WINNERS Of The 2018 NAACP Image Awards

Outstanding Actress In Motion Picture – OCTAVIA SPENCER (Gifted)Outstanding Actor In Comedy Series -ANTHONY ANDERSON (Black-ish)Outstanding Actress In Drama Series – TARAJI. P HENSON (Empire) Outstanding Actress In Comedy Series – TRACEE ELLIS ROSS (Black-ish)

Outstanding Actor In Drama Series – OMARI HARDWICK (Power)

Outstanding Comedy Series – Black-ish

Chairman Award – WILLIAM LUCY

Outstanding Documentary (Television) – “THE 44th PRESIDENT: IN HIS OWN WORDS”

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special – The New Edition Story

Outstanding Talk Series – The Real

Outstanding Writing In Motion Picture (Film) – JORDAN PEELE (Get Out)

Outstanding New Artist – SZA

Outstanding Directing In A Dramatic Series – CARL FRANKLIN (13 Reasons Why)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series – JOE MORTON (Scandal)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series – JAY ELLIS (Insecure)

Outstanding Jazz Album – SOMI (Afrique)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In Comedy Series – MARSAI MARTIN (Black-ish)

Outstanding Performance By A Youth (Series, special, Television Movie, or Limited-Series) – CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

Outstanding Female Artist – MARY J. BLIGE

Outstanding Children’s Program – DOC MCSTUFFINS

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture – TIFFANY HADDISH (Girl’s Trip)

Outstanding Directing In A Television Movie Or Special – ALLEN HUGHES (The Defiant Ones)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture – IDRIS ELBA (Thor: Ragnarok)

Outstanding Host In A Talk Or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual Or Ensemble – ROLAND MARTIN

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture – Detroit

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition – THE MANNS

Outstanding Literary Work – CHILDREN – LITTLE LEADERS: BOLD WOMEN IN BLACK HISTORY

Outstanding Supporting Actress In Drama Series – NATURI NAUGHTON (Power)

Outstanding Director In A Motion Picture – JORDAN PEELE (Get Out)

Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series – GINA PRINCE- BYTHEWOOD (Shots Fired)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special) – Unsung

Outstanding Literacy Work – Poetry – INCENDIARY ART: POEMS – PATRICIA SMITH

Outstanding Variety Or Game Show (Series or Special) – LIP SYNC BATTLE

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary) – GREENLEAF SOUNDTRACK

Outstanding Writing In A Comedy Series – JANINE BARROIS (Claws – Batsh*t)

Outstanding Literacy Work – Debut Author – STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS (No One Is Coming To Save Us)

Outstanding Host In A Reality Competition, Game Show Or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble – LL COOL J (lip sync battle)

Outstanding Literacy Work – Fiction – THE ANNOTATED AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLKTALE

Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series – ANTON CROPPER (Black-ish)

Outstanding Character VoiceOver Performance (Television or Film) – TIFFANY HADDISH (Legends Of Chamberlain Heights)

Outstanding Documentary (FILM) – STEP

Outstanding Song (Traditional) – BRUNO MARS (That’s What I Like)

Outstanding Actor In A Television Movie, Limited-Series Or Dramatic Special – IDRIS ELBA (Guerrilla)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album – BRUNO MARS (That’s What I Like)

Outstanding Literacy Work – Youth/Teens – CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND

Outstanding Writer In A Television Movie Or Special – ABDUL WILLIAMS (The New Edition Story)

Outstanding Literacy Work (Biography/Autobiography) – BEING MS.BURTON FROM PRISON TO RECOVERY TO LEADING THE FIGHT FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN

Outstanding Album – DAMN (Kendrick Lamar)

Outstanding Actress In A Television Movie, Limited-Series Or Dramatic Special – QUEEN LATIFAH (Flint)

Outstanding Literacy Work (Nonfiction) – DEFINED MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY: READING BETWEEN THE LINES

Outstanding Literacy Work (Instructional) – THE AWAKEN WOMAN: REMEMBERING AND REIGNING OUR SACRED DREAMS

Outstanding Male Artist – BRUNO MARS

Outstanding Duo, Group Or Collection – KENDRICK LAMAR FT. RIHANNA – Loyalty

Outstanding Song – Contemporary – Humble (Kendrick Lamar)

Happy Birthday MLK!!! Do we strive for greatness as MLK did???


Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today has me thinking about a lot of things that has been going on in our society. A lot of things in particular that people brush aside and don’t pay attention to, in depth. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that fought for what he believed was right with peace. He fought with the idea that all men are created equal. He made it possible for people of color to be able to get a job in the same workplace as a Caucasian person, to get an education in the same school and be able to go to the same bathrooms and restaurants. He did all the things that a lot of people now, could never imagine themselves doing. He put himself in harms way for the greater good of an entire group of people. He was dedicated and passionate about his fight for a better life for everyone and no matter how much people try to knock him down he still fought until the day he died.

So my question for everyone is, what are you going to fight for? Fighting doesn’t mean  that you have to march or that you have to protest. Fighting means that no matter what someone tries to do to stop you from succeeding you will prove them wrong. That you will not allow anyone to stop you from doing anything that you want to do because of the color of your skin. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for your right to fight. To be able to have the same opportunities as other people. Though sometimes opportunities are not always the same for everyone but because you are a human being no one can stop you from fighting. Everyone has a different fight, some people are fighting for that perfect job that they want, or fighting for that education that they’ve dreamed of or having small businesses that they’ve always wanted. Whatever your fight is you need to concur it. Martin Luther King Jr. could do it, so you can too.

Also remember that your fight is not only for you but everyone like you that is trying to accomplish the same things. Your fight can give someone that feels that they are incapable of success the courage to try. Just like Martin Luther King Junior fight not for yourself but everyone like you.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches [Must Read]

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I Have A Dream Speech:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

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We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. *We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.”* We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”¹

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

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Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

 

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

 

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

 

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

                Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3

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Martin Luther King Jr. opening address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival: 

God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different situations.

Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

This is triumphant music.

Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls.

Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.

And now, Jazz is exported to the world. For in the particular struggle of the Negro in America there is something akin to the universal struggle of modern man. Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.

In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these.