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July 3, 2015

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

Google Apologizes For Tagging Photos Of Black People As ‘Gorillas'

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George Takei: Clarence Thomas Is A 'Clown In Blackface'

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This Year's Essence Festival Is Taking A Bold Approach To Declare Black Lives Matter

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Political Activists Throw Blood Back In Christopher Columbus' Face

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Black Woman's 'Lynching' Arrest Sparks Debate Over California Law

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Ferguson Prosecutor Accused Of Misconduct Is Still Doing Her Thing

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Who In God's Name Could Be Burning Black Churches?

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Thousands Of Black Students Attend Schools Honoring Racist Leaders

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Rihanna's '#BBHMM' Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated

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These Are The Last Remaining Followers Of African American Spiritual Leader Father Divine

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This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons

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Prosecutor Offers Deal To Charged Cleveland Police Supervisors

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It's Not Black Folks' Burden To Forgive Racist Killers

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Kendrick Lamar's 7- Minute Video For 'Alright' Is A Must-Watch

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Celebrating Missy Elliott's 44th Birthday With 14 Of Her Flyest Videos

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94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

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Baltimore To Put Cameras In Police Vans, Review Riot Gear

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5-Year-Old Girl Wows Audience With Her Adorable Rendition Of 'Frozen' Song

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Fire At Black Church In South Carolina Is Latest In String Of Blazes

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Unretouched Portraits Illustrate 19 Bare, Bold And Beautiful Women

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Teen Gives Valedictorian Speech At School Where Dad Is Custodian, Thanks Him For Sacrifices

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Africa Twitter Campaign Shatters Stereotypes, Lets People Tell Their Own Stories

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US Police On Track To Kill 1,100 People This Year

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Misty Copeland On Stepping Out From Behind The Other Swans

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MLK Statue Will Soon Stand Outside Of Georgia's Statehouse

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R&B Singer Kem On His Battle Overcoming Addiction

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Gary Younge: Summer Is Here And Somewhere In America, A Black Man Is About To Be Killed

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Report: Intimidating Police Tactics In Ferguson Incited More Unrest

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Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal In American Ballet Theatre History

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Obama's Overtime Reforms, Explained

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Two Sisters Tell ‘Heart Felt' Tale Of Taking Down Bad Cholesterol

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Kid President Has An Important Message For Parents Planning Family Vacations

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Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

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Redefining The ‘Traditional' American Family In 7 Stunning Images

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Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

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Cops Coach Chicago Youth Baseball League To Foster Peace In Crime-Ridden Neighborhood

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21 Signs You Might Be The 'Real Racist'

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Confederate Flag Parade Ends With A Hilarious Bang

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The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

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Washington University Made An Effort To Increase Diversity, And It Worked

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Pop Culture Highs And Lows Of 2015 Thus Far

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Veteran NFL Star Turns Self In To Face Strip Club Assault Charge

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4 Fabulous Ways To Wear A Headwrap

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Prince Dropped A New Surprise Song, 'HARDROCKLOVER,' And It's Really Sexy

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Anthony Mackie To Play MLK In HBO's 'All The Way'

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Misty Copeland's First Ballet Teacher Will Give You Many Feels Today

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8 Things Women Have Successfully Fought For Since NOW Was Founded

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Lupe Fiasco Explains Why The Concept Of White Supremacy Is False

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Some of the other highlights of the show included the presentation of the President's Award to Colin Powell and surprise guest Prince, who presented the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture to Halle Berry for her role in 'Frankie & Alice.'

