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Will Nicki Minaj’s 7 Year Winning Streak Break at this Year’s BET Awards?

In the past, the BET Awards have had predictable winners in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and Best Female Hip Hop Artist categories. This year’s nominations include some tough competition for past champions Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Drake. Beyoncé is nominated for 7 awards including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Video, and Best Album. She’ll be competing against sister Solange who garnered 4 nominations for her unique and potent album, A Seat at the Table with accompany visuals to Cranes in the Sky. This year brings some stiff competition in the Male R&B/Pop category with both the Weeknd and Bruno Mars’ stellar year of chart topping singles. With a combination of viral memes and shout-outs, Rae Sremmurd’s, Black Beetles and Migos, Bad and Bougie are tough choices in the Best Collaboration category. The Best Male Hip Hop category has always included the biggest and best mainstream male rappers like J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake so it should be up in the air on who takes the award.

The most interesting category will be the Best Female Hip Hop Artist winner. Nicki Minaj has been the reigning champ for the past 7 years with last year being the first time she was not present at the awards. At one point, I felt the category should have been replaced with Best Hip Hop Artist and just include female and male rappers until a bigger pool of female M.C.s charted. This year, Minaj will be up against some talented rappers for the first time in years including Remy Ma, who most deemed the winner in their very public beef, newcomer Young M.A., legendary M.C. Missy Elliott and popular reality star, Cardi B. I’m thinking it’s between Minaj, Remy and Young M.A. Both Remy and Young M.A. had at least a couple of hits last year over Minaj but Nicki dropped at least 3 singles in March of 2017. Missy’s awaited comeback was a little underwhelming while Cardi B gained some surprising support for her music compared to other members of the Love & Hip Hop cast. With Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s hit, All the Way Up mixed in with her diss record, shETHER, I think Remy will finally break Nicki’s winning streak this year.

Below are the rest of the nominees including the Film, International and the Gospel/Inspirational categories. The awards will take place on 25 June at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
BEYONCÉ
KEHLANI
MARY J. BLIGE
RIHANNA
SOLANGE

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BRUNO MARS
CHRIS BROWN
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
USHER

Best Group
2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
FAT JOE & REMY MA
MIGOS
RAE SREMMURD

Best Collaboration
BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR – FREEDOM
CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. 2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE – NO PROBLEM
CHRIS BROWN FT. GUCCI MANE & USHER – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z – SHINING
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE – BLACK BEATLES

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
BIG SEAN
CHANCE THE RAPPER
DRAKE
FUTURE
J. COLE
KENDRICK LAMAR

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
CARDI B
MISSY ELLIOTT
NICKI MINAJ
REMY MA
YOUNG M.A.

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – SORRY
BIG SEAN – BOUNCE BACK
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

Video Director of the Year
BENNY BOOM – KEHLANI “CRZY”
BRUNO MARS & JONATHAN LIA – BRUNO MARS “THAT’S WHAT I LIKE”
DIRECTOR X – ZAYN MALIK “LIKE I WOULD”
HYPE WILLIAMS – TYGA “GUCCI SNAKES FT. DESIIGNER”
KAHLIL JOSEPH & BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER – BEYONCÉ “SORRY”

Best New Artist
21 SAVAGE
CARDI B
CHANCE THE RAPPER
KHALID
YOUNG M.A.

Album of the Year
24K MAGIC – BRUNO MARS
4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY – J. COLE
A SEAT AT THE TABLE – SOLANGE
COLORING BOOK – CHANCE THE RAPPER
LEMONADE – BEYONCÉ

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
CECE WINANS – NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE
FANTASIA FT. TYE TRIBBETT – I MADE IT
KIRK FRANKLIN FT. SARAH REEVES, TASHA COBBS & TAMELA MANN – MY WORLD NEEDS YOU
LECRAE – CAN’T STOP ME NOW (DESTINATION)
TAMELA MANN – GOD PROVIDES

Best Actress
GABRIELLE UNION
ISSA RAE
JANELLE MONÁE
TARAJI P. HENSON
VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor
BRYSHERE Y. GRAY
DENZEL WASHINGTON
DONALD GLOVER
MAHERSHALA ALI
OMARI HARDWICK

