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Thursday, January 20, 2011

“42ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS” NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Special Airs Live Friday, March 4, on FOX

The 42ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS nominees were announced today during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. Actresses Kimberly Elise and Sanaa Lathan, actor/rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson, actor Columbus Short and Actor/Comedian Affion Crockett joined NAACP IMAGE AWARDS chairman Clayola Brown and 42ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS executive producer Vic Bulluck to announce the categories and nominees.

The 42nd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. The awards also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors during the two-hour event airing live Friday, March 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. ABC and NBC lead the nominees in the TV categories, each with 18 nominations, followed by TBS with 12, CBS with 10, and Lifetime Movie Network with 9. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with seven nominations, followed by J Records and Island Def Jam Music Group both with six and Epic Records with 5 nominations. Lionsgate/34th Street Films leads with seven nominations, while Fox Searchlight followed with six, and Magnolia Pictures with five in the motion picture category.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s 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. Event sponsors for the 42nd NAACP Image Awards include FedEx, UAW/Chrysler, Wells Fargo, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, and Hyundai.

Following is the list of categories and nominees for the 42ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS:

TELEVISION
Outstanding Comedy Series
• "30 Rock" (NBC)
• "Are We There Yet?" (TBS)
• "Glee" (FOX)
• "Modern Family" (ABC)
• "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
• David Mann - "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns" (TBS)
• Dulé 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)
Outstanding 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 Williams - "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
• Craig Robinson - "The Office" (NBC)
• Ice Cube - "Are We There Yet?" (TBS)
• Lamman Rucker - "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns" (TBS)
• Lance Gross - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (TBS)
• Tracy Morgan - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Drama Series
• "Detroit 1-8-7" (ABC)
• "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
• "HawthoRNe" (TNT)
• "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
• "Treme" (HBO)
Outstanding 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)
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Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
• Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
• Gugu Mbatha-Raw - "Undercovers" (NBC)
• Jada Pinkett Smith - "HawthoRNe" (TNT)
• Regina King - "Southland" (TNT)
• Wendy Davis - "Army Wives" (Lifetime)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Andre Braugher - "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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series 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)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series 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)
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
• Jill Scott - "Sins of the Mother" (Lifetime Movie Network)
• Lucy Liu - "Marry Me" (Lifetime)
• Rosie Perez - "Lies in Plain Sight" (Lifetime Movie Network)
• Tamera Mowry - "Double Wedding" (Lifetime Movie Network)
• Tia Mowry - "Double Wedding" (Lifetime Movie Network)
Outstanding 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)
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Outstanding 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 the Beautiful" (CBS)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
• "2010 BET Honors" (BET Networks)
• "Beyoncé: 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Performance in a 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
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Jazz Album
• "Dee Dee Bridgewater Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee"
- Dee Dee Bridgewater (EmArcy, Decca Label Group, DDB Records)
• "From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf - Live in Marciac" -The Wynton Marsalis Quintet &
Richard Galliano (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)
Outstanding 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" - Mavis Staples (ANTI Records)
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Outstanding World Music Album
• "Hymns for the 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)
Outstanding Music Video
• "Fistful of Tears" - Maxwell (Columbia Records)
• "Soldier of Love" - Sade (Epic Records)
• "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" - Alicia Keys (J Records)
• "Whip My Hair" – Willow Smith (Roc Nation/Columbia Records)
• "Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé Knowles (Columbia Records)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
• "Wake Up!" - John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)

LITERATURE
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Literary Work -Non-Fiction
• "Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority" - Tom Burrell (SmileyBooks)
• "Hands on 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)
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Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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 (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
• "You Don't Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles" - Ray Charles Robinson,
Jr. (Crown)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
• "Suck on the Marrow" - Camille T. Dungy (Red Hen Press)
• "White Egrets" - Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Outstanding 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) (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
• "My Brother Charlie" - Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Scholastic Press)
• "Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez" - Monica
Brown (Author), Joe Cepeda (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children's Books)
• "The Great Migration: Journey to the North" - Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Pivey
Gilchrist (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children's Books)

Outstanding 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 Man, 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
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding 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)
• Zoë Saldana - "The Losers" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
• Don Cheadle - "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 Pictures Classics)
Outstanding 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 - "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" (Lionsgate)
• Whoopi Goldberg - "For Colored Girls" (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
• "A Barefoot Dream" (Showbox/Mediaplex)
• "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions)
• "Four Lions" (Drafthouse Films)
• "Mother" (Magnolia Pictures)
• "Outside the Law" (Tessalit Productions)

