Thursday, February 23, 2017

Namic Vision Awards Nominations Announced

 New York, NY – February 22, 2017 -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) has announced nominees for the 2017 NAMIC Vision  Awards. Presented in partnership with NAMIC – Southern California, the awards honor original and digital programming content that depicts the lives, spirit, and contributions of people of color and best reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the viewing audience.

HBO led all networks and distributors vying for this year's awards with 12 nominations. Both BET Networks and ESPNgarnered eight nominations. History Channel and CNN are also among the top nominated networks, earning five each. Nominations for the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards were announced as part of the Hollywood Creative Forum 8.0 VIP Reception hosted by The Walter Kaitz FoundationAmrit Singh, chief political correspondent, culture editor, and news anchor for REVOLT, Donnell Turner, co-star of ABC's "General Hospital" and Danielle Vega, co-star of Hulu's original series "East Los High" were on-hand to announce the nominees.

"NAMIC is honored to continue the tradition of honoring original content that defies stereotypes, while telling compelling stories of cultural diversity and life experiences," said Eglon E. Simons, president and CEO, NAMIC. “This year's nominees must be applauded for their excellence and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion on and off screen."

NAMIC Vision Awards are presented in 18 categories: Animation, Awards & Honors, Best Performance – Comedy, Best Performance – Drama, Children's, Comedy, Daytime, Digital Media - Short Form, Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Lifestyle, News/Informational, Original Movie or Special, Reality, Reality - Social Issues, Sports, Variety/Talk Show. History Channel’s “Roots: A New Vision” is this year's top nominated program with five nominations. The Starz original series, "Survivor's Remorse" earned a total of four nominations.

The NAMIC Vision Awards competition extends eligibility to national broadcast and cable networks; local affiliates; local origination programs from cable operators; and VOD content produced for digital platforms. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of entertainment industry executives. Judging is based on overall imagery (creative merit, originality, and presentation quality), sensitivity (the consideration given to cultural nuances), writing (the depiction of issues relevant to people of color) and the quality of acting in the performance categories.

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises over 3,000 professionals belonging to a network of chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, please visit and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


2017 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominees

Doc McStuffins - Disney Junior
Miles from Tomorrowland - Disney Junior
Sanjay and Craig - Nickelodeon
Sofia the First - Disney Junior
The Loud House - Nickelodeon

Awards & Honors
47th NAACP Image Awards - TV One
BET Awards 2016 - BET Networks
Black Girls Rock! - BET Networks
Dear Mama - VH1
Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens - VH1
Trailblazers Honors - Logo

Best Performance – Comedy           
Don Cheadle: House of Lies - Showtime
Issa Rae: Insecure  - HBO
RonReaco Lee: Survivor’s Remorse - Starz
Teyonah Paris: Survivor’s Remorse - Starz
Tichina Arnold: Survivor’s Remorse  - Starz 

Best Performance - Drama
Anika Noni Rose: Roots - History Channel
Forest Whitaker: Roots - History Channel
Gabrielle Union: Being Mary Jane - BET Networks
Kerry Washington: Confirmation - HBO
Malachi Kirby: Roots - History Channel
Malik Yoba: Bad Dad Rehab - TV One
Regé-Jean Page: Roots - History Channel

All in with Cam Newton - Nickelodeon
Game Shakers - Nickelodeon
Nina’s World - Sprout
Sesame Street - HBO
Stuck in the Middle - Disney Channel

Ballers - HBO
black-ish - ABC
Fluffy Breaks Even - Fuse
Insecure - HBO
Survivor’s Remorse - Starz

SuperSoul Sunday - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
The Talk - CBS
Digital Media - Short Form
Change Agents: History in the Making - TV One
Harlem on My Plate - Powerhouse Productions
One Heritage, Two Generations: Amelia Morán Ceja and Dalia Ceja - NBC Latino
This is Birth with Lisa Ling - CNN
Voices - NBC Asian America
Eyes on the Prize Then and Now: A WORLD Channel Special -  World Channel 
Fault Lines: The Lives of Black Women - Al Jazeera English
Roots: A New Vision - History Channel
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four - Investigation Discovery
We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World - CNN
Being Mary Jane - BET Networks
East Los High - Hulu
Grey’s Anatomy - ABC
How to Get Away With Murder - ABC
Secret and Lies - ABC
Foreign Language    
Pancho Villa: Se Busca Vivo o Muerto - Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic
Texas Trocas - Discovery Networks - Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic
Ayesha’s Homemade - Food Network
Design + Story - ABS-CBN International
Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies - Cooking Channel
Smollett Eats - Food Network
Special Projects: Breakthrough Women - CNN
Spice to Life - ABS-CBN International

Arab and Queer: Lebanese Singer Pushes Boundaries - NBC Out
BA Election Day Coverage 2016 - ABS-CBN International
NewsOne Now with Roland Martin - TV One
Special Projects: Impact Your World - CNN
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement - BET Networks
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman - National Geographic

Original Movie or Special    
All the Way - HBO
BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration - BET Networks
Black Girls Rock! - BET Networks
Rock the Runway - ABS-CBN International
Special Projects: Amalgam Comics - CNN
Black Market with Michael K. Williams - VICELAND
SC Featured: Chubbtown - ESPN
SC Featured: Inky Johnson - ESPN
SportsCenter: Mother of Hampton Lacrosse - ESPN
Sunday NFL Countdown: Jarrius Robertson - ESPN
Reality - Social Issues         
E:60 American - ESPN
Gaycation with Ellen Page - VICELAND
Rise Up: A SportsCenter Special - ESPN
Vice News Tonight - HBO
Vice: “Viva Cuba Libre” - HBO
E:60 Mike Evans - ESPN
SC Featured: The Meaning of Miyah - ESPN
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel - HBO
Terrance Crawford: My Fight - HBO
VICE World of Sports - VICELAND

Variety/Talk Show    
All Def Comedy - HBO
Being: Brandy - BET Networks
Lemonade - HBO
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson -  National Geographic 
VH1 Live! - VH1
2017 NAMIC Vision Awards by Network/Distributor

ABC - 4
ABS-CBN International - 4
Al Jazeera English - 1
BET Networks - 8
CBS - 1
CNN - 5
Cooking Channel - 1
Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic -2
Disney Channel - 1
Disney Junior - 3
ESPN - 8
Food Network - 2
Fuse - 1
HBO - 12
History Channel - 5
Hulu - 1
Investigation Discovery - 1
Logo - 1
National Geographic - 2
NBC Asian America - 1
NBC Latino - 1
NBC Out - 1
Nickelodeon - 4
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network -1
Powerhouse Productions - 1
Showtime - 1
Sprout - 1
Starz - 4
TV One - 4
VH1 - 3
World Channel - 1

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