Below is a complete list of winners:

TELEVISION

Comedy Series

30 Rock (NBC)
Are We There Yet? (TBS)
Glee (FOX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)

Actor in a Comedy Series

David Mann – Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (TBS)
Dule Hill – Psych (USA)
LaVan Davis – Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Phil Morris – Love That Girl! (TV One)
Terry Crews – Are We There Yet? (TBS)

Actress in a Comedy Series

Cassi Davis – Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Essence Atkins – Are We There Yet? (TBS)
Salli Richardson-Whitfield – Eureka (Syfy)
Tatyana Ali – Love That Girl! (TV One)
Vanessa L. Williams – Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Craig Robinson - The Office (NBC)
Ice Cube - Are We There Yet? (TBS)
Lamman Rucker - Meet the Browns (TBS)
Lance Gross - Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Tracy Morgan - 30 Rock (NBC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Amber Riley - Glee (FOX)
Anna Deavere Smith - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Keshia Knight Pulliam - Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Viola Davis - United States of Tara (Showtime)

Drama Series

Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
HawthoRNe (TNT)
Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit (NBC)
Treme (HBO)

Actor in a Drama Series

Anthony Anderson - Law & Order (NBC)
Blair Underwood - The Event (NBC)
Hill Harper - CSI: NY (CBS)
Laurence Fishburne - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
LL Cool J - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Actress in a Drama Series

Chandra Wilson - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Gu-Gu Mbatha-Raw - Undercovers (NBC)
Jada Pinkett-Smith - HawthoRNe (TNT)
Regina King - Southland (TNT)
Wendy Davis - Army Wives (Lifetime)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Andre Braughner - Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad (AMC)
James Pickens, Jr. - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Nelsan Ellis - True Blood (HBO)
Terrence Howard - Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard - Memphis Beat (TNT)
Sandra Oh - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Sara Ramirez - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
S. Epatha Merkerson - Law & Order (NBC)
Vanessa Bell Calloway - HawthoRNe (TNT)

Television Movie - Miniseries or Dramatic Special

America: The Story of Us (Part 4) (History)
Filling the Gap (PBS)
Luther (BBC America)
Sins of the Mother (Lifetime Movie Network)
The Wronged Man (Lifetime Movie Network)

Actor in a Television Movie - Miniseries or Dramatic Special

Benito Martinez – Lies in Plain Sight (Lifetime Movie Network)
Idris Elba – Luther (BBC America)
Jon Seda – The Pacific (HBO)
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali – The Wronged Man (Lifetime Movie Network)
Michael Jai White – One Angry Juror (Lifetime Movie Network)

Actress in a Television Movie - Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Jill Scott – Sins of the Mother (Lifetime Movie Network)
Lucy Liu – Marry Me (Lifetime Movie Network)
Rosie Perez – Lies in Plain Sight (Lifetime Movie Network)
Tamera Mowry – Double Wedding (Lifetime Movie Network)
Tia Mowry – Double Wedding (Lifetime Movie Network)

Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

Aaron D. Spears - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Cornelius Smith, Jr. - All My Children (ABC)
Darnell Williams - All My Children (ABC)
Rodney Saulsberry - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

Debbi Morgan - All My Children (ABC)
Julia Pace Mitchell - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Tatyana Ali - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Tonya Lee Williams - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Yvette Freeman - The Bold and Beautiful (CBS)

News/Information - Series or Special

A Conversation with President Obama - (BET, CMT, MTV)
Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
The Judge Mathis Show (Syndicated)
Unsung (TV One)
Washington Watch with Roland Martin (TV One)

Talk Series

Conversations with Ed Gordon (BET Networks)
Larry King Live (CNN)
The Mo'Nique Show (BET Networks)
The View (ABC)
TV One on One with Cathy Hughes (TV One)

Reality Series

American Idol (FOX)
America's Next Top Model (The CW)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
Sunday Best (BET Networks)

Variety - Series or Special

2010 Best Honors (BET Networks)
Beyonce: I AM...WORLD TOUR (ABC)
Black Girls Rock! (BET Networks)
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival (TV One)
UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Lionel Richie (Syndicated)

Children's Program

Brave New Voices 2010 (HBO)
Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon)
The Backyardigans (Nickelodeon)
True Jackson, VP (Nickelodeon)
Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)

