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2021 NAACP Image Awards: Full Winners List

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards ceremony aired on Saturday and the winners have been announced! Regé-Jean Page (Bridgeton) picked up his first NAACP Image award for Outstanding Actor. Viola Davis took home two trophies, for Outstanding Actress in both a Drama Series and a Motion Picture, for How to Get Away With Murder and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Her late Ma Rainey costar Chadwick Boseman also won in two categories – Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Da 5 Bloods posthumously.

Other winners included Bad Boys For Life for Outstanding Motion Picture, Issa Rae for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (for Insecure), and D-Nice, who won Entertainer of the Year. Acting legend Eddie Murphy was honored with the Hall of Fame Award.

See the full list of winners below.

FILM

Motion Picture:

  • “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • “One Night In Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Actor in a Motion Picture:

  • Anthony Mackie – “The Banker” (Apple)
  • Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Delroy Lindo – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • Forest Whitaker – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Will Smith – “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture:

  • Issa Rae – “The Photograph” (Universal Pictures)
  • Janelle Monáe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
  • Madalen Mills – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – “The High Note” (Focus Features)
  • Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:

  • Aldis Hodge – “One Night In Miami” (Amazon Studios)
  • Chadwick Boseman – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • Clarke Peters – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • Colman Domingo – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Glynn Turman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:

  • Anika Noni Rose – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Gabourey Sidibe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
  • Nia Long – “The Banker” (Apple)
  • Phylicia Rashad – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Taylour Paige – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture:

  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • “The Banker” (Apple)

Animated Motion Picture:

  • “Onward” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • “Over the Moon” (Netflix)
  • “Scoob!” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • “Trolls World Tour” (Universal Pictures)

TELEVISION

Comedy Series:

  • “#blackAF” (Netflix)
  • “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • “Grown-ish” (Freeform)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Cedric the Entertainer – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
  • Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
  • Idris Elba – “In the Long Run” (Starz)
  • Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Folake Olowofoyeku – “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS)
  • Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Yara Shahidi – “Grown-ish” (Freeform)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
  • Deon Cole – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Kenan Thompson – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
  • Laurence Fishburne – “Black-ish” (ABC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Jenifer Lewis – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Natasha Rothwell – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Tichina Arnold – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
  • Yvonne Orji – “Insecure” (HBO)

Drama Series:

  • “All Rise” (CBS)
  • “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
  • “This Is Us” (NBC)

Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Jonathan Majors – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Keith David – “Greenleaf” (OWN)
  • Nicco Annan – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Regé-Jean Page – “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Angela Bassett – “9-1-1″ (FOX)
  • Brandee Evans – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Jurnee Smollett – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS)
  • Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Clifford “Method Man” Smith – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
  • Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
  • J. Alphonse Nicholson – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” (HBO)
  • Michael Kenneth Williams – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Adjoa Andoh – “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • Aunjanue Ellis – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN)
  • Mary J. Blige – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
  • Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC)

TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special:

  • “Hamilton” (Disney+)
  • “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)
  • “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix)
  • “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)
  • “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime)

Actor in a TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special:

  • Blair Underwood – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix)
  • Chris Rock – “Fargo” (FX)
  • Daveed Diggs – “Hamilton” (Disney+)
  • Leslie Odom Jr. – “Hamilton” (Disney+)
  • Nnamdi Asomugha – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)

Actress in a TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special:

  • Aunjanue Ellis – “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime)
  • Kerry Washington – “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)
  • Michaela Coel – “I May Destroy You” (HBO)
  • Octavia Spencer – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix)
  • Tessa Thompson – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)

President Award:

Lebron James

Hall of Fame Award:

Eddie Murphy

Chairman’s Award

Rev. James Lawson

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(Exclusive)’David Makes Man’ Star Arlen Escarpeta Talks Joining Season 2, Black Masculinity, and Working with Director Tarell Alvine McCraney

by Betti Halsell

No one could have painted a picture of Black masculinity more accurately than Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN)  TV drama David Makes Man. The series encapsulates the quality of life and its aftermath surrounding men in the Black Community.

Narrated through the lens of a brilliant male character, the audience digests a visual dissertation of unspoken experiences that shape young boys into men. Arlen Escarpeta plays JG, the younger brother of the protagonist. The Oath actor breaks down the message behind the series and the strength of silent love that happens within the masculine gender. 

David Makes Man first streamed on HBO max, but OWN has picked up season two. Director Tarell Alvine McCraney (Moonlight) grasped the eerie tones of movies like A Beautiful Mind and Six Sense, and concocted the internal struggle of a caged life as a young minority, raised below the poverty line. The viewers meet David (Kwame Patterson) as a young adult, a silent and solemn adolescent, but his thoughts are amplified enough to take over his reality. 

Jonathan Greg nicknamed J.G. (Escarpeta) has a different level of mental compression and unwavering love for his brother. He is the peaceful flute playing above the overpowering orchestra that is David’s mind. Escarpeta breaks down that love, and the slew of unspoken nuances that are carefully placed throughout the series, to alert the audience: more was said than just words. 

David Makes Man — 201 — “Barrel of Oranges” — Photo Credit: Rod Millington

David Makes Man is a story of a young adult with no visual assurance of making out of his situation alive, coming into the power of his mind, and then aligning himself with success. The audience has a personal view of one’s personal struggle with their gifts and the application of their power after it’s gained. David battles many versions of himself in hopes of finding peace in his internal war. 

