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Saturday, March 9, 2019

2019 NAACP Image Award Announcments: Presented by Actor Winston Duke & Actress Logan Browning

Written by Evan Jackson

Well of course, isn't it always challenge day? With all Black Panther references  aside, the 2019 NAACP Image Awards Nominations wasn't a battle to see who gets the last spot it was beautiful celebration of Melanin Magic Moments that have transpired this last calender year. Special thanks to Crystal Williams and JL Media PR having us and being so gracious & complimentary.  Presented by Actor Winston Duke - of 'Black Panther' fame and up coming highly anticipated Jordan Peele Horror film 'Us' & Actress Logan Browning of the Netflix Hit 'Dear White People' they gracefully continued award season with these great announcements.

A few particularlly great moments was seeing Winston Duke earn an NAACP Image Award Nomination for his role in Black Panther  and his mom yelling for joy. The family atmosphere was definitely amazing! Thrive With Your Tribe. And when Winston Duke announced Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Drama, with his co-announcer, Logan Browning being a nominee she shortly teared up while Winston and the entire room clapped. Those are the moments we'll remember and love. We hope to see all of those great moments continue at the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards.


Outstanding Comedy Series
Dear White People
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Danielle Brooks, Orange Is the New Black
Issa Rae, Insecure
Logan Browning, Dear White People
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Yara Shahidi, grown-ish
Outstanding Drama Series
How to Get Away With Murder
Queen Sugar
The Chi
This Is Us

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Jason Mitchell, The Chi
Keith David, Greenleaf
Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar
Omari Hardwick, Power
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Alfre Woodard, Marvel's Luke Cage
Naturi Naughton, Power
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Behind the Movement
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Seven Seconds
The Bobby Brown Story
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan, Creed 2
Denzel Washington, The Equalizer 2
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Stephan James, If Beale Street Could Talk
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk
Sanaa Lathan, Nappily Ever AfterViola Davis, Widows

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
Winston Duke, Black Panther

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Letitia Wright, Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther
Regina Hall, The Hate U Give
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
If Beale Street Could Talk
Nappily Ever After
Sorry to Bother You

The 50th NAACP Image Awards will air live Saturday, March 30th


2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Foundation Gala

written by Evan L. Jackson
Photos by Evan L. Jackson 

As we embarked on a new year the "Share The Dream" 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Healthcare Foundation Gala was held at the Dorthy Pavilion Center. This Gala is special to me because it signifies the emphasis on giving back to the community at large. It's humbling to see medical professionals and celebrities come together to celebrate Dr. King's legacy and to continue it with the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. Honoree for the night was  Game Changer Award: October Gonzalez accepting for Tony Gonzalez | NFL Hall Of Fame Nominee, Fox Sports Analyst and Advocate Award: Marian Wright Edelman | Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Special thanks to the Public Relations team of the Lippin Group for having us there. The atmosphere of celebration and hope were in the air and it felt very good to be there. 

My absolute favorite moments of the Gala were when I spoke with Mistress of Ceremonies - Entertainment Personality Extra TV Tanika Ray. Often seeing her on Extra TV she was a mentor from a far, without even meeting her beforehand, and a role model on how I wanted to conduct myself as an Entertainment Professional. I so loved very much her passion and zeal for Entertainment speaking to her within this interview. And the backstory on how she got her start was so astounding. She did not limit her self or her abilities. And that is exactly what Dr. King what want from all of us - to soar towards our dreams without any limitations being placed on us. Check out the interview below to also see advice she gives to up and coming creatives! 

My other favorite moment was speaking with the creator of Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee. Serving also on the board for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, I've interviewed her before but this time I went more in depth and spoke on my personal connection to the hospital. I reminded her that my sister is a medical professional, being a Physician's Assistant. And that recently we gave our cousin a Doc McStuffins doll, and my cousin gleefully said to my sister, "Brittany, that's you!". Such a sweet moment provided context on the impact of seeing someone that looks like you or close to you represented. Chris Nee lit up when I said this story and said that's what she wanted when she created this character. A global impact on what children see and she said that's also the reason why she felt compelled to be a board member. To create actual change in the community. This continues to be one of my favorite events every year. So please support and take an interest in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital because it is definitely well worth it. 


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