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NAACP IMAGE AWARDS NOMINEES: ‘HARRIETT’ SCORES THE MOST NOMINATIONS

Harriet is leading the nominees’ list with a total of 10 nods, including best soundtrack, outstanding motion picture, best actress (Cynthia Erivo), supporting actor (Leslie Odom Jr.), and supporting actress (Janelle Monae) among others.

Jordan Peele‘s Us, Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name, Melina Matsoukas‘ Queen & Slim, and Michael B. Jordan-starrer Just Mercy are also up for multiple awards.

The ceremony will air on Saturday Feb.22 on BET. Check out the full list of nominees below!

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Angela Basset
• Billy Porter
• Lizzo
• Regina King
• Tyler Perry

TELEVISION CATEGORIES
Outstanding Comedy Series
• “Ballers” (HBO)
• “black-ish” (ABC)
• “Dear White People” (Netflix)
• “grown-ish” (Freeform)
• “the Neighborhood” (CBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
• Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Cedric The Entertainer – “the Neighborhood” (CBS)
• Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
• Dwayne Johnson – “Ballers” (HBO)
• Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
• Logan Browning – “Dear White People” (Netflix)
• Jill Scott – “First Wives Club” (BET+)
• Tiffany Haddish – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)
• Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish ” (ABC)
• Yara Shahidi – “grown-ish” (Freeform)
         
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
• Deon Cole – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)
• T erry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
• Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
• Halle Bailey – “grown-ish” (Freeform)
• Loretta Devine – “Family Reunion” (Netflix)
• Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
• Tichina Arnold – “the Neighborhood” (CBS)

Outstanding Drama Series
• “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
• “Greenleaf” (OWN)
• “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• “The Chi” (Showtime)
• “Watchmen” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
• Billy Porter – “Pose” (FX Networks)
• Forest Whitaker – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
• Kofi Siriboe – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)
• Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
• Angela Bassett – “9-1-1” (FOX)
• Regina King – “Watchmen” (HBO)
• Rutina Wesley – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS)
• Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
• Giancarlo Esposito – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
• Harold Perrineau – “Claws” (TNT)
• Nigél Thatch – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
• Wendell Pierce – “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Prime Video)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• CCH Pounder – “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
• Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN)
• Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Tina Lifford – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
• American Son (Netflix)
• Being Mary Jane (BET Networks)
• Native Son (HBO)
• True Detective (HBO)
• When They See Us (Netflix)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
• Caleel Harris – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Ethan Henru Herisse – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)
• Jharrel Jerome – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Mahershala Ali – “True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
• Aunjanue Ellis – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET Networks)
• Kerry Washington – “American Son” (Netflix)
• Niecy Nash – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Octavia Spencer – “Truth Be Told” (Apple TV+)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
• PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (PBS)
• Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
• The Breakfast Club (REVOLT)
• The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic)
• Unsung (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
• “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
• “The Real” (Syndicated)
• “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO)
• “The Tamron Hall Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series/Game Show
• “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
• “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network)
• “Rhythm + Flow” (Netflix)
• “Sunday Best” (BET Networks)
• “The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
• “2019 Black Girls Rock!” (BET Networks)
• “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” (Netflix)
• “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix)
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
• “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Program
• “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
• “Family Reunion” (Netflix)
• “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History” (Netflix)
• “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (Disney XD)
• “Motown Magic” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)
• Caleel Harris – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Lonnie Chavis – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
• Angela Rye – “Young Gifted and Broke: A BET Town Hall” (BET Networks)
• Jada Pinkett Smith – “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)
• Lester Holt – “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” (NBC)
• Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
• Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro – “The View” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
• Iyanla Vanzant – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
• LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network)
• Regina Hall – “2019 BET Awards” (BET Networks)
• Steve Harvey – “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC)
• Wayne Brady – “Let’s Make A Deal” (CBS)

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series
• Blair Underwood – “Dear White People” ( Netflix)
• David Alan Grier – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Kelly Rowland – “American Soul” (BET Networks)
• MAJOR. – “STAR” (FOX)
• Sanaa Lathan – “The Affair” (Showtime)

RECORDING CATEGORIES
 Outstanding Album
• “Cuz I Love You” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
• “Homecoming: The Live Album” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia
Records)
• “I Used To Know H.E.R.” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• “Sketchbook” – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
• “Worthy” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

Outstanding New Artist
• Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope Records)
• Lil Nas X (Columbia Records)
• Lucky Daye (Keep Cool/RCA Records)
• Mahalia (Burkmar/Warner Music UK)
• Mykal Kilgore (Affective Music)

