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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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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson On Gaining Custody of Douglas: “Thomas Just Wants to Take His Rightful Place”

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) wants to be more of an active father to his son, Douglas (Django Ferri), who has been living with Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton).

When confronted with this news, Hope is not too happy, because she could lose being mother to the little boy, who she has come to love as her own.

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In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), Atkinson shared on the story: “Thomas just wants to take his rightful place. He’s not saying they are no longer a family. It’s just the opposite.  He’s not prying Douglas away from Hope.  He knows Douglas has bonded with Hope, Liam and Beth, and he believes they can all make it work.”

The question is, will Thomas resort to extreme measures as he has in the past to get what he wants, or will he work this out with Hope and Liam?

Check out the latest promo for this week’s action on B&B below.

Now let us know, do you want Thomas to have more of a relationship with his son, Douglas? Should the boy live between all three ‘parents’? Should Douglas fight for solo custody? Comment below.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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