YoungStars Award
ACE HUNTER
CALEB MCLAUGHLIN
JADEN SMITH
MARSAI MARTIN
YARA SHAHIDI

Best Movie
FENCES
GET OUT
HIDDEN FIGURES
MOONLIGHT
THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Sportswoman of the Year Award
GABBY DOUGLAS
SERENA WILLIAMS
SIMONE BILES
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year Award
CAM NEWTON
LEBRON JAMES
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK
STEPHEN CURRY

Centric Award
FANTASIA – SLEEPING WITH THE ONE I LOVE
KEHLANI – DISTRACTION
MARY J. BLIGE – THICK OF IT
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY
SYD – ALL ABOUT ME
YUNA – CRUSH FT. USHER

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
BEYONCÉ – SORRY
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
DRAKE – FAKE LOVE
MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT – BAD AND BOUJEE
RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE – BLACK BEATLES
THE WEEKND FT. DAFT PUNK – STARBOY

Best International Act: Europe
BOOBA (France)
MHD (France)
CRAIG DAVID (UK)
EMELI SANDÉ (UK)
GIGGS (UK)
SKEPTA (UK)
STORMZY (UK)
WILEY (UK)

Best International Act: Africa
AKA (South Africa)
BABES WODUMO (South Africa)
DAVIDO (Nigeria)
NASTY C (South Africa)
STONEBWOY (Ghana)
TEKNO (Nigeria)
WIZKID (Nigeria)
MR EAZI (Nigeria)

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The Full List of Winners at The 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards

The 48th annual NAACP Image Awards honored the best in film, television, music, and literature. There were little to no surprises for this years winners including Anthony Anderson for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and his co-star wife, Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Taraji P Henson won for the second time in a row for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series, Denzel Washington won Outstanding Actor for his role in Fences, and Queen Sugar won for Outstanding Drama Series which was a nice surprise. Some amazing actors and actresses were not in attendance including Mahershala Ali who won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and Viola Davis who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

The honorable Chairman’s Award was given to professor, author, and founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Charles J. Oletree Jr. and the NAACP President’s Award was given to educator, historian, and founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, Lonnie Bunch. Outstanding Motion Picture went to Hidden Figures and Entertainer of the year went to Dwayne Johnson, who is rarely in attendance to this award show. Everyone knows this should have went to Beyoncé, who was also snub last night at the Grammy’s but that’s another article. Check out the full list of the winners below.

 

The Chairman’s Award: Charles J. Ogletree Jr.

NAACP President’s Award:  Lonnie Bunch

Entertainer of the Year: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Outstanding Motion PictureHidden Figures

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

Outstanding Drama SeriesQueen Sugar

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy SeriesBlack-ish

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding New Artist: Chance the Rapper

Outstanding Male Artist: Maxwell

Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: “Freedom,” Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding Jazz Album: Latin American Songbook, Edward Simon

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): One Way, Tamela Mann

Outstanding Music Video: “Formation,”  Beyoncé

Outstanding Song (Traditional): “I See A Victory,” Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams

Outstanding Album: Lemonade, Beyoncé

Outstanding Song (Contemporary): “Freedom,” Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Laurence Fishburne, Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Tichina Arnold, Survivor’s Remorse 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jussie Smollett, Empire 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Naturi Naughton, Power 

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: Regina King, American Crime

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): BET Love and Happiness White House Special 

Outstanding Talk Series: Steve Harvey

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: Iyanla: Fix My Life

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): 2016 Black Girls Rock

Outstanding Children’s Program: An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win 

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series): Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Roland S. Martin – NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin 

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis, Fences

Outstanding Independent Motion PictureMoonlight

Outstanding Documentary (Film)13TH

Outstanding Documentary (Television)Roots: A New Vision

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Kenya Barris, Black-ish

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Charles Murray, Roots–Night 3

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, Atlanta–Value

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story–The Race Card

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Rick Famuyiwa, Confirmation

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Idris Elba, The Jungle Book

 
Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction): The Book of Harlan, Bernice L. McFadden

Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction): Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly

Outstanding Literary Work, (Debut Author): Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah

Outstanding Literary Work (Biography/Autobiography): Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah

Outstanding Literary Work (Instructional)The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage, Daymond John, Daniel Paisner

Outstanding Literary Work (Poetry): Collected Poems: 1974-2004, Rita Dove

Outstanding Literary Work (Children): Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman

