• Jay-Z, Tyler Perry NAACP Image Awards Nominees

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    New York– Tyler Perry’s name is all over the place as the NAACP announced the nominees for its 42nd Image Awards on Wednesday. Perry’s “For Colored Girls” topped the feature film field with seven nominations and his “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” picked up four. He’s also got mentions in TV categories for “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.” Jay-Z is nominated for the Literary Work category for his book “Decoded”, as well as a nomination for best Male artist.

    The NAACP Image Awards honor accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, as well as individuals who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Kudos will be handed out Friday, March 4, at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills and will be broadcast live on Fox.

    The Nominees Are:

    TELEVISION

    Comedy Series
    “30 Rock” (NBC)
    “Are We There Yet?” (TBS)
    “Glee” (FOX)
    “Modern Family” (ABC)
    “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

    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)

    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)

    Television Movie, Miniseries 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)

    Actor in a Television Movie, Miniseries 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)

    Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
    Jill Scott – “Sins of the Mother” (Lifetime Movie Network)
    Lucy Liu – “Marry Me” (Lifetime Movie Network)
    Rosie Perez – “Lies in Plain Sight” (Lifetime Movie Network)
    Tamera Mowry – “Double Wedding” (Lifetime Movie Network)
    Tia Mowry – “Double Wedding” (Lifetime Movie Network)

    RECORDING

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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

    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)

    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)

    MOTION PICTURE

    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)

    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)

    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)
    Zo’ Saldana – “The Losers” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

    DOCUMENTARY

    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

    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)

    DIRECTING

    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)

    Read more at Variety.com

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