THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 02/26/2021
Running Time: 130
Rated: R
Cast: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Rob Morgan, Evan Ross, Da'Vine Joy Randolph and, Erik LaRay Harvey and Tyler James Williams.
Crew: Director: Lee Daniels. Producers: Marie Cisco, Jordan Fudge, Jeremy Green, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Patty Long, Wellington Love, Joe Roth, Tucker Tooley, Pamela Oas Williams. Executive Producers: Jeremy Allen, Mark Bomback, Cassian Elwes, George Parra and Hilary Shor. Screenwriters: Johann Hari and Suzan Lori Parkes. Cinematographer: Andrew Dunn.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin' flesh.

“Strange Fruit”-- Billie Holiday (1939)

Billie Holiday had a string of jazz songs throughout her illustrious music career that included: “Good Morning Heartache,” “God Bless the Child,” “Them Green Eyes,” “You’re My Thrill,” “Lover Man,” Easy Livin’” and “Solitude,” among others.

However, it was her anti-lynching anthem, “Strange Fruit” that irked the hell out of the F.B.I. and its Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) division headed by commissioner Harry J. Anslinger who viewed black jazz musicians as dangerous and particularly Holiday’s song “Strange Fruit” as incendiary.

Anslinger targeted Holiday for her drug addiction and worked tirelessly to silence her. This aspect of Holiday’s life story is chronicled in director Lee Daniel’s outstanding new movie, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” which is based on an excerpt of Johann Hari’s 2015 book “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.”

In “The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Grammy Award nominated R&B singer Andra Day gives an absolutely phenomenal performance as Holiday.

Day is having a well-deserved moment. She received a Golden Globe “Best Actress” nomination for her debut role and her song “Tigress & Tweed"--which she co-wrote with Sacramento/Oakland, California songwriter Raphael Saadiq--is up for “Best Original Song.” The 78th Annual Golden Globes air Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. (PT/ET) on NBC.

N2Entertainment.net recently participated in a virtual screening and conversation with Day and Daniels about their riveting new drama. Check out the Q&A here. REEL MOVIE NEWS

With “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” Lee (“Precious”/ TV’s “Empire”) and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks (“Native Son” and TV’s “Genius”) dive deep into Holiday’s tortured soul and reveal what contributed to much of her anguish.

The film opens with Holiday (Day) being interviewed by Reginald Lord Devine (Leslie Jordan, TV’s “Call Me Kat”) who asks Holiday if her life would be easier if she just didn’t sing “Strange Fruit.” The look on Holiday’s face is priceless.

Day embodies Holiday’s style, mannerisms, raspy voice and singing to near perfection throughout the film and especially when performing “All of Me,” “Solitude” and “Strange Fruit.”
We see her life soon spiral out of control when FBN Commissioner Harry Anslinger (a terrific Garrett Hedlund, “Dirt Music” and “Mudbound”) tries to justify his “war on drugs” policy and makes Holiday his number one enemy.

Anslinger uses the FBN’s first black agent, Jimmy Fletcher (an outstanding Trevante Rhodes, “Moonlight”) to ingratiate himself with Holiday and her entourage. Fletcher’s charm and good looks make it easy to get next to Holiday. Plus, Fletcher’s a far cry from her other love interest Louis McKay (the great, Rob Morgan, “Greyhound”). The more Fletcher discovers about Lady Day, he begins to really fall in love with her.

Of course, now he’s torn between his emotions for Holiday and his job. He initially uses Holiday and has her arrested. She’s stunned by his betrayal and Fletcher’s explanation about drugs being the downfall of black people does little to change her view of him.
However, when Fletcher’s mother, (Adriane Lenox, “21 Bridges” and TV’s “Ms. Guidance”)...
 

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<b>THE KID WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS</b> Title: THE KID WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 94
Production Company: Paramount
Director: Arthur A. Seidelman
Director of Photography: Hanania Baer
Screenwriter: Mark McClafferty, Clint Smith, Mark E. Corry, Lin Marlin and Sam Egan
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: There are a handful of Christmas movies that I absolutely must watch the week before Christmas.

They include: "The Preacher's Wife," with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. It's a remake of the 1947 film, "The Bishop's Wife" starring Cary Grant and Loretta Young.

