Smollet to Receive Chairman’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards

Jussie Smollett is the Chairman of the awards…

The 32-year-old Brazilian-America actor/singer, who portrays singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on Fox’s hit drama Empire, is set as one of eight recipients of the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

Jussie Smollet

The honor, which will be presented at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards next month, is given in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.

Along with his role on Empire, Smollett is a longtime activist on behalf of civil rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and other social justice causes since age 15. He volunteers with such nonprofits as the Black AIDS Institute, Artists for a New South Africa and United Negro College Fund. Recently he interrupted his performance at the BET Awards to speak out about the Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage.

“It is a rare privilege for me to present the NAACP Chairman’s 2016 Award to an outstanding group of trailblazing leaders all under the age of 50 who have given voice and vision to the mantra that black lives matter,” said Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “The five individuals and three organizations have raised awareness of social, educational, and economic injustice from college campuses, church pulpits and the streets, and exemplify what this award symbolizes: ‘Courage Will Not Skip this Generation.’”

The Chairman’s Awards will be presented February 5 during the Image Awards ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. A two-hour version of the show will air at 9:00 pm ET on TV One.

Ali Wins NAACP Image Awards for Her Performance on “The Young and the Restless”

It pays to be a member of the young and the restless… At least for Tatyana Ali.

The 35-year-old half- Afro-Panamanian actress and R&B singer took home the Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama trophy at the 45th NAACP Image Awards, which were held Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Ali’s win was announced at a pre-show ceremony on Friday.

Tatyana Ali

It’s the fourth consecutive win in the daytime television actress category for Ali, who has portrayed Roxanne on a recurring basis on The Young and the Restless since 2007.

Ali ranks second behind The Young and the Restless alum Victoria Rowell for the total number of wins in the category. Powell, who portrayed Drucilla Winters on the CBS daytime drama from 1990-2007, has won 11 trophies for her previous work on the soap opera.

The NAACP Image Awards were broadcast live on TV One and hosted by Anthony Anderson.

Click here for the complete list of winners.

Mars: The Top Latino NAACP Image Award Nominee…

Talk about having a terrific Tuesday… Bruno Mars, who released his highly anticipated sophomore album today, is now the most-nominated Latino for the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People which honors diversity in the arts, has just announced their nominations for their annual NAACP Image Awards; with the 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer picking up three nods.

Bruno Mars

Mars is nominated for Outstanding Male Artist, as well as Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Song for his hit single “Locked Out of Heaven.”

Meanwhile, Miguel has picked up two Image Award nominations.

The 25-year-old half-Mexican American R&B singer/songwriter, who recently earned five most Grammy nods, will compete against Mars for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Music Video for his hit single “Adorn.”

Former Fresh Prince of BelAir star Tatyana Ali has earned two nominations for her television work.

The 33-year-old part-Panamanian actress/singer, who will be starring in BET’s Second Generation Wayans, has been nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her starring role on TV One’s Love That Girl.

Ali is also up for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, an award she won earlier this year, for her role on CBSThe Young and the Restless.

Other Latino nominees include Hosea Chanchez for his role on BET’s The Game and Erik Valdez for his role on ABC’s General Hospital.

Winners will be announced at the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards on February 1 on NBC.

Here’s a look at the categories featuring Latino/as:

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Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
• Anthony Anderson – “Guys with Kids” (NBC)
• Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings” (ABC)
• Don Cheadle – “House Of Lies” (Showtime)
• Donald Faison – “The Exes” (TV Land)
• Hosea Chanchez – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
• Amber Riley – “Glee” (FOX)
• Cassi Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
• Kellita Smith – “The First Family” (Syndicated)
• Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl” (TV One)
• Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
• Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
• Erik Valdez – “General Hospital” (ABC)
• James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
• Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
• Rodney Saulsberry – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
• Angell Conwell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
• Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
• Kristolyn Lloyd – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
• Shenell Edmonds – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
• Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

MUSIC

Outstanding Male Artist
• Bruno Mars
• Lupe Fiasco
• Miguel
• Trey Songz
• Usher

Outstanding Music Video
• “Adorn,” Miguel
• “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys
• “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
• “This Christmas,” CeeLo Green
• “You’re On My Mind,” KEM

Outstanding Song
• “Be Mine for Christmas,” KEM
• “Glorify the King,” KEM
• “I Look To You,” Whitney Houston and R. Kelly
• “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Bruno Mars
• “You’re On My Mind,” KEM

Tatyana Ali to Star in BET’s New Series “Second Generation Wayans”

Prepare to give Tatyana Ali a second… or two!

The 33-year-old part-Panamanian actress/singer has signed on to become a regular on BET’s upcoming comedy series Second Generation Wayans, based on the lives of the members of the next generation of the Wayans family.

Tatyana Ali

The series stars Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and George O. Gore II.

Ali will play Maya, Damien’s quick-witted personal assistant who struggles to keep the guys in line.

The former Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air alumna most recently starred in the Martin Lawrence-produced sitcom Love That Girl for TV One and had a recurring role on CBS’ sudser The Young And The Restless.

She’ll next be seen starring in the independent film Home Again.

Tatyana Ali Receives BET’s Black Girls Rock Award…

She made her triumphant return to television in TV One’s first original scripted series, “Love That Girl”… And, now Tatyana Ali is getting a little love of her own…

The part-Panamanian actress/singer, who rose to fame in the 1990s on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” received the “Young, Gifted & Black Award” at BET’s 6th Annual Black Girls Rock Awards, which celebrate the talents, lives and strength of Black women.

The 32-year-old Harvard graduate and self-proclaimed “education activist” told The Huffington Post, “I was so touched, because when I was little, there wasn’t anything like what Beverly Bond and BET is doing, there wasn’t anything like ‘Black Girls Rock.'”

Ali added, “To find those positive images that look like you do and maybe share the same experiences and the same struggles, you really have to search. My confidence and my self-esteem when I was younger would have been so changed by something like this. I’m just really happy to be on the other side of that so I can provide for younger girls what I didn’t have.”

Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the awards show was held at New York City’s famed Paradise Theater on Saturday night. The A-list event was highlighted with stellar performances by Mary J. Blige, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Mary Mary, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.

Other honorees included: Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, political activist and scholar Angela Davis, WNBA President Laurel J. Richie and The Rebecca Project for Human Rights co-founders Imani Walker and Malika Saada Saar.

Meanwhile, Ali, who released her first album, “Kiss The Sky” in 1999 says she’s “hopeful” that a musical project will come to fruition.