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    50 Cent, Beyoncé, Lizzo & More Win 2020 NAACP Image Awards

    Hip Hop artists such as 50 Cent and Lizzo were winners at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards, which were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday (February 22). Beyoncé also added multiple awards to her collection after claiming victory in six categories.

    Lizzo took home the coveted Entertainer Of the Year honors as well as the award for Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album. 50 Cent’s music didn’t earn him any recognition at the ceremony, but his directorial work on Power secured the win for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series.

    Beyoncé’s concert film Homecoming and The Lion King: The Gift album helped her take home awards for Outstanding Variety (Series or Special), Outstanding Album and Outstanding Female Artist, among others. Her daughter Blue Ivy Carter even got a win for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration.OTHER NOTABLE AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDED LIL NAS X, WHO WON OUTSTANDING NEW ARTIST, AND RIHANNA, WHO RECEIVED THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD. THE LATTER IS PRESENTED “IN RECOGNITION OF A SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AND DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE,” ACCORDING TO THE NAACP.

    Check out all of the 2020 NAACP Image Award winners below.

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    • Angela Bassett
    • Billy Porter
    • *WINNER* Lizzo
    • Regina King
    • Tyler Perry

    MOTION PICTURE

    Outstanding Motion Picture

    • “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
    • “Harriet” (Focus Features)
    • *WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* Lupita Nyong’o – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
    • Naomie Harris – “Black and Blue” (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

    •*WINNER* 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)
    • *WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    • *WINNER* “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    • “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
    • “Us” (Universal Pictures)

    Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

    • “Clemency” (Neon)
    •*WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* James Earl Jones – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)
    • Lupita Nyong’o – “Serengeti” (Discovery Channel)
    • Sterling K. Brown – “Frozen II” (Walt Disney Studios)

    TELEVISION

    Outstanding Comedy Series

    • “Ballers” (HBO)
    •*WINNER* “Black-ish” (ABC)
    • “Dear White People” (Netflix)
    • “Grown-ish” (Freeform)
    • “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

    Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish ” (ABC)
    • Yara Shahidi – “Grown-ish” (Freeform)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

    • Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
    •*WINNER* Deon Cole – “Black-ish” (ABC)
    • Laurence Fishburne – “Black-ish” (ABC)
    • Terry 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)
    •*WINNER* Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC)
    • Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
    • Tichina Arnold – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

    Outstanding Drama Series

    • “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
    •*WINNER*  “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)
    • *WINNER* Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)
    • Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

    Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

    • *WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* “When They See Us” (Netflix)

    Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

    • Caleel Harris – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
    • Ethan Henry Herisse – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
    • Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* “Unsung” (TV One)

    Outstanding Talk Series

    •*WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix)
    • “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
    • “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” (Netflix)

    Outstanding Children’s Program

    • “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
    •*WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* Kelly Rowland – “American Soul” (BET Networks)
    • MAJOR. – “STAR” (FOX)
    • Sanaa Lathan – “The Affair” (Showtime)

    DOCUMENTARY

    Outstanding Documentary (Film)

    • “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
    • “The Black Godfather” (Netflix)
    • “The Apollo” (HBO)
    •*WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* “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

    Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

    •*WINNER* 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)
    • *WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* Jordan Peele – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
    • Kasi Lemmons, Gregory Allen Howard – “Harriet” (Focus Features)

    DIRECTING

    Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* 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)

    RECORDING

    Outstanding Album

    • “Cuz I Love You” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
    •*WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* Lil Nas X (Columbia Records)
    • Lucky Daye (Keep Cool/RCA Records)
    • Mahalia (Burkmar/Warner Music UK)
    • Mykal Kilgore (Affective Music)

    Outstanding Male Artist

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

    Outstanding Female Artist

    •*WINNER* 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)
    •*WINNER* “SPIRIT” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
    • “Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo (Back Lot Music)
    • “Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

    Outstanding Song – Contemporary

    • *WINNER* “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

    • *WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* “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

    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)
    •*WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* “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)
    • *WINNER* “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)
    •*WINNER* “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), (Neal Porter Books / Holiday House Publishing/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)
    •*WINNER* “Sulwe” – Lupita Nyong’o (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator), (Simon & Schuster, BFYR)

    Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

    • *WINNER* “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.)

    Source HipHopDX, Instagram, & 2020 NAACP Image Awards

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    Michael Jackson Estate Renews 41-Year-Old Partnership With BMI

    Michael Jackson‘s estate has renewed a partnership with BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) that dates back to the Carter administration. The performing rights organization announced on Tuesday that it will continue licensing the King of Pop’s songwriting catalog for public performance, renewing a pact first signed in 1979 and last refreshed in 2014.

    “Michael first signed with BMI in the nascent stage of his solo career and BMI has never wavered in its commitment to his extraordinary talent,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Jackson estate. “This is a significant agreement, commensurate with the robust growth of interest in his music and his enduring contribution to the culture.”

