Spike Lee, Clive Davis and Attorney General of the United States Eric H. Holder, Jr. Received Special Honors


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – The winners of the "46th NAACP Image Awards" were announced last night during the live broadcast from Pasadena Civic Auditorium which aired on TV One (9-11 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed). The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson. There was a one-hour live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Kevin Frazier and Shaun Robinson.

NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn Brock presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award to Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr., NAACP President Cornell William Brooks presented the NAACP President’s Award to Spike Lee and Russell Simmons presented the NAACP Vanguard Award to Clive Davis.

Some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared including Will Smith, Common, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, Larenz Tate, Sharon Leal, Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Octavia Spencer, Keegan Michael-Key, Taraji P. Henson, Tessa Thompson, Shemar Moore, Uzo Aduba, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Russell Simmons, John Gaskins III, Valeska Guittierez, Nicole Beharie, Mehcad Brooks, Lamorne Morris, Taye Diggs, Quvenzhané Wallis, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, and Henry Simmons. In addition, cast Members from Orange is the New Black, Belle, black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder and more.

Lance Reddick was the in-show announcer. Affion Crockett was the backstage Social Media Commentator. The NAACP Image Awards production team included Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Tony McCuin was the Director, Byron Phillips was Producer, and Robin Reinhardt was Talent Producer.

The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show. It celebrates 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.

Nominees for the NAACP Image Awards are determined by the number of entries received by the deadline. To be eligible, projects must have had a national distribution date between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. For the 2014 voting period, over 1,200 submissions were received by the artists, managers, publicists, production companies, record labels, studios, networks and/or publishers. From those entries, a nominating committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country select five nominees in each of the 54 categories, excluding Entertainer of the Year. Those results were announced at a press conference. To determine the winners, the members of the NAACP vote via a secured online site. The results are tabulated by the Image Awards auditors, Bert Smith & Co., and the results are confidential until the envelope is opened LIVE on stage during the NBC telecast on Friday, February 6, 2015.

The 46TH NAACP Image Awards were sponsored by: AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gilead Sciences, Hyundai Motor America, Southwest Airlines, UAW-Chrysler, and Wells Fargo.

The winners are as follows -

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Taraji P. Henson - "No Good Deed" (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson - "black-ish" (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Shemar Moore - "Criminal Minds" (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis - "How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross - "black-ish" (ABC)

Outstanding Comedy Series

"black-ish" (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series

"How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

David Oyelowo - "Selma" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Motion Picture

"Selma" (Paramount Pictures)

Entertainer of the Year

Taraji P. Henson

The Winners From Last Night's Non-Televised Categories Are As Follows


Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction

"A Wanted Woman" – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author

"Forty Acres" – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography

"Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine" – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press)

Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional

"Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life" – Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry

"Citizen: An American Lyric" – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

Outstanding Literary Work - Children

"Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Not-So Happily Ever After" – Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens

"Brown Girl Dreaming" – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)


Outstanding New Artist

3 Winans Brothers (BMG)

Outstanding Male Artist

Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

"Stay With Me" – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album

"My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke" – Al Jarreau (Concord)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

"Where My Heart Belongs" – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Outstanding Music Video

"You and I (Nobody in the World)" – John Legend (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song

"We Are Here" – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

"Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics" – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Loretta Devine - "Doc McStuffins" (Disney Junior)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Sara Hess - "Orange is the New Black" – It Was the Change (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Erika Green Swafford - "How to Get Away With Murder" – Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie

Shernold Edwards - "A Day Late and a Dollar Short" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Ken Whittingham - "Parks and Recreation" – Prom (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Carl Franklin - "House of Cards" – Chapter 14 (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie

Reggie Bythewood - "Gun Hill" (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Laurence Fishburne - "black-ish" (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Yara Shahidi - "black-ish" (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton - "Scandal" (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Khandi Alexander - "Scandal" (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

"The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

Blair Underwood- "The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

Cicely Tyson- "The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

"Unsung" (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

"Steve Harvey" (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series

"Iyanla: Fix My Life" (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

"Oprah’s Master Class" (OWN)

Outstanding Children’s Program

"Doc McStuffins" (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/ Children’s Program (Series or Special)

Fatima Ptacek- "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/Information, or Variety Series

Steve Harvey- "Steve Harvey" (Syndicated)


Outstanding Documentary - (Film)

"Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People" (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)

Outstanding Documentary - (Television)

"Bad Boys" (ESPN)


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Misan Sagay - "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/DJ Films)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Antoine Fuqua - "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Common- "Selma" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Carmen Ejogo - "Selma" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

"Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/DJ Films)

For all information and latest news, and complete list of winners, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at

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BGLOs and supporters unite to boot Sorority Sisters show from VH1


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VH1 has not officially announced the cancellation of their reality show Sorority Sisters but their actions and news reports indicate it has.

