*The NAACP hosted its 50th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon recently at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California to put the spotlight on talent that was nominated for a possible win at this year’s NAACP Image Awards to be aired live on TV One at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday March 30, 2019, hosted by Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”).
I covered the red carpet arrivals and I had a chance to talk with some of the nominees, such as the event’s co-host Major (“Better With You In It”) nominated in three categories – Outstanding Male Artist/Traditional Song/Best Album; Emmy winning Lynn Whitfield-Green (HBO’s “Josephine Baker Story”) nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for the series “Greenleaf”; Tracey Bing, producer of Nappily Ever After, which was nominated for Outstanding Independent, and Sheryl Lee Ralph (CBS ‘Fam”), who co-hosted the event with Major.
“I’m co-hosting with the queen right here,” said Major during the red carpet arrivals. “I’m super honored…I’m up for three nominations. Ya’ll pray for me. I’m just living the dream.”
Nominations for this year’s NAACP Awards are led by Bruno Mars and H.E.R. who received five; followed by four nominations for Beyonce’ for The Carters (plus “Entertainer of the Year”), Ella Mai (Interscope Records) and Academy Award winner Regina King (Enemy of the State). Those with three nominations include John Legend, Major, Kendrick Lamar, Childest Gambino, Michael B. Jordan, Saana Lathan and John David Washington. Of those who received two nominations Lebron James, Janelle Monae, Toni Bracton, Koryn Hawthroen, Tori Kelly, Rupaul, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s “Red Table,” Russell Hornsby, Winston Duke and Trevor Noah were among them.
“I’m nominated for best supporting actress for ‘Greenleaf’,” said Golden Globe nominated Lynn Whitfield-Green during the red carpet arrivals. “And I am part of the cast of Nappily Ever After. This is Tracey Bing who produced the film and it’s nominated for best Independent Feature Film. I’m just honored to be involved in two projects honored by the NAACP…it’s exciting.”
Tracey Bing added about Nappily Ever After nominations, “And best actress (Sanaa Lathan).” When I asked her about casting the iconic Lynn Whitfield Bing she said, “We always wanted Lynn to play the role of Paulette so it’s a dream come true and we’re so happy to be here and so honored to be nominated for two awards….it’s incredible.”
The 50th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon was held to put the spotlight on “all” nominees with food, fellowship and entertainment, before the winners are announced live on March 30th on TV One.
In closing my coverage of the red carpet arrivals for the NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon co-host Sheryl Lynn Ralph wanted to tell you that she is, “So excited, because I want everyone to tune in Thursday nights at 9:30 for my new series ‘Fam’ on CBS and my new Podcast ‘Diva Defined,’ enriching and enlightening entertaining conversations with some of your favorite people. I need you to listen, download and subscribe.” www.NAACPImageAwards.net
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