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Album Review: Chance The Rapper – The Big Day

With the album coming out late on Friday, he is still predicted to debut at #1 with about 110k-125k first week. Chance’s “Hot Shower” is leading on the streaming platforms, sitting Top 5 at Apple Music and holding the #7 spot at Spotify. This is actually sad, and a reflection of today’s poor taste in music. Out of all the great music on Chance’s album, the general perfect picked the one song where he dumbs down his lyrical content to match today’s mediocre rap styles of DaBaby.

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It’s been some time since I’ve blogged, but to be honest, there hasn’t been much that has caught my attention lately.

But this Chance album has GOT ME!

Chance has released his debut album and it was well worth the wait. Filled with top notch features, melodies, and most importantly REAL RAP! It is so very refreshing to hear an album that celebrates what the everyday man can really appreciate. He talks about rededicating his life to God, finding true love with his wife, loving his brother, and more. These topics are so different than your everyday rapper now.

With the album coming out late on Friday, he is still predicted to debut at #1 with about 110k-125k first week. Chance’s “Hot Shower” is leading on the streaming platforms, sitting Top 5 at Apple Music and holding the #7 spot at Spotify. This is actually sad, and a reflection of today’s poor taste in music. Out of all the great music on Chance’s album, the general perfect picked the one song where he dumbs down his lyrical content to match today’s mediocre rap styles of DaBaby.

Other features on the album was the quite impressive Nicki Minaj. With not 1 but 2 verses on the album, she offered up some of the best verses that she has had in years. There are many songs that provide the long missing R&B vibes of the 90s, some provided by legendary divas SWV and En Vogue. Megan The Stallion‘s feature on “Handsome” was a surprise, and like “Hot Shower“, it wasn’t too impressive. Her bars are very amateur and repetitive. I’m anxiously awaiting the day that she elevates her skillset and has the lyrical content that matches her flow.

Overall this is an impressive body of work, and I look forward to see how it fairs at the Grammys. It’s very deserving of more Grammys.

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    Eternal
    Sun Come Down
    Zanies and Fools
    Roo
    I Got You (Always And Forever)
    Found A Good One (Single No More)
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    Full List: NAACP Image Awards Nominations!

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    The 2021 NAACP Image Awards will air on March 27 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on CBS and BET, following five nights of non-televised categories streaming from March 22-26.

    Special Awards

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    D-Nice
    Viola Davis
    Regina King
    Trevor Noah
    Tyler Perry

    SOCIAL JUSTICE IMPACT

    April Ryan
    Debbie Allen
    Lebron James
    Stacey Abrams
    Tamika Mallory

    Television and Streaming

    OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
    #blackAF
    Black-ish
    grown-ish
    Insecure
    The Last O.G.

    OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

    Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
    Cedric The Entertainer, The Neighborhood
    Don Cheadle, Black Monday
    Idris Elba, In the Long Run
    Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

    Issa Rae, Insecure
    Folake Olowofoyeku, Bob Hearts Abishola
    Regina Hall, Black Monday
    Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
    Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

    Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Deon Cole, Black-ish
    Jay Ellis, Insecure
    Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
    Laurence Fishburne, Black-ish

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

    Jenifer Lewis, Black-ish
    Marsai Martin, Black-ish
    Natasha Rothwell, Insecure
    Tichina Arnold, The Neighborhood
    Yvonne Orji, Insecure

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

    All Rise
    Bridgerton
    Lovecraft Country
    Power Book II: Ghost
    This Is Us

    OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country
    Keith David, Greenleaf
    Nicco Annan, P-Valley
    Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton
    Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
    Brandee Evans, P-Valley
    Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country
    Simone Missick, All Rise
    Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Clifford “Method Man” Smith, Power Book II: Ghost
    Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight
    J. Alphonse Nicholson, P-Valley
    Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
    Michael Kenneth Williams, Lovecraft Country

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Adjoa Andoh, Bridgerton
    Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country
    Lynn Whitfield, Greenleaf
    Mary J. Blige, Power Book II: Ghost
    Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us

    OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    Hamilton
    Little Fires Everywhere
    Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
    Sylvie’s Love
    The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel

    OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    Blair Underwood, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
    Chris Rock, Fargo
    Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
    Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton
    Nnamdi Asomugha, Sylvie’s Love

    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    Aunjanue Ellis, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel
    Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere
    Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
    Octavia Spencer, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
    Tessa Thompson, Sylvie’s Love

    OUTSTANDING NEWS/INFORMATION (SERIES OR SPECIAL)

    AM Joy: Remembering John Lewis Special
    Desus & Mero: The Obama Interview
    The Color of Covid
    The New York Times Presents “The Killing of Breonna Taylor”
    The Reidout

    OUTSTANDING TALK SERIES

    Red Table Talk
    Tamron Hall
    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
    The Oprah Conversation
    The Shop: Uninterrupted

    OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM/REALITY COMPETITION SERIES/GAME SHOW

    Celebrity Family Feud
    Iyanla: Fix My Life
    Shark Tank
    United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
    Voices of Fire

    OUTSTANDING VARIETY (SERIES OR SPECIAL)

    8:46
    Black Is King
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion
    VERZUZ
    Yvonne Orji: Momma I Made It!

    OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

    Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
    Craig of the Creek
    Family Reunion
    Raven’s Home
    We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical

    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH (SERIES, SPECIAL, TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED-SERIES)

    Alex R. Hibbert, The Chi
    Lexi Underwood, Little Fires Everywhere
    Lyric Ross, This Is Us
    Marsai Martin, Black-ish
    Miles Brown, Black-ish

    OUTSTANDING HOST IN A TALK OR NEWS/INFORMATION (SERIES OR SPECIAL) – INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE

    Don Lemon, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon
    Jada Pinkett Smith, Red Table Talk
    Joy Reid, The Reidout
    LeBron James, The Shop: Uninterrupted
    Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    OUTSTANDING HOST IN A REALITY/REALITY COMPETITION, GAME SHOW OR VARIETY (SERIES OR SPECIAL) – INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE

    Alfonso Ribeiro, America’s Funniest Home Videos
    Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla: Fix My Life
    Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud
    W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
    RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

    OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMANCE – COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES

    Chris Rock, Saturday Night Live
    Courtney B. Vance, Lovecraft Country
    Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
    Issa Rae, Saturday Night Live
    Loretta Devine, P-Valley

    OUTSTANDING ANIMATED SERIES

    Big Mouth
    Central Park
    Doc McStuffins
    She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
    Star Trek: Lower Decks

    OUTSTANDING CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE (TELEVISION)

    Aisha Tyler, Archer
    Courtney B. Vance, Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story
    Dawnn Lewis, Star Trek: Lower Decks
    Deon Cole, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
    Laya DeLeon Hayes, Doc McStuffins

    OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM SERIES – COMEDY OR DRAMA

    #FreeRayshawn
    CripTales
    Lazor Wulf
    Mapleworth Murders
    Sincerely, Camille

    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SHORT FORM SERIES

    Giancarlo Esposito, The Broken and the Bad
    J.B. Smoove, Mapleworth Murders
    Jasmine Cephas Jones, #FreeRayshawn
    Laurence Fishburne, #FreeRayshawn
    Stephan James, #FreeRayshawn

    OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM SERIES – REALITY/NONFICTION

    American Masters – Unladylike2020
    Benedict Men
    Between The Scenes – The Daily Show
    In The Making
    Inspire Change Series

    OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH CREATIVE (TELEVISION)

    Katori Hall, P-Valley
    Keith Knight, Woke
    Ramy Youssef, Ramy
    Raynelle Swilling, Cherish the Day
    Teri Schaffer, Cherish the Day

    Recording

    OUTSTANDING NEW ARTIST

    Chika
    Doja Cat
    D Smoke
    Giveon
    Skip Marley

    OUTSTANDING MALE ARTIST

    Big Sean
    Black Thought
    Charlie Wilson
    Drake
    John Legend

    OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARTIST

    Beyoncé
    H.E.R.
    Jazmine Sullivan
    Ledisi
    Alicia Keys

    OUTSTANDING MUSIC VIDEO/VISUAL ALBUM

    “I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R.
    “Anything For You” – Ledisi
    Black is King, Beyoncé
    “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé feat. WizKid, SAINt JHN and Blu Ivy Carter
    “Do It” – Chloe x Halle