On December 15, 2014, VH1 premiered a new reality show called Sorority Sisters. A petition, that had gained over 40,000 signatures protesting the show was not enough to prevent the show’s airing. The backlash grew into a digital protest largely headed by Lawrence Ross, author of The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Rather than direct the protest solely to VH1, the army of protestors targeted the show’s sponsors. Quickly, most of the sponsors pulled their advertising dollars. The first sign of defeat on the part of VH1 was the airing of a episode called “Sorority Sisters: The Dialogue” in which cast members shared their feelings about their participation on the show and the backlash. There were tearful moments and reports of death threats. Such episodes are typically reserved for reality show reunions.

Subsequent to the airing of The Dialogue episode, two of the cast members, my sorority sisters, April McRae and Rwanda “Joy” Hammond were suspended from Alpha Kappa Alpha until July 2016. Reasonably, one would expect other members of the cast to be suspended for violating their sorority’s policies.

Sorority Sisters continued to lose viewers and advertisers. VH1 surrendered by airing the final three episodes of the show during its graveyard hours last night and the show is history. Perhaps. Hulu, the online video will be offering episodes to its subscribers. Stay tuned for another boycott. 

Depending on one’s perspective, the backlash from Sorority Sisters was either very good or very bad. While the situation showed what folks can do when they galvanize, strategize and execute a plan of action, it also rehashed longstanding animosity between college-educated Blacks and non-college educated Blacks. There were also allegations of hypocrisy about targeting Sorority sisters and not other reality television shows. Rather than allowing the focus of the campaign to be shifted via distractions, the Boycott Sorority movement sisters has grown to The Conscious Movement and other shows such as Love & Hip Hop are in their crosshairs. 

One lesson learned from Sorority Sisters is that black folk can effect change. A celebrity is not needed to be the face of a movement. Mega dollars are not required to fund a media campaign. A protest march is not required. Everyday folks with knowledge and access to the internet can make things happen.  

Unfortunately, the women who chose to be a part of Sorority Sisters will inextricably tied to the show forever. They could be very nice people who tried to use the show to advance their careers who were used instead. People who are not members of BGLOs (Black Greek-letter organizations) cannot truly understand the outrage behind the protest of Sorority Sisters but you want to know what? If you think the backlash was only abgout the Deltas, AKAs, SGRhos and Zetas, then you so don’t get the point. That show was demeaning to Black women in general. The negative depictions of Black women in the media become the reality for some little black girls when they grow up. 

As a black woman, it was painful to hear a Sorority Sisters cast member refer to another as a bitch. The seemingly scripted tension between the women was just too much. Sorority Sisters is a horrible show and it needed to be buried. Amen. 


This is an actual picture from VH1 of cast member, Priyanka Banks, a member of Delta Sigma Theta. This is the actual caption: "Priyanka CRACKS US UP!!!! #SororitySisters" Really, VH1? Not cute. Not entertaining. Disrespectful.



High Chief Nathaniel Styles, Jr. embarks on sacred journey for PBS documentary


Miami's Osun's Village African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor continued its global influence as its executive director, Chief Nathaniel Styles was invited by PBC United Kingdom to take part in a television series documenting the Osun Village contribution to the preservation of inter-cultural programming and establishing the importance of the many diverse original people arriving on the river and ocean shores of Miami with culture and traditions that keeps them strong, proud, and unified.  

