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NAACP Image Awards: The Winners

Lupita Nyong'o at NAACP Image Awards

By Aaron Couch, Arlene Washington, The Hollywood Reporter

"12 Years a Slave" wins for motion picture, while Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington and "Scandal" also take home honors.

12 Years a Slave took top honors at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, where Kevin Hart was named entertainer of the year.

Lupita Nyong'o took home the first honor of the telecast for her work in 12 Years a Slave. Steve McQueen won top directing honors and John Ridley took home writing honors for the slavery drama. Nyong'o praised Oprah Winfrey, whom she beat out for the supporting actress award, calling it "a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy."

Angela Bassett took outstanding motion picture actress for Black Nativity, and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for Lee Daniels' The Butler.

"I have so much admiration for the NAACP and what they've done, what they've accomplished and how they've changed this planet," an emotional Whitaker told The Hollywood Reporter after his win.

On the television side, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles and Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC's Scandal, which also took outstanding drama series. BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood won outstanding comedy series, with the show's Kevin Hart winning acting honors.

Winfrey delivered a heartfelt tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela midway through the ceremony.

"He was everything we have all have heard and more. He was humble and he was unscathed by any kind of bitterness after all that we know he's been through," Winfrey said. Her remarks were followed by a musical tribute by Stevie Wonder.

David Oyelowo, who won a supporting actor award for The Butler, said this year's field of African-American centered films was incredibly strong.

"To have films like The Butler, 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station and Mandela -- all that have black protagonists with no white savior character holding their hand through the movie is a huge stride forward," he told THR.

Ahead of the ceremony, Fruitvale Station took the indie film honor. Beyonce took outstanding female artist, while John Legend won outstanding male artist. Idris Elba was honored for his work in BBC America's Luther.

Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony, which aired live on TV One.

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TV One Premiere Of 45th NAACP Image Awards Is Most-Watched Programming Event In Network History

Lupita Nyong'o at Image Awards

By Tambay A. Obenson, Shadow and Act

TV One announced today that the 45th NAACP Image Awards is the most watched programming event in the history of the network! Obviously, it was a worthwhile pickup!
Additionally, the 45th NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Live Pre-Show and the Awards Show premieres are now TV One’s most watched telecasts this broadcast season.
Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin served as the executive producers of the 45th NAACP Image Awards and the Red Carpet Live Pre-Show. 

The production team also included producer Byron Phillips, director Tony McCuin and talent producers Suzanne Bender and Stephanie Sacco.
Christina Norman served as the executive producer for TV One.

“As TV One marks its 10th anniversary in 2014, we can’t think of a better celebration than the viewer response to our premiere airing of the NAACP Image Awards,” remarked Alfred Liggins, President and CEO of TV One. “We are pleased to have delivered such an entertaining programming event that clearly resonated with our viewers and was a great inauguration of our new partnership with the NAACP.”

NAACP Image Awards Ratings Highlights:

  • #1 Program in TV One History among Total Hhlds (718K) & Viewers 2+ (935K) from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST
  • #1 Ad-supported Cable Network for the night among Blacks: Viewers 2+, Hhlds & Females 18+
  • #1 Television Network in the 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.  time-slot among Blacks: Viewers 2+, Hhlds, P25-54, Females 18+, W25-54

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NAACP Image Awards: Kevin Hart Named Entertainer of the Year, ’12 Years’ Best Pic


Kevin Hart named Entertainer of the Year

Shalini Dore,

Kevin Hart was named Entertainer of the Year while “12 Years a Slave” racked up another four awards including  for motion picture at the NAACP Image Awards, which were held Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Hart said he was a “real mama’s boy” and dedicated his prize to his mother, who recently passed away.

Helmer Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley won kudos for “12 Years” during a non-televised portion of the show Friday, while supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o said she was honored to win for a film ”that has inspired discourse long overdue.”

Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo were honored for their roles in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and Angela Bassett won the lead actress prize for “Black Nativity.” Whitaker was also honored with the NAACP Chairman’s Award. “I’m one of those with a funny accent and an African name,” Oyelowo referencing emcee Anthony Anderson’s earlier jokes about Brit actors with their accents and African names in his speech who cross the Pond to grab roles in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Whitaker quoted a song from Nat King Cole, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved.”

On the television side, Hart and his BET show “Real Husbands of Hollywood” were honored for comedy, while Kerry Washington, Joe Morton and ABC’s “Scandal” picked up three awards for drama. Since showrunner Shonda Rhimes was unable to attend, Washington accepted the “Scandal” award. In her own acceptance speech, Washington said, “The historic nature of this role is due not to lack of talent, but lack of opportunity.”