Outstanding Literary Work (Youth/Teens): As Brave As You, Jason Reynolds

The Jackie Robinson Sports Award: LeBron James

 

Beyoncé, Moonlight, Black-ish, & Nate Parker lead in nominations for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image awards has released the nominations for the best in film, music, television, and literature. Beyoncé leads with seven nominations including Entertainer of the Year, baby sis, Solange is nominated for 5 awards including Outstanding Female Artist and Chance, the Rapper received 4 nominations including Best New Artist. Moonlight continues to shine in this award season nabbing 6 nominations while Loving followed with 5 nominations. The firestorm surrounding The Birth of a Nation didn’t deter the organization; it tied with Moonlight for 6 nominations including Best Picture and Best DirectorBlack-ish garnered 12 nominations amongst the cast and writers. See below for the full list of nominees and tune into TV One on February 11th to watch the awards.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé
Viola Davis
Regina King
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Chance the Rapper

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta (FX)
black-ish (ABC)
Insecure (HBO)
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
The Carmichael Show (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – black-ish (ABC)
Don Cheadle – House of Lies (Showtime)
Donald Glover – Atlanta (FX)
Dwayne Johnson – Ballers (HBO)
Kevin Hart – Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)
Keesha Sharp – Lethal Weapon (FOX)
Niecy Nash – The Soul Man (TV Land)
Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish (ABC)
Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
David Alan Grier – The Carmichael Show (NBC)
Deon Cole – black-ish (ABC)
Laurence Fishburne – black-ish (ABC)
Miles Brown – black-ish (ABC)
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Erica Ash – Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
Laverne Cox – Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC)
Tichina Arnold – Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
vonne Orji – Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series
Empire
(FOX)
Power (Starz)
Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
This Is Us (NBC)
Underground (WGN America)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Kofi Siriboe – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Mike Colter – Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
Omari Hardwick – Power (Starz)
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Terrence Howard – Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Jurnee Smollett-Bell – Underground (WGN America)
Kerry Washington – Scandal (ABC)
Rutina Wesley – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX)
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alfred Enoch – How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Jesse Williams – Greys Anatomy (ABC)
Joe Morton – Scandal (ABC)
Jussie Smollett – Empire (FOX)
Trai Byers – Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Amirah Vann – Underground (WGN America)
CCH Pounder – NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
Cicely Tyson – How To Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Lynn Whitfield – Greenleaf (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Naturi Naughton – Power (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
American Crime
(ABC)
Confirmation (HBO)
Roots (History)
The Night Of (HBO)
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Cuba Gooding Jr. – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Jeffrey Wright – Confirmation (HBO)
Malachi Kirby – Roots (History)
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – Roots (History)
Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO)
Emayatzy Corinealdi – Roots (History)
Kerry Washington – Confirmation (HBO)
Regina King – American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding News / Information – (Series or Special)
AM Joy with Joy Rei
(MSNBC/NBC News)
BET Love and Happiness White House Special (BET)
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic Channel)
Unsung: Sugarhill Gang (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
Steve Harvey
(Syndicated)
SuperSoul Sunday (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
The Real (Syndicated)
The Talk (CBS)
The View (ABC)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
Iyanla: Fix My Life
(OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Little Big Shots (NBC)
Mary Mary (WE tv)
The Voice (NBC)
United Shades of America (CNN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
2016 Black Girls Rock
(BET)
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
Lemonade (HBO)
Lip Sync Battle (Spike TV)
The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2016 (OWN: Oprah Winfrey
Network)

Outstanding Children’s Program
All In With Cam Newton (Nickelodeon)
An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (Amazon)
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
K.C. Undercover (Disney Channel)
The Lion Guard (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited series)
Emyyri Crutchfield – Roots (History)
Hudson Yang – Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
Lonnie Chavis – This Is Us (NBC)
Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC)
Miles Brown – black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross – 2016 BET Awards (BET)
Joy Reid – AM Joy with Joy Reid (MSNBC)
Roland S. Martin – NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin (TV One)
Steve Harvey – The Steve Harvey Show (Syndicated)
W. Kamau Bell – United Shades of America (CNN)

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist
Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
Chloe X Halle (Columbia Records)
MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
Ro James (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
Serayah (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/ Aftermath/Interscope Records)
Maxwell (Columbia)

