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    What more could Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter add to his vast portfolio of investments? How about venturing into the fried chicken business?

    That's right, the 41-year-old Brooklyn native has returned to his stomping grounds to team up alongside his mother, Gloria, and sister, Andrea, for a stake in the neighborhood based chicken wing restaurant, Buffalo Boss.

    The fast food eatery, which is currently co-owned by the rapper's cousin, Jamar White, has done more than serving up a fresh batch of organic chicken, fries, and salads.

    Recently the local hot spot rewarded nearby middle school students complimentary meals in honor of their stellar academic performance.

    Today, White confirmed his cousin's involvement with the family business. "Yes, it's all true," he told 'MTV News'. "Jay supports us in all we do, that's my big cousin right there."

    While the title of Hov's newly released single, 'H.A.M.,' may not be his first meat of choice, the multi-millionaire did profess his childhood memories of eating chicken during a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    "We ate a lot of chicken, you know, because chicken's cheap," he said. "We had so much chicken - chicken backs, chicken everything ... to this day, I can only eat small pieces or else I feel funny."

     

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    For Coby Bell, rumors that the sitcom 'The Game' would find a new network after The CW gave it the ax in 2008 weren't enough to keep him from holding out on working.

    The actor who plays the hunky Jason Pitts on the Mara Brock-Akil-helmed dramedy -- about football players and the women who love and hate them -- said lucky for him he got a new role as Jesse Porter on the USA series 'Burn Notice' during the hiatus.

    "The show was done and there were always rumors that BET was going to pick it up, but those were just rumors and they were just going on for a long time," the former 'Third Watch' star told BlackVoices.com. "So, the next pilot season, luckily I didn't get a pilot, I got a show that was already on and already successful so there's no way you can walk away from that just with the hopes that 'The Game' would come back."

    "When I got 'Burn Notice,' I asked NBC/Universal if 'The Game' comes back would it be possible for me to do more than just three episodes," he continued. "Three is, kind of, the limit if you are a regular on another show. You can do three guest spots. They were like, 'We'll see what happens.'"

    Coincidentally, news that 'The Game' was officially getting a fourth season on BET came while Bell was filming his second episode of 'Burn Notice' -- something he thought would hinder his being a part of the resurrected sitcom.

    "I thought that most likely I wouldn't be able to be a part of that, but for whatever reason, the people at NBC/Universal said 'Go ahead as long as it doesn't get in the way of 'Burn Notice.'"

    Thanks to some amazing timing - 'Burn Notice' wrapped its season just a week and a half before 'The Game' commenced filming - he was even able to film more than just three episodes.

    "I was able to do eight of the thirteen episodes. Way more than I thought I would be able to because I really wanted to be a part of the show," he revealed. "I went from blowing stuff up in Miami to trying to make people laugh in Atlanta. It was a trip, but it is a good problem to have."

    The happily married father of four believes his character, Jason Pitts, is going through a tough spot. In addition to holding out on signing a new football contract with the San Diego Sabers, he's pursuing a new gig opposite former NBA star Chris Webber as a sports show anchor. His marriage to Kelly (played by Britney Daniel) is over, but they are trying to raise their daughter despite hating each other.

    "However dysfunctional their relationship was [when they were married,] I think they kind of kept each other in check and from going completely buck wild," Bell said. "This season we see when they are not together to keep each other in line, they go nuts. She's on a reality show and he's being more of a butthead to everybody, including her and they are trying to figure out how to deal with their teenage/tween-age daughter."

    He's mum on sharing whether Kelly and Jason will get back together, but he made sure to add that BET is telling their story the right way.

    "I don't think CW ever really understood the show or every really understood what they had," he confessed. "On the CW, it was like we were stepkids and on BET it's like 'No, you are our sons and our daughters and we love you.' We knew we had something special going on and that special feeling translated on the screen and BET understands that and gets the show."

    "We all felt like we had a second chance at life. This isn't an appropriate analogy, but you know when people have a near-death experience and they feel like they have a second shot. They want to live their life differently. On a different level, that's how we feel about the show," Bell joked.

    "The show had a near-death experience and the show had no heartbeat for a year and a half and came back to life. So, we put our all in it."
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    'The Game' airs Tuesdays at 10 pm EST on BET.

     

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    'The Game' actress Tia Mowry is pregnant with her first child, US Magazine reports.

    Right in the midst of ringing in the recent BET pickup and subsequent season premiere of her hit show 'The Game,' actress Tia Mowry announced to Us Magazine that she is currently pregnant with her first child.

    Mowry, who plays 'Game' football wife Melanie Barnett, is best known for her role alongside twin sister Tamera in the hit '90s sitcom 'Sister, Sister'. She has been married to actor Cory Hardrict for two years, and this will be the first child for both of them.

    "We are both so excited to be parents," Mowry told Us. "We have been wanting this a long time!"

    Look for Tia and Tamera in the upcoming made-for-TV movie Double Wedding and Cory Hardrict in the upcoming feature film Battle: Los Angeles.

     

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    'The Game' actress Tia Mowry is pregnant with her first child, US Magazine reports.

    Right in the midst of ringing in the recent BET pickup and subsequent season premiere of her hit show 'The Game,' actress Tia Mowry announced to Us Magazine that she is currently pregnant with her first child.

    Mowry, who plays 'Game' football wife Melanie Barnett, is best known for her role alongside twin sister Tamera in the hit '90s sitcom 'Sister, Sister'. She has been married to actor Cory Hardrict for two years, and this will be the first child for both of them.

    "We are both so excited to be parents," Mowry told Us. "We have been wanting this a long time!"

    Look for Tia and Tamera in the upcoming made-for-TV movie Double Wedding and Cory Hardrict in the upcoming feature film Battle: Los Angeles.

     

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    Columbia Pictures released a new trailer to director Jonathan Liebesman's 'Battle: Los Angeles,' starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Cory Hardrict and Michael Peña.

    For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (played by Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.

    Ne-Yo plays a corporal in the platoon and will be joined by Taylor Handley and Cory Hardrict.

    'Battle: Los Angeles' hits theaters March 11.

     

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    Haiti Is Still (Bad) News One Year After the Quake, haiti earthquake

    Like many things in Haiti, one can find a positive note in the past year since the big earthquake - you just have to look really hard.


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    For example, many who care about the island-nation feared the Haitian rebuilding story would swiftly slide off the headlines and out of the American public's consciousness as most international tragedies do.

    But that didn't happen.

    Throughout the year, since the magnitude 7 earthquake hit at 4:15 p.m. January 12, 2010, and killed more than 250,000 people and left the government shattered, Haiti has had more than its share of time in the news media.

    That's the good news.



    The bad news is that with the rarest of exceptions, each of the tales from Haiti was more depressing, more downcast and more regrettable than the one before.



    They include:

    • The slow pace of rebuilding
    • The deaths brought on by seasonal flooding and storms
    • The deadly cholera outbreak started by Nepalese U.N. workers
    • The fighting between residents and international peacekeepers
    • The widespread rape of women in refugee camps
    • The violence and unrest surrounding the mismanaged election
    • The virtual collapse of the government
    • The increase of child abandonment

    In short, by all accounts, there isn't an aspect of life in Haiti that doesn't need serious improvement.

    As former President Bill Clinton travels to the island for commemorative services, public infrastructure remains shattered. Less than 10 percent of the earthquake rubble has been removed. Hundreds of thousands still live in temporary housing designed for only a few months of occupancy.

    Foreign relief agencies have provided help, but the amount of the assistance simply doesn't match the need.

    But with such a torrent of bad news, it's easy to forget that much-needed heroes have emerged in the past year.

    People like Dr. Robert J. Gore of Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital and doctors at EMEDEX International have made regular trips to Haiti since the earthquake to help provide long-term health solutions for Haitian residents.

    Former Vice President Al Gore and others around the country aren't getting the credit they deserve.

    Yet other heroes, like actor Sean Penn, are getting plenty of notice for bringing help to folks on the ground and attracting needed news media to the Haiti recovery story.

    Meanwhile, it's easy to lose track off the thousands of everyday heroes in the Haiti story - people there who aren't preying on their neighbors, raping the women in their communities, setting fires in mindless protest or warring with peacekeepers and police.

    People who are simply struggling to survive and hold onto their dignity against all odds.



    Those folks are the reason that the story of Haiti's recovery can't be forgotten.

    To me, the best route to that recovery lies solely in the hands of Haitians.

