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15 February 2nd, 2013 Y&R’s Kristoff St. John and Tatyana Ali Take Home NAACP Image Awards For Daytime Drama Series Performances!

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Last night at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards which celebrates, according to official press releases, “the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”  The awards were handed out in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.  The awards presentations aired live on NBC and was delayed broadcast on the west coast and was hosted by talk show host, Steve Harvey!

Actress Kerry Washington was the big winner of the night taking home three Image Awards for her performances on ABC’s Scandal, and her performance in Quentin Tarantino’s oscar-nominated film, Django Unchained.  Washington also picked up The President’s Award for special achievement and exceptional public service.

However, in the Daytime Drama acting categories, it was two stars from The Young and the Restless who came away with some trophies!   Kristoff St. John received lead actor honors for his performance as Neil Winters besting: Aaron Spears and Rodney Saulsberry of B&B, Erika Valdez, formerly of General Hospital, and James Reynolds of Days of our Lives.

On the female side, once again Tatyani Ali picked up another NAACP Image Award for her performance on Y&R in the seldom seen and recurring role of Roxanne.  Ali bested: Angell Conwell and Julia Pace Mitchell  from The Young and the Restless, Kristolyn Lloyd from The Bold and the Beautiful, and Shenell Edmonds from One Life to Live!

So soapers what do you of the wins by Kristoff and Tatyani? Do you think the right nominees won?  Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    I’m sorry… but why does Tatyana Ali keep winning these awards when she’s barely on? She’s on like 1-2 times per year, so how she keeps winning the award is clearly biased based on her past. The other nominated actresses much deserve that award more, more so Kristolyn, whose portrayal of Dayzee Leigh Forrester has been amazing since her inception!


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  2. Christine says:

    I wish they would use Tatiana Ali more. Such a beautiful woman and a good actress from her old THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR days.

    Congratulations to all the winners.


  3. Robert Lee says:

    The NCAAP has become a joke with the daytime female acting award. Clearly the voting bloc here has lost all credability. Tatyana is a nice young woman. However she has not been on the show with no story to warrant a nomination so it begs the question who does she know or pay to steal this award three years running when she is a blink and you will miss her character?? Way to make a mockery of the process NCAAP and Tatyana. You especially should be ashamed of yourself!!


  4. LynandZoe says:

    To me it further shines a light on the lack of diversity in daytime tv; a new POC with no basis is thrown out to appease. We the audience have a say in this, yet we keep watching.


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  5. shawn says:

    Nothing but a damn joke. How you gonna reward a freaking day player a Best Actress trophy??


    Wendy replied

    we love Sharon Case. i hope she wins best actress this spring!!!! hey why is our favorite Victoria Rowell still not allowed back when so many wish her return? Drucilla is the best talented actress next to Ashly and Sharon


  6. k/kay says:

    Well I do not watch Days but from what I hear Lexie’s death was really good so I would have given the awards to Renee Jones &James Reynolds. Kristoff St. John when he is on just comes off as a smug angry black man. Turns me off! The fact Renee Jones was not even nominated is stupid. And if anybody takes my remark about KSJ as racist for the record it is not.


  7. Iakovos says:

    Ali wins? Really? Shines light on a serious overlooking of creating characters for women of color in daytime. Let’s work on that.


  8. bc says:

    tatyana ali mentioned that she only goes to y&r if someone’s having a party! talk abt tokenism. this is a large part of ratings being down for soaps and primetime tv as well. it;s the utter lack of diversity from the tolerant crowd of hollywood. representation from hollywood and the manhattan mainstream media is a zero sum game. more representation for a racial minorities would necessarily have to come w/ a decreased representation for the white demographic w/c is already represented too much. and white actors don’t like that one bit. They enjoy having the limelight all to themselves. that utter love of attention is something that is subconscious and conscious depending on the actor and actress. thus there’s never a push from white actors and actresses for more
    racial diversity.

    white actors and actresses are part of the problem. hollywood casting is the largest part of the problem. they often want white actors only for parts. look at the gh casting for the new char. they ask for african american actors and mixed race. evenracial minorities have to be part white to be more favorably considered by hollywood! and yet they keep preaching tolerance.