Sacred Journeys host Bruce Feiler travels to Nigeria with this group of African American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba Goddess Osun as a way to reconnect with their cultural and spiritual roots. This indigenous African faith, sometimes called Orisa Devotion, was first carried to the Americas during the Transatlantic Slave Trade where it evolved and spread to become one of the ten largest religions in the world with upwards of 100 million practitioners. In its many forms it’s most widely practiced in the Caribbean and Brazil. In the US, after being forced underground during slavery, it is now growing in popularity across the country, especially in African American and Afro- Cuban neighborhoods.

In company with pilgrims from Miami, New York and Boston, Bruce Feiler visits the last remaining Yoruba sacred grove in Nigeria, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Osun Festival attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors from across Africa and around the world. As two young American pilgrims are initiated as priestesses to the goddess Osun, a Miami-based priest reveals that it’s music and dance that brings most African Americans back to a faith where culture, art and spirituality are inextricably mixed.

In Nigeria this indigenous African religion is under attack from Evangelical Christianity and fundamentalist Islam. But as the Osun Festival reaches its climax, Bruce sees that practitioners from the Yoruba Diaspora are reinvigorating the faith in its homeland while taking home a new sense of identity as African Americans. As a young priestess tells Bruce: “There is no power in not knowing who you are, where you come from. Coming here, I’m taking back that power; I’m taking back that identity.”

Chief Styles' journey to Nigeria on the pilgrimage that included multi-cultural influences will be broadcast on PBS on December 30, 2014 at 9PM ET. Viewers will learn more about the need for more inter-cultural experiences.  The annual festival of Osun-Osgobo in Nigeria, celebrates the goddess of fertility, Osun offers grace to the community; in return, it vows to honor her Sacred Grove, with upwards of 100 million practitioners and supporters.


Photo: Gregory Reed

District 8 County Commission Candidates Square Off on This Week in South Florida

Miami-Dade County District 8 Commission candidates Lynda Bell (Incumbent) and Danielle Levine Cava came as close to engaging in a debate as two peopl possibly could on last Sunday's This Week in South florida with Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg. This race has gotten nasty but whose really surprised by that? That's typical Miami politics.

Cava has momentum on her side with Bell having been in the news for some poor decisions that benefited her and family members. Cava also earned several key endorsements especially the prized endorsement from the Miami Herald. Both ladies are campaigning hard. If you live in that District, get out and vote.

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Miami, FL—On Saturday, March 29, Miami’s heat will sizzle when The Links, Incorporated, Greater Miami Chapter host its 2014 ‘Scandalicious Affair’ Book and Author Luncheon. The luncheon will feature acclaimed author and crisis management expert Judy Smith, who is best known for being co-executive producer and the inspiration behind the popular ABC television series Scandal.

“The Greater Miami Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is excited to welcome Ms. Smith to Miami as this year’s Book and Author Luncheon headliner,” said chapter president Rene Beal. “Guests will not only get to hear from a dynamic author, but they will also be supporting scholarships and educational, civic and inter-cultural programming.”

Smith is the founder and CEO of the crisis management firm, Smith & Company, makes a living by helping to fix the lives of high-powered individuals when personal disaster strikes. Some of Smith & Company’s most notable clients have included Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and Michael Vick. Her experiences with some of the stickiest situations faced by high-profile politicians and celebrities were the inspiration behind her phenomenally popular tv show, Scandal.

The luncheon will feature Smith reading excerpts from her latest book, Good Self, Bad Self: How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis (2012), luncheon and raffle. Good Self, Bad Self promises to give readers insight into the mind of the ultimate “fixer” and help you learn how to manage personal crisis.

The 2014 ‘Scandalicious Affair’ begins at 11:30 a.m. at Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are $125 and include an autographed copy of the book. Tickets may be purchased online at For additional information, contact Rene Beal, Greater Miami Chapter President, at 305-951-2749.

Miami native J'Tia Taylor on Survivor tonight at 8

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Cast of Survivor includes transplanted Miami native Dr. J'Tia Taylor, second row, second from left.


Be sure to watch tonight’s 2-hour Season 28 premier of Survivor at 8p EST on CBS. Among the contestants is Miami native, Dr. J’Tia Taylor, who I’ve had the pleasure of watching grow into the brilliant beautiful young woman she is today. J’Tia is a member of the Brains Tribe because, well, she is very much a brainiac. Most people look at her and have no clue that she is a scientist. As a matter of fact, she is a nuclear engineer.