DOCUMENTARY
Outstanding 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
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic 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, Vanessa Rojas - "The Event" -Loyalty (NBC)
• Shonda Rhimes - "Private Practice" -Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?
(ABC)
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture -(Theatrical or Television)
• Mary King, Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel, Marko King, Jonathan Watters, Cheryl
Edwards - "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
Outstanding 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)
Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
• Felix Alcala - "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)
Outstanding 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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Gospel Artist Charles McPhatter Nets Two 25th Annual Washington Area Music Association Nominations


Singer Also Receives Multiple Wins In The Songwriters Association of Washington Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

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(Washington, D.C.) - January 20, 2011 - The Nation's Capital boasts a number of gospel icons.  One of the hottest towns for gospel music is also the home of up-and-coming artist and smooth-sounding gospel crooner Charles McPhatter.  A solo artist and former member of the gospel group, Christopher Page & The Dreamkeeper's Ensemble, McPhatter is a gifted singer and songwriter whose family is related to late soul singer Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters and the Dominoes.
Charles' most recent release, Life Songs, a collection of uplifting, contemporary gospel tunes, has been receiving rave reviews as well as accolades.  The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), the organization which recognizes the talents of local artists, took note of McPhatter who was just nominated for two 2011 awards: Gospel/Inspirational Vocalist and Gospel/Inspirational Recording for Life Songs.  He shares the categories with fellow nominees Richard Smallwood, Earnest Pugh, Stephen Hurd, Y'Anna Crawley and others.  WAMA will be presenting awards on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA) at 8:00PM.
The accolades keep coming for McPhatter as he was also recently named as a multiple winner of the Songwriters Association of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC).  Four of McPhatter's songs won in the Gospel/Inspirational category.  His song "All I Wanna Do" won a Gold Award, "Trouble Don't Last Always" won a Silver Award and his songs "How Could I Ask For More?" and "Never Gave Up on Me" were Finalists in the same category.  The Songwriters Association of Washington presents awards to the best and brightest songwriters in the city.  As a Gold winner, Charles will compete for the overall Grand Prize which will be presented at the MASC 27th Awards Night Gala on Sunday, January 23, 2011, at 6:00 PM at Jammin' Java in Vienna, Virginia.
Life Songs, an 11-track project, is full of musical inspiration and devotion and showcases this talented man in his element.  The title "Life Songs" is reflective of the theme of the project; each song expresses a different experience, a different life happening.  A very personal project, the CD's songs took on special significance after the artist recently found out he was adopted.  The experience, although a difficult one, has given him a platform to minister from.  But it's not just the message in his songs that are memorable.  An incredible vocalist, McPhatter doesn't need a lot of fluff in his presentation or production.  A mic and his crystal clear vocals alone provide for a fabulous sonic experience.
Gospelflava.com says, "Charles McPhatter's debut album is smooth and is sure to capture you with great vocals and uplifting lyrics."  Bob Marovich of BlackGospelBlog.com says, "The eleven contemporary gospel tracks on Life Songs are easy like Sunday morning, pleasant and optimistic in both lyric and melody, and all from the pen of singer-songwriter McPhatter.  McPhatter's tenor voice - lithe, earnest and endearing - is a pitch-perfect image of 1980s R&B crooner El DeBarge."
He attended University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied music and became a member of the school's renowned gospel choir.  In his musical career, he's had the opportunity to work with GRAMMY Award winner Delious Kennedy of All For One and Stellar Award nominee Dave "Davey Boy" Lindsey of Seven Sons of Soul.  He's recorded, sung or opened up for artists like Hezekiah Walker, Byron Cage, Kenny Lattimore, Maurette Brown Clark, Dottie Peoples and Luther Barnes.  McPhatter is also a section leader for his church mass choir at First Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA.  For more information on Charles McPhatter, log on to www.charlesmcphatter.com.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Blackhouse Foundation Celebrates 5th Year at Sundance Film Festival