Outstanding Female Artist
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
Fantasia (RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited)
K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
Solange (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Blended Family” – Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky (RCA Records)
“Everything’s Beautiful” – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
“Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“Mad” – Solange feat. Lil Wayne (Columbia Records)
“Royalty” – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
Everything’s Beautiful – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
Latin America Songbook – Edward Simon (Sunnyside)
Leslie Odom Jr. – Leslie Odom (S-Curve)
Ready Take One – Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings / Octave Music Licensing LLC)
Upward Spiral – Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling (Okeh)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
Jericho: Tribe of Joshua 
– Livre’ (Glory 2 Glory Entertainment/RAL)
Myron Butler & Levi On Purpose – Myron Butler (Motown Gospel)
One Way – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
The Journey (Live) – Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
Worship Journal Live – Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
“Cranes In The Sky” – Solange (Columbia Records)
“Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“This One’s for Me and You” – Johnny Gill feat. New Edition (Jskillz)
“In Common” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“Amen” – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
“Cranes In The Sky” – Solange (Columbia Records)
“God Provides” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
“I See Victory” – Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams (I Am Other/Columbia)
“Lake By The Ocean” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
”24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
“Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“Letter to the Free” – Common featuring Bilal (ARTium Records/ Def Jam Recordings)
“Royalty” – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records) Outstanding Album
“A Seat At The Table” – Solange (Columbia Records)
“Coloring Book” – Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
“Lemonade” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“untitled unmastered.” – Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
“What I’m Feelin” – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson (HarperCollins /Amistad)
The Book of Harlan – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
The Illegal – Lawrence Hill (W. W. Norton & Company)
The Mother – Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)
The Underground Railroad: A Novel – Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul – Eddie S.Glaude Jr. (Crown / The Crown Publishing Group)
Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Y. Davis (Author), Cornel West (Foreword), (Haymarket Books)
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Publishers / William Morrow)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)
Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author), (Time Inc. Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
– Trevor Noah (Random House)
Carry On – Lisa Fenn (HarperCollins Publishers / Harper Wave)
Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court – Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Stanford University Press )
Grace: A Novel – Natashia Deón (Counterpoint Press)
United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good – Cory Booker (Ballantine Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography
Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America
– Nathaniel Jones (The New Press)
Around the Way Girl: A Memoir – Taraji P. Henson (37 Ink/Atria Books)
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah (Random House)
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, A Young Black Man’s Education – Mychal Denzel Smith (Nation Books)
My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire – Herb Powell (Author), Maurice White (Author), Steve Harvey (Foreword), David Foster (Foreword), (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
Green Smoothies for Life
– JJ Smith (Atria Books)
LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next – LA Reid (Harper Collins)
Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults – Joy M. Scott-Carrol (Author), Anthony Sparks (Author), Diana Slaughter Kotzin (Foreword), (IGET-Network Press/Book Publisher’s Network)
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World – The Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Abrams (With), (Avery)
The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With), (Crown Business / The Crown Publishing Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Collected Poems: 1974 – 2004
– Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Company)
Counting Descent – Clint Smith (Write Bloody Publishing)
The Big Book of Exit Strategies – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
The Sobbing School – Joshua Bennett (Penguin Books)
Thief in the Interior – Phillip B. Williams (Alice James Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
– Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator), (Viking Children’s Books)
Daddy’s Little Girl – Karissa Culbreath (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
The Golden Girls Of Rio – Nikkolas Smith (Skyhorse Publishing / Sky Pony Press)
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas – Gwendolyn Hooks (Author), Colin Bootman (Illustrator), (Lee & Low Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
As Brave As You
– Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books))
Riding Chance – Christine Kendall (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express – Holly Robinson Peete (Author), Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Author), RJ Peete (Author), (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend – Sharon Robinson (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
Two Naomis – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author), Audrey Vernick (Author), (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
Fences (Paramount Pictures)
Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Moonlight (A24)
The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – Fences (Paramount Pictures)
Don Cheadle – Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics)
Nate Parker – The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Stephan James – Race (Focus Features/The Luminary Group A Solofilms/
Will Smith – Collateral Beauty (Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Angela Bassett – London Has Fallen (Focus Features/Millennium Films/G-Base Production)
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Ruth Negga – Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Tika Sumpter – Southside With You (Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Alano Miller – Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Chadwick Boseman – Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Studios)
David Oyelowo – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight (A24)
Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight (A24)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Aja Naomi King – The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lupita Nyong’o – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Mo’ Nique – Almost Christmas (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Viola Davis – Fences (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Lion (See-Saw Films)
Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics)
Moonlight (A24)
The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary – (Film)
13th
(Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro
(Velvet Film)
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (The People’s Poet LLC)
Miss Sharon Jones! (Cabin Creek Films)
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (Coffee Bluff Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)
Major League Legends: Hank Aaron (Smithsonian Channel)
Policing the Police (PBS)
Roots: A History Revealed (History)
Roots: A New Vision (History)
Streets of Compton (A&E)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – Atlanta – “B.A.N.” (FX)
Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore – Insecure – “Insecure as F**k” (HBO)
Kenya Barris – black-ish – “Hope” (ABC)
Our Lady J – Transparent – “If I Were A Bell” (Amazon)
Prentice Penny – Insecure – “Real as F**k” (HBO)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Akela Cooper – Marvel’s Luke Cage – “Manifest” (Netflix)
Anthony Sparks – Queen Sugar – “By Any Chance” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Ava DuVernay – Queen Sugar – “First Things First” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Joe Robert Cole – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “The Race Card” – (FX)
LaToya Morgan – TURN: Washingtons Spies – “Benediction” (AMC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)
Alison McDonald – An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (Amazon)
Alison McDonald – Roots (Night 2) (History)
Charles Murray – Roots (Night 3) (History)
Rashida Jones and Mike Schur – Black Mirror: Nosedive (Netflix)
Rhonda Freeman-Baraka – Merry Christmas, Baby! (UP TV)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)
Adam Mansbach Barry (Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media)
Barry Jenkins Moonlight (A24)
Jeff Nichols Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Nate Parker The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Richard Tanne Southside With You (Roadside Attractions)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper – black-ish – “God” (ABC)
Anton Cropper – black-ish – “Good-ish Times” (ABC)
Donald Glover – Atlanta – “Value” (FX)
Marta Cunningham – Transparent – “Exciting and New” (Amazon)
Melina Matsoukas – Insecure – “Insecure as F**k” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Anthony Hemingway – Underground – “The Macon 7” (WGN America)
John Singleton – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Race Card – (FX)
Millicent Shelton – Empire – “The Lyon Who Cried Wolf” (FOX)
Paris Barclay – Pitch – “Pilot” (FOX)
Sam Esmail – Mr. Robot – “eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme” (USA Network)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Carl Seaton – Bad Dad Rehab – (TV One)
Mario Van Peebles – Roots (Night 2) – (History)
Rick Famuyiwa – Confirmation – (HBO)
Thomas Carter – Roots (Night 3) – (History)
Vondie Curtis-Hall – Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart – (Lifetime)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo – Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Studios)
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight (A24)
Garth Davis – Lion (See-Saw Films)
Mira Nair – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Nate Parker – The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)

