Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, January 12, 2009

NAACP Going Pink

Last week, in an announcement coming from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the NAACP announced the nominations for this years Image Awards. It was pleasing the see the inclusion of an out lesbian and two out gay men in the nomiations. Also included is a film focusing on a gay circle of friends, one of whom is planning on marrying his partner.

Congratulations go out to the movie Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom. This film has been nominated for the category Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. The writer of the film, Patrik-Ian Polk has been nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture. All my friends know how much of a fan I was of the television series Noah's Arc (from which the movie is based) so I am pleased to see this phenomenal cast receive the nods they deserve for their great work. I will be watching with crossed fingers, legs, toes and eyes hoping the film and Patrik take home the trophies.

Also nominated for an award is newly out lesbian Wanda Sykes. She has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Her nomination is based on her part in the series "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Even before she publicly came out regarding her sexuality I was a huge fan of Wanda. I think everything she does is funny. Not sure why her short-lived sitcom wasn't more successful. So I'll also be pulling for Wanda when her category is announced.

Our final out nominee is not new to the NAACP Image Awards. E. Lynn Harris has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for his novel Just Too Good To Be True. Now if you're reading this blog and you haven't heard of E. Lynn Harris or you haven't read any of his novels - stop reading now and go pick up Invisible Life (seriously stop reading now and go get it). This was Harris' first novel and it is the book that made me a fan for life. It was terrific and everything that has followed has been amazing. Interesting stories. Engaging characters. And enuff drama for your Mama. E. Lynn Harris always brings it. Congratulations to him and again I'll be ready to scream for him when I hear his name.

The awards will hosted by Academy Award winner Halle Berry and the newest hardworking man in showbusiness Tyler Perry and they will air Thursday, February 12, 8:00 - 10:00 PM Eastern. It's already on my calendar. I don't plan on missing this one.

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