NOMINEES FOR 41st NAACP IMAGE AWARDS ANNOUNCED LIVE AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY TAYE DIGGS, MICHAEL STRAHAN, WANDA SYKES, KYLE MASSEY, CHRIS MASSEY, TATYANA ALI AND NAACP EXECUTIVES
The 41st NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Airs Live Friday, February 26 On FOX
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., (January 6, 2010) -- The 41st NAACP Image Awards nominees were announced today during a press conference at The SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. Taye Diggs (“Private Practice” - ABC), Michael Strahan (“Brothers” - FOX) and “FOX NFL Sunday”), Wanda Sykes (“The Wanda Sykes Show” - FOX), Kyle Massey (“That's So Raven,” “Cory in the House” - Disney Channel), Chris Massey (“Zoey 101” - Nickelodeon) and Tatyana Ali (Young and the Restless – CBS) joined NAACP Image Awards Committee Chair, Clayola Brown, and Vicangelo Bulluck, Executive Producer of the telecast, to announce the categories and nominees. The 41st NAACP Image Awards will air live on Friday, February 26 (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT Tape-Delayed) on FOX.
This year, over 1,200 entries were received. From those entries, a special committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country selected five nominees in each of the 53 categories. Any artist, manager, publicist, production company, record label, studio, network or publishing house could submit an entry to the NAACP Image Awards. The final selections are voted on by NAACP members, and winners will be announced during the live airing of the 41st NAACP Image Awards.
The ABC network leads with a total of 22 nominations, followed by NBC with 13, CBS with 12, and FOX, Lifetime and TNT with 9 each. “Grey’s Anatomy” received 6 nominations, followed by “Everybody Hates Chris” and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" both receiving 4 nominations, followed by "Ugly Betty" with 3.
In the Recording Category, Columbia Records leads with 7 nominations, followed by Atlantic Records and Def Jam both with 5 nominations. J Records/MBK Entertainment received 4, and Interscope Records with 3. Jay-Z and Maxwell both received 5 nominations, followed by Alicia Keys with 3 and Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, and Rihanna with 2 each.
In the Motion Picture category, Lionsgate received 13 nominations. Warner Bros. Pictures follows with 7 nominations, Columbia Pictures with 4, and Overture Films with 3.
Returning event sponsors for the 41st NAACP Image Awards include Ford Motor Company, UAW/Chrysler, Sprint, and FedEx.
Founded on February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information on the NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, please visit naacpimageawards.net.
NOW . . . this is not the entire category and nominee list, but for purposes of sharing my hopefuls in the literary category, here are the nominees and my personal faves are bolded.
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
•“Basketball Jones” – E. Lynn Harris (deceased) (Doubleday)
•“Before I Forget” – Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Agate Bolden)
•“Life is Short But Wide” – J. California Cooper (Doubleday)
•“The Book of Night Women” – Marlon James Riverhead Books)
•“The Long Fall” – Walter Mosley (Riverhead Books)
Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
•“Brain Surgeon”: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters With Mortality and Miracles – Arnold Mann with Keith Black, MD (Grand Central Publishing)
•“Family Affair: What It Means to be African American Today” – Gil L. Robertson, IV (Agate Bolden)
•“Freedom in My Heart: Voices From the United States National Slavery Museum” – Cynthia Jacobs Carter (National Geographic Books)
•“In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past” – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Crown)
•“Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis” – Al Gore (Rodale Inc.)
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
•“3rd Generation Country” – BeNeca Ward (Xlibris Corporation)
• “A Question of Freedom” – R. Dwayne Betts (Avery Books)
•“Black Water Rising” – Attica Locke (Harper)
•“Kiss the Sky: A Novel” – Farai Chideya (Atria Books)
• “Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange” – Amanda Smyth (Three Rivers Press)
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
•“Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud” – Dr. Cornel West (SmileyBooks)
•“Michelle Obama” – Deborah Willis (W. W. Norton)
•“POPS: A Life of Louis” – Terry Teachout (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
•“Shooting Stars” – LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger (The Penguin Press)
•“Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne” – James Gavin (Atria Books)
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
•“Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” – Steve Harvey (Amistad)
•“The Conversation: How Black Men & Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships” – Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
•“Down to Business” – Clara Villarosa with Alicia Villarosa (Avery Books)
•“Start Where You Are” – Chris Gardner (Amistad)
•“Your Money or Your Life” – Alvin Hall (Atria Books)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
•“Bicycles” – Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow)
•“Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry” – Camille Dungy (The University of Georgia Press)
•“Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem” – Mitchell L. H. Douglas (Red Hen Press)
•“Mixology: National Poetry Series” – Adrian Matejka (Penguin Group [USA])
•“Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall” – Melba Joyce Boyd (Wayne State University Press)
Outstanding Literary Work – Children
•“Child of the Civil Rights Movement” – Paula Young Shelton (Random House Children’s Books)
•“Negro Speaks of Rivers” – Langston Hughes (Author), E.B. Lewis (Illustrator) (Disney-Jump at the Sun/Disney Book Group)
•“Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change” – Michelle Cook (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
•“Peeny Butter Fudge” – Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
•“Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Toeshoe Trouble” – Whoopi Goldberg (Disney-Jump at the Sun/Disney Book Group)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
•“Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice” – Phillip Hoose (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Farrar Straus and Giroux)
•“Just Another Hero” – Sharon Draper (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
•“Mare’s War” – Tanita S. Davis (Random House Children’s Books)
•“Michelle Obama: Meet the First Lady” – David Bergen Brophy (Collins-An Imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books)
•“Rock and the River” – Kekla Magoon (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)