Outstanding Male Artist
• Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
• Khalid (RCA Records)
• Lil Nas X (Columbia Records)
• MAJOR. (BOE Music Group/EMPIRE)
• PJ Morton (Morton Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
• Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
• H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)
• Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
• “Enough” – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
• “Jerome” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
• “SPIRIT” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo (Back Lot Music)
• “Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
• “Before I Let Go” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “Hard Place” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• “Juice” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
• “Talk” – Khalid (RCA Records)
• “Motivation” – Normani (Keep Cool/RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
• “Brown Skin Girl” – Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé & WizKiD (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records)
• “Say So” – PJ Morton feat. JoJo (Morton Records/EMPIRE)
• “Shea Butter Baby” – Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole (Dreamville/Interscope Records)
• “Show Me Love” – Alicia Keys feat. Miguel (RCA Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
• “Carib” – David Sanchez (Ropeadope)
• “Center of The Heart” – Najee (Shanachie)
• “Love & Liberation” – Jazzmeia Horn (Concord Jazz)
• “SoulMate” – Nathan Mitchell (Enm Music Group)
• “The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron” – Vanessa Rubin
(Vanessa Rubin)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song (Traditional or Contemporary)
• “I Made It Out” – John P. Kee feat. Zacardi Cortez (Kee Music Group/Entertainment One)
• “Laughter” – Bebe Winans feat. Korean Soul (Regimen Records)
• “Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Records/RCA Records)
• “Not Yet” – Donnie McClurkin (Camdon Music/RCA Inspiration)
• “Victory” – The Clark Sisters (Karew Records/Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
• “Hard Place” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• “Juice” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
• “No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA
Records)
• “Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)
• “Talk” – Khalid (RCA Records)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album
• “Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Terence Blanchard (Back Lot Music)
• “Queen & Slim The Soundtrack” – Various Artists (Motown Records)
• “The Lion King: The Gift” – Beyoncé w/Various Artists (Parkwood
Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Various Artists (Walt Disney
Records)
• “Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Michael Abels (Back Lot Music)

LITERATURE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
• “New Daughters of Africa” – Margaret Busby (HarperCollins Publishers)
• “Out of Darkness, Shining Light” – Petina Gappah (Simon and Schuster)
• “Red at the Bone” – Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead Books PRH)
• “The Revisioners” – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counter Point Press)
• “The Water Dancer” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction
• “Breathe: A Letter to My Sons” – Dr. Imani Perry (Beacon Press)
• “STONY THE ROAD: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim
Crow” – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Penguin Press)
• “The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations” –
Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf)
• “The Yellow House” – Sarah M. Broom (Grove Atlantic)
• “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays” – Damon Young
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“American Spy” – Lauren Wilkinson (Random House)
• “I Am Dance: Words and Images of the Black Dancer” – Hal Banfield (Author),
Javier Vasquez (Illustrator), (Literary Revolutionary)
• “More Than Pretty: Doing The Soul Work To Uncover Your True Beauty ” – Erica
Campbell (Howard Books)
• “Such A Fun Age” – Kiley Reid (Penguin Publishing Group)
• “The Farm” – Joanne Ramos (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
• “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System” – Cyntoia Brown-Long (Atria Books)
• “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward” – Valerie Jarrett (Viking Press)
• “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” – Elaine Welteroth (Viking Press)
• “My Name Is Prince” – Randee St. Nicholas (HarperCollins Publishers)
• “The Beautiful Ones” – Prince (Author), Dan Piepenbring (Edited by), (Random
House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
• “Inspire Your Home: Easy, Affordable Ideas to Make Every Room Glamorous” – Farah Merhi (Tiller Press)
• “Letters to the Finishers (who struggle to finish)” – Candace E. Wilkins (New Season Books)
• “More Than Pretty: Doing the Soul Work that Uncovers Your True Beauty” – Erica Campbell (Howard Books)
• “Vegetables Unleashed” – José Andres (HarperCollins Publishers)
• “Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, And Opportunity For Black Women In America” – Karen Arrington (Author), Joanna Price (Illustrator), Sheryl Taylor (Forward) (Mango Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
• “A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland” – DaMaris B. Hill (Bloomsbury Publishing)
• “Felon: Poems” – Reginald Dwayne Betts (W.W. Norton Company)
• “Honeyfish” – Lauren K. Alleyne (New Issues Poetry and Prose)
• “Mistress” – Chet’la Sebree (New Issue Poetry and Prose)
• “The Tradition” – Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
• “A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation” – Barry Wittenstein (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator), (Penguin Random House)
• “Hair Love” – Matthew A. Cherry (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator), (Kokila)
• “Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment” – Parker Curry (Author), Jessica
Curry (Author), Brittany Jackson (Illustrator), (Aladdin Books)
• “Ruby Finds a Worry” – Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Publishing)
• “Sulwe” – Lupita Nyong’o (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator), (Simon &
Schuster, BFYR)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
• “Around Harvard Square” – C.J. Farley (Akashic Books)
• “Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk” – Meredith Davis
(Author), Rebeka Uwitonze (Author), (Scholastic Inc.)
• “Hot Comb” – Ebony Flowers (Author), Ebony Flowers (Illustrator), (Drawn and
Quarterly)
• “I’m Not Dying with You Tonight” – Gilly Segal (Author), Kimberly Jones (Author),
(Sourcebooks Fire)
• “The Forgotten Girl” – India Hill Brown (Scholastic Inc.)