Then there's of course, "It's a Wonderful Life," followed by "Frosty the Snowman," Rudolph...
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The More You Ignore Me <b>(Oct. 13)</b> Title: The More You Ignore Me (Oct. 13)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 98
Production Company: Vega Baby Releasing
Director: Keith English
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

?THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME"

Mental Illness is finally getting a lot of attention, particularly on the big screen. The latest movie to showcase the illness is the dark British dramedy, ?The More You Ignore Me? which has been adapted from comedian Jo Brand?s 2009 best-selling novel of the same name.

Directed by Keith English (Disney Channel, ?Bus Life?), ?The More You Ignore Me? is a coming-of-age drama set in 1980s England and finds pre-teen Alice (Ella Hunt, TV?s ?Dickinson?) preoccupied with her favorite music group, The Smiths.

It?s about the only thing that keeps her going in dead end small town she lives in with her schizophrenic mother Gina (Sheridan Smith, TV?s ?Isolation Stories?) and her bumbling father Keith Mark Addy (TV?s ?Downton Abby? and ?The Salisbury Poisonings?).

Her mother?s outbursts are scary, and Alice doesn?t know how long her father will be able to deal with each violent and strange episode which often includes an infatuation over the local weatherman. They ultimately decide mum is better off at a psychiatric hospital.

Although ?The More You Ignore Me? is rather scattershot, the film?s eclectic characters along with Hunt and Smith?s impassioned performances keep it lively and on track.
(Recommended).

Editor's Note: "The More You Ignore Me" is available now on VOD.
Due to the number of Indie movies being released, N2Entertainment.net will begin to feature reviews of some of them in this section as well as the movie review section as necessary.

One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem  <b>(Oct. 15)</b> Title: One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem (Oct. 15)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 22
Production Company: First Look Media
Director: Terrance Daye
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

EPISODE ONE: "CHERISH: A VISUAL POEM"

Oscar winning director Roger Ross Williams (Documentary/?Music By Prudence?) is hosting a new, monthly series for upstart filmmakers called ?One Story Up? which premiered Oct. 15 and is available on the new streaming service Topic from First Look Media.

Topic features some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film. The series will feature one short film per month that?s chosen by Williams, who introduces each episode and then returns for a discussion with the filmmaker.

The films in the series cover a wide range of important topics, from coming-of-age stories on race and class, to chronicles of growing up Black in the South, all from exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

The first short on Episode 1 is ?Cherish: A Visual Poem? from filmmaker Terrance Daye who is a 2018 Spike Lee Film Production grant recipient and a Sundance Ignite Fellow.

?Cherish: A Visual Poem? follows a young boy watching a spirited display of church worshippers at his home. His imagination takes flight and as he breaks away from his reality, he begins to experience a sense of renewed freedom and wonder.
(Recommended).

?Editor?s Note: Launched last year, Topic features North American premieres and exclusive programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of originals. Recent programming includes: the weekly comedic variety series: ?Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth;? ?Down from London? from executive producer Sharon Horgan; horror anthology series ?Soul City? from filmmakers Coodie and Chike; BAFTA TV Award nominee ?The Virtues? from filmmaker Shane Meadows starring Stephen Graham; Maria Bamford?s discussion show on mental health, ?What?s Your Ailment?!; and critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films such as ?Behemoth? and ?We Need to Talk About Kevin.?

Topic is available to US and Canadian audiences on Topic.com, Apple iOS, and AppleTV, Android, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, in addition to Amazon Prime Video Channels. Check it out.

Sno Babies <b>(Sept. 29)</b> Title: Sno Babies (Sept. 29)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 109
Production Company: Better Noise Entertainment
Director: Bridget Smith
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"SNO BABIES"

?Sno Babies,? from director Bridget Smith (?The Retaliators?) and screenwriter Michael Walsh (?Right Before Your Eyes?) is a dark and gritty cautionary tale about teen drug abuse. The film is available On Demand Sept. 29.

The film stars newcomer Katie Kelly (TV?s ?Game of Silence?) as Kristen McKusker. At first blush it seems as if Kristen has the world on a string. Her parents are extremely wealthy, and Kristen is the apple of their eye. She?s a good, Catholic girl headed to Princeton.

However, looks are deceiving and it?s a shame that her father Bill (Ken Arnold, ?The Night Watchmen?) and her real-estate mother Clare (Shannon Wilson, ?Halston?) are so caught up in with their busy lives they don?t notice how much Kristen is slipping away from them.

