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Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott, and More Perform at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards

This past Friday (Feb. 17), the 43rd NAACP Image Awards went down at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and music's top talent was in the building.

Performers included Ne-Yo and Jill Scott, who sung "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to honor filmmaker George Lucas. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams paid respect to Whitney Houston with "I Love The Lord, He Heard Me Cry," and Jill Scott sung "So Blessed," off her The Light of The Sun album. Watch the top notch performances and check out the winner's list below:


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Motion Pictures

Motion Picture: “The Help”

Actor in a motion picture: Laz Alonso, “Jumping the Broom”

Actress in a motion picture: Viola Davis, “The Help”

Supporting actor in a motion picture: Mike Epps, “Jumping the Broom”

Supporting actress in a motion picture: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Independent motion picture: “Pariah”

Foreign motion picture: “In the Land of Blood and Honey”

Documentary, theatrical or television: “Sing Your Song”

Television:

Comedy series: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Actor in a comedy series: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, “Reed Between the Lines”

Actress in a comedy series: Tracee Ellis Ross, “Reed Between the Lines”

Supporting actor in a comedy series: Nick Cannon, “Up All Night”

Supporting actress in a comedy series: Keshia Knight Pulliam, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Drama series: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Actor in a drama series: LL Cool J, “NCIS: Los Angeles”

Actress in a drama series: Regina King, “SouthLAnd”

Supporting actor in a drama series: James Pickens, Jr., “Grey’s Anatomy”

Supporting actress in a drama series: Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

TV movie, mini-series or dramatic special: “Thurgood”

Actor in a TV movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”

Actress in a TV movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Taraji P. Henson, “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”

Actor in a daytime drama series: Emerson Brooks, “All My Children”

Actress in a daytime drama series: Tatyana Ali, “The Young and the Restless”

News/information, series or special: “Unsung”

Talk series: “Oprah’s Lifeclass”

Reality series: “Dancing With the Stars”

Variety series or special: “Oprah Presents: Master Class”

Children’s program: “I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View”

Performance in a children’s program, series or special: Keke Palmer, “True Jackson, VP”

Writing:

Comedy series: Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, “The Game”

Dramatic series: Lolis Eric Elie, “Treme”

Motion picture: Ann Peacock, “The First Grader”

Directing:

Comedy series: Leonard R. Garner, Jr., “Rules of Engagement”

Dramatic series: Ernest Dickerson, “Treme”

Motion picture: Salim Akil, “Jumping the Broom”

Recording:

New artist: Diggy Simmons

Male artist: Cee Lo Green

Female artist: Jill Scott

Duo, group or collaboration: Mary J. Blige feat. Drake

Jazz album: George Benson, “Guitar Man”

Gospel album, traditional or contemporary: Kirk Franklin, “Hello Fear”

World music album: Sounds of Blackness, “Sounds of Blackness”

Music video: Jennifer Hudson, “Where You At”

Song: Kirk Franklin, “I Smile”

Album: Jennifer Hudson, “I Remember Me”

Literature:

Fiction: Reshonda Tate Billingsley, “Say Amen, Again”

Nonfiction: Hill Harper, “The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place”

Debut author: Lyah Le Flore, “The Strawberry Letter”

Biography/autobiography: Harry Belafonte, “My Song”

Instructional: T.D. Jakes, “The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God”

Poetry: James Golden, “Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems”

Children: Tony Dungy (author), Ron Mazellan (illustrator), “You Can Be A Friend”

Youth/teens: Jeff Burlingame, “Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running”

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Taraji P. Henson Criticized For Comparing R. Kelly And Harvey Weinstein

Taraji P. Henson is under fire after she appeared to compare the backlash and response surrounding the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein. Henson seemed to question why Kelly was being slammed more than Weinstein, and Twitter users were not happy about her argument to say the least.

Henson shared her thoughts on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday (Jan. 22). She shared a series of videos, first of her looking up the hashtag and fan pages under "Mute R. Kelly." To no surprise, she found a handful of pages advocating for the complete dismissal of R. Kelly.

I love me some Taraji but GIIIIIIRRRRRLLLLLLAAAAAAAA. Make it make sense. pic.twitter.com/qBtYuwpio0

— sie (@NOPussBoys_) January 22, 2019

She then searched for similar tags and pages for Weinstein, but was unsuccessful. She also looked up pages under his full name to no avail. Henson then shared an emoji along with a simple "hmmm." The message suggested that she was confused as to why Weinstein and Kelly – both of whom have been accused of sexually abusing dozens of women through their career – were not receiving the same backlash. It appeared her argument regarding the discrepancy might have something to do with race.

Twitter users were not persuaded by Henson's thesis however. Surviving R. Kelly show-runner, dream hampton promptly responded to Henson's story, saying, "no idea why Taraji Henson wouldn't know that there are not one, but two projects abt Harvey Weinstein. But this is an oft-invoked deflection. While I care abt the Hollywood stars Weinstein abused, I care more abt Asante, Kitty, Jerhona, Lisette, Azriel & Joy & others, even more." Others criticized the actress for not acknowledging the black women and girls who had allegedly been abused by Kelly throughout the years.

