He came in firing spirits, excited, and acknowledging the fact that; “this year, the entertainment industry is moving a step in the right direction,by letting the world know that representation matters in all cultures.”
His name is Jimmy O.Yang, American Actor and Comedian.
“I am more than honored to be a part of a movie that shows Asians are more than a stereotypical restaurant owner, or thank you, thank you,(referring to the applause) or like an Ernst Young accountant or something. We are kick- Ass without Kung fu too. thank You. We are just as funny, just as cool, and, just as sexy as anyone”.
Yang presented at the 2019, 50th NAACP Image awards ,introducing the Outstanding motion picture for Crazy Rich Asians ,saying “its one I am extremely proud of’.However , the Asians may have come out’ Cool, Sexy and, Rich, it appears the Black Power eclipse was too powerful and irresistible for the fans, since Black Panther carted the win for that category this time.
To Tai Beauchamp’s question on: ” how does diversity and entertainment make our community stronger?’, The actor known for his character Jian Yang in HBO comedy series Silicon valley had this to say: “I think diversity ,and entertainment ,allows us to learn about each others culture, and really celebrate each others uniqueness, in the most positive light”.
Honorable Congress woman Maxine water
“I have the Gavel and I am not afraid to use it!”
‘Fierce,’ ‘Passionate’, ‘Powerful’, ‘Champion of change’ are some of the incredible words used to describe the the first woman to chair and first African American, the House financial services committee.
Looking absolutely dazzling in a shimmering, long beige dress, she seem to be loving all the attention and, glamour of the evening. constantly beaming at cameras, videographers, and laughing at all the jokes including, the subtle humorous references from Comedian host, Anthony Anderson.
Congresswoman used the opportunity to share her accomplishments as House Chair, “ I passed a comprehensive bill for $13.27 billion in new funding for emergency relief and to end homelessness in America; don’t despair, I have the gavel and I am not afraid to use it”!.
Rep.Maxine Waters also had warnings for operators of fraudulent loans practices, including Title loans, and student loan sharks,”we know who you are”she said. It’s a new day in America; women, people of color, LGBTQ, the millennials are growing in power and influence and representation.It is a testament to the Committee.We have the Gavel and We are not afraid to use it!”
To institutions that have for a long time “historically overlooked women and minorities, the jig is up!”
Concerning her “Haters”, she sent this no-nonsense warning: “I have gotten 4 of them convicted, if you come for me, I am coming for You!
She also reminded the audience,”Now ok, ok, I have not forgotten about ’45’, I still think he needs to be impeached”.I have the Gavel and Subpoena Power, and, I am not afraid to use it.(And of course, she had the whole crowd reciting the last assertion.I have the gavel and I am not afraid to use it).
Truly a remarkable woman.
Positively a one of a kind star and inspiration.
That was how the announcer described NE-YO as his career achievements was being highlighted at the 50th NAACP Image awards.
American Actor and comedian Alan David Grier introduced and, presented NE-YO the First Positively Golden awards, sponsored by McDonald. Alan shared one of the reasons why he admires the younger actor:
“I can’t think of a better recipient for this award. I got to know NE-YO and learned from him, when I played the cowardly lion and he ,the ‘Tin-Man’ in the WIZ live. Now, think about this; NE-YO, the man with the biggest heart I know, convincingly playing a character without a Heart at all, now that is acting!”.
The 39 years old, whose innovative and musical ingenuity, enabled him to pen winning songs for super stars like Mario, Rihanna and Beyonce’ has 14 Grammy nominations, with three wins! His accomplishments however, goes far beyond his music or acting career; NE-YO is also a humanitarian, whose mentoring spirit is evident in his non-profit and charitable ventures. Such as, the Smith foundation which benefits children in foster care or group homes. He does have affiliation too with the Disney Dream Academy . “Its time for new visions to be seen and new voices to be heard,”‘he once said. Another vital charitable act close to his heart is, the Holberton school , an education program set up to motivate students of color to explore opportunities in learning and application of software, and technology.