It all starts when Kristen is hanging out with her boyfriend and he wants her to pop a couple of OxyContin so she can experience the high of ?having all her worries and problems disappear.?

It?s not long before Kristen wants a new drug and her heroin addicted best friend Hannah (Paola Andino, TV?s ?Queen of the South?) knows what she should try. Hannah is a bubbly teen too and would rather spend her days shooting up than attending school.
Hannah soon convinces Kristen to upgrade to heroin. She even shows Kristen where to inject the needle on her tongue, between her toes and a few other scenic spots.

While much of ?Sno Babies? centers around Kristen and Hannah, there is also a subplot involving a couple played by Jane Stiles, (TV?s ?F.B.I.?) and Michael Lombardi (?Central Park?). They want to get married, but a family inherited nature preserve is causing them all sorts of financial problems and forcing them to put their plans on hold.

?Sno Babies? may be a jumbled film, but it still packs a powerful and important message for teens or anyone struggling with drug addiction.
(Recommended).

Editor?s Note: The official ?Sno Babies? soundtrack features some of the biggest names in rock music today. The soundtrack will include two tracks from SIXX:A.M. and will include the Top 10 hits from Country/Rock star Cory Marks (?Outlaws & Outsiders?) and from chart toppers Bad Wolves (?Sober? - the #1 hit) as well as new music from Eva Under Fire, From Ashes to New and Escape The Fate.

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story <b>(Sept. 22)</b> Title: Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (Sept. 22)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 84
Production Company: Shout! Studios
Director: April Wright
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY"

?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story? is an exciting, up-close and personal look at some of the most amazing Hollywood stuntwomen who drive the action and thrills of today?s biggest blockbuster movies. It also acknowledges the unsung heroines of the silent age of cinema.

Narrated by Michelle Rodriguez (?Widows,? ?The Fast and the Furious?) ?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story?-- from Shout! Studios-- debuts Sept. 22 on the digital platforms AppleTV, Amazon, VUDU, GooglePlay, hoopla, Fandango Now, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, and Charter.

Directed by April Wright (?Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace?) and produced by Stephanie Austin, Michael Gruskoff, and Marion Rosenberg, ?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story? spotlights pioneering women such as Jadie David who served as the stunt double for the legendary Pam Grier in the classic, blaxploitation 1970?s movies ?Coffy? (1973), ?Friday Foster? (1975) and ?Sheba, Baby? (1975), Julie Ann Johnson (?Women in Chains?) who was the first woman to work as a stunt coordinator on a major TV show (?Charlie Angels?) and Jeannie Epper who doubled for Lyndia Carter in the hit TV series, ?Wonder Woman.?

These women reveal their passion for the profession and share some of their humorous stunt work moments. They also discuss how they overcame many obstacles; notably their struggle to be treated equally and how they help pave the way for today?s Hollywood stuntwomen like Cheryl Lewis (?Wonder Woman 1984,? ?Luke Cage? and ?I Am Legend?), Alyma Dorsey (?Joker,? ?Captain Marvel? and Jumanji: The Next Level?) and Amy Johnston (?Captain America: Winter Soldier? and ?Suicide Squad?).

"Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story" is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Mollie Gregory.

The film features the original song, ?Without A Net? written by Academy Award nominee Diane Warren performed by Mickey Guyton.

Directors Paul Verhoeven, Paul Feig and Anne Fletcher and producer Al Ruddy also talk about the importance of stunt performers in their films and reveal some tricks of the trade.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor?s Note: Some information used in this review obtained from Shout! Studios/Publicity.
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Prior to his TV and film career, Michael Warren was a standout basketball player for which of the following colleges?
San Francisco State University--Gators
University California, Los Angeles--Bruins
Cal State University San Bernardino--Coyotes
University of San Francisco--Dons
 
  "REEL" MOVIE NEWS
US AGAIN SHORT By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“US AGAIN,” THE FIRST NEW THEATRICAL SHORT FROM WALT DISNEY ANIMATION SET FOR MARCH 5 DEBUT WITH “RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON."

“Us Again,” a vibrant and original new theatrical animated short from director Zach Parrish that brings together dance, music, emotional storytelling and inspired animation, is set to debut exclusively in theaters worldwide beginning on March 5, playing on the same bill as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) newest animated feature, “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

The film is Disney Animation’s first new theatrical short since the 2016 release of “Inner Workings,” which accompanied “Moana” on the big screen. “Us Again” is scheduled to make its streaming debut in June on Disney+.