    The vast majority of the billions in foreign aid that has been promised to Haiti but hasn't been released will be freed up if and when the new Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive gains the trust of donor countries.

    Without that flow of cash, essential for the construction of hospitals, roads, water treatment facilities and permanent housing, all the prayers and goodwill missions of the world will, sadly, mean little.

    It is up to the Haitian people to demand true leadership from Bellerive - the kind of leadership that will spawn development locally, inspire confidence internationally and kick start the flow of money.




     

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    Crosshairs, palin

    Credo Mobile is a wireless company that has no problem engaging in the political issues of the day. The company recently deviated from typical corporate tradition by putting out a petition against Sarah Palin's use of bull's-eye crosshairs to ID politicians that she despises.

    The petition was called "Sarah Palin: Violent Threats Have Consequences." Some are connecting the petition to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in an incident that left four people dead and 14 injured. Some critics are charging that the fiery rhetoric of Sarah Palin and other right-wing Republicans may have contributed to the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords.

    Credo stated the following in its petition against Palin:

    Tell Sarah Palin: Renounce use of shooting images in political rhetoric immediately, and stop using your platform to promote and validate violent calls to action on the right.

    What happened in Arizona yesterday was not an isolated incident, but rather the culmination of a long stream of threats and attacks, most in response to the congresswoman's support for healthcare reform. ...

    Let us be clear. We do not know why the shooter targeted Rep. Giffords.

    Sarah Palin did not arm him or pull the trigger. We do not know if the shooter admired, loathed or ignored Sarah Palin. We will eventually know, and that will be a different accounting.

    But only Sarah Palin put 20 Democratic members of Congress in her crosshairs.


    The company goes on to cite three other incidents that led up to the recent shooting:

    In November of 2009, a staffer fearing for Rep. Giffords' safety called authorities after a visitor dropped a handgun during another "Congress on Your Corner" event at a local Safeway in her district.

    And on March 22, 2010, just hours after Rep. Giffords cast her vote in favor of healthcare reform, a vandal jumped a gate and smashed the glass front door of her Arizona office. It was just days later that the now infamous map featuring Rep. Giffords' district in the crosshairs was posted by Sarah Palin's PAC.

    Credo has engaged in other forms of political activism.

    For example, the company has also issued a petition asking President Barack Obama to back out of a scheduled interview with Bill O'Reilly from Fox News set to air right before the Super Bowl. It also admonished AT&T for donating money to politicians connected to the Tea Party Movement.

    Personally, I have a great deal of respect for the unconventional business model being used by Credo Mobile. Rather than making the dollar bill their primary focus, they are working to fulfill a double bottom line.

    I've recommended the same to many companies and celebrities within the African American community who seem to have forgotten that there is a degree of social responsibility that comes with being rich and powerful.

    The approach to business that Credo has taken can either increase their profits or hurt them, depending on how well they continue the implementation. On one hand, those who buy products from the company become far more loyal and committed than they would to other cell phone providers.

    On the other hand, quite a few customers might feel alienated by their approach, which counters the apolitical disposition used by so many other companies in Credo's industry. As a person who taught in a business school that promotes the idea of avoiding controversy at all cost, I am impressed with any company that engages in forms of political courage to give it a mission that transcends the narrow-minded focus of traditional capitalism.

    I might become a Credo customer myself.




    Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and a Scholarship in Action resident of the Institute for Black Public Policy. To have Dr. Boyce's commentary delivered to your e-mail, please click here.

     

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    While the ratings haven't been stellar nor dismal to the point where cancellation is imminent, changes are in order for NBC's 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' starting with the replacements of key actors, including Skeet Ulrich, Megan Boone, and Regina Hall.

    According to Deadline.com, Ulrich was the first actor to be cast on the show, playing Detective Rex Winters, while Hall plays ADA Evelyn Price, who works for ADA Morales (played by Alfred Molina); Boone plays DDA Lauren Stanton, who works under Joe Dekker (played by Terrence Howard).

    Boone is exiting completely, while Hall may return for a couple of episodes. Before the series premiered, Wanda de Jesus left the show and was replaced by Rachel Ticotin.

    Dick Wolfe, who runs the spinoff show as well as the other series, the now-cancelled 'Law & Order,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' has tweaked the other shows during the first seasons, and just like those shows, the changes won't stop production on any 'LOLA' episodes. Right now, the series is on episode 12.

    During the early seasons of 'SVU,' Michelle Hurd and Dean Winters were replaced and many actresses came in as the new Assistant District Attorney, including Paula Patton, who lasted one episode in 2010 before leaving the series to take on a roll in the new 'Mission: Impossible' film with Tom Cruise.

    On 'Criminal Intent,' Theresa Randle played Assistant District Attorney Patricia Kent, replacing Courtney B. Vance (after season 5) as the A.D.A. assigned to the Major Case Squad, but only appeared in two episodes. Over the years, the show had gone thru several leads, with Saffron Burrows, Jeff Goldblum, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio starring in last season's show. With the final season set for this year on USA Network, original cast members Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe will return to the series as Detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames, respectively.

     

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    Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson Trial


    It's finally official. Dr. Conrad Murray was ordered by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter of pop music icon Michael Jackson.

    After six hours of grueling testimony, including the tragic revelation that two of Jackson's children briefly watched as he lay dying, Murray plead not guilty as his attorneys continued to assert that he gave the entertainer nothing that should have killed him.


    This was substantiated by witness Dr. Richard Ruffalo, who told the judge extensive, sophisticated equipment should have been present in the room, such as monitoring equipment for heart and lungs and resuscitation equipment.

    "You need to know what you're doing with the expectation your patient will wake up quickly," Ruffalo said. "Even if you're using propofol for a short time, it can do a lot of unfortunate things, especially if mixed with other drugs."

    Dr. Christopher Rogers, chief of forensic medicine for the Los Angeles County coroner, testified that propofol is only meant for hospital settings. Jackson had a strong heart and was mostly healthy, Rogers added.

    "The care was substandard," Rogers said. "There were several actions that should have been taken."

    Using Murray's phone records, testimony from police and Murray's current and former girlfriends to create a detailed timeline, prosecutors were able to prove that Murray was on the phone throughout the morning of Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.

    So not only was the care fatal, it was unethical, and apparently Dr. Murray realized it.

    Jackson's former bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez, testified that the doctor instructed him to place medicine vials in bags before calling 911 on the day Jackson died.

    Detective Orlando Martinez testified that Murray described a nearly 10-hour ordeal of trying to get Jackson to sleep, allegedly giving him a valium pill and two other sedatives intravenously before yielding to the singer's demands for propofol.

    Jackson called the powerful drug his "milk," and coroner's investigators discovered several vials of it in a bag labeled "Baby Essentials" in Jackson's closet.

    The California Medical Board requested to suspend Murray's license to practice medicine in California, and Judge Pastor agreed, stating that enough evidence had been presented for a probable guilty verdict to be reached in trial.

    The judge also ordered Murray to notify authorities in Texas and Nevada, where he also holds licenses, of his suspension and ignored pleas from his attorneys for leniency.

    "If you do that, he's dead in the water. He has no practice anymore. His patients have no doctor," attorney Ed Chernoff said.

    In last ditch desperation, the defense presented the possibility that Jackson had self-administered the final dose of propofol, causing his own death. Both expert witnesses dismissed this swiftly concluding that even if that had been the case, Jackson's death would still be a homicide because of Murray's actions.

    Several of Jackson's siblings were on hand for the anticipated verdict.

    "I'm happy so far," LaToya Jackson said while walking to her car. Randy Jackson thanked prosecutors while flashing a peace sign outside the courtroom.

    Judge Pastor declined to increase Murray's $75,000 bail, rejecting prosecution arguments that there was risk he would flee. Murray's next hearing is Jan. 25 when he will set a trial date.

    While I do not believe for one moment that Murray intended to kill Michael Jackson, it is clear that his weakness, need of approval, and most likely income, led to his horrible decision.

    Hopefully, with this verdict, the Jackson family can begin to heal from the tragic, untimely loss of their legendary son.

    Maybe, finally we all can.

     

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    Given that I've always been concerned about the breakdown of black families, I thought I would reach out to a woman who's made a career out of speaking to the challenges of black relationships. Her name is not Steve Harvey, so she's not a comedian. Instead, she's serious about figuring out what it takes to make our relationships work and she's even asked if the black church keeps women single and lonely. We can't let either black men or black women off the hook when it comes to the breakdown of our families, for both parties react in ways that are reflective of hundreds of years of societal abuse. As a result, black men and women end up angry and hurt by one another with both sides pointing fingers.

