Awards season is coming to a close, but not before BET payed tribute to “black excellence” in Washington, DC at this year’s BET Honors. The 2016 honorees were Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Mellody Hobson (Award for Corporate Citizen), Patti LaBelle (Award for Musical Arts), L.A. Reid (Award for Excellence in Entertainment) and Eric Holder (Public Service Award).
Last night, just at the 88th Annual Academy Awards lifted off, Fuse aired the All Def Movie Awards 1 hour special. The 1st annual awards show hosted by comedian Tony Rock was a star-studded event that brought out the best of black hollywood including, Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Tyrese Gibson, Sanaa Lathan, who won best actress for The Perfect Guy, and Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. who received the award for Best Picture for Straight Outta Compton.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 28th at 7pm EST…and so will the All Def Movie Awards Special. We told you all about All Def Digital’s 1st annual awards show hosted by comedian Tony Rock purposed to be a platform to celebrate the talents of people of color. The award show’s debut comes a time when criticism of the Oscars and the Academy’s lack of diversity has reached an all time high. All Def Digital has struck a deal with Fusion to air an hour long highlights special at the same time that the Oscars will air on ABC. The special will repeat throughout the night. Will the Oscar’s ratings suffer? Probably not, but the intent is clear.
No Oscar nominations, no problem! We did a darn good job celebrating ourselves at the NAACP Image Awards. Black Hollywood showed up and showed out as they were honored for their contributions to the arts last night. This year’s show had a different feel in light of the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity of the Academy Award nominations and the subsequent call for a boycott of the Oscars by actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. Throughout the night, entertainers shared the feelings about being celebrated by their own in spite of the lack of acknowledgment by the Academy.
It’s been about a week since the 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced and actress Jada Pinkett Smith expressed her disappointment with the lack of diversity and shared her and her husband Will Smith’s plans to boycott this year’s show. “Maybe it’s time we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream,” she said in a video on Facebook. Since then other notable entertainers such Spike Lee, Lupita N’yongo, Tyrese, and George Clooney have expressed their disappointment as well. Those in support of the boycott are even calling for the show’s black host, comedian Chris Rock, to relinquish his hosting duties.
It looks like hard work continues to pay off for the cast, crew and producers of FOX’s musical drama Empire and ABC’s family comedy Black-ish. The popular shows have both raked in double digit nominations for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards with Empire snagging 12 and Black-ish grabbing 10. I must admit that I kind of lost interest in Empire but the show’s stars, Taraji P. Henson, Terrance Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray and Grace Gealey are doing something right as the drama continues to bring in millions of viewers each week and each are in the running for individual performance awards.
It seems that the beef between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus didn’t die at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Nicki is still pissed at Miley for the comments she made about her during an interview with the New York Times back in August which resulted in Nicki confronting Miley on the 2015 VMA stage. Miley called Nicki “not so kind” and implied that Nicki should blame her attitude, not image issues, on not winning a 2015 VMA for Anaconda’s video. Nicki addressed the situation, choosing sides in the beef between boyfriend Meek Mill and homie Drake and more during a revealing cover story of her own for the New York Times Magazine’s culture issue. Check out a few chatworthy excerpts below.
Amidst tons of controversy, naysayers and supporters, last night Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s Espy Awards. As much as I support the right and choice to be who and what you want, I’m not sure I agree with the decision to bestow this award upon Caitlyn Jenner. Yes, Bruce is an athlete and former Olympian but his Olympic success was in the 1970’s so it’s pretty clear that after not being recognized by the Espy’s over the last 40 years him being an honoree in 2015 has very little to do with his accomplishments and all to do with his “transition”. And ESPN made that very clear when announcing their decision to honor Jenner.
Last night BET aired it’s annual awards show and I must say it was one of my favorite of the show’s fifteen year history. I honestly can’t say that I HATED any particular moment or performance like I have in the past. However, there were a few moments that were definitely chatworthy lol. Check out our top 6 chatworthy moments from last night’s show below in no particular order.