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#GrammyWeekend: TV One’s 48th Annual Image Awards Brings Out Star Power

TV One’s stars of television and film shined brightly at the 48TH NAACP Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, which aired on the network. Among this year’s award honorees, TV One’s morning news host, Roland Martin, received an Award for Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program.

An encore presentation of the show will air on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. EST and 12 a.m. EST. The show will air in syndication February 19 – March 5. Check your local listings for show times.

The evening began with the live pre-show from the red carpet, hosted by Nischelle Turner and Terrence Jenkins with special correspondents Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer.  The casts of TV One’s upcoming original films, “MEDIA” (Brian WhitePenny Johnson JeraldPooch HallChrystee PharrisBlue KimbleDenise BoutteStelio SavanteFinesse Mitchell and Jillian Reeves) and “Hit A Lick” (Tasha SmithLil Mama and Lance Gross) were in attendance. Additionally, Justice By Any Means host Malik Yoba made an appearance, and David and Tamela Mann walked the carpet to announce their new TV One show, The Manns.

The two-hour live special did not disappoint as the best of Black Hollywood turned out to celebrate. Immediately following, guests joined TV One, in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Creative Artists Agency (CAA), at an exclusive after party held at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes welcomed the crowd, followed by a special performance by R&B vocalist Faith Evans.

The channel’s upcoming original film, MEDIA (full cast above) premieres on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. The much-anticipated series is directed by Craig Ross, Jr. and executive produced by Cathy Hughes, Susan Banks, Kevin Arkadie, and Sheila Ducksworth.

Below are all of the winners for the 48TH Annual NAACP Image Awards:

Television Categories

Outstanding Comedy Series
“`black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “`black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “`black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series
“Queen Sugar” (OWN:  Oprah Winfrey Network)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown  – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)
Motion Picture Categories
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
 
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
 
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
Entertainer of the Year
Dwayne Johnson

Check out photos below from the red carpet, awards ceremony, backstage, after party and more below:

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Fly Interview: Malik Yoba Is Unstoppable; Speaks On Film Projects, His Company Iconic 32, and More

Malik Yoba is a man of many talents. An actor, producer, writer, author, philanthropist, and marketing guru; he’s dedicated his life to using his successes in life to promote change and do good. In our interview with the multifaceted star he delves into his current projects, views on the responsibility of artists, thoughts on Jesse William’s Humanitarian Award acceptance speech, and who he’ll be supporting in the upcoming Presidential election in November.

Audiences haven’t seen you on their TV screens since your character Vernon Davis was killed during the Season 1 finale of Empire, tell us what have you been up to?

I’ve been running the world. [Laughs] I have been very busy with the company I co-founded Iconic 32. It’s a branding and marketing company that works at the intersection of pop culture and social good. At this point in my career it’s more about being the boss. I’m working on several projects. There’s Little Brother a series of short documentaries being shot in different cities that focuses on black boys and love. From an executive producer and writer perspective just busy creating and working content. Iconic 32 is working with TV One. Our relationship with TV One is growing, and we did movie the Bad Dad Rehab. The movie follows four fathers who have a lot of growing up to do as fathers and men. On their journey of maturity, the men find themselves enrolled in a focus group that supports men striving to become better fathers and men. This subject matter makes what we’re doing together really important. They’re this small scrappy network and I’m really proud of their new direction. It’s been a great couple of months getting to not only do the film, but being a part of the strategy. We knew we had something special at the American Black Film Festival. We’ve had screenings and you see the impact. In Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Florida, New York we hear from community groups and churches. I spoke with DJ Kut in St. Louis from 95.5 he goes “Why’d you do that to us” and then he tells me everyone was in tears. There’s power in that, it’s resonated with so many people.

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The Cast of ‘Bad Dad Rehab’ at the ABFF Premiere. From left to right Rick Gonzalez, Wesley Jonathan, Malik Yoba, Rob Riley, and Robert Ri’chard.

You’re really dedicated to telling the stories of black fathers. This is the focus of Daddy Don’t Go,  the documentary you executive produced with Omar Epps, can you tell us more about it? 

Daddy Don’t Go is something we worked on for a couple of years. The response has been amazing. That and Bad Dad Rehab were both in ABFF (American Black Film Festival) at the same time. It follows four economically challenged young men over the course of two years who ride for their kids despite all the odds, always doing the best they can for their children. Part of the narrative that we don’t hear a lot of. What you hear all the time is about what men don’t do; but these guys really ride hard for their kids. I think that’s an important message to put out there. It’s funny I mentioned the reception around the country, I was on the phone with a woman from London who came to the screening in Miami. So we’re making arrangements for me and some of the other casts members to go to London. Same thing in South Africa. Someone else saw the film that wants us over there. So it also has a global appeal just like Bad Dad Rehab.

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Poster for ‘Daddy Don’t Go’ Documentary

It’s clear that you’re passionate about the work you do in the community. How do you feel about Jesse Williams’s speech at the BET Awards? 