    But at the end of the day, you are the one who is responsible for your own behavior, so if your relationships are all falling apart, your journey must start by glancing into the mirror. While simply choosing better people to date might be part of the solution, that can also be a copout (since you spend your life searching for "the one" who can manage all of your own dysfunction). Instead, honest reflection on the manner by which you go about loving people who come into your life is probably more important. It is because of my concern on this issue that Deborrah Cooper is today's Dr. Boyce Watkins Spotlight for AOL Black Voices.

    What is your full name and what do you do?
    Deborrah Cooper is my given name. I'm a dating expert, writer, columnist and broadcast journalist. I've been writing controversial relationship-based articles and dating advice columns under the pen name "Ms. HeartBeat" since 1992. As a matter of fact, I served as the relationship columnist on AOL's "other" Black channel (NetNoir) in the mid-to-late 1990s.

    I later developed the first site on the Internet to focus strictly on black male/female and interracial relationships, AskHeartBeat.Com. Launched in the heyday of big black websites, AskHeartBeat.com went live in the fall of 1997. It's one of the few 100% black owned sites still online from that golden era.

    For the past three years I've also produced and hosted the 'Date Smarter Not Harder' relationships talk show on BlogTalkRadio.Com.

    You give advice on dating and relationships. What do you feel makes your opinion one that people should consider over the alternatives?
    There are three key points that I think give me an advantage over most of the other relationship experts in the public eye today:

    1. I have close to two decades of experience in the industry, much of which has been on the Web. Being an early adopter of this new technology provided me with the opportunity to collect data on dating and relationships from men and women all over the United States and even the world.
    2. Having had a close relationship with my street-wise father, I have great insight into the mind and behaviors of black men. My dad taught me game before I was even old enough to use it. I share that information and insight with women that didn't have the benefit of a positive male to guide them.
    3. A strong advocate for women, I refuse to promote the popular mindset that women are solely responsible for the success or failure of black relationships, families or communities.

    Black men and women have been socialized to believe that the black woman bears the bulk of the responsibility not only for her relationships, but for the inappropriate behaviors of Black men. The advice that I provide holds men accountable for their poor behavior towards women, callousness towards their communities and irresponsible behavior towards their children.


    For example, it's common to hear "women should keep their legs closed to prevent becoming pregnant by a man that doesn't want to be a baby daddy!" For some reason, it's rare for men to hear that any "baby daddy prevention program" is totally on them! I say "grown men who don't want to be fathers are responsible for where they place their johnson and what they do with their sperm, regardless of what a woman does with her legs."

    What was your most controversial article? Why do you think people reacted the way they did?
    In June 2010 I wrote "The Black Church: How Black Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely" which launched a nationwide discussion of the role of the black church and its negative impact on the lives of single black women. I pointed out that black women make up the majority of the population of the black churches in the U.S. -- a place where single, heterosexual black men are not.

    I believe this is by design with the goal of keeping black women single, and under the influence of their pastor, so that the women's time and money will be available for the benefit of the church.

    This article resonated with a lot of men and women who were surprised that someone had the courage to finally put in writing what many were thinking or had personally experienced, but were too afraid to say. After all, the black church is deemed sacrosanct and above any form of criticism... anyone that would dare speak against the church is apparently the evil spawn of Satan and a host of other names that I won't repeat.

    However, from my point of view, this stubborn refusal to examine what goes on in black churches has allowed corruption and abuses of all sorts to run rampant.

    Is it harder to love a black man than a white man? What about loving a black woman?
    It's difficult to love ANY man no matter what his race. Men are socialized to avoid any situation which makes them feel out of control. Falling in love for men means that he lowers his shield of masculinity and lets a woman and love in. When a man loves, he worries that he has given this woman the power to bring him to his knees -- that's scary for guys.

    For black men the issue of looking weak is compounded. Black men are viewed in our culture as hypersexual, hyper-masculine males, which makes it even more of a challenge for them to relax into love. White men expect to be successful and to achieve their dreams. However, many black men instead expect to struggle and even to fail when it comes to raising a family, taking care of their children, being a breadwinner. So yes, I believe it is much harder to love a black man than a man of other races.

    As for loving a black woman, I believe black women also wear protective shield. Our mask of strength is usually adopted after a woman has been disappointed or hurt by black men that she loved. Black women are like any other -- desirous of a man's adoration, support and love. But many black women are emotionally wounded after being gamed on for sex by manipulative men that have no real ability to love.

    The challenge for black women is to know what true love looks like, feels like and acts like. My goal as an advice columnist is to help these strong and independent black women learn to recognize a man worthy of giving their love to, regardless of his race or creed.

    Why do you think the majority of black households only have one parent?
    There is really no one answer to this question, but I'll provide you with a brief synopsis of what I feel are the top reasons:

    1. The socialization I mentioned above that makes black men believe that they are not responsible for anything and black women are responsible for everything. It's easy to abandon your children, cheat on your wife, eschew marriage and ignore familial commitments when you believe you are not responsible nor obligated to do anything.
    2. When everyone around you has a certain lifestyle, it's easy to adopt that lifestyle as the acceptable norm instead of the unacceptable exception. After all, most people are followers and want to be like everyone else... to fit in.
    3. We live in an instant gratification, disposable society. Everything we want, we get right now; everything we acquire is used once or for a short time, then replaced. The patience, compromise and negotiation required to maintain a relationship long-term is not a skill set people have anymore.

    Tell us about your book and why you think people should read it.
    'Sucka Free Love: How to Avoid Dating The Dumb, The Deceitful, The Dastardly, The Dysfunctional & The Deranged' is a Best Black Books award winning collection of dating advice, questions and answers culled from years of online advice counseling. With great information for both men and women, 'Sucka Free Love!' is a "tell it like it TIS" guide to recognizing potential relationship problems. Catchy titles like "Which Came First, The Chicken Head or the Egg?," "The WTF Files," and "Drama Here, Drama There, Stupid Drama Everywhere" will tempt you to read this book in one sitting. 'Sucka Free Love!' is a humorous, excellent resource which addresses just about every relationship problem imaginable.

    Is there anything else you'd like to share with our AOL Black Voices audience?
    Though there are hundreds of informative articles available on my websites AskHeartBeat.Com and SurvivingDating.Com, I'd like to leave your female readers with a few words of advice. Over the years, I've seen women get themselves into a lot of trouble when ignoring these three key points:

    -Talk is cheap and means absolutely nothing unless a man's words and actions are in sync. If his mouth is saying one thing, but his behavior saying something entirely different, you are being played. If there is ever a conflict and his words aren't matching what is happening, believe what a man DOES, not what he SAYS.

    -Steer clear of early sexual involvement to avoid being set up as a "booty call," no matter how many times he professes to love you. Stay sharp, watch, look and listen carefully. Avoid risky behavior that will leave you with an STD or a baby neither of you really wants.

    -Adjusting starry-eyed romantic expectations of "happily ever after" will be a challenge for many women. But by taking your time with men, you'll have the opportunity to spend time getting to know him as a person. Ask lots of questions to discover who he is as a man. You'll discover that many of the men you formerly tried to "make it work" with are not at all what you are looking for.

    When you don't waste time or emotional energy on Mr. Wrong, you're free to meet other available singles, one of whom may just be the man of your dreams!

    Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and the author of the bookBlack American Money To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here. To suggest a subject for a Dr. Boyce Watkins Spotlight, please click here.

     

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, part of the powerhouse family that includes Will Smith and their hardworking kids Jaden and Willow, knows how to make a statement on the red carpet. The fabulous mom rocked this sparkly Stella McCartney dress at the London premiere of her son's movie 'Karate Kid.' We love how she added a sleek, straight ponytail, Brian Atwood pumps and a silver clutch to make her look standout.

    Sultry songstress Corinne Bailey Rae wore the blush colored dress to the Mercury Music Prize Awards in London this September. Instead of going all-out, the singer chose to go minimal, simply adding an organza train to the dress and full, bouncy curls. She finished off her look with open-toe sandals and her award. We think both ladies look pretty in pink, but we want to know what you think. Who wore this Stella McCartney dress the best?

     

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    Sudan Vote


    In our sometimes romanticized historic view of ancient Africa, we can find lands of gold, of regal societies that traded the finest wares on caravans that stretched through the continent and brave warriors defending the southern Nile valleys against attackers from the Mediterranean and Asia Minor.