    Jackson spent most of his 50 years making music, first with the Jackson 5 and later in a solo career that spawned huge self-penned hits including “Rock With You,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Starting Something,” “Beat It,” “Bad” and “Black or White.” He also co-wrote the 1985 charity anthem “We Are the World.”

    According to BMI, 17 of Jackson’s songs have exceeded over one million plays on radio, with some exceeding five million spins.

    “The influence of Michael Jackson’s revolutionary music is undeniable,” said Mike O’Neill, president & CEO, BMI. “We are extremely pleased that his estate continues to entrust BMI to represent his extraordinary catalog.”

    Source: Billboard.COM

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    NFL set to experiment with alternative to onside kick at Pro Bowl

    The NFL announced Tuesday it will be testing two rule changes at the Pro Bowl on Sunday, including the experimentation of an alternative to an onside kick. 

    The announcement comes on the heels of league owners rejecting the alternative idea last year. The experiment, however, indicates the NFL still is considering what has been drawn up as a fourth-and-15 type of alternative opportunity for teams. 

    Teams will have two options after scoring in Sunday’s game, with no kickoffs as in previous Pro Bowls. The scoring team can choose whether to give the ball to its opponent, which would begin at its own 25-yard line, or to run one additional play from its own 25-yard line. If that team can gain 15 yards or more, it keeps the possession. If it does not, the ball goes to the opponent at the dead ball positioning. 

    The NFL does not adopt all Pro Bowl rule change options. But the league has been looking to looking into possible changes to the onside kick since new standards enforced in 2018 have made the play much more difficult for the kicking team, with all-time low of 7.7% of attempts recovered by them last season.

    Pro Bowl officials will also be instructed in this year’s game to use a different standard for false start penalties on receivers at the line of scrimmage. It will not be a false start if a receiver moves or lifts a foot off the ground, provided the player resets on the ground for one second.

    Source: USATODAY.COM

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    Hip-hop mourns Kobe Bryant — an icon in rap lyrics for decades

    As the sudden death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday shook the sports and entertainment worlds to their core, Kanye West hosted a midnight post-Grammys Sunday Service in Burbank, California, where the hip-hop star honored the NBA legend with a soulful performance.


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    “When I was driving home, they was pinning your jersey on the freeway and I just broke down,” West freestyled during the service. “Kobe it’s too far. Shoot it from where you are. Remember that you’re a star. You gotta do more, you gotta go hard. If Kobe was here, he’d maybe grab the mic. If Kobe was here … he here tonight,” he added.

    The hip-hop artist’s emotional performance was the latest addition to an archive made up of hundreds of hip-hop lyrics over the past two decades that hail the basketball legend, where his name is often used as a simile for greatness.

    The 41-year-old icon was among nine people who died in a helicopter crash in the wealthy Southern California residential neighborhood of Calabasas on Sunday. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died alongside her father.MORE: Celebrity fans pay homage to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after he dies in California helicopter crash

    Videos of the early Monday performance were posted by those in attendance, including West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West.

    From hip-hop moguls like Jay-Z and Diddy, to stars like Drake and Kendrick Lamar, the five-time NBA champ was name-dropped in hundreds of verses over the years as a symbol of grit, greatness and the triumphant status of a baller who defies all odds.

    Lamar famously paid tribute to the basketball star upon his retirement in 2016 in “Kobe Bryant: Fade to Black,” where he reflects on Bryant’s legacy and what he meant to Los Angeles. And in 2017, the Compton rapper sat down with Bryant for an interview with Complex magazine, where the two reflected on what greatness means to them.

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    Panthers QB Cam Newton And Former Girlfriend In Custody, Paternity Battle

    It was rumored that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton allegedly had a fifth child with an Instagram model, thus breaking up his relationship with longtime girlfriend Kia Proctor, who is the mother of his other 4 children. Or so everyone thought. Now, Newton has filed to wants his now ex-baby mama/girlfriend, Kia Proctor, to take a DNA test to prove “their” 4 kids are his?!

    Yep, you read that correctly.  According to multiple reports,  Newton, sued Proctor for paternity, joint custody and visitation of their four children, Chosen 5, Sovereign-Dior, 3, Camidas, 2, and Cashmere Saint, 3 months.  The former couple, who posted together with their then three children and Proctor’s daughter from a prior relationship, have erased each other from their respective social media accounts. In this year’s holiday photo, Proctor posted solo with four of her children.

    Newton, 30, is allegedly the father of a child with Instagram model La Reina Shaw, 33. That apparently went down while he was still with Proctor.

    According to court papers obtained by Bossip, Newton demanded a DNA test from Proctor, 31, for their youngest child, born in September who has never lived with the Carolina Panthers quarterback.

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    Newton acknowledged that he signed the kids’ birth certificates, but wants DNA proof. He said he’s been voluntarily paying child support but wants the court to figure out a dollar amount. Newton also said that once he’s legally deemed the father, he’d like joint physical custody with Proctor.