Parrish is an eleven-year veteran of Disney Animation who served as head of animation on “Big Hero 6” and director of the Short Circuit film, “Puddles,” in addition to his numerous animation credits on features for the Studio. Award-winning choreographers/dancers Keone and Mari (featured performers on “World of Dance,” and renowned for their collaborations with such top talents as Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish), and acclaimed composer Pinar Toprak(“Captain Marvel”) brought their unique talents to this experimental and musical fantasy.

The film is produced by Brad Simonsen (associate producer on “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet”), and executive produced by Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer for Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS).

Commenting on the announcement, WDAS President Clark Spencer said, “We’re thrilled to be premiering our first new theatrical short in five years, ‘Us Again,’ exclusively on the big screen alongside our incredible new feature, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon.’ Zach has tapped into elements from his personal life and collaborated with the very best in the world of dance and music to create this very special film. We are so proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to sharing it with movie theater goers in March, and then in June on Disney Plus.”

Lee added, “One of my priorities has been to bring back theatrical animated shorts and to give artists at our Studio an opportunity to explore new ideas. ‘Us Again’ has so much spirit and energy, and pushes the boundaries of our short form storytelling.”

Set in a vibrant city pulsating with rhythm and movement, an elderly man and his young-at-heart wife rekindle their youthful passion for life and each other on one magical night. The years fade away as the joy of dancing propels them across the exciting cityscape of their youth and revives fond memories and ambitions. “Us Again” is told entirely without dialogue and set to an original funk and soul musical score reminiscent of the mid-60s.

“Working with Keone and Mari was the key to making this film work,” recalls Parrish. “From the very beginning, I knew that I wanted this film to be music driven. And I felt that dance is a universal language that can translate into any culture. I loved that their dance style felt like it was made for animation, and that there was this genuine, honest and organic connection between them because they were actually a married couple in real life. The story itself was inspired by my own grandparents, who faced getting older in different ways, along with my own physical limitations in playing sports resulting from getting older and injuries. I started thinking about how someone might look at the world differently as things change and they grow older.”

Simonsen adds, “It was fascinating to see the process and the close collaboration between the music, the choreography and Zach’s vision for layout and animation. The film has a timeless and life-affirming message and an emotional resonance that is uniquely entertaining. Zach’s love of dance and animation, and his willingness to take chances as a filmmaker, made this a true labor of love.”

Keone observes, “Mari and I have always dreamed of having our particular style of movement being incorporated within animation. Our style is very new and young and we were like kids in a candy store working with Zach and the team to capture it and see our movements realized through the characters in the film.”

“From the first time we saw the storyboards, I was already tearing up,” adds Mari. “The characters were easy to relate to and to empathize with. As a married couple, we tried to imagine being their age, and we also thought about our own grandparents in bringing the characters to life through dance.”

ABOUT WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, to 2019’s “Frozen 2,” the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are “Pinocchio,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Big Hero 6” and “Zootopia.”

Editor’s Note: Information used in this spot obtained from Disney Publicity.


<b> THE NOMINEES FOR THE 52ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS ANNOUNCED</b> By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE 52ND NAACP IMAGE AWARDS ANNOUNCES ITS NOMINEES FOR MOVIES, TV MUSIC AND LITERATURE

The full-list of nominees for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards were announced on Feb. 2 at a special virtual event on the NAACP Image Awards’ Instagram channel.

The event was hosted by Tony-award winning actress and singer Anika Noni-Rose, actress and singer Chloe Bailey, actress Erika Alexander, actor, dancer, and choreographer Nicco Annan, and actor/singer TC Carson.

The winners will be revealed on March 27 at during the two-hour live TV special airing at 8/7c on BET and simulcast across ViacomCBS Networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO.

With the rise in usage of streaming services this year, Netflix leads the nominations across the motion picture and television categories with 48 total nominations followed by HBO who received a total of 25 nominations. Beyonce received the most nominations of any artist in the music recording categories with 6 and RCA Records leads with the most nominations across record labels with 12 nominations. For the literary categories HarperCollins Publishers lead with 9 nominations.