    A little more study brings us to the kingdoms of antiquity like Nubia and Kush, and we wonder how they went from among the most powerful in the world to a state fighting to maintain a centralized government in a few thousand years.

    At this point, the world watches to see if Sudan can bring democracy to themselves, even if it means splitting the nation to do it.
    Millions of Sudanese are making the decision to walk away from the decades of civil war, poverty and disease that has come to define life for so many in the nation.

    Voting results could mean that the southern part of the country could secede from the north. The vote is the result of a 2005 peace agreement brokered by the Bush Administration.

    If the country splits, the North, run by Omar al-Bashir, accused by many of being the brutal dictator behind the genocide in Darfur, would lose its access to the oil-rich South.

    Bashir says he will respect the outcome of the vote, but many do not trust him to do so. There is a chance that militants may reject the referendum and try to hold on to the breakoff land.

    Despite that, this is an exercise whose time has come.

    Sudan is where civilization's history began, but war between Arabs and black Africans over the course of centuries has reduced it to a wasteland of destitution.

    Despite its natural wealth and beauty, the life expectancy there is about 54 years old. People typically die of preventable diseases, such as typhoid and malaria, and most live on about $1.25 a day. This dim existence is likely to go on if voters are unsuccessful in seceding from the North.

    But if they do win, it means an end to all that, but it also means more.

    It can serve as an example that an African nation can develop in embryo into its own self-sufficient, independent state without the nation-building meddling of western powers whose only interests are profitability from Sudan's natural resources.

    Economist Dambisa Moyo, author of "Dead Aid," has explained that African nations are served by charity largely to their detriment. With money constantly given to them by people who think they are being benevolent, they become dependent and never figure out how to foster their own economies. Without taking the risk of democracy, Sudan will never have the chance to steer from this situation.

    This is not to say they can't use help from the West.

    Former President Jimmy Carter's work there has been monumental in helping to bring an understanding that peace is actually better than war, and although celebrities rarely seem to change the overall well-being of an impoverished nation, actor George Clooney has brought more attention to the conflict in Darfur than even the United Nations.

    But the help Sudan needs is help in helping themselves.

    Thankfully, this is what they have decided to do, and if they are successful, their example will be a powerful one for the rest of Africa.

     

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    Giffords, Loughner, Tucson shooting, arizona shooting

    Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat who has represented Arizona's Eighth Congressional District, was shot in the head at point-blank range on Jan. 8 as she greeted constituents outside a Tuscon supermarket.



    A chief judge for the United States District Court, John M. Roll, and five other victims were killed, including 9-year-old Christina Green. Thirteen other victims were injured, including Giffords.

    FBI investigators identified Jared Lee Loughner as the alleged gunman. The 22-year-old suspect was taken into custody at the scene, tackled by onlookers as he struggled to reload his Glock semiautomatic pistol. Lougher, a college dropout, was charged with five federal counts, including the attempted assassination of a member of Congress.

    When Giffords, 40, was shot, the bullet entered her skull, traversed through her brain, then exited out the back, leaving behind some fragments of bone.

    Giffords remains in critical condition at the University Medical Center. According to hospital officials, one other shooting victim remains in critical condition, another is classified as serious and three remain in fair condition.

    Giffords is in the intensive care unit and is now able to breathe on her own. A breathing tube remains in place, however, to protect her from infection.

    Dr. Peter Rhee, medical director of University Medical Center's Trauma and Critical Care and professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Surgery, said two of the remaining six patients at the hospital underwent surgery today and additional surgeries are planned throughout the week:

    "Everything is currently going well with all of those patients," Rhee said. "They are progressing as expected. So far, there are no issues or problems."

    Dr. G. Michael Lemole Jr., a leading authority on skull base surgery and section chief of neurosurgery at the UA Department of Surgery, who performed surgery on Giffords, reported that the congresswoman's status remains the same:

    "I'm happy to say she's holding her own. Her status is the same as it was yesterday. She's still following those simple commands. We've been able to back off on some of the sedation and she's able to generate her own breaths. She's breathing on her own."

    Lemole said physicians will continue using the breathing tube to protect Rep. Giffords' airway so that she doesn't have a complication, such as pneumonia. Lemole is hopeful about Giffords' condition but reiterated the seriousness of her injury and urged extreme patience:

    "She is going to take her recovery at her own pace. I'm very encouraged by the fact that she has done so well. She has no right to look this good and she does."

    According to experts, gunshot wounds to the head are fatal in nearly 90 percent of all cases. If Giffords survives this ordeal, recovery may take up to a year and a half.

    We wish you well, congresswoman!




     

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    Yesterday, I rushed through the snow to do an interview with NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' to discuss President Barack Obama's agenda for 2011 and the issues that matter most to black people. At the top of my brain was the old adage, "It's the economy stupid." So, fitting with my role as a Finance Professor, I led the interview off with financial topics, because it is my opinion that the country can benefit from more audible voices that work to portray the depth of black economic suffering.

    I also noticed that someone I don't always agree with, Tavis Smiley, said something similar. In a recent interview with NewsOne.com, Smiley went deep on the fact that black economic problems have been rarely addressed by our elected officials and that our community may need to find ways to amplify its voice. Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson even went as far as giving President Barack Obama a C- on how he deals with black issues. All of this has been interesting to watch, particularly in light of how President Obama's rise to power has created a peculiar divide within pre-existing African American "leadership." The infamous on-air brawl between Rev. Al Sharpton and Tavis Smiley is a perfect case-in-point.

    The words of Dyson and Smiley are not out of bounds when it comes to the irresponsible manner in which both the Obama Administration and Congress have dealt with matters that affect black Americans. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not only is black unemployment nearly double that of white Americans, but the gap between black and white unemployment continues to grow. So, if white America has the right to scream and yell about 8.5 percent unemployment, then African Americans can yell nearly twice as loud with a jobless rate of 15.8 percent.


    Making matters even more challenging for the black community is that we are not only more likely to lose our jobs, we have less wealth to protect us in the event of an economic downturn. The 401(k) plans, home equity, savings, stocks and bonds that families use to get through tough economic times are not typically present in African American households. Most of this is due to the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, times during which black families were not allowed to accumulate wealth and/or pass it onto their children.

    Smiley will have a special on C-span this Thursday from 6 - 9 pm EST called 'America's Next Chapter.' The special will feature a panel of experts discussing relevant political issues within the community and what can be done to best represent the interests of people of color. I expect that the panel will have a similar makeup as the 'State of the Black Union' panels, with individuals like Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson and a few others. It should be interesting.

    Continuing with the theme of the past two years, Smiley reflected in a recent News One interview upon the faith that African Americans have in the Obama Administration to help improve their lives: "Unemployment is at sixteen percent. How much faith can you have when you are catching the most hell?" said Smiley.

    Smiley also argued that President Obama has good reason to focus more on the African American community than he has done thus far: "Our President may be accused of being tribal, but to the victors go the spoils," Smiley told NewsOne.com. "Over 90 percent of Blacks voted for him. We are his most loyal base and the White House and Congress have turned their backs to our community in our most pressing time. There has to be a way to sync those two things; those who vote for you deserve to be rewarded."

    Tavis Smiley's message appears to be more readily received by the African American community than it was two years ago, but he still faces some challeneges to its total acceptance. Now that black America has seen that President Obama is not as perfect as they originally believed him to be, there are more within our ranks willing to ask if there is a better way to achieve our political ends. The challenge for Smiley, however, is that some still perceive his caustic remarks toward the president to be disrespectful of a cherished political figure and rooted in either jealousy or concern over the fact that Smiley has almost nothing to gain by supporting President Obama. When one considers the cozy relationship that Smiley has with Hillary Clinton, it's hard to imagine that his resentment toward Obama wasn't a reflection of his personal desire to see Hillary Clinton in the White House. Smiley has also worked extensively with the State Department since Hillary became Secretary of State, traveling overseas with Clinton to record a televised special.

    Another challenge that Smiley must consider and face is that there are some who feel that his public gatherings are simply "rap sessions," where the objective is to produce the best and most excitable soundbite. When viewers are seeking concrete solutions to improving their lives and empowering themselves, they need something more than a remark that will make them laugh, cheer or jump out of their seat. Much of this might be rooted in the black church tradition, where standing up and shouting becomes more enjoyable than sitting back and analyzing. Smiley's forums must be more than an educated version of Def Comedy Jam.