Performance in Youth/Children's Program - Series or Special

KeKe Palmer - True Jackson, VP (Nickelodeon)
Lance Robertson - Yo Gabba Gabba: Baby (Nickelodeon)
Nick Cannon - TeenNick Halo Awards 2010 (TeenNick)
Selena Gomez - Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
Victoria Justice - Victorious (Nickelodeon)

RECORDING

New Artist

B.o.B (Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
Bruno Mars (Elektra Records)
Jason Derulo (Warner Bros. Records)
Nicki Minaj (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown)
Willow (Roc Nation/Columbia Records)

Male Artist

Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
Jay-Z (Roc Nation/Def Jam)
Kanye West (Island Def Jam Music Group)
Ne-Yo (Island Def Jam Music Group)
Usher (Laface/Jive Records)

Female Artist

Chrisette Michele (Island Def Jam Music Group)
Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol Records)
Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records/Matriarch)
Rihanna (Island Def Jam Music Group)
Sade (Epic Records)

Duo, Group, or Collaboration

Diddy-Dirty Money (Bad Boy/Interscope)
Eminem & Rihanna (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
Herbie Hancock feat. India Arie, Chaka Khan and others (Hancock Music)
John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)
The Black Eyed Peas (Interscope)

Jazz Album

Dee Dee Bridgewater Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love from Dee Dee - Dee Dee Bridgwater (EmArcy/Decca Label Group/DDB Records)
From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac - The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard (The Orchard)
Geri Allen & Timeline Live - Geri Allen & Timeline Live (Motema Music)
The Imagine Project - Herbie Hancock (Hancock Music)
VOCAbuLarieS - Bobby McFerrin (Universal Music Group/Decca/Emarcy)

Gospel Album - Traditional or Contemporary

Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III - Kirk Whalum (Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue Records)
Here I Am - Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
Just Love Deluxe - Brian Courtney Wilson (Music World Gospel)
Master Plan - Tamela Mann (TillyMann)
You Are Not Alone - Marvin Sapp (ANTI Records)

World Music Album

Hymns for Rebel Soul - Rocky Dawuni (Aquarian Records)
Oyo - Angelique Kidjo (Razor & Tie)
The Imagine Project - Herbie Hancock (Hancock Music)
The Sound of Sunshine - Michael Franti (EMI Music)
VOCAbuLarieS - Bobby McFerrin (Universal Music Group/Decca/Emarcy)

Music Video

Fistful of Tears - Maxwell (Columbia Records)
Solider of Love - Sade (Epic Records)
Un-thinkable (I'm Ready) - Alicia Keys (J Records)
Whip My Hair - Willow (Roc Nation/Columbia Records)
Why Don't You Love Me - Beyonce Knowles (Columbia Records)

Song

Bittersweet – Fantasia (J Records)
Fistful of Tears – Maxwell (Columbia Records)
Forget You – Cee-Lo Green (Elektra Records)
Soldier of Love – Sade (Epic Records)
Un-thinkable (I'm Ready) – Alicia Keys (J Records)

Album

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West (Island Def Jam Music Group)
Now and Then – Smokey Robinson (Saguaro Road/Cracker Barrel/Robso Records)
Raymond vs. Raymond – Usher (Laface/Jive Records)
Soldier of Love – Sade (Epic Records)
WakeUp! – John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)

LITERATURE

Literary Work - Fiction

A Taste of Honey – Jabari Asim (Broadway Books)
Getting to Happy – Terry McMillan (Penguin Group)
Glorious – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
Till You Hear From Me – Pearl Cleage (Ballantine Books/One World)
Wench – Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)

Literary Work -Non-Fiction

Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority – Tom Burrell (SmileyBooks)
Handson the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC – Editors: Faith S. Holsaert, Judy Richardson, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, Dorothy M. Zellner (University of Illinois Press)
Surviving and Thriving 365 Days in Black Economic History – Dr. Julianne Malveaux (Last Word Productions, Inc.)
The History of White People – Nell Irvin Painter (W.W. Norton & Company)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander (The New Press)