The NAACP Image Awards were broadcast live on TV One and hosted by Anthony Anderson. Academy prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs and DGA prexy Paris Barclay were inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame. Both are the first African-American presidents of their respective organizations. Barclay referenced his upbringing saying, “I’m the first in a long line of factory workers.”

Boone Isaacs said the Acad invited more women and minority this year than it ever has. “We still have a lot of work to do. I look forward to it,” she said to applause.
Oprah Winfrey led a tribute to Nelson Mandela and Stevie Wonder performed.

Winfrey gave a moving speech about meeting Mandela and wondering what she would say to him. “Why don’t you listen,” was the advice she was given. “What can I take to Nelson Mandela, I can’t take a candle,” she added. “So I built a school in his name.”

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Vote For Entertainer Of The Year!

The last award given at the Image Awards is the Entertainer of the Year.  We have 9 awesome candidates, and this year YOU can vote!  And you can vote more than once!  So get to voting! 

Who Should Be Crowned Entertainer Of The Year?

You can help decide who will win by casting your vote.  Visit the NAACP Image Award site daily to make sure your favorite wins Entertainer of the Year.

You can vote every day until midnight, Friday, February 7th, then watch the live Awards show on Saturday, February 22 at 9/8c only on TV One to see which artists will be the winner.




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Hollywood Microcinema Awards


Hollywood Microcinema Awards

So a friend invites me to an award ceremony for short films from China.  I love international cinema, so I’m down to go.  Then I find out I’m giving out one of the awards!  Then I look and see other presenters like producer Janet Yang, who worked with Oliver Stone and is making films in China now, and producer, who made the Oscar-winning The Life Of Pi, so I figure I’m in good company. 

Presenting at Microcinema Awards

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I don’t know what this says, but that’s part of what’s cool about it.

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The NAACP Image Award Nominees Are Announced!

NAACP Image Award Nominees

All these actors have amazing credits, but I’m gonna mention their sci fi roles whenever possible, just ‘cause.

Gina “Serenity” Torres, Joe “Brother From Another Planet” Morton, Keke “TLC” Palmer, Cathy Hughes, NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman Leonard James, me, Bresha Webb, President and CEO of TV One Alfred Liggins and David ”Red Tails” Oyelowo assembled to announce the nominees for THE 45TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA.

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Malcolm Lee, Jeff Byrd, Gordon Bobb, and Reginald Hudlin

Me photobombing a shot with fellow directors Malcolm Lee and Jeff Byrd and attorney Gordon Bobb at the House of Blues.  TV One and the Broadcast Critics Association put together a tribute to black films of 2013.

The Ladies of 20 Feet From Stardom

The amazing ladies of 20 FEET FROM STARDOM where there to tear the roof off.  Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Tata Vega and Judith Hill did the dang thing.

Reginald Hudlin and Cathy Hughes

Me and the founder of the Radio One and TV One empire, Ms. Cathy Hughes.  Her career is a living testimony to making it happen.

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Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013

NPR | Dec. 30, 2013
By Hansi Lo Wang

Monica Calhoun (left), Melissa De Sousa and Nia Long star in The Best Man Holiday

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year — numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we’re living in, right now. You’ll hear the stories behind numbers ranging from zero to 1 trillion.

When it comes to race and film, the number of the year is 11.

I started the count recently at a movie theater just outside of Washington, D.C., where I met Kahlila Liverpool. We were there for a movie and a meal with the D.C. Black Film and Media Club, a local Meetup group that attends group screenings of films featuring black actors and by black directors.

Liverpool and I bought tickets to see Black Nativity, but there were three other films starring black actors and by black directors listed above the box office at the multiplex.

This year’s list, though, goes on to include a total of eleven films, each grossing from about half a million to more than $100 million. It’s almost double the number of last year’s group of comparable films, and it comes after perennial criticism of Hollywood’s lack of roles for black talent on and off screen.

“I was surprised at how many black films were out this year,” Liverpool said. “I told one of my friends in California, ‘Oh my gosh! There’s tons of black movies out! Did you notice that?’ “

Moviegoers and critics have also noticed the range of this year’s eleven films that shatters the stereotype of “black film.”

