smith (Author), (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History ” – Vashti Harrison (Author), (Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth / Teens

“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” – Rita Williams-Garcia, (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator), (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)

 

Motion Picture

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Idris Elba – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

 

Documentary

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

“STEP” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

“The 44th President: In His Own Words” (History)

 

Writing

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Janine Barrois – “Claws” – Batsh*t (TNT)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Shots Fired” – Hour One: Pilot (Fox)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special 

Abdul Williams – “The New Edition Story ” – Part 2 (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

 

Directing

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Anton Cropper – “`black-ish” – Juneteenth (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Carl Franklin – “13 Reasons Why” – Tape 5, Side B (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Allen Hughes – “The Defiant Ones” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

 

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Tiffany Haddish – “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” (Comedy Central)

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‘NAACP Image Awards’ to honor Danny Glover + Presenters & Performers

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One and the NAACP has announced that this year’s “NAACP Image Awards” will recognize actor, activist, humanitarian and philanthropist Danny Glover. He will be honored with the coveted “President’s Award” which is given to individuals for their special achievement and distinguished public service.

In addition, this year’s list of presenters features a who’s who of celebrity talent including Sterling K. Brown, Mary J. Blige, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Issae Rae, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Yara Shahidi, Danai Gurira, Isaiah Washington, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Jemele Hill, Josh Gad, Loretta Devine, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams, Sonequa Martin-Green, Judge Greg Mathis and Mike Colter

Common and Andra Day are scheduled to perform their Grammy nominated song, “Stand Up For Something.” There will also be appearances by Halle Berry, Mandy Moore, Octavia Spencer, Chris Sullivan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and more.

The all-star celebration will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and will broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 9pm/8c on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, January 15, on TV One. A one-hour pre-show hosted by Terrence J will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c with Tanika Ray as special correspondent.

In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums. The nominees include Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and JAY Z.

CONGRATS and stay tuned…

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WATCH ‘This Is Us’ actor Sterling K. Brown’s Acceptance Speech at ‘Golden Globe Awards’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“This is Us” actor Sterling K. Brown will be adding another award to his mantle of trophies. The versatile TV and film star picked up his first Golden Globe award Sunday evening while also making history as the first African-American actor to win in the category of Best Performance TV Drama.

“I’m being seen for who I am and appreciated for who I am, and it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or anyone who looks like me” said Brown to This Is Us creator, Dan Fogelman.

Brown is becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men and has also appeared in “Marshall” and “American Crime Story.” He is the recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a Critic’s Choice Award.

Look for him to star in the upcoming “Black Panther” film as well as “The Predator” and “Hotel Artemis.” Way to go Sterling!!!!

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