Literary Work - Debut Author

Wench - Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky - Heidi Durrow (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson (Random House)
Beneath the Lion's Gaze - Maaza Mengiste (W.W. Norton & Company)
Forest Gate - Peter Akinti (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)

Literary Work - Biography/Auto-Biography

Conversations with Myself - Ruth Hobday, Nelson Mandela (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Decoded - Jay-Z (Spiegel & Gran, a Division of Random House)
Extraordinary, Ordinary People - Condoleezza Rice (Crown Archetype)
I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen - My Journey Home - Shoshana Johnson, Mary Doyle (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
You Don't Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles - Ray Charles Robinson, Jr. (Crown)

Literary Work - Instructional

A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life - Antwone Fisher (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Diet-Free For Life: A Revolutionary Food, Fitness, and Mindset Makeover to Maximize Fat Loss - Robert Ferguson (Penguin Group USA, Perigee Hardcover)
If it Takes A Village, Build One: How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service and 100+ Ways You Can Too - Malaak Compton-Rock (Crown Archetype)
The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms - Kirk Franklin (Gotham Books)
The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women - Elaine Meryl Brown, Rhonda McLean, Marsha Haygood (Ballantine Books/One World)

Literary Work - Poetry

100 Best African-American Poems - Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks MediaFusion)
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing - Alice Walker (Author), Shiloh McCloud (Illustrator) (New World Library)
Holding Company - Major Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company)
Stuck On the Marrow - Camille T. Dungy (Red Hen Press)
White Egrets - Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Literary Work - Children

Grandma's Gift - Eric Velasquez (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)
Mama Miti: Wangai Maathai and the Tree of Kenya - Donna Jo Napoli (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) (Paul Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
My Brother Charlie - Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Authors) , Shane W. Evans (Illustrator) (Scholastic Press)
Side By Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez - Monica Brown (Author), Joe Cepada (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children's Books)

Literary Work - Youth/Teens

Condoleezza Rice A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me - Condoleezza Rice (Random House Children's Books)
Lockdown - Walter Dean Myers (Harper Collins Children's Books)
Malcolm X: I Believe in the Brotherhood of Men, All Men - Jeff Burlingame (Enslow Publishers, Inc.)
Out of My Mind - Sharon Draper (Atheneum Young Reader)
One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia (Harper Collins Children's Books)

MOTION PICTURE

Motion Picture

For Colored Girls (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
Just Wright (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The Book of Eli (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (Lionsgate)

Actor in a Motion Picture

Anthony Mackie – Night Catches Us (Magnolia Pictures)
Common – Just Wright (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Denzel Washington – The Book of Eli (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jaden Smith – The Karate Kid (Columbia Pictures)
Morgan Freeman – Red (Summit Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture

Halle Berry – Frankie & Alice (Freestyle Releasing)
Janet Jackson – Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (Lionsgate)
Kerry Washington – Night Catches Us (Magnolia Pictures)
Queen Latifah – Just Wright (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Zoe Saldana – The Losers (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Don Cheale - Brooklyn's Finest (Overture Films)
Idris Elba - Takers (Screen Gems)
Justin Timberlake - The Social Network (Columbia Pictures)
Michael Ealy - For Colored Girls (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
Samuel L. Jackson - Mother and Child (Sony Picture Classics)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Anika Noni Rose - For Colored Girls (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
Kimberly Elise - For Colored Girls (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
Phylicia Rashad - For Colored Girls (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
Jill Scott - Why Did I Get Married Too? (Lionsgate)
Whoopi Goldberg - For Colored Girls (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Independent Motion Picture

Conviction (Fox Searchlight Pictures
Frankie & Alice (Freestyle Releasing)
La Mission (Screen Media Ventures)
Mother and Child (Sony Pictures Classics)
Night Catches Us (Magnolia Pictures)

