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Y&R's Kristoff St. John and Tatyana Ali Take Home NAACP Image Awards For Daytime Drama Series Performances!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Last night at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards which celebrates, according to official press releases, “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 endeavors.”  The awards were handed out in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.  The awards presentations aired live on NBC and was delayed broadcast on the west coast and was hosted by talk show host, Steve Harvey!

Actress Kerry Washington was the big winner of the night taking home three Image Awards for her performances on ABC’s Scandal, and her performance in Quentin Tarantino’s oscar-nominated film, Django Unchained.  Washington also picked up The President’s Award for special achievement and exceptional public service.

However, in the Daytime Drama acting categories, it was two stars from The Young and the Restless who came away with some trophies!   Kristoff St. John received lead actor honors for his performance as Neil Winters besting: Aaron Spears and Rodney Saulsberry of B&B, Erika Valdez, formerly of General Hospital, and James Reynolds of Days of our Lives.

On the female side, once again Tatyani Ali picked up another NAACP Image Award for her performance on Y&R in the seldom seen and recurring role of Roxanne.  Ali bested: Angell Conwell and Julia Pace Mitchell  from The Young and the Restless, Kristolyn Lloyd from The Bold and the Beautiful, and Shenell Edmonds from One Life to Live!

So soapers what do you of the wins by Kristoff and Tatyani? Do you think the right nominees won?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m sorry… but why does Tatyana Ali keep winning these awards when she’s barely on? She’s on like 1-2 times per year, so how she keeps winning the award is clearly biased based on her past. The other nominated actresses much deserve that award more, more so Kristolyn, whose portrayal of Dayzee Leigh Forrester has been amazing since her inception!

k/kay
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k/kay

Agreed!

RUBY C.
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RUBY C.

WE FANS LOVE AND MISS VICTORIA ROWELL AS DRUCILLA. IT IS SO NOT FAIR TO DO THIS TO US LONG TIME FANS. WE WANT DRU BACK!

Christine
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Christine

I wish they would use Tatiana Ali more. Such a beautiful woman and a good actress from her old THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR days.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

The NCAAP has become a joke with the daytime female acting award. Clearly the voting bloc here has lost all credability. Tatyana is a nice young woman. However she has not been on the show with no story to warrant a nomination so it begs the question who does she know or pay to steal this award three years running when she is a blink and you will miss her character?? Way to make a mockery of the process NCAAP and Tatyana. You especially should be ashamed of yourself!!

LynandZoe
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LynandZoe

To me it further shines a light on the lack of diversity in daytime tv; a new POC with no basis is thrown out to appease. We the audience have a say in this, yet we keep watching.

MATT
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MATT

NEIL BELONGS WITH DRUCILLA ON THE SHOW. ONLY DRUCILLA! LOVE SHARON AND DRUCILLA. 🙂

shawn
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shawn

Nothing but a damn joke. How you gonna reward a freaking day player a Best Actress trophy??

Wendy
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Wendy

we love Sharon Case. i hope she wins best actress this spring!!!! hey why is our favorite Victoria Rowell still not allowed back when so many wish her return? Drucilla is the best talented actress next to Ashly and Sharon

k/kay
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k/kay

Well I do not watch Days but from what I hear Lexie’s death was really good so I would have given the awards to Renee Jones &James Reynolds. Kristoff St. John when he is on just comes off as a smug angry black man. Turns me off! The fact Renee Jones was not even nominated is stupid. And if anybody takes my remark about KSJ as racist for the record it is not.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Ali wins? Really? Shines light on a serious overlooking of creating characters for women of color in daytime. Let’s work on that.

bc
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bc

tatyana ali mentioned that she only goes to y&r if someone’s having a party! talk abt tokenism. this is a large part of ratings being down for soaps and primetime tv as well. it;s the utter lack of diversity from the tolerant crowd of hollywood. representation from hollywood and the manhattan mainstream media is a zero sum game. more representation for a racial minorities would necessarily have to come w/ a decreased representation for the white demographic w/c is already represented too much. and white actors don’t like that one bit. They enjoy having the limelight all to themselves. that… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t believe they are like acting awards like Emmys or Oscars or Sags. I thought these awards were more about the individual person- and their contribution to promoting positive image for people of color in their personal and professional endeavors. So assuming there must be other criteria other than acting skill there could be reasons why Tatyana has won this award three times. If it is solely based on her acting performance than I don’t understand how it is possible for her to win for her role on Y&R. So there must be more to it.

bc
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bc

it’s great that the naacp were open and inclusive to Asian american actresses freida pinto and archie panjabi and sandra oh attending their image awards unlike very commonly unwelcoming hollywood. there’s the alma awards for latino american contributions and then there’s highly publicized glaad but of course there’s no naacp and alma equivalent for Asian american actors and actresses. that’s bec Asian americans are systematically discouraged from even entering acting by racist hollywood thru casting Asian american citizens and historical figures and fictional chars w/ white actors while casting Asian american actors w/ stereotypical and unflattering roles. this becomes a… Read more »

Sedrick
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Sedrick

Well I for one am very happy that Tatyana Ali won another award. She’s a wonderful actress and a very talented singer too. I don’t believe that any awards show is based on the quanity of episodes one days. In truth, Tatyana isn’t onscreen that much, but when she is, she always knocks her scenes out of the park and she does a good job too. I do wish that Y&R would utilize her more and even have her sing – she sings great! But I’m still glad that she won and don’t think it matters that she’s not onscreen… Read more »

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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres Address Toxic Workplace Issues & How She is a ‘Work in Progress’ in Talk Show Season Opener

Today marks the return of daytime’s Ellen DeGeneres Show for its 18th season in syndication.  Ahead of its airing, the show dropped the video of Ellen’s opening monologue where she addresses to the audience at home the allegations that came to light over the summer regarding her, and the toxic work environment behind the scenes of her popular series.