They span the gamut of genres from Oscar bait introducing audiences to untold historical epics (12 Years a Slave and Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and smaller dramas about urban life (Fruitvale Station, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete) and about marital infidelity (Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor), to a Christmas musical (Black Nativity), plus romantic comedies (The Best Man Holiday, Baggage Claim and Peeples) and more straight-up comedies (Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas).

(Besides the top-grossing eleven, there were also smaller films starring black actors, by black directors that received shorter theatrical runs including Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George and Sheldon Candis’ LUV. A number of this year’s films by black directors, such as Spike Lee’s Oldboy and Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen, featured white actors in leading roles. Black actors also had a number of leading roles in films directed by white and Asian-American directors, including Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 42, and After Earth.)

A Boom-And-Bust Cycle

Filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, a producer for Django Unchained who wrote and directed the 1990 hit House Party, says he’s not all that surprised by this year’s long list of films.

“There’s a number of market forces that all came together and made something possible,” he explains, “The most important thing about Hollywood is that it works on historical precedent.”

In recent years, that precedent has been set by successful black filmmakers like Tyler Perry, whose films have consistently raked in tens of millions of dollars at the box office.

Hudlin says they’ve proven time and time again that films with black actors, by black directors can reach a large audience. He also credits a growing behind-the-screen network of black film executives and producers helping to nurture projects.

But he warns this year’s crop of films follows a traditional boom-and-bust cycle in Hollywood.

“We saw in the 1970s an explosion of black filmmakers, then not so much. Then in the 80s and 90s, we had another explosion of black filmmakers, and then not so much,” he says.

In 1992, Hudlin directed the big-budget Eddie Murphy comedy Boomerang, which featured an all-star cast including Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Chris Rock, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, and Eartha Kitt.

The film came out in the same year as Spike Lee’s biopic Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington in an Oscar-nominated role, plus thrillers like Ernest Dickerson’s Juice with Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps, Kevin Hooks’ Passenger 57 starring Wesley Snipes and Bill Duke’s Deep Cover with Laurence Fishburne. There were also smaller releases including Julie Dash’s historical drama Daughters of the Dust and Bébé’s Kids, an animated film featuring black protagonists directed by Bruce W. Smith and written by Hudlin.

‘End’ Of An Era?

For Hudlin, it all seemed to add up to a turning point.

“We thought, ‘OK, here we are! We’re switching gears! We’re going to the next level!’ ” he says, “But the fact is that was the end of an era.”

That era can be kept alive with a more solid infrastructure of support in Hollywood, according to Wesley Morris, a film critic for Grantland who has seen all eleven of this year’s group of films.

Only one of them — Universal Pictures’ The Best Man Holiday — was produced by a major Hollywood studio.

“They can’t all just be independent movies. They can’t all just be movies about slaves. And they can’t all star the same three actors,” Morris says, “And I think this year, you got a real sense that that is definitely something that is not only possible, but it’s viable as well.”

Back at the movie theater, Liverpool, who is African-American, told me that seeing more black actors in films by black directors provides not just more entertainment options, but also personal affirmation.

“It’s really important to validate my experience and see some of my experiences portrayed on screen,” she said.

Still, what Liverpool doesn’t see enough of on screen is black women in leading roles.

Only three of this year’s top eleven films starring black actors, by black directors were carried by a lead female role. Of the three, one was played by the writer-director-producer of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas— himself.

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NAACP Awards: Round Two

Tatiyana Ali and Reginald Hudlin at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards nominees luncheon

Reginald Hudlin And Phil Gurin To Executive Produce The 45th NAACP Image Awards

Two-Hour Live Special to Air Saturday, February 22, 9PM/ET on TV One

LOS ANGELES, CA (DECEMBER 18, 2013) – Industry veterans Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin have been named co-executive producers of the 45th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, it was jointly announced today by the NAACP and TV One. Winners will be revealed during the two-hour star-studded special to air live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22, 9PM/ET on TV One.

Hudlin, former president of BET, responsible for some of the highest rated shows in the history of the network and also created the “BET Hip Hop Awards,” as well as the “BET Honors.” In addition, Hudlin received an Academy Award and NAACP Image Award nomination as producer on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Gurin has created an unprecedented number of variety specials, including major live events, concert performances, reality programs, clip shows and comedy series. Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks and in over 100 countries around the world. The production team will also include Tony McCuin as Director and Suzanne Bender and Stephanie Sacco as Talent Producers.

Actress Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwin at the 44th NAACP Image Awards

The event kicks off the landmark multi-year partnership announced between the NAACP and TV One earlier this year. The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice. There are 54 competitive categories in the fields of motion picture, television, recording and literature, as well as several special honorary awards.

