*“I was doing school when I heard the news,” said Laya Deleon Hayes, the voice of Disney Jr.’s Dottie “DOC” McStuffins, about her 50th NAACP Image Awards nomination. “I got a text from one of my friends Marsai Martin from ‘Black-ish’. She said, ‘Congratulations on your nomination!’.”
Even though Samuel L. Jackson won in Laya’s category for “Voice Over Performance” for his work on Incredibles 2, she is still a winner to me because she is listed with such iconic actors. Her friend Marsai won twice in her categories – “Performance By a Youth” and “Supporting Actress” for her work in “Black-ish.”
It was no surprise that Black Panther led the wins during the live telecast aired on TV One with 10 total – five for the film and five additional for cast members for outstanding “Writer,” “Director,” “Supporting Actor,” “Supporting Actress” and “Actor.” English singer Ella Mai follows with three wins for outstanding “New Artist,” “Contemporary Song (“Boo’d Up”)” and “Album.”
“I’m bringing that Soul music back. That’s my job,” said Omar Wilson, who was nominated for “Outstanding New Artist”, along with Ella. “This (nomination) is a combination of 15 years of hard work. This is redemption for me. I am just grateful for this opportunity.”
Following Mai’s three wins are two-time winners Michael B. Jordan for “Supporting Actor (Black Panther)” and “Actor (Fahrenheit 451)”, Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”), and Ryan Coogler “Writing” and “Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)” for his work on Black Panther (Marvel).
“My inspiration is all of our elders that came before us and I hope it reminds us that we do have power,” said Katrina O. Gilvie, who was nominated for “Writing in a Motion Picture (Television), but lost to David Shanks for his work on Seven Seconds (Netflix). www.TVOne.tv www.NAACPIMageAwards.net
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference annually in Baltimore (Saturday April 20, 2019) in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times and Los Angeles (October/TBD). Offering Entertainment Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes. www.UpliftingMinds2.com www.GoFundMe.com/Uplifting-Minds-II-Entertainment-Conference