Kevin Hart – The Secret Life of Pets (Universal Pictures)
Dwayne Johnson – Moana (Walt Disney Studios)
Idris Elba – Finding Dory (Walt Disney Studios)
Idris Elba – The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Studios)

Loretta Devine – Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

 

Black&Sexy TV debuts web series, Dope Deconstruction

The online streaming network, Black&Sexy TV, premiered their new web-series, Dope Deconstruction this past Sunday with host Shanika (@ShanikaPowell) and Sam (@Slamriddb) who together make Slam Pow Productions. The two have a current podcast entitled, Inner Hoe Uprising, which as they quote is about “Sex, love, and dating from two black polyamorous 20 something’s in NYC. Sounds pretty cool.

Their web series will be a part of Black&Sexy’s #BlackGirlMagicSundays along with the series, Dear Miller. The first episode of Dope Deconstruction features Nigerian artist, activist, and musician Lalou Senbanjo (@laolunyc). Sebanjo’s work, Sacred Art of Ori, originates from Yoruba rituals and some of his clients have been Ibeyi, Alicia Keys, Jidenna, and Beyonce. Tune in every Sunday for new episodes of Deconstruction!

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The 2016 BET Awards: Entertainment, Soul and Politics

Bet came through with a very entertaining and political show Sunday night. The event presented a great mix of current artists, old school musicians, upcoming stars, humor and a spotlight on positive leaders in the black community. The night had too many amazing moments to count.