“The NAACP has enjoyed a terrific working relationship with Reginald Hudlin and is confident in his abilities to produce an entertaining and enjoyable show,” stated Chairman of the NAACP Image Awards, Leonard James. “We are pleased to add the talents of Phil Gurin and his team to what we are sure will be our best Image Awards Show to date.”

“As TV One prepares to air our very first Image Awards live broadcast, we are in excellent hands with Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin at the helm,” remarked Alfred Liggins, President and CEO, TV One. “Their combined experience and well-established production reputations will serve us well in our inaugural outing.”

Sidney Portier and Harry Belefonte

“We are honored to have the opportunity to produce the 45th NAACP Image Awards as the show debuts on its new television home, TV One,” commented Hudlin and Gurin. “Working with the NAACP is always a privilege and we anticipate delivering another inspiring and star-studded show.”

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Quentin Tarantino On The Tonight Show Talking Django Unchained…The Graphic Novel!

Books don’t get a lot of attention on television talk shows, let alone comics, but Quentin broke the trend by discussing the DJANGO UNCHAINED graphic novel with Jay Leno.  Made all of us…the art team, the publisher, and I, the adaptor…very happy.

You can get your copy at!

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Django Unchained: The Graphic Novel

Django Unchained: The Graphic Novel

Order your copy at and I’ll autograph it, if that’s what you want.  But you want it.  Christmas is coming, you can gift it AND keep one for yourself.  Don’t take my word for it, read this review:

Review: Django Unchained Hardcover

by Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell

Django Unchained coverThe seven-issue comics adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie by Quentin Tarantino is now collected in hardcover! Don’t miss this blood-soaked tale of a bounty-hunting dentist and his partner Django, a recently freed slave, as they search the post-Civil War South for Django’s wife!

Today sees the release of the Django Unchained trade paperback. The hardcover book collects all seven issues of the comic adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie from Quentin Tarantino. Of course it’s written by Tarantino since it’s the first draft of his script, but it’s adapted into comic book form by Reginald Hudlin. Issues 1, 2, 4, 7 feature art from R.M. Guera and Jason Latour. Issues 3 and 6 features pencils from Denys Cowan with inks by John Floyd. Issue 5’s art is handled by Danijel Zezelj. Giulia Brussco and Jose Villarubia handle colors while Sal Cipriano and Taylor Esposito provide lettering. The movie was a hit with critics and fans, but how does the adaptation hold up to the source?

The story doesn’t deviate too far from the finished project. Django is “freed” by Dr. King Schultz who then offers Django his freedom in exchange for helping him track down and kill the Brittle brothers. Their time collecting bounties forges a friendship and leads Schultz to train Django and offer to help him find his lost wife, Broomhilda, if he agrees to help him collect bounties over the winter. The duo track Broomhilda down to the villainous Calvin Candie, owner of the notorious Candyland. Django and Schultz will have to orchestra their most brilliant ruse yet if they hope to rescue Django’s love.

Hudlin adapts Tarantino’s first draft well. Things don’t differ too greatly from what we see on the big screen, but there is a large portion devoted to Broomhilda and her trip to Candyland. The final battle between Django and the white inhabitants of Candyland also goes down a little different than it does on film as well. Other than that, this is really just a great director’s cut of the film. The art is top notch all around. R.M. Guera is the prefect artist for this adaptation. He is probably best known for Scalped, and that was a comic series that was a fantastic Quentin Tarantino-ish film. Guera fits right in with the look and feel of Tarantino’s film. Cowan’s art on issues 3 and 6 are a good compliment to Guera. He has his own style, but the change isn’t drastic or jarring. Zezelji’s art on issue 5 is the most noticeable shift. The heavier line work and use of shading does work well with the introduction of Candlyand though.

Bottom Line: Django Unchained is just as good as its movie counterpart. There is enough here to keep it from feeling like a straight movie adaption comic, though most of the story plays out the same way. Like I said above, Django Unchained #1-7 is a stellar director’s cut of the film in comic book form. If you enjoyed Django Unchained, are a cinephile, or just love Tarantino films, this is well worth picking up. Tarantino proves it’s worth a comic book adaptation with his love letter to western comics in the book’s introduction. It’s a well put together trade to boot. 4.5/5

Summary: Django Unchained is just as good as its movie counterpart.

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Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Django Unchained comic

Are you up on the DJANGO comic book series?  There’s so much cool stuff in the books not seen the film. Order all seven issues at!

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