The Insider’s Kevin Frazier sat down exclusively for a roundtable discussion with seven of the ten NAACP Image Awards nominees this year for the “Outstanding Daytime Actor and Actress” categories from CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless, to discuss diversity.
In these categories, CBS’ actors and actresses represent 90% of the nominees. During the revealing interview at Hollywood’s illustrious The Sayers Club, Frazier spoke with nominees from CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful’s Aaron D. Spears, Lawrence Saint-Victor, Karla Mosley, as well as, CBS’ The Young and the Restless’ Kristoff St. John, Redaric Williams, Angell Conwell and Christel Khalil.
St. John, who has been on daytime the longest and who has also won nine NAACP Image Awards, describes his experience twenty years ago when he would receive hate mail for being in an on-screen interracial relationship explaining: “It really wasn’t accepted that well by the audience at that time. I’m not just going to say the white audience, but maybe black and white. Unfortunately, I received a lot of hate mail. It was right in my home mailbox and that was really disheartening to me, to open my mail (and) in between the gas and the electric bill was this ‘I hate you because of your skin color (letter.)’”
While discussing the enlightening conversation he was able to conduct Frazier states, “It’s important to recognize these outstanding actors and actresses from daytime dramas because they make such a huge contribution. They aren’t movie stars like Halle Berry or Forest Whitaker, but every single day they are in people’s homes, shaping perceptions; not just entertaining, but becoming part of people’s lives.”
The Outstanding Actor nominee discussion with Frazier will air tonight on Tuesday, February, 18th and his conversation with the Outstanding Actress nominees will air the following evening on February 19th! This year’s 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards will happen on February 22nd live on TV One!
So, what do you think about diversity in daytime? Do you think the soaps have come along way in representing the African-American community? And who would you like to see win this years NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor and Actress? Let us know!