Featured Events to Focus on the Past, Present and Future of Black Cinema

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 19, 2011)  - The Blackhouse Foundation congratulates and applauds the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on the inclusion of 31 documentaries, narrative features, and short films featuring diverse stories that include African and African American talent and/or directors in this year's line-up.  We are proud to announce that January 21-23, 2011, Blackhouse will return to Main Street in Park City to continue to promote diversity on the screens and in the streets of Sundance.
The Blackhouse Foundation celebrates its 5th anniversary collaborating with the festival this year.  "Sundance is more than just a Festival; it is a community of artists whose impact is felt worldwide. We are proud to witness more visibility for Black filmmakers on the screen, in the labs, and on the streets of Sundance," stated Blackhouse Chairman Brickson Diamond.
As an official Institute Associate of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, The Blackhouse is gratified by the realization of its goal to increase diversity at Sundance.  However, the work is hardly done. Blackhouse will mark this year's landmark achievement by continuing its tradition of creating a space for its diverse constituents to convene for thought-provoking workshops, powerhouse networking, recognition of the films in the festival, and the opportunity to carve out new frontiers for Blacks in independent film.
This year, Blackhouse will be hosting events at Buona Vita Restaurant at 804 Main Street, Park City, Utah starting on Friday, January 21, 2011 and concluding on Sunday, January 23, 2011
The Blackhouse Foundation continues in its efforts to encourage diversity of programming and to increase attendance of African-American and diverse filmmakers at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Visit www.theblackhouse.org to view a schedule of events and to learn more about The Blackhouse Foundation's latest efforts to change the face of independent film and make a difference.
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 Stellar Award Winners

Winners of the the 26th Annual Stellar Awards were announced at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN last night.  Yours truly was on the scene backstage to cover the celebrity gifting, fashion trends, and Stellar Award events and activities.  So stay tuned for all the deets.  Marvin Sapp led the winners taking home four golden flamed statues followed by a three win tie between James Fortune (one individual, two with James Fortune & FIYA) and  BeBe and CeCe Winans (one as individuals and two as a duo). Congratulations to all 2011 Award Winners:

 


ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
-       MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP

SONG OF THE YEAR:
-       BEBE WINANS, CLOSE TO YOU – STILL, B&C/MALACO

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
-       BYRON CAGE, FAITHFUL TO BELIEVE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
-       KAREN CLARK SHEARD, ALL IN ONE, KAREW RECORDS 

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR:
-       JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
-       KRISTINA HALLOWAY, FREE, SERUM/PSALMS GROUP UNIVERSAL MUSIC CHRISTIAN GROUP


CD OF THE YEAR:
-       MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP

CHOIR OF THE YEAR:
-       WILMINGTON CHESTER MASS CHOIR, HE’S BEEN GOOD, EMTRO GOSPEL

 
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:
-       AARON LINDSEY, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR:
-       FOREVER JONES, GET READY, EMI GOSPEL

TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR:
-       THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY, AT THE REVIVAL, EMI GOSPEL

CONTEMPORARY MALE OF THE YEAR:
-       JAMES FORTUNE, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE

TRADITIONAL MALE OF THE YEAR:
-       MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE OF THE YEAR:
-       CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO

TRADITIONAL FEMALE OF THE YEAR:
-       LUCINDA MOORE, BLESSED, BROKEN & GIVEN, TYSCOT RECORDS/JOYFULA RECORDS

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR:
-       JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR:
-       MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:
-       BEBE & CECE WINANS, CLOSE TO YOU - STILL, B&C/MALACO

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
-       BEBE & CECE WINANS, CLOSE TO YOU - STILL, B&C/MALACO

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR:
-       WILMINGTON CHESTER MASS CHOIR, HE’S BEEN GOOD, EMTRO GOSPEL

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR:
-       MYRON BUTLER & LEVI, REVEALED LIVE IN DALLAS, EMI GOSPEL

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR:
-       VARIOUS ARTISTS, COCO BROTHER LIVE PRESENTS STAND 2010, TYSCOT RECORDS


RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR:
-       TRIP LEE, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, REACH RECORDS

CHILDRENS PROJECT OF THE YEAR:
-       KINGDOM KIDS WORLDWIDE, KINGDOM KIDS WORLDWIDE VOLUME 1, HEADSTRATE ENTERTAINMENT

QUARTET OF THE YEAR:
-       THE CHRISTIAN ANGELS, BRING IT TO THE ALTAR, 4 WINDS/MALACO

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR:
-       DEREK BLANKS & KEN BARBOZA, BEBE & CECE WINANS – STILL, B&C/MALACO

PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR:
-       DARWIN HOBBS, DARWIN HOBBS LIVE: CHAMPION, IMAGO DEI

SPECIAL AWARDS -- HONOREES

Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award HONOREE
Kirk Franklin

Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award HONOREE
Vanessa Bell Armstrong

James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award HONOREE
Donald Lawrence

The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards is scheduled to air in syndication from January 22, 2011 to March 13, 2011 and broadcast on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. EST on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC).




















































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