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    US retail sales climb in December, and November sales were revised up

    U.S. retail sales rose for a third straight month in December, with households buying a range of goods even as they cut back on purchases of motor vehicles, which could strengthen the view that the economy maintained a moderate growth pace at the end of 2019.

    The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales increased 0.3% last month. Data for November was revised up to show retail sales gaining 0.3% instead of rising 0.2% as previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales would gain 0.3% in December. Compared to December last year, retail sales accelerated 5.8%.

    Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales jumped 0.5% last month after falling by a downwardly revised 0.1% in November.

    The so-called core retail sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product. They were previously reported to have edged up 0.1% in November.

    Sales rose in December despite retailers such as Target Corp , Kohl’s, J.C. Penney and Macy’s reporting a decline in sales for the holiday period as foot traffic in malls dropped.

    Though a report last week showed a slowdown in job growth in December and the increase in the annual wage gain retreating to below 3.0%, consumers will continue to shoulder the longest economic expansion on record, now in its 11th year, thanks to higher savings, rising house prices and a bullish stock market.

    Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, grew at a 3.2% annualized rate in the third quarter. Growth in consumer spending is expected to have slowed to around or below a 2.5% rate in the fourth quarter. The economy expanded at a 2.1% pace in the July-September period.

    Growth estimates for the fourth quarter are as high as a 2.5% rate, in part because of a drop in imports, which compressed the trade deficit.

    In December, auto sales fell 1.3%, the biggest drop since last January, after increasing 1.5% in November. Higher gasoline prices lifted receipts at service stations, which jumped 2.8%. Online and mail-order retail sales rose 0.2% after being unchanged in November.

    Sales at electronics and appliance stores rebounded 0.6% in December. Receipts at building material stores surged 1.4% and sales at clothing stores accelerated 1.6%. Spending at furniture stores edged up 0.1%.

    Americans also spent more at restaurants and bars, with sales rising 0.2% last month. Spending at hobby, musical instrument and book stores rebounded 0.9%.

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    Tessa Thompson Talks Her Love For Nostalgic Pieces And The Importance Of Supporting Small Businesses with Essence.

    While not everyone is able to become an American Express Platinum Member, the company is curating conscious projects to make sure there is support for underrepresented businesses. On Saturday, the credit card conglomerate threw its first-ever Platinum House in New York City hosted by actress Tessa Thompson. Thompson is an avid supporter of small businesses especially through her fashion choices where she’s likes to incorporate pieces from Black or POC designers. 

    When applying for an American Express Platinum Card, it’s usually rewarded to individuals who are in high financial standings. And with the holiday season in full swing, this campaign comes right on time with the credit card company encouraging its clientele to support small businesses when shopping this season and beyond.

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    DJ Khaled’s Executive Produced ‘Bad Boys For Life’ Soundtrack, Featuring Meek Mill & Rick Ross.

    Over the course of 10 tracks that cover Hip Hop, R&B, reggaeton and dancehall, DJ Khaled has rolled out his executive produced project, the Bad Boys For Life Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

    Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Quavo, J Balvin, Bryson Tiller and The Black Eyed Peas are just a handful of the notable names that fill up the tracklist.

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    Jimmy Iovine Knows Music and Tech. Here’s Why He’s Worried.

    The biggest story in music over the last decade was the industry’s reconciliation with tech — after a decade fighting the internet, the music business fully embraced it in the 2010s. Streaming has now finally returned the business, which was nearly decimated by the shift from physical to digital formats, to growth.

    Perhaps no one has had a broader view of this phenomenon than Jimmy Iovine, the producer and record executive who made the leap to the other side. He and his partner, Dr. Dre, sold their company, Beats Electronics, to Apple for $3 billion in 2014 and helped launch Apple Music, the tech giant’s late entry to the streaming market, which now has more than 60 million subscribers.

    It was, from the start, a strange pairing. Apple is obsessively cautious in maintaining its public image; Iovine, the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, blurts profanities in a high-pitched rasp and is one of music’s great hustler-salesmen. But Iovine, who co-founded the Interscope label in 1990 and led it until he left in 2014, has long been one of the sharpest observers of the tug-of-war between the entertainment business and Silicon Valley.

    Iovine, 66, retired from Apple in 2018, and says he has devoted himself to passion projects like the XQ Institute, an educational initiative led by Laurene Powell Jobs, who was married to the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He has even started taking guitar lessons. “I’m realizing how hard Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen’s jobs really were,” he said from his home in Los Angeles, with a chuckle.

    Iovine has also become a dedicated collector of contemporary art, guided in part by David Geffen, his friend and fellow mogul retiree. His most prized work is a 2017 commission by Ed Ruscha, “Our Flag,” an update to one of Ruscha’s perennial subjects that shows a star-spangled banner ripped and tattered — a striking comment on contemporary politics.

    “If you looked at the painting and thought it represented the disarray of democracy you would be right,” Ruscha said. “Any flag that flies for 250 years deserves to be a little soiled but nothing this extreme.”

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