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Motion Picture
• “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
• Chadwick Boseman – “21 Bridges” (STX Films)
• Daniel Kaluuya – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• Eddie Murphy – “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• Michael B. Jordan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Winston Duke – “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
• Alfre Woodard – “Clemency” (Neon)
• Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Jodie Turner-Smith – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• Lupita Nyong’o – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
• Naomie Harris – “Black and Blue” (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
• Jamie Foxx – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Leslie Odom, Jr. – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Sterling K. Brown – “Waves” (A24)
• Tituss Burgess – “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)
• Wesley Snipes – “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
• Da’Vine Joy Randolph – “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• Janelle Monáe – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Jennifer Lopez – “Hustlers” (STX Films)
• Marsai Martin – “Little” (Universal Pictures)
• Octavia Spencer – “Luce” (Neon)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in Motion Picture
• Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Jodie Turner-Smith – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• Marsai Martin – “Little” (Universal Pictures)
• Rob Morgan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Shahadi Wright Joseph – “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
• “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
• “Clemency” (Neon)
• “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• “Luce” (Neon)
• “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (Netflix)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)
• Alfre Woodard – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)
• Donald Glover – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)
• James Earl Jones – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)
• Lupita Nyong’o – “Serengeti” (Discovery Channel)
• Sterling K. Brown – “Frozen II” (Walt Disney Studios)

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES
Outstanding Documentary (Film)
• “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
• “The Black Godfather” (Netflix)
• “The Apollo” (HBO)
• “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (Magnolia Pictures)
• “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” (HBO)

Outstanding Documentary (Television – Series or Special)
• “Free Meek” (Prime Video)
• “Hitsville: The Making of Motown” (Showtime)
• “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix)
• “Martin: The Legacy of A King” (BET Networks)
• “ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke” (Netflix)

WRITING CATEGORIES
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
• Cord Jefferson – “The Good Place” – Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy (NBC)
• Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce – “One Day at a Time” – Ghosts (Netflix)
• Jason Kim – “Barry” – Past=Present x Future Over Yesterday (HBO)
• Karen Gist, Peter Saji – “Mixed-ish” – Let Your Hair Down (ABC)
• Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Steve King’s Comments
Meet Trevor Noah: Racism Detective (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
• Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury – “When They See Us” – Part Four (Netflix)
• Damon Lindelof, Cord Jefferson – “Watchmen” – The Extraordinary Being (HBO)
• Nichelle Tramble Spellman – “Truth Be Told” – Monster (Apple TV+)
• Nkechi Okoro Carroll – “All American” – Hussle & Motivate (The CW)
• Pat Charles – “Black Lightning” – The Book of Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal
       Son (The CW)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)
• Cas Sigers-Beedles – “Twas the Chaos Before Christmas” (BET)
• Melissa Bustamante – “A Christmas Winter Song” (Lifetime)
• Patrik-Ian Polk – “Being Mary Jane” (BET Networks)
• Suzan-Lori Parks – “Native Son” (HBO)
• Yvette Nicole Brown – “Always a Bridesmaid” (BET Networks)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)
• Chinonye Chukwu – “Clemency” (Neon)
• Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Doug Atchison – “Brian Banks” (Bleeker Street and ShivHans)
• Jordan Peele – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
• Kasi Lemmons, Gregory Allen Howard – “Harriet” (Focus Features)

DIRECTING CATEGORIES
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
• Anya Adams – “GLOW” – Outward Bound (Netflix)
• Justin Tipping – “Black Monday” -7042 (Showtime)
• Ken Whittingham – “Atypical” – Road Rage Paige (Netflix)
• Randall Winston – “Grace and Frankie” – The Pharmacy (Netflix)
• Shaka King – “Shrill” – Pool (Hulu)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
• Ava DuVernay – “When They See Us” – Part Four (Netflix)
• Carl H. Seaton, Jr. – “Snowfall” – Hedgehogs (FX Networks)
• Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – “Power” – Forgot About Dre (STARZ)
• Debbie Allen – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Silent All These Years (ABC)
• Jet Wilkinson – “The Chi” – The Scorpion and the Frog (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
• Codie Elaine Oliver – “Black Love” (OWN)
• Janice Cooke – “I Am Sombody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story (Lifetime)
• Kenny Leon – “American Son” (Netflix)
• Rashid Johnson – “Native Son (HBO)
• Russ Parr – “The Bobby Debarge Story” (TV One)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)
• Chiwetel Ejiofor – “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (Netflix)
• Jordan Peele – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
• Kasi Lemmons – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Mati Diop – “Atlantics” (Les Films du Bal Presente en Co-Production avec
Cinekap et Frakas Productions en Co-Production avec Arte France Cinema et
Canal+ International for Netflix) 
• Reginald Hudlin – “The Black Godfather” (Netflix)

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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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