JG (Escarpeta) represents another angle of warfare, one that includes him and his projection of life to other people. The local cop is currently at a crossroads in his love life. Catching up with an old flame brings out his organic nature. However, he already created a sanctity with his wife and teenage daughter. Escarpeta’s character is metaphorically facing a three-headed beast that breathes fire. Between his wife, daughter, and the old flame, someone is guaranteed to be burned by his next decision. 

David Makes Man so far has won the Peabody Award of Entertainment. Full episodes are available on OWN’s streaming service, with new episodes out on Tuesdays, 9/8c. 

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Sex and the City revival adds Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, and Sarita Choudhury

And Just Like That, HBO’s upcoming Sex and The City revival is bringing new characters into the world of Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte. Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, and Sarita Choudhury have joined the cast.

According to EW, Parker (Empire, Chicago P.D.) will play Lisa Todd Wexley, a Park Avenue mother of three. Choudhury (Mississippi Masala) will play Seema Patel, a single, self-made powerhouse Manhattan real estate broker. And Pittman (The Morning Show) will appear as Dr. Nya Wallace, a brilliant, yet challenging Columbia Law professor.

The decision to add the trio was made by HBO’s chief Casey Bloys, producer/star Sara Jessica Parker and showrunner Michael Patrick King. Bloys told TV Line earlier this year they did not want “to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast,” and the creators “being very, very conscious about understanding that [the show’s] New York has to reflect the way New York looks today.”

The And Just Like That cast also includes Sex and The City‘s Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Mario Cantone, Willie Garson, and Evan Handler.

The revival is currently in production in New York. HBO Max has not yet set a premiere date.

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Vivica A. Fox, Clifton Powell, and Christina Cooper To Star In Mann Robinson’s New Series ‘On Ten’

Atlanta, GA. – Director and producer Mann Robinson is teaming up with multi-talented actress and TV personality Torrei Hart on a one-of-a-kind drama series titled On Ten.

The series cannot be compared to any other show on television. The audience is introduced to Osaris Warlock, a gifted young man who sees the truest potential of his urban surroundings. He goes to business school to hone his innate ability to grow an empire.

The goal he sets out for himself is to turn his hood into the next Black Wall Street. He enlists his longtime girlfriend, Ebony (played by Christina Cooper), as his right hand and starts to buy the block back. However, The closer the couple gets to the goal, the more challenging it becomes. They both soon find out that you also have to be a killer to be effective.

Warlock’s master plan stems from watching his mother struggle with having a lack of resources, which fell adjacent to him recently learning about the massacre in Tulsa, OK. As a result, the young man is now hellbent on growing a strong financial structure for his community by riding the fine line between illegal and legitimized business practices.

NAACP Image Awards winner Vivica A. Fox was tapped for this project as Mayor Brown. Her schedule has been tightly woven, as she also headlines two FOX SOUL shows – Cocktails With Queens on Mondays and FOX SOUL’s The Screening Room.

Another heavyweight, ABFF winner Clifton Powell, has joined the cast. He will assume the role of Agent Morphan.

Talented newcomer Cooper will portray Ebony, Warlock’s girlfriend. This will mark her first official series as a regular. The actress is taking Hollywood by storm, working in multiple areas of filmmaking. In 2019, the Los Angeles native directed and produced South Central Love, a visual message calling for an end to gun violence – a cause close to her heart, as she pulled from her experiences growing up in South Central LA.

Cooper is also a model and entrepreneur. She owns a women’s wear collection inspired by her Jamaican roots called Island Gal

The cast of On Ten‘s debut season will also include Sean Blakemore (Motives), E. Roger Mitchell (Full Count) and Michael Emory, Reality TV star and attorney Phaedra Parks, Instagram influencer and entrepreneur Jayda Wayda, acting legend Darius McCrary, and many more.

Robinson fortified his talents as a filmmaker and is well known in the Black entertainment circuit for his most recent projects: Super TurntFruits of the Heart, and Troubled Waters (which aired on BET her & BET Plus). The director’s debut film K.A.R.M.A. was released in the early 2000s. Soon after, he dived into producing hit independent films and series. By 2012, Robinson began to put together the strategy to direct On Ten, his TV drama, in multiple locations – Detroit, New York, and Atlanta. 

Director Mann Robinson

The bulk of the upcoming series will be filmed in Atlanta, where Robinson has built a 20,000 square ft space – Mann Robinson Studios – a fully-equipped creative space, a central hub for high-quality projects produced in Georgia.

Robinson’s co-producer, Hart, who will also star in the series, has been building her career as a comedian, writer, producer, and beauty business mogul. She launched her Youtube comedy channel, “PrettyFunnyFish,” in 2012, which had rocket-fueled growth in popularity. 

Hart’s production company is vetted under the same name and captured the attention of business tycoon Russell Simmons. In partnership with Simmons, Hart has contributed creative content for All Def’s digital platform while starring and co-writing in her short films. 

Producer Torrei Hart

Hart also cooperated with Zeus Network to develop the raw and unscripted talk show Talkin Sh%t while simultaneously having a reoccurring chair on Dish Nation.

The upcoming TV series will not be Robinson and Hart’s first collaboration. Both have previously worked on a drama titled TURNT and its sequel, Super Turnt.

On Ten is scheduled to go into production this summer.  The dates of the season one premiere have yet to be disclosed.


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