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Critics Choice Television Awards, 2015 : Lorraine, Taraji and Bessie OH My!!!

Critics. You either love them, hate them, listen to them, totally ignore them or you are one. Well, they have spoken. The 5th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards aired on Sunday night and a few of my top picks took home awards.  Congratulations to three of my faves who won big at the award show:

Lorraine Toussaint, Best Supprting Actress in a Drama Series for Orange is the New Black

Critics Choice, Lorraine

I have loved Lorraine Toussaint since she starred on the Lifetime series, Any Day Now. She always brings her A game and I am OVERJOYED that she won for her work on one of my favorite series, Orange is the New Black.

Taraji P. Henson, Best Actress in a Drama Series for Empire

critics choice

Taraji P. Henson has been killing it on Empire. Cookie Lyons is one of my favorite characters on television right now.  I am so happy for her win.

Bessie, Best Movie Made for Television

Bessie Cast

Bessie was a GREAT movie. Director Dee Rees did an amazing job. And the cast that includes Queen Latifah and Khandi Alexander really embodied their characters and gave powerful and nuanced performances.

Click here for a FULL list of the winners.

It’s Oscar Night!!

In honor of tonight’s 80th Annual Academy Awards, I thought I would give a little shout out to the reel sistas who have been recognized for there work as Leading Actress.Dorothy Dandridge
The first African-American actress to be Oscar-nominated for “Best Actress in a Leading Role,” for her work in 1954’s “Carmen Jones.” Dorothy was also considered for the role of “Billie Holliday” in a movie; however, the project didn’t materialize in her lifetime. When the movie did come to pass, the role was portrayed by Diana Ross.

Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson
In 1972 Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson were both nominated for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” Oscars. This was only the second time in the history of the Academy Awards that African-American actresses were nominated in the “Best Actress” Oscar category. Diana was nominated for her first film role playing Billie Holliday in “Lady Sings the Blues.” Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in the film “Sounder.”
Diahann Carroll
The next reel sista to grab a “Best Actress in a Leading Role” was Diahann Carroll. She garnered a nomination for her work in the 1974 film “Claudine”
Whoopi Goldberg
It would be 10 years before another reel sista was nominated for the top honor, but it came in 1985 when Whoopi Goldberg was nominated for her work in the film adaptation of Alice Walker’s classic novel The Color Purple. Whoopi would later go on to win a “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar for her role in “Ghost”
Angela Bassett
For her dead on performance as Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Angela Basset was nominated for a “Best Actress in a Leading Role.”







Years later Angela turned down the role that led the 7th African-American Actress nominated for the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” Oscar.

Halle Berry
In 2002, reel sista Halle Berry made history y becoming the first African American woman to win the Academy Award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role.” Halle won for the role of Letecia Musgrove in the film “Monster’s Ball.”








Although many have criticized the film for it’s portrayal of the black woman, Halle’s win was historic and she will forever be a part of Oscar history.

For those who missed it, here is the text from her acceptance speech:

Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I’m sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored. I’m so honored. And I thank the Academy for choosing me to be the vessel for which His blessing might flow. Thank you.

I want to thank my manager, Vincent Cirrincione. He’s been with me for twelve long years and you fought every fight and you’ve loved me when I’ve been up, but more importantly you’ve loved me when I’ve been down. You have been a manager, a friend, and the only father I’ve ever known. Really. And I love you very much.

I want to thank my mom who’s given me the strength to fight every single day, to be who I want to be and given me the courage to dream, that this dream might be happening and possible for me. I love you, Mom, so much. Thank you. My husband, who is just a joy of my life, and India, thank you for giving me peace because only with the peace that you’ve brought me have I been allowed to go to places that I never even knew I could go. Thank you. I love you and India with all my heart.

I want to thank Lions Gate. Thank you. Mike Paseornek, Tom Ortenberg for making sure everybody knew about this little tiny movie. Thank you for believing in me. Our director Marc Forster, you’re a genius. You’re a genius. This moviemaking experience was magical for me because of you. You believed in me; you trusted me and you gently guided me to very scary places. I thank you. I want to thank Ivana Chubic. I could have never figured out who the heck this lady was without you. I love you. Thank you. I want to thank Lee Daniels, our producer. Thank you for giving me this chance, for believing that I could do it. And now tonight I have this. Thank you.

I want to thank my agents — CAA, Josh Lieberman especially. I have to thank my agents — Kevin Huvane, thank you. Thank you for never kicking me out and sending me somewhere else. Thank you. I, I, I, who else? I have so many people that I know I need to thank. My lawyers — Neil Meyer, thank you. Okay, wait a minute. I got to take…seventy-four years here!! Ok. I got to take this time! I got to thank my lawyer, Neil Meyer, for making this deal. Doug Stone. I need to thank lastly and not leastly, I have to thank Spike Lee for putting me in my very first film and believing in me. Oprah Winfrey for being the best role model any girl can have. Joel Silver, thank you. And thank you to Warren Beatty. Thank you so much for being my mentors and believing in me.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I hope that in the next 80 years of the Oscars, more and more reel sistas will get the recognition the receive.

Keep Shining!

The NAACP Shows Some Love

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards were held on Valentine’s Day and broadcast live on the FOX network. The film “The Great Debaters” was the big winner of the evening. The film was named best film, while acting awards went to its stars Denzel Washington, Denzel Whitaker, and reel sista Jurnee Smollet. Reel sista Janet Jackson took home the award for best Supporting Actress for her role in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married”

Check out the reel sistas who hit the red carpet for the event.

Wendy Raquel Robinson

Image Award winner Vanessa Williams

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tichina Arnold

Tia Mowry











Taraji P. Henson


Sanaa Lathan

Robin Givens

Meagan Goode

Loretta Divine











Keisha Knight Pulliam

Holly Robinson Peete











Golden Brooks

Eva Marcelle











Erica Hubbard

and Denise Boutte

Red Carpet photos taken by Mayer
Everyone looked absolutely fabulous.
For those of you who missed it, here is a list of the motion picture awards:
Motion picture: “The Great Debaters.”
Actor in a motion picture: Denzel Washington, “The Great Debaters.”
Actress in a motion picture: Jurnee Smollett, “The Great Debaters.”
Supporting actor in a motion picture: Denzel Whitaker, “The Great Debaters.”
Supporting actress in a motion picture: Janet Jackson, “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”
Directing in a motion picture: Kasi Lemmons, “Talk To Me.”
Writing in a motion picture: Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa, “Talk To Me.”
Independent or foreign film: “Honeydripper.”
Documentary: “Darfur Now.”
Congrats to everyone!

Extra, Extra: The 14th Annual SAG Awards

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards went down last night. The SAG and the Writer’s Guild of America were able to come to an agreement allowing the show to go on. From the beginning, SAG has been supportinve of the WGA, refusing to cross the picket line, leading to the cancellation of the Golden Globes ceremony earlier this month. That the the SAG Awards the first major award show of the season.

Congrats to screen legend Ruby Dee. Just days after receivving her first Oscar nomination, she takes home the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in American Gangster.

Simply classy.

Before the show, several reel sistas hit the red carpet:

Vanessa Williams was there She looked amazing as usual
Tichina rocked the bob
This was a very good look for her
Taraji looks stunning
Chandra Wilson was dazzling in gold

Keep shining!