    With that said, the world is better off with Smiley's forums than it is without them. The points he makes about the state of the black economy are valid, and my own comments toward President Obama have been somewhat consistent with Smiley's. All the while, simply spewing excessive vitriol toward the president in a way that seeks neither empathy nor compromise comes off to the public as good old-fashioned grandstanding with the aim of destroying his administration. Black America can support President Obama by holding him accountable, and it must be done in a way that is firm, compassionate, intelligent and informed. The Obama family needs our help, not our hate, but we must also make sure that Barack holds up his end of the bargain. Hopefully Smiley's special on C-span this Thursday will help black America reach this goal.

    Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and a Scholarship in Action Resident of the Institute for Black Public Policy. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

     

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    To date, Aretha Franklin has offered updates to fans on her health through two outlets - Jet magazine and her spokesperson Tracy Jordan.

    But this morning (Jan 12), The Queen of Soul placed a call to the self-proclaimed Queen of All-Media, Wendy Williams, and her morning talk show 'The Wendy Williams Show' audience, to update the former radio jock on her health, but still remained mum on details of whether she is suffering from pancreatic cancer, or not.

    "How is your health?" Williams inquired.

    "My health is superb," Franklin exclaimed. "I have two more weeks of downtown before I can get out."

    "I am down at a hotel for a few days. I wanted to change the scenery," she continued. "One of the hotels in downtown Detroit...I'm looking for a fabulous beach. I think the closest place would probably be Hilton Head."

    Williams was quick to point out, "Ms. Franklin, I want you to know in case you are not watching on your screen right now in Detroit, that the picture we are showing is the exact one that you requested, that you sent to us to show."

    Franklin replied, "That's my most recent PR picture."

    As for touring, Franklin confirmed that she would be rescheduling her cancelled tour dates "off the top."

    The 'Respect' singer shared her love for R. Kelly's new song 'When A Woman Loves.' "I think any woman who has ever been in love will readily relate to that song. He is singing his heart and his soul out," Franklin shared, before adding, "Be careful I might become a cougar."

    A lighter moment took place when Wendy inquired about whether the 20-time Grammy Award winner had a "little boyfriend" in her life.

    "I don't have little boyfriends. I have men," she deadpanned.

    Academy Award nominated actor Terrence Howard's name was brought up as one of Franklin's crushes. "Oh no you didn't hear that," she quipped. "I like Terrence Howard as an actor and a person. I was talking to him about playing Smokey Robinson that's probably what you misheard."

    The 68 year-old powerhouse songstress shared that things are moving quickly with her bio-pic.

    "For the last four years, we have been talking about that and I have had a number of offers, but unfortunately, they were not good offers," Franklin revealed. "Now, we have something on the table. They have all of the financing on one project and the second project, he's in the process of writing things for me to approve.

    She also stood by her previous wish to get Halle Berry to play the older Aretha character.

    Franklin closed by telling Williams that having a sit-down with her in New York was "at the top of my list."

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    Haiti Earthquake Rewind


    Although one year has passed, Haiti is still in ruins, still waiting on the promised aid from countries around the world. BlackVoices has kept you up to speed with everything that the island nation is going through, even when Haiti stopped being front-page news. Join us as we relive the Haiti earthquake, aftershocks, recovery and stalled rebuilding effort.




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    Once the earthquake hit and claimed thousands of lives, many people spoke about the disaster, from Rush Limbaugh spewing hate as usual to Wyclef Jean, who ended up becoming a spokesperson for Haiti. Of course, President Barack Obama also weighed in on the tragedy.


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    Unfortunately, reports of violence began to come from Haiti, so much so that it began to deter people from donating, so Hollywood stepped in by re-recording Michael Jackson's hit 'We Are the World' to raise money for Haiti as well as host various fundraising telethons. As displaced people topped 1 million, critics still spewed bitter rhetoric and the Haitian people began disposing of the dead.


    Haiti Earthquake Rewind


    February brought the saga of the American missionaries who were caught smuggling Haitian children across the border to the Dominican Republic. The missionaries claimed the children were orphans, even though their parents were found alive. The parents claimed that they gave the children away, leading to the dismissal of all charges. But this story serves as a cautionary tale of how people can take advantage of others during crisis situations.


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    February also brought the misappropriation of medications that were donated to Haiti, serving as a warning of what could happen to money if given to the country. There were also some glimmers of hope, though, in March as people began to reach out to Haiti, visit the country to survey the damage and tackle the issues of the rebuilding process as well as volunteer on the ground.

    As soon as hope emerged, a devastating practice of raping women and children in the temporary tent camps began to take hold. This reality still grips the country.


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    The Haitian Declaration of Independence was found, after searching through the rubble, and a baby found in the rubble was reunited with her parents. First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Haiti, although prisoners that were in jail escaped through the dilapidated walls.



    Haiti began to fall out of the main news stream in May and June as protests mounted against President Rene Preval and his efforts to get aid to the people of Haiti. Internationally, people began to take an active interest in adopting Haitian children in an attempt to "rescue" them.


    Rebuilding efforts in Haiti stalled and the rapes continued as hurricane season fell on the earthquake-ravaged nation . Even Bob Johnson pledged his support to the Haitian community by promising to open factories and stimulate the economy, but the donations from countries around the world never came.




    Haiti's infrastructure and government has been wrought with corruption and greed. As Preval's leadership came to an end, many who donated were left wondering who would be in charge of rebuilding Haiti. August brought Wyclef Jean's failed attempt to run for president of Haiti without even being a citizen. His IRS troubles may have contributed to the demise of his campaign.



    Throughout the misery and suffering, there was always someone with an outstretched hand to Haiti. Senegal opened its doors to international students and a Brooklyn physician went to Haiti to provide urgent care.



    But when it rains, it pours. The cholera outbreak claimed thousands of lives and led to violence against the U.N. peacekeepers. As the cholera spread to Port-au-Prince, it turns out that the Haitian people were right to blame the U.N., who had recently launched an anti-rape campaign in Haiti, since the Nepalese peacekeepers were linked to the original outbreak of cholera. Here, the help did more harm than good.



    The Haitian elections took center stage during the fall, after the hurricane season ended. The right leadership could open the coffers to Haiti if the leader could persuade the world community to trust him and his administration. As Haiti began to prepare for rebuilding, Haitian contractors found themselves locked out of lucrative contracts, essentially taking money away from the Haitian community.


    Haiti is the land of miracles, but Haiti should be much farther along in redevelopment one year later. Chile experienced a devastating earthquake one month after Haiti and had a plan for rebuilding by March. People should not be forced to live this way.

    One year later, Haiti looks pretty much the same.



     

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    'Bad Girl' Catya Washington Released from Jail

    Former 'Bad Girls Club' member Catya Washington has been sprung from a Philadelphia jail, after being incarcerated for a few days on probation-violation charges.


    The alleged gun-toting, woman-beating, drug-possessing, rabble-rouser was placed behind bars on Dec. 29 for an outstanding bench warrant.

    Before the reality show's fifth season vixen was cuffed for wandering outside of her legal perimeter, she was on lockdown at her home, stemming from a large drug bust last November. Pennsylvania State Police allegedly discovered Washington in possession of cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy and a gun.

    Washington, who refers to herself as "The Elite Player," left the reality show midseason because she declared herself just "too high class" to continue rubbing elbows with the likes of her former cast members.

    The self-described "it" chick, who was awarded the grand prize of an ankle bracelet tracking monitor after her bust, is expected to appear in court Thursday to deal with the drugs and weapon charges from her November arrest.



     

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    The 42nd NAACP Image Awards nominations were unveiled today and, as can be expected, Tyler Perry dominated the categories in both the film and television.

    'For Colored Girls' led the pack with seven nominations, followed by Perry's other film, 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?' with four nods.

    In the television section, 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' picked up five nominations in the comedy categories, followed by the four nods 'Grey's Anatomy' received in the drama categories.

    Winners will be announced on March 4, at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills and will be broadcast live on Fox.

    Nominees in the film categories include:

    Outstanding Motion Picture: 'For Colored Girls,' 'Just Wright,' 'The Book of Eli,' 'The Kids Are All Right,' and 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?'

    Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Anthony Mackie- 'Night Catches Us,' Common - 'Just Wright,' Denzel Washington - 'The Book of Eli,' Jaden Smith - 'The Karate Kid,' Morgan Freeman- 'Red'

    Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Halle Berry - 'Frankie and Alice,' Janet Jackson - 'Tyler Perry's 'Why Did I Get Married Too?,' Kerry Washington - 'Night Catches Us,' Queen Latifah - 'Just Wright,' Zoe Saldana - 'The Losers'

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Don Cheadle - 'Brooklyn's Finest,' Idris Elba - 'Takers,' Justin Timberlake - 'The Social Network,' Michael Ealy - 'For Colored Girls,' Samuel L. Jackson - 'Mother and Child'

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Anika Noni Rose - 'For Colored Girls,' Kimberly Elise - 'For Colored Girls,' Phylicia Rashad - 'For Colored Girls,' Jill Scott - 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?,' Whoopi Goldberg - 'For Colored Girls,'

    Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: 'Conviction,' 'Frankie and Alice,' La Mission,' 'Mother and Child,' Night Catches Us'

    Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture: 'A Barefoot Dream,' 'Biutiful,' 'Four Lions,' 'Mother,' 'Outside the Law'

    Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television): 'For Love of Liberty,' 'Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel,' 'If God is Willing and the Creek Don't Rise,' 'Waiting for Superman,' 'William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe'

    Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Mary King, Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel, Marko King, Jonathan Watters, Cheryl Edwards - 'Frankie & Alice,' Michael C. Martin - 'Brooklyn's Finest,' Michael Elliot - 'Just Wright,' Rodrigo Garcia - 'Mother and Child,' Tyler Perry - 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?'

    Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Geoffrey Sax - 'Frankie & Alice,' George Tillman, Jr. - 'Faster,' Tanya Hamilton - 'Night Catches Us,' The Hughes Brothers - 'The Book of Eli,' Tyler Perry - 'For Colored Girls'

    Nominees in the television categories include:

    Outstanding Comedy Series: '30 Rock,' 'Are We There Yet?,' 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne'

    Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: David Mann - 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns,' Dulé Hill - 'Psych,' 'LaVan Davis - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne,' Phil Morris - 'Love That Girl!,' Terry Crews - 'Are We There Yet?'

    Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Cassi Davis - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne,' Essence Atkins - 'Are We There Yet?' Salli Richardson-Whitfield - 'Eureka,' Tatyana Ali - 'Love That Girl!,' Vanessa Williams - 'Desperate Housewives'

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Craig Robinson - 'The Office,' Ice Cube - 'Are We There Yet?,' Lamman Rucker - 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns,' Lance Gross - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne,' Tracy Morgan - '30 Rock'

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Amber Riley - 'Glee,' Anna Deavere Smith - 'Nurse Jackie,' Keshia Knight Pulliam - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne,' Sofia Vergara - 'Modern Family,' Viola Davis - 'United States of Tara,' Viola Davis - 'United States of Tara'

    Outstanding Drama Series: 'Detroit 1-8-7,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' 'Treme'

    Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Anthony Anderson - 'Law & Order,' Blair Underwood - 'The Event,' Hill Harper - 'CSI: NY,' Laurence Fishburne - 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,' LL Cool J - 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

    Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Chandra Wilson - 'Grey's Anatomy,' Gugu Mbatha-Raw - 'Undercovers,' Jada Pinkett Smith - 'HawthoRNe,' Regina King - 'Southland,' Wendy Davis - 'Army Wives'

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Andre Braugher - 'Men of a Certain Age,' Giancarlo Esposito - 'Breaking Bad,' James Pickens, Jr. - 'Grey's Anatomy,' Nelsan Ellis - 'True Blood,' Terrence Howard - 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Alfre Woodard - 'Memphis Beat,' Sandra Oh - 'Grey's Anatomy,' Sara Ramirez - 'Grey's Anatomy,' S. Epatha Merkerson - 'Law & Order,' Vanessa Bell Calloway - 'HawthoRNe'

     

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    While Sandra Bullock stood out in last year's NAACP Image Awards as a nominee for her performance in 'The Blind Side,' Justin Timberlake has the honor this year for his role in 'The Social Network.'

    It was the only nomination that the film received, despite having won several accolades, including Best Picture from various critics groups.

    Both of Tyler Perry's films, 'For Colored Girls' and 'Why Did I Get Married Too?' will be competing for best pic, along with Queen Latifah's 'Just Wright,' Denzel Washington's 'The Book of Eli' and 'The Kids Are All Right,' which features Yaya Dacosta.

    Following is the list of categories and nominees for the 42ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS:

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    Outstanding Comedy Series
    o. '30 Rock' (NBC)
    o. 'Are We There Yet?' (TBS)
    o. 'Glee' (FOX)
    o. 'Modern Family' (ABC)
    o. 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' (TBS)

    Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
    o. David Mann - 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns' (TBS)
    o. Dulé Hill - 'Psych' (USA)
    o. LaVan Davis - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' (TBS)
    o. Phil Morris - 'Love That Girl!' (TV One)
    o. Terry Crews - 'Are We There Yet?' (TBS)

    Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
    o. Cassi Davis - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' (TBS)
    o. Essence Atkins - 'Are We There Yet?' (TBS)
    o. Salli Richardson-Whitfield - 'Eureka' (Syfy)
    o. Tatyana Ali - 'Love That Girl!' (TV One)
    o. Vanessa Williams - 'Desperate Housewives' (ABC)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
    o. Craig Robinson - 'The Office' (NBC)
    o. Ice Cube - 'Are We There Yet?' (TBS)
    o. Lamman Rucker - 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns' (TBS)
    o. Lance Gross - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' (TBS)
    o. Tracy Morgan - '30 Rock' (NBC)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
    o. Amber Riley - 'Glee' (FOX)
    o. Anna Deavere Smith - 'Nurse Jackie' (Showtime)
    o. Keshia Knight Pulliam - 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' (TBS)
    o. Sofia Vergara - 'Modern Family' (ABC)
    o. Viola Davis - 'United States of Tara' (Showtime)

    Outstanding Drama Series
    o. 'Detroit 1-8-7' (ABC)
    o. 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)
    o. 'HawthoRNe' (TNT)
    o. 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (NBC)
    o. 'Treme' (HBO)

    Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
    o. Anthony Anderson - 'Law & Order' (NBC)
    o. Blair Underwood - 'The Event' (NBC)
    o. Hill Harper - 'CSI: NY' (CBS)
    o. Laurence Fishburne - 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' (CBS)
    o. LL Cool J - 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (CBS)

    Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
    o. Chandra Wilson - 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)
    o. Gugu Mbatha-Raw - 'Undercovers' (NBC)
    o. Jada Pinkett Smith - 'HawthoRNe' (TNT)
    o. Regina King - 'Southland' (TNT)
    o. Wendy Davis - 'Army Wives' (Lifetime)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
    o. Andre Braugher - 'Men of a Certain Age' (TNT)
    o. Giancarlo Esposito - 'Breaking Bad' (AMC)
    o. James Pickens, Jr. - 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)
    o. Nelsan Ellis - 'True Blood' (HBO)
    o. Terrence Howard - 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' (NBC)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    o. Alfre Woodard - 'Memphis Beat' (TNT)
    o. Sandra Oh - 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)
    o. Sara Ramirez - 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)
    o. S. Epatha Merkerson - 'Law & Order' (NBC)
    o. Vanessa Bell Calloway - 'HawthoRNe' (TNT)

    Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
    o. 'America: The Story of Us (Part 4)' (History)
    o. 'Filling the Gap' (PBS)
    o. 'Luther' (BBC America)
    o. 'Sins of the Mother' (Lifetime Movie Network)
    o. 'The Wronged Man' (Lifetime Movie Network)

    Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
    o. Benito Martinez - 'Lies in Plain Sight' (Lifetime Movie Network)
    o. Idris Elba - 'Luther' (BBC America)
    o. Jon Seda - 'The Pacific' (HBO)
    o. Mahershalalhashbaz Ali - 'The Wronged Man' (Lifetime Movie Network)
    o. Michael Jai White - 'One Angry Juror' (Lifetime Movie Network)

    Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
    o. Jill Scott - 'Sins of the Mother' (Lifetime Movie Network)
    o. Lucy Liu - 'Marry Me' (Lifetime Movie Network)
    o. Rosie Perez - 'Lies in Plain Sight' (Lifetime Movie Network)
    o. Tamera Mowry - 'Double Wedding' (Lifetime Movie Network)
    o. Tia Mowry - 'Double Wedding' (Lifetime Movie Network)

    Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
    o. Aaron D. Spears - 'The Bold and the Beautiful' (CBS)
    o. Cornelius Smith, Jr. - 'All My Children' (ABC)
    o. Darnell Williams - 'All My Children' (ABC)
    o. Rodney Saulsberry - 'The Bold and the Beautiful' (CBS)

    Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
    o. Debbi Morgan - 'All My Children' (ABC)
    o. Julia Pace Mitchell - 'The Young and the Restless' (CBS)
    o. Tatyana Ali - 'The Young and the Restless' (CBS)
    o. Tonya Lee Williams - 'The Young and the Restless' (CBS)
    o. Yvette Freeman - 'The Bold and the Beautiful' (CBS)

    Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
    o. 'A Conversation with President Obama' (BET, CMT, MTV)
    o. 'Anderson Cooper 360' (CNN)
    o. 'The Judge Mathis Show' (Syndicated)
    o. 'Unsung' (TV One)
    o. 'Washington Watch with Roland Martin' (TV One)

    Outstanding Talk (Series)
    o. 'Conversations with Ed Gordon' (BET Networks)
    o. 'Larry King Live' (CNN)
    o. 'The Mo'Nique Show' (BET Networks)
    o. 'The View' (ABC)
    o. 'TV One on One with Cathy Hughes' (TV One)

    Outstanding Reality Series
    o. 'American Idol' (FOX)
    o. 'America's Next Top Model' (The CW)
    o. 'Dancing with the Stars' (ABC)
    o. 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (ABC)
    o. "Sunday Best" (BET Networks)

    Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
    o. '2010 BET Honors' (BET Networks)
    o. 'Beyoncé: I AM...WORLD TOUR' (ABC)
    o. 'Black Girls Rock!' (BET Networks)
    o. 'TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival' (TV One)
    o. 'UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Lionel Richie' (Syndicated)

    Outstanding Children's Program
    o. 'Brave New Voices 2010' (HBO)
    o. 'Dora the Explorer' (Nickelodeon)
    o. 'The Backyardigans' (Nickelodeon)
    o. 'True Jackson, VP' (Nickelodeon)
    o. 'Wizards of Waverly Place' (Disney Channel)

    Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children's Program (Series or Special)
    o. Keke Palmer - 'True Jackson, VP' (Nickelodeon)
    o. Lance Robertson - 'Yo Gabba Gabba: Baby' (Nickelodeon)
    o. Nick Cannon - 'TeenNick Halo Awards 2010' (TeenNick)
    o. Selena Gomez - 'Wizards of Waverly Place' (Disney Channel)
    o. Victoria Justice - 'Victorious' (Nickelodeon)

    RECORDING CATEGORIES

    Outstanding New Artist
    o. B.o.B (Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
    o. Bruno Mars (Elektra Records)
    o. Jason Derulo (Warner Bros. Records)
    o. Nicki Minaj (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown)
    o. Willow (Roc Nation/Columbia Records)

    Outstanding Male Artist
    o. Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
    o. Jay-Z (Roc Nation/Def Jam)
    o. Kanye West (Island Def Jam Music Group)
    o. Ne-Yo (Island Def Jam Music Group)
    o. Usher (Laface/Jive Records)

    Outstanding Female Artist
    o. Chrisette Michele (Island Def Jam Music Group)
    o. Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol Records)
    o. Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records/Matriarch)
    o. Rihanna (Island Def Jam Music Group)
    o. Sade (Epic Records)

    Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
    o. Diddy-Dirty Money (Bad Boy/Interscope)
    o. Eminem & Rihanna (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
    o. Herbie Hancock (feat. India.Arie, Chaka Khan and others) (Hancock Music)
    o. John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)
    o. The Black Eyed Peas (Interscope)

    Outstanding Jazz Album
    o. 'Dee Dee Bridgewater Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee'
    - Dee Dee Bridgewater (EmArcy, Decca Label Group, DDB Records)
    o. 'From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf - Live in Marciac' -The Wynton Marsalis Quintet &
    Richard Galliano (The Orchard)
    o. 'Geri Allen & Timeline Live' - Geri Allen & Timeline Live (Motema Music)
    o. 'The Imagine Project' - Herbie Hancock (Hancock Music)
    o. 'VOCAbuLarieS' - Bobby McFerrin (Universal Music Group/Decca/Emarcy)

    Outstanding Gospel Album -(Traditional or Contemporary)
    o. 'Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III' - Kirk Whalum (Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue
    Records)
    o. 'Here I Am' - Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
    o. 'Just Love Deluxe' - Brian Courtney Wilson (Music World Gospel)
    o. 'Master Plan' -Tamela Mann (TillyMann)
    o. 'You Are Not Alone' - Mavis Staples (ANTI Records)

    Outstanding World Music Album
    o. 'Hymns for the Rebel Soul' - Rocky Dawuni (Aquarian Records)
    o. 'Oyo' - Angelique Kidjo (Razor & Tie)
    o. 'The Imagine Project' - Herbie Hancock (Hancock Music)
    o. 'The Sound of Sunshine' - Michael Franti (EMI Music)
    o. 'VOCAbuLarieS' - Bobby McFerrin (Universal Music Group/Decca/Emarcy)

    Outstanding Music Video
    o. 'Fistful of Tears' - Maxwell (Columbia Records)
    o. 'Soldier of Love' - Sade (Epic Records)
    o. 'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)' - Alicia Keys (J Records)
    o. 'Whip My Hair' - Willow Smith (Roc Nation/Columbia Records)
    o. 'Why Don't You Love Me' - Beyoncé Knowles (Columbia Records)

    Outstanding Song
    o. 'Bittersweet' - Fantasia (J Records)
    o. 'Fistful of Tears' - Maxwell (Columbia Records)
    o. 'Forget You' - Cee-Lo Green (Elektra Records)
    o. 'Soldier of Love' - Sade (Epic Records)
    o. 'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)' - Alicia Keys (J Records)

    Outstanding Album
    o. 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' - Kanye West (Island Def Jam Music Group)
    o. 'Now and Then' - Smokey Robinson (Saguaro Road/Cracker Barrel/Robso Records)
    o. 'Raymond vs. Raymond' - Usher (Laface/Jive Records)
    o. 'Soldier of Love' - Sade (Epic Records)
    o. 'Wake Up!' - John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)

    LITERATURE CATEGORIES

    Outstanding Literary Work -Fiction
    o. 'A Taste of Honey' - Jabari Asim (Broadway Books)
    o. 'Getting to Happy' - Terry McMillan (Penguin Group)
    o. 'Glorious' - Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
    o. 'Till You Hear From Me' - Pearl Cleage (Ballantine Books/One World)
    o. 'Wench' - Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)

    Outstanding Literary Work -Non-Fiction
    o. 'Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority' - Tom Burrell (SmileyBooks)
    o. 'Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC' - Editors: Faith
    S. Holsaert, Judy Richardson, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Betty Garman
    Robinson, Jean Smith Young, Dorothy M. Zellner (University of Illinois Press)
    o. 'Surviving and Thriving 365 Days in Black Economic History' - Dr. Julianne Malveaux
    (Last Word Productions, Inc.)
    o. 'The History of White People' - Nell Irvin Painter (W.W. Norton & Company)
    o. 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness' - Michelle
    Alexander (The New Press)

    Outstanding Literary Work -Debut Author
    o. 'Wench' - Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)
    o. 'The Girl Who Fell from the Sky' - Heidi Durrow (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
    o. 'The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration' - Isabel
    Wilkerson (Random House)
    o. 'Beneath the Lion's Gaze' - Maaza Mengiste (W.W. Norton & Company)
    o. 'Forest Gate' - Peter Akinti (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)

    Outstanding Literary Work -Biography/Auto-Biography
    o. 'Conversations with Myself' - Ruth Hobday, Nelson Mandela (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    o. 'Decoded' - Jay-Z (Spiegel & Gran, a division of Random House)
    o. 'Extraordinary, Ordinary People' - Condoleezza Rice (Crown Archetype)
    o. 'I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen - My Journey Home' -
    Shoshana Johnson (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
    o. 'You Don't Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles' - Ray Charles Robinson,
    Jr. (Crown)

    Outstanding Literary Work -Instructional
    o. 'A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life' -
    Antwone Fisher (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
    o. 'Diet-Free for Life: A Revolutionary Food, Fitness and Mindset Makeover to Maximize
    Fat Loss' - Robert Ferguson (Penguin Group USA, Perigee Hardcover)
    o. 'If it Takes a Village, Build One: How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service and
    100+ Ways You Can Too' - Malaak Compton-Rock (Crown Archetype)
    o. 'The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms' - Kirk Franklin (Gotham Books)
    o. 'The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women' - Elaine Meryl
    Brown, Rhonda McLean, Marsha Haygood (Ballantine Books/One World)

