Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards

A multi-cultural awards show from an African American point of view

What are the NAACP Image Awards? 
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

The complete NAACP Image Award nominations list is available here or you can go to the website.  For This post I have only listed the The NAACP Image Award nominations in the Literature category.  My personal favorites are indicated with a red bullet - who are your favorites? Leave a comment on this post.  I want to congratulate all the nominees in not only the Literature category but in all the categories.

Outstanding Literary Work -Fiction
• "A Taste of Honey" - Jabari Asim (Broadway Books)
"Glorious" - Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
"Wench" - Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)
•"Till You Hear From Me" - Pearl Cleage (Ballantine Books/One World)
• "Getting to Happy" - Terry McMillan (Penguin Group)

Outstanding Literary Work -Non-Fiction
• "Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority" - Tom Burrell (SmileyBooks)
• "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC" - Editors: Faith
S. Holsaert, Judy Richardson, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Betty Garman
Robinson, Jean Smith Young, Dorothy M. Zellner (University of Illinois Press)
• "Surviving and Thriving 365 Days in Black Economic History" - Dr. Julianne Malveaux
(Last Word Productions, Inc.)
• "The History of White People" - Nell Irvin Painter (W.W. Norton & Company)
• "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" - Michelle Alexander    (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work -Debut Author
"Wench" - Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)
"The Girl Who Fell from the Sky" - Heidi Durrow (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
• "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" - Isabel
     Wilkerson (Random House)
• "Beneath the Lion's Gaze" - Maaza Mengiste (W.W. Norton & Company)
• "Forest Gate" - Peter Akinti (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work -Biography/Auto-Biography
• "Conversations with Myself" - Ruth Hobday, Nelson Mandela (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
"Decoded" - Jay-Z (Spiegel & Gran, a division of Random House)
• "Extraordinary, Ordinary People - Condoleezza Rice (Crown Archetype)
• "I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen - My Journey Home" -
Shoshana Johnson (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
• "You Don't Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles" - Ray Charles Robinson,
Jr. (Crown)

Outstanding Literary Work -Instructional
• "A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life" -
Antwone Fisher (Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
• "Diet-Free for Life: A Revolutionary Food, Fitness and Mindset Makeover to Maximize
Fat Loss" - Robert Ferguson (Penguin Group USA, Perigee Hardcover)
• "If it Takes a Village, Build One: How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service and
100+ Ways You Can Too" - Malaak Compton-Rock (Crown Archetype)
• "The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms" - Kirk Franklin (Gotham Books)
"The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women" - Elaine Meryl
Brown, Rhonda McLean, Marsha Haygood (Ballantine Books/One World)

Outstanding Literary Work -Poetry
• "100 Best African-American Poems" - Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks MediaFusion)
• "Hard Times Require Furious Dancing" - Alice Walker (Author), Shiloh McCloud
(Illustrator) (New World Library)
• "Holding Company" - Major Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company)
• "Suck on the Marrow" - Camille T. Dungy (Red Hen Press)
• "White Egrets" - Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Outstanding Literary Work -Children
• "Grandma's Gift" - Eric Velasquez (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)
• "Mama Miti: Wangai Maathai and the Tree of Kenya" - Donna Jo Napoli (Author), Kadir
Nelson (Illustrator) (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
"My Brother Charlie" - Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Scholastic Press)
• "Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Delores Huerta and Cesar Chavez" - Monica
Brown (Author), Joe Cepeda (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children's Books)
• "The Great Migration: Journey to the North" - Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Pivey
Gilchrist (Illustrator) (Harper Collins Children's Books)

Outstanding Literary Work -Youth/Teens
• "Condoleezza Rice A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me" -
Condoleezza Rice (Random House Children's Books)
• "Lockdown" - Walter Dean Myers (Harper Collins Children's Books)
• "Malcolm X: I Believe in the Brotherhood of Man, All Men" - Jeff Burlingame (Enslow
Publishers, Inc.)
• "Out of My Mind" - Sharon Draper (Atheneum Young Reader)
"One Crazy Summer" - Rita Williams-Garcia (Harper Collins Children's Books)

Go to The NAACP Image Awards website for details and a complete list of the nominees. 
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