NE-YO came up stage with his lovely looking three kids (the fourth was being looked after backstage by NE-YO’S mom).”As you all can see, I have my hands full so, I am going to keep this short.I thank the NAACP for the prestigious award ,I thank the Image awards and McDonald. I started doing music as an outlet for all my pent up emotions as a kid, my mom she’s backstage with my youngest child’ Ro-Ro,’ I wanted her to be out here, but she said her feet hurt, when a Black woman says to you her feet hurt…. you, let that go. But, she is the reason why I am standing right here today. Because, she was the first person to put a pen and pad in my hands, and said write it down. I don’t care what it is, just write it down, don’t bottle it up,’cos that’s how people get hurt.That’s how things go bad. Um, I brought these guys up here to show you the reason why I do what I do. It used to be because of my love for the music,but now, I am doing it for them.”He gestures towards his kids.
I appreciate the honor, and I am going to continue doing what I do, and inspire these.And maybe one of these days, one of these will be up here accepting an award next time”.
All Hail The Crown King Of WAKANDALAND- Outstanding Actor in Motion
If he seems familiar, that is likely because of the fact that, before the Disney adaptation movie Black Panther, Boseman has done many great works. Best remembered for his acting in biography film ’42’ where he portrayed Jackie Robinson (2013 ) and ,as James Brown in Get on up, another biography film.(2014),and , Thurgood Marshall (2017)
However, sources claimed that the amiable actor did not have to audition for the role of T’Challa in the superhero marvel adaptation of Black Panther. Seems he possess a good dose of one of the main qualities all kings have in common-confidence! Boseman merely sold his skills to the creators on how he intended to role play as the chosen heir to the kingdom of Wakanda. He got the chance and, he did not disappoint. If you have it, sell it, I will say.
Accepting the honor he said; “They say black people always thank God when they receive an award, and I am not going to disappoint you. I thank God not only for the winning times but ,for the tribulations we go through so we can appreciate the Joys of Winning like this”.He went on to acknowledge the NAACP, amazing cast members ,and fellow actors nominated in same category including, Denzel Washington , and Steven James.
Boseman is a pacesetter, the first Black actor to play a leading role in a superhero movie, a definite nodge towards Black Children all over the world, to dream big, If not aspire for the position of president , why not a superhero.
TOM JOYNER TUSKEGEE – Finest Honored with the Prestigious Vanguard award
He is a famous American Host of the nationally syndicated radio show TJSM, and founder REACH MEDIA, and other Programming initiatives that affords diverse academic opportunities through Grants ,and ,Scholarships for Students. The 69 year old TUSKEGEE , AL native recounts history on how the struggle was real, before the Media, or social media exploded:
“We were protesting , we had protest matches every Saturday. I am here to tell you that some of the best sandwiches were found at those protests matches. Back then in this mostly all black town, there wasn’t even a radio station that played black music. There was no Aretha Franklin, so we would gather every Saturday in this neighborhood to make our voices heard.”
Then one day, the owner of the radio station , who also owned a Ford dealership where they matched consistently every Saturday, having had enough, approached the protesters with a tempting offer: “he said, I don’t need this here, I will let you have a show every Saturday afternoon for one hour, and you can play Aretha and, any other songs, but he wanted to know who will do it? And the hand without a sandwich went up, I said I will do it,and that’s how the show started. TJMS is now 25 years old and at the end of this year I will be retiring from radio. But, the Tom Joyner foundation will go on helping students in college.”
You will most definitely be missed from Radio, Big Tom.
MARSAI MARTIN -Little Teen with a Big Heart
At 14, the Black-ish star child who plays genius daughter Diane in the ABC sitcom achievements cannot be described as Little ,especially ,when combining her success not only from small screen T.V sitcoms, but also from the big screens. Marsai is reportedly ,the youngest executive film producer in Film history in Hollywood. she spoke briefly of the making of her 2019 movie ‘Little’, which happens to be a re- modification of TOM Hanks movie ‘Big’.
“After seeing Big, I liked it, but that’s when I started thinking, what if we do this with a modern perspective? “Turns out that her thinking paid off big time. “we gave it a fresh take, and move it to modern time in a female environment.” said the real life genius. Well done Marsai Martins for being a great role model to teenagers and showing all , including grown ups, the power of thinking and doing.
Millicent Olaghere Blast
Remember,Your Image is everything , So Live excellently.!
IF you missed the entire or part of the 50th NAACP awards transmitted live on T.V one March 30th, 2019, relax we have all the exciting details plus more. It was indeed an Outstanding night in honor of Black Cultural Excellence in diverse categories.