    Outstanding Literary Work -Poetry
    o. '100 Best African-American Poems' - Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks MediaFusion)
    o. 'Hard Times Require Furious Dancing' - Alice Walker (Author), Shiloh McCloud
    (Illustrator) (New World Library)
    o. 'Holding Company' - Major Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company)
    o. 'Suck on the Marrow' - Camille T. Dungy (Red Hen Press)
    o. 'White Egrets' - Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

    Outstanding Literary Work -Children
    o. 'Grandma's Gift' - Eric Velasquez (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)
    o. 'Mama Miti: Wangai Maathai and the Tree of Kenya' - Donna Jo Napoli (Author), Kadir
    Nelson (Illustrator) (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
    o. 'My Brother Charlie' - Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Scholastic Press)
    o. 'Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez' - Monica
    Brown (Author), Joe Cepeda (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children's Books)
    o. 'The Great Migration: Journey to the North' - Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Pivey
    Gilchrist (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children's Books)

    Outstanding Literary Work -Youth/Teens
    o. 'Condoleezza Rice A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me' -
    Condoleezza Rice (Random House Children's Books)
    o. 'Lockdown' - Walter Dean Myers (Harper Collins Children's Books)
    o. 'Malcolm X: I Believe in the Brotherhood of Man, All Men' - Jeff Burlingame (Enslow
    Publishers, Inc.)
    o. 'Out of My Mind' - Sharon Draper (Atheneum Young Reader)
    o. 'One Crazy Summer' - Rita Williams-Garcia (Harper Collins Children's Books)

    MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

    Outstanding Motion Picture
    o. 'For Colored Girls' (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
    o. 'Just Wright' (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    o. 'The Book of Eli' (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    o. 'The Kids Are All Right' (Focus Features)
    o. 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?' (Lionsgate)

    Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
    o. Anthony Mackie - 'Night Catches Us' (Magnolia Pictures)
    o. Common - 'Just Wright' (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    o. Denzel Washington - 'The Book of Eli' (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    o. Jaden Smith - 'The Karate Kid' (Columbia Pictures)
    o. Morgan Freeman - 'Red' (Summit Entertainment)

    Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
    o. Halle Berry - 'Frankie & Alice' (Freestyle Releasing)
    o. Janet Jackson - 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?' (Lionsgate)
    o. Kerry Washington - 'Night Catches Us' (Magnolia Pictures)
    o. Queen Latifah - 'Just Wright' (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    o. Zoë Saldana - 'The Losers' (Warner Bros. Pictures)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
    o. Don Cheadle - 'Brooklyn's Finest' (Overture Films)
    o. Idris Elba - 'Takers' (Screen Gems)
    o. Justin Timberlake - 'The Social Network' (Columbia Pictures)
    o. Michael Ealy - 'For Colored Girls' (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
    o. Samuel L. Jackson - 'Mother and Child' (Sony Pictures Classics)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    o. Anika Noni Rose - 'For Colored Girls' (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
    o. Kimberly Elise - 'For Colored Girls' (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
    o. Phylicia Rashad - 'For Colored Girls' (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)
    o. Jill Scott - 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?' (Lionsgate)
    o. Whoopi Goldberg - 'For Colored Girls' (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

    Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
    o. 'Conviction' (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    o. 'Frankie & Alice' (Freestyle Releasing)
    o. 'La Mission' (Screen Media Ventures)
    o. 'Mother and Child' (Sony Pictures Classics)
    o. 'Night Catches Us' (Magnolia Pictures)

    Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
    o. 'A Barefoot Dream' (Showbox/Mediaplex)
    o. 'Biutiful' (Roadside Attractions)
    o. 'Four Lions' (Drafthouse Films)
    o. 'Mother' (Magnolia Pictures)
    o. 'Outside the Law' (Tessalit Productions)

    DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES

    Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
    o. 'For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots' (PBS)
    o. 'Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel' (Metaphor Films)
    o. 'If God is Willing and the Creek Don't Rise' (HBO)
    o. 'Waiting for "Superman' (Paramount Vantage)
    o. 'William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe' (POV)

    WRITING CATEGORIES

    Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
    o. Aaron McGruder - 'The Boondocks' -The Fund-Raiser (Cartoon Network)
    o. Daniel Chun - 'The Office' -Nepotism (NBC)
    o. Kenny Smith - 'Pair of Kings' -Where the Wild Kings Are (Disney XD)
    o. Myra J. - 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns' -Meet the Racist (TBS)
    o. Vali Chandrasekaran - '30 Rock' -Khonani (NBC)

    Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
    o. Alexander Woo - 'True Blood' - It Hurts Me Too (HBO)
    o. Janine Sherman Barrois - 'Criminal Minds' -Remembrance of Things Past (CBS)
    o. Judith McCreary - 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' -Disabled (NBC)
    o. Leyani Diaz, Vanessa Rojas - 'The Event' -Loyalty (NBC)
    o. Shonda Rhimes - 'Private Practice' -Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?
    (ABC)

    Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture -(Theatrical or Television)
    o. Mary King, Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel, Marko King, Jonathan Watters, Cheryl
    Edwards - "Frankie & Alice" (Freestyle Releasing)
    o. Michael C. Martin - "Brooklyn's Finest" (Overture Films)
    o. Michael Elliot - "Just Wright" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    o. Rodrigo Garcia - "Mother and Child" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    o. Tyler Perry - "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" (Lionsgate)

    DIRECTING CATEGORIES

    Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
    o. Joe Morton - 'Eureka' -Stoned (Syfy)
    o. Justin Lin - 'Community' -Modern Warfare (NBC)
    o. Ken Whittingham - '30 Rock' -Anna Howard Shaw Day (NBC)
    o. Kevin Rodney Sullivan - 'Modern Family' -Game Changer (ABC)
    o. Michael Schultz - 'Chuck' -Chuck vs. 'The Couch Lock' (NBC)

    Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
    o. Felix Alcal - 'Southland' -What Makes Sammy Run (TNT)
    o. Millicent Shelton - 'Men of A Certain Age' -Go with the Flow (TNT)
    o. Paris Barclay - 'In Treatment' -Sunil: Week 6 (HBO)
    o. Seith Mann - 'Friday Night Lights' -Injury List (DirecTV/NBC)
    o. Stephen L. Williams - 'Undercovers' -Instructions (NBC)

    Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture -(Theatrical or Television)
    o. Geoffrey Sax - 'Frankie & Alice' (Freestyle Releasing)
    o. George Tillman, Jr. - 'Faster' (CBS Films)
    o. Tanya Hamilton - 'Night Catches Us' (Magnolia Pictures)
    o. The Hughes Brothers - 'The Book of Eli' (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    o. Tyler Perry - 'For Colored Girls' (Lionsgate/34th Street Films

     

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    Talk about taking a game winning victory!

    BET scored a major ratings victory last night (Jan.11) with the debut of their new night of scripted series.

    'The Game,' which was previously cancelled in 2008 by The CW and picked up by BET, pulled in 7.7 million viewers to become the cable network's biggest audience for a scripted series debut.Although The New York Times cited dismal ratings as the reason The CW canned the show,'The Game's premiere surpasses ratings for last October's BET Hip Hop Awards, which drew 3.5 million viewers and even the network's tenth annual BET Awards, which drew just over 7 million viewers. It is the second most watched program in the history of the network behind the 2009 BET Awards, which took in 10.6 million viewers.

    Last night, topics related to the show including 'Tasha Mack,' 'Derwin,' 'Rick Fox,' 'Melanie' 'GameOn' and 'The Game' generated between six and seven of the top-10 Twitter Trending Topics throughout the hour of the show's first broadcast.

    The dramedy, which follows the relationships of football players -- and the women who love them, was created by 'Girlfriends' creator/producer Mara Brock Akil. Yesterday's episode marked the premiere of the series' fourth season having already aired for three seasons on the CW. The half-hour sitcom stars Tia Mowry-Hardrict,Pooch Hall, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez, and Brittany Daniel.

    BET has been very aggressive in their marketing push of 'The Game' airing marathons of the previous three seasons for two consecutive weekends, buying commercial spots on major networks, including FOX, and even showcasing the show at the Television Critics Association's winter show preview last week in Pasadena. The New York Times even did a feature on 'The Game' calling it "more real than reality TV." There were also screening parties held around the country.

    In addition, the Queen Latifah produced 'Let's Stay Together' drew 4.4 million viewers. It follows the relationship challenges of five young African-Americans.

    'The Game' airs on BET Tuesday at 10 pm EST. 'Let's Stay Together' airs immediately after at 10:30pm EST.

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