While there may not be pages about muting Weinstein on Instagram, the Hollywood mogul is facing consequences for his heinous actions. Weinstein was forced to step down from his company, and he was arrested in May 2018 and charged with "rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women." He later made bail but was mandated to surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor.

Check out the Twitter reactions to Taraji P. Henson's comments below.

No idea why Taraji Henson wouldn't know that there are not one, but two projects abt Harvey Weinstein. But this is an oft-invoked deflection. While I care abt the Hollywood stars Weinstein abused, I care more abt Asante, Kitty, Jerhona, Lisette, Azriel & Joy & others, even more.

— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019

All of us watching Taraji’s instastory pic.twitter.com/VbcmMY3t7U

— Kayla Marie (@Maria_Giesela) January 22, 2019

TARAJI IS SO EMBARRASSING I HATE HER pic.twitter.com/tnm4HcMeAP

— fads (@azuIair) January 22, 2019

Yall.....Taraji P Henson done lost her entire mind....I... pic.twitter.com/8CuLCy19h2

— future librarian ♏️ (@blkbravado) January 22, 2019

Harvey Weinstein has been booked, charged, etc. the purpose of #MuteRKelly is to silence his music. For him to be held accountable for his actions. I really need taraji to know better. Unbelievable.

— Krissy Brierre-Davis (@krissys_kitchen) January 22, 2019

Taraji is dumb ass bricks. She really tried to compare mute R. Kelly hashtags to Mute Harvey Weinstein! News flash, Taraji, Harvey is about to go to trial. There are people willing to testify against him. His businesses and career are DONE! R. Kelly is still out here functioning!

— Where Is Yo Scoota? Where Is It?! (@AshleyShyMiller) January 22, 2019

Taraji, why? pic.twitter.com/6a4CenaNg3

— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) January 22, 2019

1. Why would “Mute” apply to people who aren’t in the music industry?2. Weinstein has several documentaries coming about his allegations. 3. Weinstein is also going to trial over his allegations. 4. Between Taraji and Erykah “What Men Want” is a no go. pic.twitter.com/DLzvq32VKy

— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) January 22, 2019

I wanna have a conversation about women Taraji's/Erykah's age and their obsession with "being a man's peace/shield/sponge because society brings them down enough" but I've already hit my 1 thread a day limit.

— Mári 🇵🇷 (I'm Black. This isn't hard.) (@_ItsMarisWorld_) January 22, 2019

 

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Kelly Rowland Becomes Gladys Knight For 'American Soul'

Kelly Rowland will reprise a multi-episode role as Gladys Knight on BET's newest series, American Soul.

The forthcoming series explores Don Cornelius' journey to creating Soul Train, the first nationally-syndicated show centered around black music, chronicling the uphill battling with record labels and off-camera drama with dancers, artists and more. The '70s set also painted pictures of the racially charged issues that plagued that generation.

It's almost as if the black entertainment channel is creating a Destiny's Child reunion, because Michelle Williams has been announced as the series' Diana Ross.

In a first look clip provided to VIBE, Cornelius is seen pitching the idea to a seemingly uninterested Knight (Rowland). The Chi-town DJ wants to create a show centered around black singer, dancer and performers.

"I’m talking about a national television show written, produced, and owned by black folks. I’m talking about bringing us — not whitewashed, not toned down, but us — into millions of homes, like it or not,” Cornelius' character says to Knight. Non-spoiler alert: Knight would eventually go on to be the first guest on Soul Train if history is any indication.

American Soul will premiere Feb. 5 on BET at 9 pm ET/PT on BET. Watch Kelly Rowland bring Gladys Knight's character to life in American Soul above.

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Spike Lee Earns Six Academy Award Nominations For 'BlacKkKlansman'

It’s been long overdue, but Spike Lee is finally an Oscar-nominated director for 2018’s acclaimed BlacKkKlansman. In addition to being nominated for Best Director, Lee earned six nominations in total, The Los Angeles Times reports.

According to CNN, the Brooklyn director will compete against Black Panther, Green Book, VICE, A Star Is Born and Netflix’s Roma for the Best Picture category. Adam Driver who stars in BlacKkKlansman alongside John David Washington is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The film is also being nominated for Best Adapted Screen Play, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score.

 

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In 1990, Lee was nominated for Best Original Screenplay of his classic Do The Right Thing and in 1998 he was nominated for Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls. Previously, Lee has been critical of the Academy for its lack of diversity in their nominations. In 2016, when Hollywood experienced a boycott for the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Lee spoke about the conundrum with a grain of salt.

"We talk about the lack of diversity at the Oscars almost every year. Last year people were calling me about Selma and now they are calling me again," he told VIBE. "Every 10 years we get the nominations….but the other nine years we get a drought. But I had to learn the hard way. If your sh*t is good it’s going to stand the test of time. I have to draw up my own history with Do The Right Thing. You know what film won Best Picture in 1989?"

Lee also earned an honorary award at the Academy in 2015. The Oscars will take place on Feb. 24 at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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