Foreign Motion Picture

A Barefoot Dream (Showbox/Mediaplex)
Biutiful (Roadside Atrtractions)
Four Lions (Drafthouse Films)
Mother (Magnolia Pictures)
Outside the Law (Tessalit Productions)

Documentary - Theatrical or Television

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (PBS)
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Metaphor Films)
If God is Willing and the Creek Don't Rise (HBO)
Waiting for Superman (Paramount Vantage)
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (POV)
WRITING

Writing in a Comedy Series

Aaron McGruder – The Boondocks -The Fund-Raiser (Cartoon Network)
Daniel Chun – The Office - Nepotism (NBC)
Kenny Smith – Pair of Kings - Where the Wild Kings Are (Disney XD)
Myra J. – Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns - Meet the Racist (TBS)
Vali Chandrasekaran – 30 Rock - Khonani (NBC)

Writing in a Drama Series

Alexander Woo - True Blood - "It Hurts Me Too" (HBO)
Janine Sherman Barrois - Criminal Minds - "Remembrance of Things Past (CBS)
Judith McCreary - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - "Disabled" (NBC)
Leyani Diaz, Venessa Rojas - The Event - "Loyalty" (NBC)
Shonda Rhimes - Private Practice - "Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?" (ABC)


Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

Cheryl Edwards, Marko King, Mary King, Jonathan Walters, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse - Frankie & Alice (Freestyle Releasing)
Michael C. Martin - Brooklyn's Finest (Overture Films)
Michael Elliot - Just Wright (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Rodrigo Garcia - Mother and Child (Sony Pictures Classics)
Tyler Perry - Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (Lionsgate)


Directing in a Comedy Series

Joe Morton – Eureka -Stoned (Syfy)
Justin Lin – Community - Modern Warfare (NBC)
Ken Whittingham – 30 Rock -Anna Howard Shaw Day (NBC)
Kevin Rodney Sullivan – Modern Family -Game Changer (ABC)
Michael Schultz – Chuck" -Chuck vs. "The Couch Lock (NBC)

Directing in a Drama Series

Felix Acala - Southland - "What Makes Sammy Run" (TNT)
Millicent Shelton - Men of a Certain Age - "Go with the Flow" (TNT)
Paris Barclay - In Treatment - "Sunil: Week 6" (HBO)
Seith Mann - Friday Night Lights - "Injury List" (DirecTV/NBC)
Stephen L. Williams - Undercovers - "Instructions" (NBC)

Directing in a Motion Picture -Theatrical or Television

Geoffrey Sax - Frankie & Alice (Freestyle Releasing)
George Tillman, Jr. - Faster (CBS Films)
Tanya Hamilton - Night Catches Us (Magnolia Pictures)
The Hughes Brothers - The Book of Eli (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Tyler Perry - For Colored Girls (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

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Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/24/10: Kanye West
In the midst of promoting his forthcoming album, 'Watch the Throne' alongside Jay-Z, Kanye West has also announced details about his next solo effort. The 33-year-old superstar took to his Twitter page to reveal his big music plans for the next coming months. "I'll be back this summer," he wrote. "Watch the Throne coming in 2 months! My new album coming this summer." In addition, West is also set to close this year's annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 17.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/19/10: Diddy / Janelle Monae
In celebration of this year's annual Grammy Awards Essence magazine and Sean "Diddy" Combs are teaming up to recognize Grammy nominee Janelle Monae at the 2nd annual Essence Black Women in Music. The exclusive, invite-only, event is scheduled to take place during Grammy week and is hosted by Essence.com Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin, Joy Bryant and Taraji P. Henson. "Janelle Monae is a remarkable creative force and a passionately talented young performer, who perfectly personifies ESSENCE as the 'voice and soul' of Black women," said Wilbekin. "As fans around the world continue to embrace Janelle's artistic vision, we are recognizing her tremendous influence among her peers with a salute to her contributions at the 2nd annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event."