  9. Mary SF says:

    I don’t believe they are like acting awards like Emmys or Oscars or Sags. I thought these awards were more about the individual person- and their contribution to promoting positive image for people of color in their personal and professional endeavors. So assuming there must be other criteria other than acting skill there could be reasons why Tatyana has won this award three times. If it is solely based on her acting performance than I don’t understand how it is possible for her to win for her role on Y&R. So there must be more to it.


  10. bc says:

    it’s great that the naacp were open and inclusive to Asian american actresses freida pinto and archie panjabi and sandra oh attending their image awards unlike very commonly unwelcoming hollywood. there’s the alma awards for latino american contributions and then there’s highly publicized glaad but of course there’s no naacp and alma equivalent for Asian american actors and actresses.

    that’s bec Asian americans are systematically discouraged from even entering acting by racist hollywood thru casting Asian american citizens and historical figures and fictional chars w/ white actors while casting Asian american actors w/ stereotypical and unflattering roles. this becomes a feedback loop that hollywood uses to explain their lack of Asian american representations. Asian americans are the most bullied demographic in elementary school but no athlete and hollywood personality would ever speak against Asian american bullying bec it won’t get them any press unlike all the publicity of speaking against gay bullying. Asian american teenage girls have the highest depression rate of any demographic.

    that’s not suprising when hollywood’s highest rated tv show recently bullied an Asian american female teenager! american idol bullied and mocked a teenage auditioner who was a female Indian american. the panel kept mockingly repeating her indian name bec hollywood ahs made it acceptable to laugh and mock Indian cuisine and accents and customs and names. religious beliefs and customs of indians are mocked the very “tolerant” and openly gay nph’s bollywood themed music video. but no backlash for nph and idol from the tolerant manhattan mainstream media and hollywood of course. did idol’s panel mock the white gay guy that called himself papa peaches on that same episode where they mocked the indian american female? of course not bec gay bullying is the only kinda bullying hollywood’s against.

    and yet the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and National Asian Women’s Health Organization (NAWHO) has reported the following: Asian American girls have the highest rates of depressive symptoms of any group! Asian american women ages 15 to early 20s die from suicide at a higher rate than all other groups. Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among Asian americans overall compared to the ninth leading cause of death for white Americans. While Asian american women have the highest suicide rate of all women 66 and older. 71 percent of southeast asian americans meet the criteria for depression and other major affective mental disorders w/ 81 percent among Cambodians. And nearly 16 percent of u.s. born Asian american women have contemplated suicide compared with 13 percent of other Americans.

    fashion and the mainstream manhattan media and hollywood often shape the culture. hollywood has made it palatable to bash Asian americans and therefore hollywood has directly contributed to these high suicide rates among Asian american women. bullying Indian american female who is a teenager on american idol is a form of entertaining for hollywood. it’s great when people like wiliam hung are bullied and mocked for ratings right? it’s bec hollywood has to discriminate against asian american males by portraying them as asexual and dorky and heavily accented right? that’s how hollywood operates. they are openly racist to Asian american males and females but scream against any homophobia and are only concerned w/ lgbt suicides bec their lives are more significant right? typical from the tolerance crowd of hollywood.


  11. Sedrick says:

    Well I for one am very happy that Tatyana Ali won another award. She’s a wonderful actress and a very talented singer too. I don’t believe that any awards show is based on the quanity of episodes one days. In truth, Tatyana isn’t onscreen that much, but when she is, she always knocks her scenes out of the park and she does a good job too. I do wish that Y&R would utilize her more and even have her sing – she sings great! But I’m still glad that she won and don’t think it matters that she’s not onscreen that much.


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