No Debbi, No Darnell Among Increasingly Pointless NAACP Image Award Nods


I've decided to try to be less snarky about The Young and the Restless, and now is as good a time as any to start, I suppose. So kudos to the sudser for dominating the soap categories in nominations for the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards. The very fact that a soap opera which recently had a black crackhead calling a white woman "Miss Phyllis" is being celebrated for its positve portrayal of people of color…well, that says more than I ever could, really.

 Y&R's Christel Khalil (Lily), Julie Pace Mitchell (Sofia), Tatyana Ali (Roxanne) and Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia) were all nominated for Oustanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. They will compete against The Bold and the Beautiful's Yvette Freeman, who recurs as Stephanie Forrester's (Susan Flannery) oncologist.

In the Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category, The Bold and the Beautiful's Aaron D. Spears (Justin) and Texas Battle (Marcus) recieved nods, as did Y&R's Bryton James (Devon), Emerson Brooks (the dude who helped Erica's doppelganger snatch her up on All My Children) and Days of Our Lives' James Reynolds (Abe).

Here's the portion of the program where I would generally freak out about Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan (Jesse and Angie) not being nominated for the work they did during All My Children's final season, but really, what good has ranting and raging ever done me?

The fact thatTatyana Ali won this award last year, when she only turns up on Y&R once every leap year, proves just how pointless the NAACP Image Awards really are. Who knows, maybe Debs and Darnell figured that out and simply didn't submit themselves?

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22 Responses

  1. Profile photo of alstonboy4315

    Any award show that “honors” the wooden and unnaturally awkward likes of Julie Pace Mitchell and Texas Battle……or the predictably boring and flavorless likes of Christel Khalil is certainly NOT worth it’s weight in gold.

    I remember when the NAACP awards used to honor the REAL talent in daytime. (Hello, I think Victoria Rowell won 11 or 12 of them, and deserved every last one!)

    As an African American, I try to do whatever I can to projects and award shows that help to give opportunities to my people, but they have to meet me halfway and at least make SOME kinda sense. And this time, they simply aren’t. I have watched this award show many times over the years and often find myself flabbergasted with the results, but this just takes the cake.

    But I suppose I should be happy that they at least left off ONE name that CERTAINLY didn’t deserve recognition: Denise Vasi.

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    I think the problem with the awards, at least regarding daytime, is that there are fewer and fewer A-A actors in soaps, so instead of an image award it’s more like you’re-black-and-on-a-soap-so-here’s-your-nom award.

    And, really, isn’t this more of a PR event anyway? :)

  3. Profile photo of Smitty

    Maybe Debbi’s potrayal of YoHarmony dissuaded some voters from nominating her for her role as Angie…..NO….OH….well I know that was a stretch LOL

    Obviously next year they will get nominated since they will be on Y&R. I don’t know….pulling at straws

  4. Profile photo of keanna

    I’ve missed you, too. Alstonboy, it’s been way too long.

    Why isn’t Sean Blackmore of GH on that list, I think he should instead of some of those other guys.

  5. Profile photo of josser

    Why were none of the actors of color from One Life to Live not nominated? Shennell Edmonds kicked but in her supporting role. Florencia Lozano was wonderful as Tea. We also had good performances from the actors portraying the Patels and the rest of the Evans families. All of them had more substantial roles that the glorified day player Tatyana Ali.

    On the other hand, I am happy to see that Christel Khalil received a nomination. At this point, Khalil is the most popular woman of color on daytime. When given good material, Khalil is excellent.

  6. Profile photo of Ryan-Scott

    Sean Ringold should be in there and the fact that Debbi and Darnell aren’t in there after the work they did in their final AMC storyline…..I have no words other than it really makes me sad.

  7. Profile photo of njtaurian

    I’m confused…I’m convinced that The Bells have paid handsomely for Image Award noms! Umm…Debbi Morgan? Darnell Williams? JR Martinez? Sean Blakemore? Sean Ringgold? Shenell Edmonds? Of the 10, this list has like 3 or 4 deserving nominees and then the rest are back burners and day players!!

    I’m so disappointed in this list. Last year, I was as well but this year just takes the cake!! I’m a voting member of the NAACP and I think I’ll just skip these categories on my ballot!!

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    Camp is not a sustainable model

    Actors and actresses like Renee Jones, Amelia Marshall, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Tamara Tunie, Brooke Kerr, Rodney Van Johnson, Lammon Rucker, Peter Parros, etc. Have all been passed up for NAACP nominations when they had the body of work to warrant it.