The List of nominees and big winners were extensive. It was a star studded Red carpet event celebrating big names such as; Queen of R&B Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z, the entire Black Panther Cast led by director Ryan Coogler, actors; Chadwick Boseman, Michael B.Jordan, Letitia wright, Lupita Nyong’o. Others include the Black-ish cast led by the returning host of NAACP Image awards, Anthony Anderson, his onscreen wife Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi,Marcus Scribner, and Marsai Martins.
Regina King looked incredibly beautiful in her shimmery long evening gown, and so did the honorable congress woman Maxine Walters, Sanaa lathan (Nappily after ),Thandie Newton,(pursuit of Happiness) ,Viola Davis(how to get away with murder), Kerry Washington(Scandal) and, Malinda Williams(Thin line between love and hate).
The legendary John Legend was very dashing in a fitted sharp suit,and so was the comedian Trevor Noah ,charming, incredibly funny host of the The daily show and comedian Chris Rocks. Actor Mike Epps(The Trap and Friday) , and yeah, Vin diesel was also present.
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS –winner Outstanding Female actor in a comedy series for her acting as Dr.Rainbow ‘Bo’ Johnson.(Black-ish).In her role in the ABC sitcom, Ross successfully juggles her career as a doctor , wife and co-parent of five kids, managing to keep it all afloat with T.V husband Anthony Anderson whom she seems to enjoy a good onscreen chemistry.
I will tell her to be patient
The former ‘Girlfriend’ actress was looking tres’ flair-buoyant in an ultra fluffy , feathery black and white ensemble which I liked for it’s one-of -a-kind ingenuity. She acknowledged that fact, as she came up to accept her award:”yeah I wore a little something, I come upon it actually.”she laughed, and thanked the NAACP and ABC remarking ‘ small screens has big power.’
Ross reminisced as a younger actress when she received her very first NAACP nomination for her acting in Girlfriend, but didn’t win; ‘I was devastated for days. Now, if I could tell that young girl today, I will tell her, this will be happening many times over, I would have told her to be patient.”
Then she informed the audience that it was her Superstar mom’s birthday.”My mother just had her 75th birthday ! she paused as she suddenly got all choked in the sensitive moment.”I was there but,I could not get emotional. But I am my mom’s baby, she’s so much the reason I am standing here , not just as Diana Ross’s daughter, but, as my mom.I am so grateful for the pathway she made for me and many of us.”
ANTHONY ANDERSON- winner Outstanding male actor in a comedy series for his role as Dre Johnson.(Black-ish).Not new to the NAACP , the funny comedian returned to Host the 2019 50th NAACP Image award, definitely a crowd pleaser, Anderson had his bag full of jokes and carried the audience along quite well.
FULL house to the Big house
some of his ribs cracking moments is when he made a jab at Lori Laughlin(Rebecca in the 1990’s sit com,Full House)who is potentially facing a hard prison time for allegedly paying out thousands of dollars to secure her daughter into a college of choice.
“Aunty Becky is going from the full house to the big house , that’s a hell different kind of gated community”he joked.
Anderson also went for Kanye Wests jugular when he said this (with the infamous white house visit picture in over view); “he is the first artist whose music is played at a cook out that he is not invited to”! Oouch!! That elicited a lot of LOL’s though, and some sucked- in breaths.
Now to the serious business of winning, Anderson dedicated his win to his Mother-Doris Hancox who was present to accept it as he literally handed over the trophy. Reverting to some straight face serious matter of his mom’s sacrifice, he told the audience that everything he achieved ” is due to her sacrificing her own love for acting, giving up her own desire to become an actress and encouraging me instead to pursue my acting dreams.”Mom was of course beaming with pride.”everything he said is true’ she added.
Black-ish For the win -Outstanding Comedy series award.
No colorism here.
They beat the other nominees in same category ;Atlanta(FX network), Dear white people,(Netflix) Insecure(HBO) Grown-ish (Freeform) The ABC sit com Black-ish cast brought drama on stage as they try to beat the 27 seconds left on the clock , Marsai Martin was chosen to lead the acknowledgements, she thanked the NAACP , and the fans for their recognition and constant support.
