As if interviewing outgoing US President Barrack Obama was not enough, "Daily Show" presenter Trevor Noah has now picked up two 48th NAACP nominations to end off his whirlwind and remarkable year.
He is nominated in the Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author, and Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography for his book “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” . The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavours.
Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event hosted by Anthony Anderson, which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A 90-minute pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 7:30pm/6:30c.
Beyoncé leads the pack with 7 nominations, followed by her sister Solange Knowles with 5 nominations. Additionally, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar received 4 nominations, while Donald Glover and Nate Parker both received nominations for 3 awards.
ABC and HBO lead the nominations in the television categories with 23 nominations and 14 nominations, respectively. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with 16 nominations, followed by RCA Records with 10 nominations and Atlantic Records with 4 nominations. Walt Disney Studios leads with 9 nominations, followed by Focus Features with 7 nominations, while A24 and Fox Searchlight Pictures both received 6 nominations in the motion picture categories.
“The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience. It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture and color reflected in film, television, music and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together,” stated Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP.
Other interesting nominations include the popular “Empire” in the Outstanding Drama Series, its actors Terrence Howard – “Empire”, and Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX) for the hotly contested Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series against the likes of Kerry Washington – “Scandal”, Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”, and Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”.
Madina Nalwanga is nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in the heart wrnching “Queen of Katwe”, together with top names David Oyelowo in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and Lupita Nyong’o in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
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With December in full swing, a number of high profile year-end events are already highly circulated to help revellers decide where to make the jump into 2017.
One of those is East London’s Countdown Music festival, now in its third year. A loaded version on this third outing, the event will be hosted over two days - 31st December and 01 Jan 2017 – for the first time.
The main event is on New-year’s eve featuring top selling award-winner Nathi (pictured), the captivating Zonke, the distinguished Ray Phiri, Revolution, Vusi Nova, Mobi Dixon, Amanda Mankayi, DJ SK, and local artists Bloemzit, Sinovuyo Naledi and more. Sliq Angel, MXO, Ntando, Pastor the DJ, DJ SK, and a number of acts are appearing on the 01 January gig ” that was due to people's demand” at the Buffalo City Stadium.
“Festive Season is fun, easy, and family time. At Countdown Music Festival we take that serious as we also usher our beautiful people of the Eastern Cape to a New Year in a safe and jolly mood,” says Lindelwa Nkente.”
“When we started the Countdown Music Festival concept the initial idea was to unearth raw talent of the Eastern Cape and create a platform where they will network with National Artists without having to leave the province. In the process we wanted to create employment for our Youth and SMME's while building our reputation as a tourism destination of choice during this period of the year.”
With 2016 being our their 3rd year of existence, the organisers say they realised growth and interest over the years, “hence we decided to take it a step further and extend the usual one day gig to two days including the New Year’s do. This decision was as a result of demand from our festival goers and loyalists who wanted to stay on while enjoying our East Coast beaches in East London.”
“So, brace yourself for the 3rd Countdown Music Festival again this 2016 over a two day period - Sangena 2017!!!”