NAACP additionally announced the nominees for the Special Awards categories which include: Entertainer of the Year and Social Justice Impact. Nominees for the Entertainer of the Year award include" D-Nice, Regina King, Trevor Noah, Tyler Perry and Viola Davis. Nominees for the Social Justice Impact award include: April Ryan, Debbie Allen, Lebron James, Stacey Abrams and Tamika Mallory.

“We are excited to recognize and celebrate this year’s nominees, who at times throughout this unprecedented year have provided moments of levity, brought our communities together, and lifted our spirits through culture when we needed it the most,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.

“BET shares the NAACP’s commitment to engage and empower our community, and we are proud to serve as partners on the 52nd Annual Image Awards,” said BET President Scott Mills. “The NAACP Image Awards uniquely honors our culture and community, recognizing those who help tell our stories through music, TV, movies, and literature. It is a distinct privilege for us to amplify the incredible work of the NAACP—and the best and brightest creative minds in the entertainment industry—across our ViacomCBS properties.

The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also recognizes individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

One of the most iconic annual celebrations of Black excellence, the NAACP Image Awards draws a crowd of the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood. Previous years’ attendees include Rihanna, Lizzo, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Marsai Martin, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Anthony Anderson, Sterling K. Brown, Loni Love, Sheryl Underwood, Mandy Moore, Halle Berry, Common, Dwayne Johnson, Audra Day, John Legend, Lena Waithe, Tracee Ellis Ross, David Oyelowo, Laverne Cox, Octavia Spencer, Issa Rae, Trevor Noah, Yara Shahidi, Danai Gurira, Jacob Latimore, Jill Scott, H.E.R., Jay Pharoah, Jemele Hill, Josh Gad, Loretta Devine, Sylvester Stallone, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams, Ava DuVernay, Chadwick Boseman, and many more.

Voting is now open to the public to determine the winners of the 52nd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS by visiting www.naacpimageawards.net . Voting close on March 5. Winners will be revealed during the 52nd NAACP Image Awards telecast. Non-televised award categories will be announced virtually March 22-26.

For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

Here are the 52nd NAACP Image Awards Nominees for movies and TV which N2Entertainment.net voted on during the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee process.

For a complete list of the nominees including the music and literary categories log on to naacpimageawards.net

SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES

Social Justice Impact: April Ryan Debbie Allen Lebron James Stacey Abrams Tamika Mallory

Entertainer of the Year: D-Nice Regina King Viola Davis Trevor Noah Tyler Perry

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES:

Outstanding Motion Picture “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment) “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) “One Night In Miami…” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Anthony Mackie – “The Banker” (Apple TV Plus) Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) Delroy Lindo – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) Forest Whitaker – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) Will Smith – “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Issa Rae – “The Photograph” (Universal Pictures) Janelle Monáe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate) Madalen Mills – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) Tracee Ellis Ross – “The High Note” (Focus Features) Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Aldis Hodge, “One Night In Miami…” (Amazon Studios) Chadwick Boseman, “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) Clarke Peters, “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) Colman Domingo, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) Glynn Turman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Anika Noni Rose – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) Gabourey Sidibe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate) Nia Long – “The Banker” (Apple TV Plus) Phylicia Rashad – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) Taylour Paige – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture “Emperor” (Universal Home Video) “Farewell Amor” (IFC Films) “Miss Juneteenth” (Vertical Entertainment) “The 24th” (Vertical Entertainment) “The Banker” (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding International Motion Picture “Ainu Mosir” (ARRAY) “His House” (Netflix) “Night of the Kings” (Neon) “The Last Tree” (ArtMattan Productions) “The Life Ahead” (La vita davanti a se) (Netflix)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture Dayo Okeniyi “Emperor” (Universal Home Video) Dominique Fishback “Project Power” (Netflix) Jahi Di’Allo Winston “Charm City Kings” (HBO Max) Jahzir Bruno “The Witches” (Warner Bros. Pictures) Madalen Mills “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix) “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) “The Banker” (Apple TV Plus)

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture “Onward” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) “Over the Moon” (Netflix) “Scoob!” (Warner Bros. Pictures) “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) “Trolls World Tour” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture Ahmir-Khalib Thompson aka Questlove – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Angela Bassett – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Chris Rock – “The Witches” (Warner Bros. Pictures) Jamie Foxx – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Phylicia Rashad – “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Outstanding Short Form (Live Action) “Baldwin Beauty” (Powderkeg Media) “Black Boy Joy” (Film Independent Project Involve ) “Gets Good Light” “Home” “Mr. & Mrs. Ellis” (AMB Productions)