When it came to Marcus Scribner’s turn, It was impossible to decipher the 19 year old response to his on screen Dads statement; “okay, let the white People talk”. I wonder, was Scribner being equally sarcastic or was he just speaking straight talk as he replied; “we will not stand for this colorism Anthony”.Lol! Who knows how to decode Teenagers. Scribner was however all smiles and calm as he went on to thank “the NAACP and our amazing cast”.
CHRIS ROCK Comedian and Actor -Presenter of the Outstanding Comedy series award.(Black-ish)
U is for Respect!
Rock was his witty old self as he came up to make his presentation speech,”they told me no Jussie Smollett jokes”, the crowd roared , “yeah, I know, but what a waste of light skin.do you know what I could do with that light skin?that curly hair?my career would be out of here!I would be running Hollywood.”There was more outburst of laughs.”what the hell was he thinking?”Rock continued his Smollett bashing,then as if sending the empire actor a message he said”You know Jessie, from now on you don’t even get a ‘U’.that U was for respect, you ain’t getting no respect from me anymore”.
Yara shahidi the 19 year old who plays Zoey , the first child of the Johnson family and, star of sitcom spin off Grown-ish ( where she went to college and we watch as she navigate and plots her survival strategy ), came to Smollett defense the minute she got a chance as the cast of Blackish were called up to receive Outstanding Comedy series award. “I stand with Jussie And, we don’t integrate we re-create!”, the Grown-ish actress added.
SHAWN CARTER aka JAY-Z American Rapper, Hip-Hop Artist, Retailer Mogul, Wins Prestigious President’s award , While BEYONCE Takes Home The Entertainment Trophy .
It’s A Win-Win For the CARTERS!
They need no introduction. One of American’s favorite couples loved all over the world for their entertaining music, Life style, fashion, and Philanthropy. Beyoncé and JAY Z make a formidable pair. JAY Z Music, his chains of luxury sports bar(40/40club) Roca Wear fashion ,entertainment company ROC Nation, multi million dollars corporations and other business collaborations reportedly puts him in an earning of $900million!
He was honored with the Presidents (NAACP President ) awards for “Exemplary public service”,The rap Icon was also lauded for being forefront in promoting activities ; as a change agent through innovative strategies and initiatives geared towards peace, and positive reinforcement in the community. He was praised for his alliance with REFORM which he co-founded to highlight injustice, unfair treatment of Blacks, Latinos and ,other minorities in general. For highlighting and address issues of sensitive matters like Parole and Probation.
The Indefatigable Beyoncé has from the onset carved for herself an independent niche’ in the music industry and, entrepreneurship. The Queen B, has Soul and Clout .Beyoncé has breasted against all odds and competitions ,to win in her credits 23 awards including Grammy, BET, NAACP, MTV and still counting. She was Awarded THE ENTERTAINMENTOF THE YEAR .This includes 63 nominations.! Some of her popular hits includes ‘All the single ladies, You put my love on top(finally)And the recent 2018 husband and wife collaboration; ‘ Everything is Love ,which won 2019 Grammy for best urban contemporary album.
In nearly three decades of honing their crafts ,individually as singles and later as a couple, their earnings have catapulted them to Billionaires status, a very rare and privileged social position. This Bonnie and Clyde, Ride or Die magnificent duo seem to have found the magical Midas wand that turns everything they touch into Gold.
This was why I, amongst millions watching , was moved by his very sensitive, sincere and, humble acceptance speech. And, although he has in the past, received over 21 similar awards, numerous recognition worldwide, JAY Z was arguably, the most humbling, from my point of view. I did not see none of those chest-beating bravado heroic self elevating commentaries and throwing spiteful shades at “haters”, no arrogance, corky demeanor or rants! Only a well dressed gentleman, showing a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation, for the values of his upbringing and, importance of family life.
The 49 year old, began by referring to Abraham Lincolns quote: “its not the amount of years in your life that counts, it’s the life in your years that counts”. He told how he had called his 93 year-old Grandma( who raised him and siblings) the night before the NAACP 50th Awards, and afterwards threw away his previously written speech and decided to speak from the heart.
“I like to dedicate this to my Beautiful Grandmother.Her name is Hattie White and she’s 93 years. She took in my mother Gloria and her other kids. on top of that, her kids had kids of their own, and all of us was raised in one household.” They lived under the same roof in Marcy projects, Brooklyn ,New York. When he asked how much she earned and how she managed to feed all of them on that income, she told him ” $20 a week, but it was fine because you could do a lot with that in those days”
JAY Z pointed out that , This was the propelling factor to his smooth flight, growing up under the wings of such beautiful, strong ,independent women. He developed a can do mentality early on, ” I grew up believing, I can accomplish anything I set my mind and heart to”.
