*The NAACP held a luncheon in honor of the nominees of its 41st Image Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel recently where singer/songwriters Judith Hill (Michael Jackson protégé) and N’dambi (Stax Records) gave outstanding performances. The 41st NAACP Image Awards will be held live Friday, February 26, 2010 on Fox 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The luncheon started with the red carpet arrivals of the nominees – Hill and N’dambi included. Those who came in support of the luncheon was Corey Reynolds of TNT’s The Closer for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Chandra Wilson of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series; Gabourey Sidibe (Lion Gate’s “Precious”) for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture; Geoffrey Fletcher (Lion’s Gate’s “Precious”) for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series; Gus Hoffman of TNT’s Gifted Hands for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini Series or Dramatic Special; Texas Battle and Cassius Willis of CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series; Tonya Lee Williams and Tatyana Ali of CBS’s The Young and the Restless for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series; Def Jam artist Kristinia DeBarge for Outstanding New Artist; Xzibit for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for Outstanding Reality Series; Mack Avenue Records’ legendary Gerald Wilson for Outstanding Jazz Album; Dr. Keith Black for Outstanding Literary Work Non-Fiction (Grand Central Publishing), and Kevin Sullivan, ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights, for Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series for the “Aftershock” episode. Others who came to the luncheon include playwright Don B. Welch and his guest Dawnn Lewis (Different World); NAACP president Ben Jealous’ wife Julia who spoke on his behalf; actress/singer Ashley Arogta in support of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP which received a nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program and KeKe Palmer for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program, and Jesse Williams of Grays Anatomy who helped to announce the nominees present.
“I am very excited about the NAACP Image Awards,” said singer/songwriter N’dambi – who performed her current single, “I Can’t Hardly Wait” (Stax Records). “It’s time to celebrate our greatness. There’s always a need to have those accolades. So it’s an honor and pleasure to be here.”
The other entertainer for the luncheon, Judith Hill, who performed MJ’s “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” talked briefly about her experience performing with Michael Jackson during the preparation for the “This is It Tour,” “It was magical. I can’t put into word. He was amazing and so sweet, and his presence lit up a room. That’s kind of how the whole project went.”
Well she lit up that luncheon room with her emotional performance. Also on the red carpet were nominees such as Dr. Keith Black who wrote a non-fiction book about brain surgery. “I wanted to inspire people to go into math and science…to see the life of a brain surgeon and how important mentoring and parenting are.”
Xzibit, who was there in support of his episode on Home Edition that received a nomination, seems out of place but glad to be there.
He laughed, “I’m a musician I don’t do construction… but I got to meet a lot of good people…the Hill family we built a house for. It was real.”
The NAACP Image Awards to air Friday, February 26th is going to be real as well when even more nominees and celebrities will show up. As always the event will lock down the whole area, where the venue is located, as it welcomes and honor America’s finest people of color.
For the complete nominee list and more information on the live telecast log onto www.naacp.org.
Legendary radio Jock Lee Bailey’s new improved and interactive EURweb.com
*Lee “The Voice” Bailey, legendary radio jock turned Internet media mogul, recently launched a new and more interactive EURweb.com. The website was an electronic version of Bailey’s radio show RadioScope and quickly became (along with his daily email blast of the same information) a major source of information on black entertainment.
“When the Internet first came along…to me it was the future,” Lee Bailey said when asked what made him launch a website in the first place back in the late 90s. “It’s about…communication not necessarily radio, print, website, but communication.”
Bailey said all those media outlets are mainly platforms that through time and technology may change and it is those in media who understand that concept that continue to be successful. The content on Lee Bailey’s www.EURweb.com is used in the same manner as the content offered by Associates Press (AP), in fact I call website and email blast, the AP of black entertainment news.
Aside from cutting edge entertainment news Lee Bailey’s EURweb.com now offers more information that is constantly changing with the news, as oppose to changing each day as it did in the past. New to EURweb.com are video clips and other news media video at his “EUR Video News” stream.
“I love the computer. I always like fooling around with it,” Lee said. I lot of people my age are not into the computer. I knew what it could do. Never was afraid of it. Generations under 40, maybe 50, are not print oriented anymore. If you have a print media, big magazine will succeed, but smaller – especially minority – publications the (future) vehicle is the telephone, smart phones, phone web enabled.”
Also new to EURweb.com is the feedback from the readers, now when readers comment on articles, other readers can comment to their comments directly (like with Facebook). Now EURweb.com is on Facebook.com and Twitter.com and readers can comment on articles from their Facebook (if they become a EURweb fan) and re-Twit articles to your Twitter followers.
“We will soon have in-house video,” Bailey pointed out when asked about seeing all his famous interviews on video. “I have been recorded for about a year now.”
The website is user friendly and lots of interactive things to do, and according to Lee there is much more to come. The EURweb.com site generates easily two million visitors a month (averaging 100,000 viewers every week day). I also must add that you can find this column, The Pulse of Entertainment (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com), weekly there at the column section of the website.