Beyoncé’s performance of her powerful song Freedom was one of the best BET Award intros ever. The stage design, dancers, and of course King Kendrick were all amazing. Glad she was able to stop by the awards on her busy tour schedule.

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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar (Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images)

 

Bryson Tiller winning Best R&B Male artist was a surprise and a great accomplishment; I thought The Weeknd had that in the bag. Tillers whole look and demeanor is very attractive; simple yet fashionable. The performance was okay, based on the fact that songs, Don’t and Exchange are soothing but the vocals were a little struggly.

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Bryson Tiller (BET)

 Desiigner was so energetic and entertaining. His performance was exciting but a little on the psychotic side at times. The memes have already started circulating especially after rapper Fabolous’s hilarious reaction lol.

One of the best moments was the speech from Humanitarian Award recipient, Jesse Williams. If you follow Williams on Twitter then you know of his activism. It was refreshing to hear his unapologetic, call for action against white supremacy, materialism, and his support for black women. Chairman and CEO of BET, Debra Lee, actress Taraji P. Henson, and Samuel L. Jackson also had words about the importance of voting.

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Jesse Williams (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

I didn’t really have an issue with Future’s performance after William’s speech. I understand the problematic transition but I like the song too so sue me. Future needs to work on his stage presence a bit; I know the lyrics are hard to understand on the record but the live performance was even worst.

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Future (Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images)

Usher was lacking a little in the vocals but the dancing was amazing. He looked like someone’s Uncle doing the latest viral dance crazes but he still has amazing skills. He donned a much needed shirt that read “Don’t Trump America” on the back.

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 Usher (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Can we also talk about the come up for these Vine and Instagram stars at the awards? Viral stars Blameitonkway and Jay’La Milan aka lalasizahands89 were in the audience and dancer Leon Akida Burns aka Kida the Great and the Hit Dem Folks squad were part of Usher’s performance.

(Blameitonkway and Lalasizahands89 / Usher with Kida the Great)

The Prince celebration, as BET put it, was everything a legendary artist deserves. Janelle Monae, Maxwell, Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, Sheila E, the Roots, the background musicians, and Bilal all did an astounding job. Let’s talk about Bilal! I heard of him over the years and got a taste of his vocals on Kendrick Lamar’s album, To Pimp a Butterfly, so I knew he could sing but his performance was stellar!

Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae (Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images)

Bilal, Sheila E, Liv Warfield, Elisa Fiorillo, Jerome Benton, and Mayte Garcia (Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images)

The Music Matters stage was also entertaining with artist Bibi Bourelly and Anderson Paak who showed off his electrifying drum skills. The Bailey sister’s, Chole X Halle, had a stage all to themselves for an awesome performance of their single, Drop.

Anderson Paak and Chole X Halle (BET)

This year, the Best Female Hip Hop Artist was not televised. Of course, like the last 5 years or so, Nicki Minaj won. She wasn’t in attendance so that may be the reason why it wasn’t aired. There was no Gospel performance for the second year in a row, though, the award for Best Gospel Artist was aired; Kirk Franklin won.

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Kirk Franklin (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Samuel L Jackson was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented by legendary filmmaker, Spike Lee. Laila Ali also spoke on behalf of her late father, boxing legend, Muhammad Ali.

Samuel L Jackson and Laila Ali (BET)

Every year, BET honors leaders who contribute to the black community with the Shine A Light award. This year’s honoree’s were First Lieutenant Kenyattae H. Ruffin and Marcus Duke.

First Lieutenant Kenyattae H. Ruffin and Marcus Duke (BET)

Bet also showcased their new lineup of programs including, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Being Mary Jane, reality shows, Music Moguls and F in Fabulous, a Nelson Mandela film, a crime-drama entitled Rebel and a New Edition bio series.

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Below is the full list of winners:

Video of the Year: Beyoncé – Formation

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Awards: Beyoncé – Formation

Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Bryson Tiller

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Best Group: Drake & Future

Best Collaboration: Rihanna featuring Drake – “Work”

Best New Artist: Bryson Tiller

Best Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin

Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor: Michael B. Jordan

YoungStars Award: Amandla Stenberg

Best Movie: Straight Outta Compton

Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry

Best International Act (Africa): Black Coffee

Best International Act (UK): Skepta

FANdemonium Award: Beyoncé

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