Outstanding Short Form (Animated) “Canvas” (Netflix) “Cops and Robbers” (Netflix) “Loop” (Pixar Animation Studios) “The Power of Hope” (The Power Of Hope) “Windup” (Unity Technologies)

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture) Loira Limbal – “Through the Night” (Third Shift Media, Inc.) Melissa Haizlip – “Mr. Soul!” (Shoes In The Bed Productions) Nadia Hallgren – “Becoming” (A Higher Ground Productions and Big Mouth Productions Film for Netflix) Radha Blank – “The Forty-Year-Old Version” (Netflix) Remi Weekes – “His House” (Netflix)

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES

Outstanding Documentary (Film) “All In: The Fight For Democracy” (Amazon Studios) “Coded Bias” (7th Empire Media) “John Lewis: Good Trouble” (Magnolia Pictures/Participant) “Soul!” (Shoes in the Bed Productions) “On the Record” (HBO Max)

Outstanding Documentary (Television) “And She Could Be Next” (PBS) “Black Love” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) “Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” (EPIX) “The Last Dance” (ESPN / Netflix) “Unsung” (TV One)

TELEVISION + STREAMING CATEGORIES: Outstanding Comedy Series “#blackAF” (Netflix) “Black-ish” (ABC) “grown-ish” (Freeform) “Insecure” (HBO) “The Last O.G.” (TBS) Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” (ABC) Cedric The Entertainer – “The Neighborhood” (CBS) Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime) Idris Elba – “In the Long Run” (Starz) Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO) Folake Olowofoyeku – “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS) Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime) Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish” (ABC) Yara Shahidi – “Grown-ish” (Freeform) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) Deon Cole – “Black-ish” (ABC) Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO) Kenan Thompson – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) Laurence Fishburne – “Black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Jenifer Lewis – “Black-ish” (ABC) Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC) Natasha Rothwell – “Insecure” (HBO) Tichina Arnold – “The Neighborhood” (CBS) Yvonne Orji – “Insecure” (HBO) Outstanding Drama Series “All Rise” (CBS) “Bridgerton” (Netflix) “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz) “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Majors – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) Keith David – “Greenleaf” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) Nicco Annan – “P-Valley” (Starz) Regé-Jean Page – “Bridgerton” (Netflix) Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Angela Bassett – “9-1-1” (FOX) Brandee Evans – “P-Valley” (Starz) Jurnee Smollett – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS) Viola Davis – “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Clifford “Method Man” Smith – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz) Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) Alphonse Nicholson – “P-Valley” (Starz) Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” (HBO) Michael Kenneth Williams – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Adjoa Andoh – “Bridgerton” (Netflix) Aunjanue Ellis – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) Mary J. Blige – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz) Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special “Hamilton” (Disney Plus) “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu) “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix) “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios) “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special Blair Underwood – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix) Chris Rock – “Fargo” (FX) Daveed Diggs – “Hamilton” (Disney Plus) Leslie Odom, Jr. – “Hamilton” (Disney Plus) Nnamdi Asomugha – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special Aunjanue Ellis – “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime) Kerry Washington – “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu) Michaela Coel – “I May Destroy You” (HBO) Octavia Spencer – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix) Tessa Thompson – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios) Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special) “AM Joy: Remembering John Lewis Special” (MSNBC) “Desus & Mero: The Obama Interview” (Showtime) “The Color of Covid” (CNN) “The New York Times Presents The Killing of Breonna Taylor” (FX) “The Reidout” (NBC)

Outstanding Talk Series “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch) “Tamron Hall” (Syndicated ) “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central) “The Oprah Conversation” (Apple TV Plus) “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO)

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series) “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC) “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) “Shark Tank” (ABC) “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN) “Voices of Fire” (Netflix)

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special) “8:46” (Netflix) “Black Is King” (Disney+) “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion” (HBO Max) “VERZUZ” (APPLE TV Plus) “Yvonne Orji: Momma I Made It!” (HBO)

