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Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Wizkid & More Bag NAACP Image Awards

Check out the full list of winners for this year's NAACP Image Awards.

The 51st NAACP Image Awards were held this past Saturday in Pasadena, California.

Naturally, the awards show pulled through and finally gave our fave Black performers the recognition they deserve for their outstanding performances last year.


Lupita Nyong'o bagged two NAACP Image awards including "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture" for her epic role in the Jordan Peele-horror flick Us and "Outstanding Literary Work—Children" for her debut children's book titled Sulwe. The book was released last year and has added to the necessary conversation around colorism and exclusion in the Black community.

Chiwetel Ejiofor walked away with the award for "Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture" for the Netflix Original Film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Check out Ejiofor's interview with OkayAfrica CEO Abiola Oke below:

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Beyoncé''s The Lion King: The Gift album which featured numerous African artists including Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Anatii, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, Yemi Alade, Tekno and several others, took home the award for "Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album". Notably, the wildly successful album also scored a win at the prestigious Soul Train Awards last year and earned a nod at the 62nd Grammys.

"Brown Skin Girl", the track that featured Beyoncé, Wizkid, Blue Ivy Carter and Saint Jhn, went on to bag the award for "Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration". The feel-good song became one of last year's biggest anthems for dark-skinned girls all over the world and resulted in a number of impressive covers by the likes of Stormzy and several other artists.

Check out the full list of winners of the 2020 NAACP Image Awards below:


Overall

Entertainer of the Year: Lizzo

Motion Pictures

Outstanding Motion Picture: "Just Mercy"

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, "Just Mercy"

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Lupita Nyong'o, "Us"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jamie Foxx, "Just Mercy"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Marsai Martin, "Little"

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture: Marsai Martin, "Little"

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture: "Just Mercy"

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: "Dolemite Is My Name"

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series: "Black-ish"

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, "Black-ish"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Deon Cole, "Black-ish"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, "Black-ish"

Outstanding Drama Series: "Greenleaf"

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Omari Hardwick, "Power"

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Angela Bassett, "9-1-1"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Harold Perrineau, "Claws"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lynn Whitfield, "Greenleaf"

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special: "When They See Us"

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special: Jharrel Jerome, "When They See Us"

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special: Niecy Nash, "When They See Us"

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): "Unsung"

Outstanding Talk Series: "Red Table Talk"

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show: "Rhythm + Flow"

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special): "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé"

Outstanding Children's Program: "Family Reunion"

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited–series): Marsai Martin, "Black-ish"

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Jada Pinkett Smith, "Red Table Talk"

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, "Celebrity Family Feud"

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series: Kelly Rowland, "American Soul"

Recording

Outstanding Album: "Homecoming: The Live Album," Beyoncé

Outstanding New Artist: Lil Nas X

Outstanding Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé

Outstanding Song – Traditional: "Spirit," Beyoncé

Outstanding Song – Contemporary: "Before I Let Go," Beyoncé

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: "Brown Skin Girl" Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé and WizKiD

Outstanding Jazz Album: "Love & Liberation," Jazzmeia Horn

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song (Traditional or Contemporary): "Love Theory," Kirk Franklin

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album: "Juice," Lizzo

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album: "The Lion King: The Gift," Beyoncé with Various Artists

Literature

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: "The Revisioners," Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction: "The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations," Toni Morrison

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: "I Am Dance: Words and Images of the Black Dancer," Hal Banfield (Author), Javier Vasquez (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Autobiography: "More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)," Elaine Welteroth

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: "Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, And Opportunity For Black Women In America," Karen Arrington (Author), Joanna Price (Illustrator), Sheryl Taylor (Forward)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry: "Felon: Poems," Reginald Dwayne Betts

Outstanding Literary Work – Children: "Sulwe," Lupita Nyong'o (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: "Around Harvard Square," C.J. Farley

Directing

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Anya Adams, "Glow"

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, "Power"

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Rashid Johnson, "Native Son"

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Chiwetel Ejiofor, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"

Writing

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: "The Good Place," Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nichelle Tramble Spellman, "Truth Be Told"

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Suzan-Lori Parks, "Native Son"

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Jordan Peele, "Us"

Animated or CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Motion Picture): James Earl Jones, "The Lion King"

Documentary

Outstanding Documentary (Film): "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am"

Outstanding Documentary (Television - Series or Special): "Hitsville: The Making of Motown"


Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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