Those allegations prompted an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, which led to the dismissal of several key producers at the talk show.

Previously, Ellen shared that she would address what had happened during the new season, but she did so at the top of its first episode back, and repeated some of the same sentiments she also shared in a letter to her crew and staffers.

DeGeneres expressed  “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres.”  She was quick to point out that she is turning the page and that “today, we are starting a new chapter.”

Addressing what has been her off-screen behavior vs. her on-air persona, Ellen said: “The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things.  Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress… I don’t think I’m that good of an actress that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that.”  Within the monologue she shares how she became known as the “Be Kind Lady” a moniker that also came back to bite her during the summer.

So, what do you think about what Ellen has to say at the top of the new season of her show? Do you think this is enough of an explanation to the public? Are you ready to watch her new season? Comment below.

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72nd Primetime Emmys: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Sweeps Comedy, ‘Succession’ Takes Drama, Zendaya Becomes Youngest Lead Actress Drama Winner

The first ever virtual Primetime Emmys were held last night amid the coronavirus pandemic with host Jimmy Kimmel presiding over the proceedings in an empty Staple Center in Los Angeles and nominees streamed in from locations in the United States and around the globe.

After the dust settled, Canada was having quite the night with the clean sweep by Schitt’s Creek in the comedy categories.  The series, which ended after its sixth season, saw all of its nominated stars win in all the comedy performer categories: Dan Levy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’ Hara and Annie Murphy.  Dan continued to be on a hot streak also taking the Writing and Directing categories..  The show then won the Comedy Series award.  The impressive night for Schitt’s Creek make it a record-breaker with seven trophies in a row.  That, coupled with their two wins during the Creative Arts Emmys, set the new record for most Emmy wins.

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In the drama categories it was Succession which racked up four major awards including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong, and in the writing and directing categories.

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Zendaya bested some heavyweights in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Euphoria making her the youngest winner in this category in TV Academy history at 24.

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The complete list of winner’s from Sunday night are listed below.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
CATHERINE O’HARA as Moira Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
EUGENE LEVY as Johnny Rose   Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY, Written by Schitt’s Creek –  Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
ANDREW CIVIDINO, DANIEL LEVY, Directors  – Schitt’s Creek – Happy Ending

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
DANIEL LEVY as David Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
ANNIE MURPHY as Alexis Rose  Schitt’s Creek

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
SCHITT’S CREEK

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
REGINA KING as Angela Abar / Sister Night Watchmen

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
MARK RUFFALO as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey  I Know This Much Is True

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Watchmen

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Unorthodox

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan  Watchmen

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
UZO ADUBA as Shirley Chisholm  Mrs. America

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
WATCHMEN

OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
JEREMY STRONG as Kendall Roy Succession

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
ZENDAYA as Rue Euphoria

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – This Is Not For Tears

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Succession – Hunting

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BILLY CRUDUP as Cory Ellison  The Morning Show

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
JULIA GARNER as Ruth Langmore Ozark

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
SUCCESSION

So, what did you think of the winners at the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys?  What did you think of the virtual ceremony … thumbs up or thumbs down? Comment below.

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‘This Is Us’ Guest Star Ron Cephas Jones & Jasmine Cephas Jones Become First Father-Daughter Winners In Emmy History

On Saturday night, Ron Cephas Jones took home his second Emmy for his guest-star turn on the hit NBC drama, This Is Us.   Jones, plays the biological father, William Hill to Sterling K. Brown’s Randall Pearson.  Jones took home the gold during the final night of the Creative Arts Emmys leading into Sunday’s night’s major ceremony on the 72nd annual Primetime Emmys on ABC. (8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST).

But what made last night all the more special for Ron is that with this win, he, along with his daughter actress Jasmine Cephas Jones, became the first father-daughter duo in Academy history to win Emmys.  Jasmine won on Thursday night’s Creative Arts Awards for her work on Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn.   Ron won in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series, while Jasmine took home the gold in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category.

In the virtual press room following his win, Ron expressed: “As a parent that’s the most fulfilling that I could ever feel at the moment. Winning another Emmy is the icing on the cake, but to see my daughter progress and move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy is beyond words and I tear up every time I think about it to be honest with you. To see my daughter become healthy and happy, that’s a parent’s dream.  I’ve always focused on the work ever since she was a little girl, and coming from the theater it’s always been about trying to do good work…when you do what you want to do and you’re happy and you’re healthy that’s the win in itself… When we found out she was nominated, I was expressing to her that’s the win in itself when your work gets acknowledged and the win itself is the icing on the cake that keeps you humble and keeps you hungry.”

However, Ron’s win did not go off without hitch!  The broadcast announced The Outsider‘s Jason Bateman as the winner, and then suddenly cut to a commercial.  After the break, a title card acknowledged the mistake and confirmed that the This Is Us star was the actual winner.  In the virtual press room an announcement to all was made that: “They announced the right winner and the right slate, but the voiceover was incorrect.”

So what do you think about Ron Cephas Jones second Emmy win for This Is Us, and his daughter winning an Emmy the same Emmy season? Comment below.

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