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/19/10: Snoop Dogg
Last month international hip hop star Snoop Dogg released his latest single, 'Wet' in honor of Prince William's engagement announcement. And this week the self-proclaimed "Doggfather" officially announced the release date of his 11th studio album, 'Doggumentary,' will hit stores on Mar. 29. In support of the forthcoming opus, Snoop will be hitting the road for the 'Get Wet' tour. The 'Get Wet' tour begins January 18 in San Francisco and concludes Feb. 25 in West Virginia.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/12/10: Boosty Collins
Iconic Funk bassist Boosty Collins is set to release his first new studio project in five years, 'The Funk Capital of the World' on April 26. On Collins' latest effort he chose to tap into an all-star lineup of collaborators including former Parliament Funkadelic member George Clinton, rappers Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and Ice Cube among others. "There are real messages on this album that I wanted to share," explains Collins, "whose soul-deep rhythms and layered melodies are punctuated by lyrics that range from meditations on the nature of truth and spiritual transcendence, to blissed-out joy."

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/12/10: Corinne Bailey Rae
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Corinne Bailey Rae is paying homage to some of her favorite musicians with the release of 'The Love EP.' The Grammy nominee's five track opus finds Bailey Rae covering Prince's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover,' Bob Marley's 'Is This Love,' Paul McCartney's 'My Love,' Sly & The Family Stone's 'Que Sera, Sera,' and Belly's 'Low Red Moon.' Corinne Bailey Rae's 'The Love EP' hits stores Jan. 25.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/10/10: Janet Jackson
As previously reported by Black Music Notes, Janet Jackson is set to kick off her intimate 35-city 'Janet Jackson Number Ones, Up Close and Personal' international tour in Singapore on Feb. 7. In addition to Jackson's global trek, the platinum-selling singer will begin the North America leg on Mar. 7 in Chicago. During each show one lucky fan will have the chance to accompany Janet as one of her VIP guests. "I'm asking my fans and their friends, Parents, relatives, neighbors and teachers to nominate five people to qualify as one of the 20 under 20 in each place I will perform," she said in a statement. "At each concert the 20 people chosen and the person who nominated them will be VIP guests at my show. " Janet Jackson's North American tour concludes on April 23 in Las Vegas.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/10/10: Rihanna
International Pop star Rihanna recently made history in the UK by becoming the first female artist to score five #1 singles in consecutive years. Her current single 'What's My Name' landed at the number one spot on the Singles Chart last week surpassing Elvis Presley, who previously held the record for his span of #1 hits from 1957 to 1963.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/7/10: Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has overcome all critics and disbelievers of her debut opus, 'Pink Friday.' The critically acclaimed album has reached platinum status within six weeks of its release, outpacing Kanye West's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' which was also released on Nov. 22. To date, 'Pink Friday' remains the #2 Rap Album and the #4 Album in the country on Billboard's 200 charts.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/7/10: Cee Lo Green, Sade, Michael Jackson
In preparation of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, set to take place on Feb. 13, comes the release of the 2011 Grammy Nominees album. The Jan. 25 release highlights 19 songs from various artists who are up for nominations this year including Cee Lo Green ('Forget You'), B.o.B ('Nothin On You'), Sade ('Babyfather'), and Michael Jackson ('This Is It') among others. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

12/29/10: Janet Jackson
Good news for Janet Jackson fans of Southeast Asia. The multi-talented Pop singer will kick off her 35-city tour in Singapore on Feb. 7. Jackson will perform tracks from her 2009 greatest hits album, 'Number Ones' and plans on dedicating a song during each tour stop, which she promises will be "more intimate and more personal" than ever before. "It's not about effects, it's not an extravaganza, it's not about being as big as in the past," she said. "This one is all about you and me. I love you Singapore. Let's go!" Tickets for Janet Jackson Number Ones, Up Close and Personal tour go on sale Jan. 7.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19



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