    And as much as I love Victoria Rowell and Kristoff Saint John, not every year was their year to win. For Example When Renee was in heat of the baby switch storyline as Lexie she was the best black actress in 2001 and so was James as Abe. When Tamara played out Jessica’s rape storyline on ATWT she was the best black actress in daytime in 2003 as was Lammon as Marshall.

    This Awards show has nothing to do with picking actors who only do what is considered positive portrayals of African Americans. It just tilted to Y&R no matter what happens. It’s like they are shills for CBS/Sony. And they obviously don’t watch soaps. Because if they did they would know who was doing what work.

    So CBS must put a hefty check into the hands of Benjamen Jealous. Because if this was going to be any soap categories it would have went like this:

    Best Actress
    -Renee Jones (Lexie, Days of our Lives)
    -Florencia Lozano (Tea, One Life To Live)
    -Debbie Morgan (Angie, All My Children)
    -Christel Khalil (Lily, The Young and The Restless)<<< I threw up writing her name.

    Best Actor
    -Sean Blakemore (Sean, GH)
    -Bryton James (Devon, Y&R)
    -Kristoff Saint John (Neil, Y&R)
    -James Reynolds (Abe, DOOL)

    This would be the realistic list. Because Asians and Latino’s do qualify as POC’s.

  9. Profile photo of blake3b

    Wow! The fact that Debbi and Darnell both were not nominated says a lot! I wanted to say maybe it’s because AMC is off the air (grasping at straws here lol), but seeing the names on the list says everything.

    I remember the days when it made more sense. Dru and Neil (or Malcolm and Olivia) would win and other good people like Lexie from Days would be nominated too. Seems those good days are over with these awards.

  10. Profile photo of MsAgentProvocateur1

    This makes no sense, smh. Obviously, no one deciding the final ballots actually watches these shows.

    Now, I’m going to say something that may tick off Y&R fans but please don’t take offense as Y&R used to be my 2nd favorite soap (after ATWT). I think ratings have a lot to do with the reason why the final ballot nominations appear the way they do. Y&R, has been the de facto #1 daytime drama for many years (despite the poor quality of writing, SL, etc) as it benefits heavily from its advantageous time slot. The show’s brass know that soap fans are some of the most loyal viewers out there and they completely take this for granted, while making little effort to show the respect for the fans with the caliber of writing that they were once known for. And as long as they can still claim the top spot, why do they have to change anything, even if it is for the better?

    Speaking of ‘phoning it in…’, I think the NAACP should just eliminate the category altogether if they’re not going to do due diligence and actually dig into the body of work for that time period that is under consideration. That’s JMO.

    I mean seriously…no Debbie, no Darnell? Did they not have that SL with Angie & Jesse and the loss of their baby? SHM.

  11. Profile photo of AdamDrake

    I’ve never been overly impressed by Darnell’s acting range, but Debbi not being nominated makes no sense to me (even though she didn’t work too hard through that gawdawful blindness storyline).

    This may be a basic question, but there’s only one logical explanation that could possibly be the reason: did they actually submit themselves for consideration?

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    Their story on AMC which was their last, both HIT it out of the ballpark, made me cry like a baby. Especially Darnell when he realize his & Angie’s baby had died after the birth. DM played the best blind person on screen(unlike Adam) since Hope on Y&R, this is a absolute jaw dropping with disbelief.

  13. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    The NAACP is an organization that strives for the advancement of ALL people of color, not just African-Americans. So CK certainly would qualify for a nomination.

    Whether she deserves one or not is a whole other issue.

  14. Profile photo of MsAgentProvocateur1

    I was under the belief that CK was BOTH. And she is 1/2 Pakistani, which is South Asian, NOT Middle Eastern.
    But I also have never been overly impressed with her body of work, so to me, it is debatable whether she deserves to be nominated for an Image Award, although as a person of color, she is eligible.

  15. Profile photo of alstonboy4315

    Angelina Jolie was nominated for an NAACP award, as was Emma Stone, so if they can get nominated for this award without a drop of African American blood in them, then Christel can definitely be nominated. And according to imdb, her mother is African American, which would make her mixed race. And I am certainly no fan of hers, but there’s no denying that she’s got AA blood flowing through her veins.

    Nevertheless, in all honesty, the NAACP awards don’t simply honor African Americans, but all ethnic minorities.

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