Outstanding Children’s Program “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices” (Netflix) “Craig of the Creek” (Cartoon Network) “Family Reunion” (Netflix) “Raven’s Home” (Disney Channel) “We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited–Series) Alex R. Hibbert – “The Chi” (Showtime) Lexi Underwood – “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu) Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC) Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC) Miles Brown – “Black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Don Lemon – “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” (CNN) Jada Pinkett Smith – “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch) Joy Reid – “The Reidout” (NBC) LeBron James – “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO) Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble Alfonso Ribeiro – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC) Iyanla Vanzant – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) Steve Harvey – “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC) Kamau Bell – “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN) RuPaul – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

Outstanding Guest Performance – Comedy or Drama Series Chris Rock – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) Courtney B. Vance – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO) Dave Chappelle – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) Issa Rae – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) Loretta Devine – “P-Valley” (Starz)

Outstanding Animated Series “Big Mouth” (Netflix) “Central Park” (Apple TV Plus) “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior) “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” (Netflix) “Star Trek: Lower Decks” (CBS All Access)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television) Aisha Tyler – “Archer” (FX) Courtney B. Vance – “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story” (PBS) Dawnn Lewis – “Star Trek: Lower Decks” (CBS All Access) Deon Cole – “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts” (Netflix) Laya DeLeon Hayes – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior) Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama “#FreeRayshawn” (Quibi) “CripTales” (BBC America) “Lazor Wulf” (Adult Swim) “Mapleworth Murders” (Quibi) “Sincerely, Camille” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Performance in a Short Form Series Giancarlo Esposito – “The Broken and the Bad” (AMC.com ) B. Smoove – “Mapleworth Murders” (Quibi) Jasmine Cephas Jones – “#FreeRayshawn” (Quibi) Laurence Fishburne – “#FreeRayshawn” (Quibi) Stephan James – “#FreeRayshawn” (Quibi)

Outstanding Short Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction “American Masters” – Unladylike2020 (PBS) “Benedict Men” (Quibi) “Between The Scenes – The Daily Show” (Comedy Central) “In The Making” (PBS) “Inspire Change Series” (NFL Network)

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television) Katori Hall – P-Valley (Starz) Keith Knight – Woke (Hulu) Ramy Youssef – Ramy (Hulu) Raynelle Swilling – Cherish the Day (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network) Teri Schaffer – Cherish the Day (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Editor's Note: Be sure to watch the 52nd NAACP Image Awards on March 27 at 8/7c on BET. Information for this report obtained from The NAACP Image Awards publicity department.


TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2020 By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2020 ARE...

Well, after much careful consideration, N2Entertainment.net has compiled its list of The Top 20 Movies Of 2020.

It was quite a year for film especially African American movies. They garnered major exposure from various streaming platforms and held their own alongside other traditional blockbuster type movies.

The Black experience was celebrated and showcased through dynamic storytelling with movies like Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” “Shaka King’s explosive, “Judas And the Messiah” and Andra Day’s stunning star turn as the legendary singer Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” among many others.

Black love, black protest, black intellect, black music, and black style shined brightly in these and so many other films of 2020.

Although compiling the best 20 movies and Top five documentaries and animated films was challenging, serving as a Nominating Committee Member for the NAACP Image Awards and choosing the best from an enormously talented group of actors, actresses and musicians was too.

However, it is a labor of love and one which N2Entertainment.net has been doing for more than 20 years and is looking forward to many more.

So, the wait is over. Here are N2Entertainment.net’s Top 20 Movies of 2020.

1. "One Night in Miami"

2. "The United States vs. Billie Holiday

3. "Da 5 Bloods"

4. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

5. "Judas And The Black Messiah"

6. "Sylvie's Love"

7. "Sound of Metal"

8. "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

9. "The 24th"

10. "Nomadland"

11. "News of the World"

12 "Minari"

13. "Emperor"

14. "The Nest"

15. "Mank"

16. "Promising Young Woman

17. "Fatale"

18. "I'm Your Woman"

19. "The Painted Bird"

20. "The Father"

BEST ANIMATED MOVIES OF 2020

1. "SOUL"

2. "WOLFWALKERS"

3. "OVER THE MOON"

4. "TROLLS WORLD TOUR"

5. "THE CROODS: A NEW AGE"

BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2020

1. "BILLIE"

2. "BELLY OF THE BEAST"

3. "BE WATER"

4. "40 YEARS A PRISONER"

5. "MLK/FBI"