He thanked the President and the NAACP organization, and, dedicated the award to “Hattie White and to those strong women in my house including my beautiful wife Beyoncé.” (The R &B and POP icon acknowledging her man the whole time with pride in her eyes and a supportive smile.) when she gets this award, JAY Z continued, she can place it on her mantle next to her favorite grandson picture . “And when she’s sneaking eating her pork, and her leg swell, she can look at it and remember how well of a ‘G’ she is!.”
Queen of R& B Beyonce’ ENTERTAINMENT OF THE YEAR winner.
BEYONCE’ thanked the honorable nominees in her category after receiving the Trophy from the gorgeous and brilliant Viola Davis (How to get a way with murder/widow star)
“Regina King, I love you so much, you taught us patience, persistence and how to be masterful in our craft. Chadwick Bozeman, in teaching our children to dream and to be seen as kings. LeBron James has taught us strength of all forms, and leading by example, promoting education to our kids. Ryan Coogler, you tell our stories in a way that celebrates our history and proves we do have power. I am happy to be included among all of you and be a part of a vital and thriving community.”
The beautiful British-Guyanese actress in her mid 20’s appeared in a lovely black and silver two piece halter top and , a mini bottom, with a loose black cape-like sheath attached. Her hair was plaited in lovely corn-rows. Wright played the feisty ‘Shuri’, sassy and, a high tech genius sister to T’Challa in Black Panther.
In accepting her award, the obviously more shy in real life actress was very humble , spiritual and, filled with a sense of gratitude. In soft tones she tells the audience “Wow, I didn’t expect this at all. I just want to say a massive thank you for all of the support. I am a young actress from London , I just want to thank you for the love and support you have given me, as you know, coming into this country, to be blessed, and just be amongst you….I’m so grateful;thank you to my cast and crew of Black Panther , Ryan Coogler ..,I feel honored and privileged to share this stage with you. God Bless you on your journey, keep killing it. Wow, thank you, thank God, thank you Jesus!”.
MILLICENT OLAGHERE BLAST
Remember, Your Image Matters, So Live excellently!
My first love is writing. What better way of communicating; if only people know how to do more of a two-way communication with better understanding, we wouldn’t be searching for the elusive World Peace.
As an Image and Fashion Consultant, life-stylist, Motivational speaker, Event Marketer and Promoter I meet a lot of people of diverse public, socio-cultural, political , economical, religious and ethnic backgrounds. I am like a sponge that like to soak up everything there is to learn. though ,It never seems like there’s enough time to do so.(You should read my poem Time is Fickle).I have come to the inference that what all people have in common despite their obvious differences, is the need to be accepted, heard and to be treated nicely!
I believe in Love Your Neighbor as Yourself; just doing unto others as you wish to be done to you.
Then, I believe no one can get far successfully in this life without a good Image or reputation. Often, who you say you are is not the same as what people perceive and, this ambiguity can cause serious confusion and sometimes damaging consequences!
I believe there is good publicity vs bad ones. Some insist that “any Publicity is good for Business”! That is a wrong notion, albeit debatable! Yet, everyone is entitled to believing their Truth. How long it shall stand the test, only time will reveal.
Some say “I don’t care what others think about me, it’s my life ,I can do what I want!” Nah! That’s just the Red bull-T talking! When the same people (whom you didn’t care about their opinions) turnaround to embrace and validate you, you become delirious with Happiness.
Appreciation is the grease that smooths the wheel of Happiness.
Bad Fame can lead you to temporary limelight and probably some easy $$ and perhaps millions of social media followers, but eventually prove destructive to your career, Image, health (emotional issues and depression could set in) also, financial setbacks for lawsuits, or failed businesses,from lack of patronage. It can be very costly, and, even affect your loved ones or others who care deeply about you. Most importantly, think about those who look up to you, your Mentees….Do you really want to disappoint?
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I believe anyone can Inspire others to show forth their possible best and, I am willing to Be That Person who calls out your very Best and Lights the way!
Millicent Olaghere Blast
Remember, Your image is Everything, So live excellently!.