I loved it. What I love about that is that the Humanitarian Award speech has gotten more love than any performance and that’s why we do what we do. Jesse, we’ve met over the last few years and he’s been very involved so I’m not surprised. He’s a very articulate and passionate dude. I’m very happy that people are paying attention, that’s a true artist. Make no mistake about it that was written and scripted and he delivered it like a great performer should. There are those of us that are very proud to pass the baton.

I was interviewing John Lewis last weekend in Washington, D.C. at a scholarship gala. In 1989 I was a part of the 25th Anniversary of the Freedom Ride. John Lewis was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders. I used to wear the uniform; blue overalls, a white t-shirt, and old school glasses. I’m 21 years-old, the same age he was when he joined the Civil Rights Movement and we were talking about how do you bring the Civil Rights Movement into today.

Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards during his acceptance of the Humanitarian Award
Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards during his acceptance of the Humanitarian Award

There were some young men and woman who were receiving scholarships or a part of our youth Phi Beta club for the kids. So in this situation where young people are sitting in the back of the room and this is a room of about 400 people; I moved them to the front and had them sit on the floor in front of the stage literally on the floor. I drew the connection between the fact that this man John Lewis was just leading a sit in a few days earlier in Congress and he hadn’t done that in 53 years. Here are these young people who have no idea who he is, but it was like a fireside chat with grandpa and he was able to pass on the knowledge. I said to him that’s where I was at 21 years-old, now I’m 48 and the youngest kid in that room was 7 years-old. When they shook his hand knowing this was the same hand that shook Martin Luther King’s hand, and then he told the story about what it was like to meet King for the first time; if you could see the look on these kids faces like “Oh my god” it was as if they had died and gone to heaven. That’s what it’s about. It’s about understanding our place in the matrix, using our gifts to make a difference; if we’re artists as Paul Robeson said we’re gatekeepers of truth. So whether it’s Jesse doing his thing or, whomever we’re all here to inspire and to motivate people and to move the needle. We’re not here just to entertain, make money, and to wear fancy clothes. People are suffering, especially now. With the political climate, race relations in America, and hatred in the world; we have to be the counterbalance.

Who will you be voting for in the upcoming election, if it’s you don’t mind me asking?

I think it’s time based on who we have in front of us, it’s time we had a female President.

 

Bad Dad Rehab premiered Sunday July 3 on TV One. If you missed it you can watch the first 30 minutes below. To catch the remainder of the film lookout for encore showings or screenings and make sure to pick it up when it’s released on DVD.

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Nas, Malik Yoba, Omari Hardwick, Angela Yee & more Celebrate the Italia Independent x Ghostbusters Eyewear Collection

 

Lifestyle brand, Italia Independent, celebrated its collaboration with Hip Hop icon Nas and Sony Music, in honor of the Ghostbusters movie, at the brand’s New York boutique in Soho at 85 Mercer Street.

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Thirty years after ‘Ghostbusters’ took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. To commemorate its highly anticipated release, Italia Independent and Nas curated a special capsule of eight models of sunglasses inspired by the film’s notable characters.

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The limited-edition Italia Independent x Ghostbusters collection includes iconic and oversize frames, as well as classic shapes with movie-inspired digital printed patterns. The collection will be sold at Italia Independent boutiques, on the brand’s e-commerce platform italiaindependent.com, at the online store hypebeast.com and at select retail partners including Ron Herman in Los Angeles and colette in Paris.

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During the event, Nas discussed his experience collaborating with Italia Independent. In his remarks he stated:

“Ghostbusters was one of my favorite childhood movies, and it was important to me to partner with a brand like Italia Independent for this collaboration because they understand style and culture. I wanted to design a collection that speaks to the nostalgia of that era while keeping it fresh fun, sleek and wearable.”

 

Celebrity guests and VIP’s including Omari Hardwick, Angela Yee, Malik Yoba, Wendell Pierce, Claira Sulmers and more shopped and mingled with the hip hop icon, while enjoying cocktails provided by Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Independent Prosecco and Peroni Beer. Other guests on deck were Jackson Harris (Singer), Sammy Adams (Singer) and Mike Hunter (NY Giants), plus more.

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FLY Lights: “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” Los Angeles Premiere…

Tyler Perry is back with a new film, “Madea’s Big Happy Family, and tons of celebrities, came out to show support to The Dome at Arclight Hollywood last night in LA.

While we’re still not entirely sure what the synopsis of this Tyler Perry Film is, we know that it will definitely have it’s shares of laughs, inspirational moments, and tear jerkers…

Check out the arrivals of the many celebs in attendance… 

Keke Palmer has grown into such a beautiful young woman…

Naturi Naughton looked great…

Mr. Brown and Cora, who are actually married in real life… (Mr. and Mrs. David and Tamala Mann)

Bow Wow definitely knows how to market himself to the Acting community. Still waiting on some facial hair to grow though…

Lauren London  is such a beauty!!

Teyana Taylor is doing some big things! Very proud of her!

Check out the rest of the attendees in our gallery!

Madea’s Big Happy Family will be in theatres everywhere this Friday!!

Stay Fly!