*“This is a celebration…and a form of advocacy. People in the press are saying there is a sort of ‘white wash’ going on in film and television, as far as recognition of young talent in the industry,” said Vic Bulluck, executive producer of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards about why there is a need for the awards show, which will air live on FOX on Friday, March 4, 2011.

Bulluck spoke on the issue at the announcements of the nominees for the 42nd NAACP Image Awards recently in Beverly Hills. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Kimberly Elise, Sanaa Lathan, comedian/actor Affion Crockett, Columbus Short, and the events chairman, Clayola Brown, announced the nominees.

Tyler Perry led the way with an outstanding 19 nominations and Sade’ had the most categories of nominations. FOX, NBC and ABC led the way with the most nominations in the television category, followed by CBS and Lifetime Movie Network, both with 10 nominations. TV One walked away with 6 nominations.

The Smiths were nominated as well – great year for them – with Jaden nominated for his work in Karate’ Kid and Willa in the music category for “Outstanding New Artist,” along with Bruno Mars.  My old friend actor Rodney Saulsberry received a nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama” for his work in “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Julia Pace Mitchell in the same category for “Young and the Restless.”

In the recording category Columbia Records led the way with 7 nominations, and J Records and Island Def Jam Music both received 6 nominations. Lionsgate/34th Street Films took the lead in nominations in the film category with Fox Searchlight following with six.

For the complete list of nominations for the “42nd NAACP Image Awards” log onto www.naacpimageawards.net.

Actress Rae Dawn Chong says she wanted her role in ‘The Color Purple,’ ‘bad,’ to work with Spielberg

*The Alice Walker novel and Steven Spielberg directed film, “The Color Purple,” now finds its way on Blu-Ray DVD via Warner Home Video. The American classic (25 years ago) is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and it stars Whoopie Goldberg as Celie. Celie is a Southern black woman sold into a life of servitude to a brutal husband played by Danny Glover.  Oprah Winfrey plays Sofia the daughter in-law of Celie and Margaret Avery plays Shug Avery, a local juke-joint singer.

“I was called back 3, 4, 5 or 6 times,” said actress Rae Dawn Chong, who plays Squeak in the film. “I received a call from wardrobe one day about a fitting,” Chong said about how she received the news that she had the role. “Sometimes you get the part and they don’t tell you.”

Rae, who appeared recently on Oprah Winfrey’s Show for a reunion with the actors in the film, had an extensive acting career before “The Color Purple” audition. Chong had co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando, on “St. Elsewhere” and in Cheech and Chong’s The Corsican Brother.

The Blu-Ray “The Color Purple” DVD also contained conversations with the actual ancestors, a talk with the casting; The Color Purple: The Musical; the making of The Color Purple, and behind-the-scene footage.