Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
The National Reality TV Awards, launched in the United Kingdom to celebrate the best in the world of reality TV entertainment, recently announced its official launch in the USA. The show will make history as the first ever European-born awards show to launch in the USA, and will be webcast live and also televised for syndicated broadcast to TV partners in more than 22 countries after its launch on August 30. All nominations are submitted by the public by voting for their favorite shows, celebrities or participants. Reportedly, there were more than 550,000 public submissions and 1.5 million votes received in the UK last year. The U.S. awards ceremony promises to be even bigger. More than 475,000 submissions have already been received for the U.S. version of the National Reality TV Awards. The deadline for submissions is May 15, and the official nominees will be announced at a press conference on May 24 in Los Angeles.
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Actress Vivica A. Fox and Demetria McKinney, star of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, will host the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s 15th annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala. Presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to social justice and creating balance in the democratic process, the gala will be held Thursday, May 17, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Michael Baisden, nationally syndicated radio personality, author, and philanthropist is among the honorees. “This year we are proud to be [the theme] ‘Celebrating Our Brothers.’ The leadership of these men in their respective fields helps to empower underserved communities across the country” said the coalition. “These strong, positive men also set an example of excellence in achievement for young brothers across the country.”
Bob Johnson, founder and chairman of the RLJ Companies and Tracey E. Edmonds, president and COO of Our Stories Films, recently announced plans to produce a new film inspired by the hit reality show “Basketball Wives.” The film will be loosely based on the lives of star and fan favorite Shaunie O’Neal and her friends, and will follow the life of a young woman and her boyfriend as the couple deals with relocation following his NBA draft and the tests and trials that come with being together in professional sports. “We’re proud that we’ve been successful in demonstrating the talent and creativity among our African American actors, writers, and directors,” said Edmonds. “Going much further than the series, the film will have the ability to dig deeper into the personal challenges that couples face while living in the world of professional sports. It promises to be rich and unpredictable in story and will feature empowered characters that will be relatable to a broad audience.”