    OUTSTANDING ALBUM

    Alicia, Alicia Keys
    b7, Brandy
    Bigger Love, John Legend
    Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
    The Wild Card, LEDISI

    OUTSTANDING SOUNDTRACK/COMPILATION ALBUM

    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Music from the Netflix Film)
    Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series
    Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Soul Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The First Ladies of Gospel: The Clark Sisters Biopic Soundtrack

    OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN ALBUM

    Chosen Vessel, Marvin Sapp
    Gospel According to PJ, PJ Morton
    I Am, Koryn Hawthorne
    Kierra, Kierra Sheard
    The Return, The Clark Sisters

    OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN SONG

    “All in His Plan” – PJ Morton
    “Never Lost” – CeCe Winans
    “Something Has To Break” – Kierra Sheard feat. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard
    “Strong God” – Kirk Franklin
    “Touch from You” – Tamela Mann

    OUTSTANDING JAZZ ALBUM – INSTRUMENTAL

    Be Water, Christian Sands
    Music From and Inspired By Soul, Jon Batiste
    Omega, Immanuel Wilkins
    Reciprocity, George Burton
    The Iconoclast, Barry Stephenson

    OUTSTANDING JAZZ ALBUM – VOCAL

    Donny Duke and Wonder, Nathan Mitchell
    Holy Room – Live at Alte Oper, Somi
    Pulling Off The Covers, Mike Phillips
    Stronger, Jeff Bradshaw
    The Eddy (From The Netflix Original Series), The Eddy

    OUTSTANDING SOUL/R&B SONG

    “I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R.
    “Anything For You” – LEDISI
    “B.S.” – Jhené Aiko feat. H.E.R.
    “Black Parade” – Beyoncé
    “Do It” – Chloe x Halle

    OUTSTANDING HIP-HOP/RAP SONG

    “Deep Reverence” – Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle
    “Savage Remix” – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé
    “Cool Off” – Missy Elliott
    “Laugh Now, Cry Later” – Drake
    “Life Is Good” – Future & Drake

    OUTSTANDING DUO, GROUP OR COLLABORATION (TRADITIONAL)

    Alicia Keys feat. Jill Scott – “Jill Scott”
    Chloe x Halle – “Wonder What She Thinks Of Me”
    Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis feat. Babyface – “He Don’t Know Nothin’ Bout It”
    Kem feat. Toni Braxton – “Live Out Your Love”
    Ledisi and PJ Morton – “Anything For You”

    OUTSTANDING DUO, GROUP OR COLLABORATION (CONTEMPORARY)

    Alicia Keys feat. Khalid – “So Done”
    Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle – “Deep Reverence”
    Chloe x Halle – “Do It”
    Jhené Aiko feat. H.E.R. – “B.S.”
    Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – “Savage Remix”

    OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL SONG

    “Blessed” – Buju Banton
    “Lockdown” – Original Koffee
    “Pressure (Remix)” – Original Koffee feat. Buju Banton
    “Tanana” – Davido feat. Tiwa Savage
    “Temptation” – Tiwa Savage

    OUTSTANDING PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

    Donald Lawrence
    Hit-Boy
    Jathan Wilson
    Sean Keys
    TM88

    Literature

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – FICTION

    Black Bottom Saints – Alice Randall
    Lakewood – Megan Giddings
    Riot Baby – Tochi Onyebuchi
    The Awkward Black Man – Walter Mosley
    The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – NONFICTION

    A Black Women’s History of the United States – Daina Berry
    A Promised Land – Barack Obama
    Driving While Black – Gretchen Sorin
    Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America – Michael Eric Dyson
    We’re Better Than This – Elijah Cummings

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – DEBUT AUTHOR

    A Knock at Midnight – Brittany Barnett
    Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World – Cole Brown
    Lakewood – Megan Giddings
    The Compton Cowboys – Walter Thompson-Hernandez
    We’re Better Than This – Elijah Cummings

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team – Arshay Cooper
    A Promised Land – Barack Obama
    Olympic Pride, American Prejudice – Deborah Draper
    The Dead Are Arising – Les Payne, Tamara Payne
    Willie: The Game-Changing Story of the NHL’s First Black Player – Willie O’Ree

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – INSTRUCTIONAL

    Do Right by Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Space – Valerie Harrison
    Living Lively – Haile Thomas
    The Black Foster Youth Handbook – Ángela Quijada-Banks
    The Woman God Created You to Be: Finding Success Through Faith–Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally – Kimberla Lawson Roby
    Vegetable Kingdom – Bryant Terry

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – POETRY

    Homie – Danez Smith
    Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry – John Murillo
    Seeing the Body – Rachel Eliza Griffiths
    The Age of Phillis – Honorée Jeffers
    Un-American – Hafizah Geter

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – CHILDREN

    I Promise – LeBron James, Nina Mata
    Just Like a Mama – Alice Faye Duncan, Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
    Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice – Nikki Grimes, Laura Freeman
    She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm – Katheryn Russell-Brown, Eric Velasquez
    The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver – Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison

    OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK – YOUTH/TEENS

    Before the Ever After – Jacqueline Woodson
    Black Brother, Black Brother – Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Dear Justyce – Nic Stone
    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You – Jason Reynolds
    This is Your Time – Ruby Bridges

    Motion Picture

    OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE

    Bad Boys For Life
    Da 5 Bloods
    Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    One Night In Miami

    OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

    Anthony Mackie, The Banker
    Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
    Forest Whitaker, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Will Smith, Bad Boys For Life

    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

    Issa Rae, The Photograph
    Janelle Monáe, Antebellum
    Madalen Mills, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Tracee Ellis Ross, The High Note
    Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

    Aldis Hodge, One Night In Miami
    Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
    Clarke Peters, Da 5 Bloods
    Colman Domingo, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Glynn Turman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE

    Anika Noni Rose, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Gabourey Sidibe, Antebellum
    Nia Long, The Banker
    Phylicia Rashad, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Taylour Paige, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT MOTION PICTURE

    Emperor
    Farewell Amor
    Miss Juneteenth
    The 24th
    The Banker

    OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL MOTION PICTURE

    Ainu Mosir
    His House
    Night of the Kings
    The Last Tree
    The Life Ahead (La vita davanti a se)

    OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE IN MOTION PICTURE

    Dayo Okeniyi, Emperor
    Dominique Fishback, Project Power
    Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Charm City Kings
    Jahzir Bruno, The Witches
    Madalen Mills, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

    OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

    Da 5 Bloods
    Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Soul
    The Banker

    OUTSTANDING ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE

    Onward
    Over the Moon
    Scoob!
    Soul
    Trolls World Tour

    OUTSTANDING CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE – MOTION PICTURE

    Ahmir-Khalib Thompson aka Questlove, Soul
    Angela Bassett, Soul
    Chris Rock, The Witches
    Jamie Foxx, Soul
    Phylicia Rashad, Soul

    OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM (LIVE ACTION)

    Baldwin Beauty
    Black Boy Joy
    Gets Good Light
    Home
    Mr. & Mrs. Ellis

    OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM (ANIMATED)

    Canvas
    Cops and Robbers
    Loop
    The Power of Hope
    Windup

    OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH CREATIVE (MOTION PICTURE)

    Loira Limbal, Through the Night
    Melissa Haizlip, Mr. Soul!
    Nadia Hallgren, Becoming
    Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
    Remi Weekes, His House

    Documentary

    OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY (FILM)

    All In: The Fight For Democracy
    Coded Bias
    John Lewis: Good Trouble
    Mr. Soul!
    On the Record

    OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION – SERIES OR SPECIAL)

    And She Could Be Next
    Black Love
    Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    The Last Dance
    Unsung

    Writing

    OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES

    Issa Rae – “Lowkey Feelin’ Myself” (Insecure)
    Lee Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon – “The Rock” (Little America)
    Michaela Coel – “Ego Death” (I May Destroy You)
    Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher – “Pilot” (Never Have I Ever)
    Rajiv Joseph – “The Manager” (Little America)

    OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Attica Locke – “The Spider Web” (Little Fires Everywhere)
    Erika L. Johnson, Mark Richard – “A Wicked Plot” (The Good Lord Bird)
    Jessica Lamour – “Love Hurts” (Little Voice)
    Katori Hall – “Perpetratin'” (P-Valley)
    Tanya Barfield – “Shirley” (Mrs. America)

    OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR SPECIAL

    Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, D. Rodney Carter, Emily Goldwyn, Rob Haze, Zuri Salahuddin, Bennett Webber, Evan Williams, Will Miles, Sherman’s Showcase Black History Month Spectacular
    Eugene Ashe, Sylvie’s Love
    Geri Cole, The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
    Sylvia L. Jones, Camille Tucker, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel

    OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A MOTION PICTURE (FILM)

    David E. Talbert, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    Kemp Powers, One Night in Miami.
    Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
    Pete Docter, Kemp Powers, Mike Jones, Soul
    Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version

    OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION OR MOTION PICTURE)

    Mary Mazzio, A Most Beautiful Thing
    Melissa Haizlip, Mr. Soul!
    Nile Cone, The Beat Don’t Stop
    Royal Kennedy Rodgers, Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story
    Yoruba Richen, Elia Gasull Balada, Valerie Thomas, The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show

    Directing

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES

    Anya Adams – “Hair Day” (Black-ish)
    Aurora Guerrero – “The Jaguar” (Little America)
    Eric Dean Seaton – “Our Wedding Dre” (Black-ish)
    Kabir Akhtar – “…started a nuclear war” (Never Have I Ever)
    Sam Miller, Michaela Coel – “Ego Death” (I May Destroy You)

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES

    Cheryl Dunye – “Strange Case” (Lovecraft Country)
    Hanelle Culpepper – “Remembrance” (Star Trek: Picard)
    Misha Green – “Jig-a-Bobo” (Lovecraft Country)
    Nzingha Stewart – “The Uncanny” (Little Fires Everywhere)
    Steve McQueen – “Mangrove” (Small Axe)

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR SPECIAL

    Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Emmanuel Adeji, Blitz Bazawule, Kwasi Fordjour, Black Is King
    Christine Swanson, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel
    Chuck Vinson, Alan Muraoka, The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special
    Eugene Ashe, Sylvie’s Love
    Kamilah Forbes, Between The World And Me

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A MOTION PICTURE (FILM)

    David E. Talbert, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
    George C. Wolfe, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Old Guard
    Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
    Regina King, One Night in Miami

    OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION OR MOTION PICTURE)

    Keith McQuirter, By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem
    Muta’Ali, Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn
    Sam Pollard, Maro Chermayeff, Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (Ep. 1 & 2)
    Simcha Jacobovici, Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    Yoruba Richen, The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show

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    Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” Goes 9x Platinum

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    An album that spawned 4 Top 10 hits, 2 going #1 (Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough/Rock with You), has reached a new milestone. Michael’s first “big” album, Off The Wall, has reached 9x Platinum in the United States of America.

    The album had been 8X platinum since its last update in August 2009, shortly after Michael’s death. Diamond is right around the corner. Stream the album below.

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    Brandy is heading to The Voice

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    The Voice Season 20 is almost here — and returning coach John Legend has some serious star power on his side.

    The performer revealed on Monday that his celeb mentor for the upcoming season will be none other than… Brandy!

    Her track record as a successful artist speaks for itself and we’ve been loving her and cherishing her as an artist of our culture for such a long time,” Legend raved when the two sat down with ET.

    What I tell her and what is so resonant to me about her is not only has she had a great career and had lots of hits, but singers love Brandy,” he added. “They all look up to her and she’s so influential to other singers. For a show like ours where it’s all about mentoring singers, for them to see her when they walk in the room… it’s just a magical moment every time.

    The Voice Season 20 premiers March 1, 2021.

    In other Brandy news, she will be appearing on The View this Thursday.

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