J’Tia’s very wise parents, Edward and Persephone Taylor, live in Miami Gardens. Their children are critical thinkers and have grown up with an incredible thirst for knowledge. I recall conversations with J’Tia’s mother when it was decided that she would do early admission to college. She was fifteen years old when she entered Florida State University, her mother’s alma mater. After she successfully made it through her freshman year, I stopped worrying about her, well, just a little. When her post graduate studies took her to Chicago and Europe, I really stopped worrying about her.

Here’s J’Tia’s brief bio from the survivor website:

Name: J’Tia Taylor (31)

Tribe Designation: Brains Tribe

Current Residence: Chicago, Ill.

Occupation: Nuclear Engineer

Personal Claim to Fame: Passing my dissertation defense, because I was the expert on the subject matter and held my own against my professors, and being the first black female to successfully defend and receive a PhD from the department.

Inspiration in Life: My mother who is 61 years old and still kicking, running marathons, traveling, and learning new things.

Hobbies: Watching movies, reading and playing strategic games.

Pet Peeves: Ignorant, close-minded people, being late/off schedule, and chunks in food/drinks (e.g. rocky road ice cream).

3 Words to Describe You: Intelligent, adaptable and competitive.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? My favorite “I Love Nerds” T-shirt, mint-flavored Mentos, and a really thick intricate novel that I could read repeatedly and find new meanings to.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Richard Hatch. He played the game authentically and originally since he had no precedence, and was true to who he was.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning a million dollars and beating everyone else, while on the adventure of a lifetime.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m very analytical so I’m good at breaking down/solving a problem and I’m also really good at getting people motivated and helping them achieve a goal.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have an irrepressible drive and tenacity.

Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I'm definitely easy on the eyes but I'm a true Brain at heart. I would say I'm 1/4 Beauty, 3/4 Brain. My answer, in which I give myself a narcissistic compliment and then use fractions, pretty much confirms this. Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? Brains always win... "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." -Ghandi

Watch J'Tia's Cast Video!

Join me in cheering J’Tia Taylor on to victory. Regardless of the outcome of the show, she is an excellent example for girls interested in the STEM area. And she’s evidence that a girl can be smart and beautiful. Go J’Tia!

You can follow J’Tia on Twitter at JTiaPhd. Use the hashtag #TeamJTia.

Before I forget, Marlins president, Dave Sampson is also a contestant so the Season should be very interesting.



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One More Week Until Joy Reid Debuts National Show THE REID REPORT


Congratulations to Joy-Ann Reid on her new television show, The Reid Report, that debuts next week at 2 p.m. EST on MSNBC. Because of her many years with The Miami Herald and other local media outlets as well as her involvement in community events, we claim her as our homesistah and celebrate her latest accomplishment.

Let's be real, it didn't seem as though mainsream television news was ready and willing to showcase another black person in the role of newstalk show host. Some of us also wondered aloud in conversations and via our various social media interactions if our sister Joy-Ann Reid's opportunity to host a show was being thwarted because she is a sister of a darker hue, unlike her bi-racial MSNBC colleagues Melissa Harris Perry and Karen Finney.

Don't put her in a gender or ethnic box, Joy is undeniably one of the brightest talents around in media. I pray that the suits at MSNBC making the decisions about The Reid Report show will not tinker with her image too much and just allow Joy-Ann Reid to continue to be her authentic fabulously brilliant self. Congratulations, Joy, your Miami fans will be watching!


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Final episode of Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s PBS series "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"


Have you been watching Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s PBS series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,”? The sixth and final episode airs Tuesday, November 26th at 8pm ET/PT.  Titled A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013), this episode explores the new future African Americans sought following the victories of the civil rights movement, but instead, ran into a growing class disparity that threatened to split the black community in two.  As hundreds of African Americans won political office across the country and the black middle class made unprecedented progress, larger economic and political forces isolated the black urban poor in the inner cities, vulnerable to new social ills and an epidemic of incarceration.  

Yet, African Americans of all backgrounds came together to support Illinois’ Senator Barack Obama in his historic campaign for the presidency of the United States.  When he won in 2008, many hoped that America had finally transcended race and racism.  By the time of his second victory, it was clear that many issues, including true racial equality, remain to be resolved. This episode also includes coverage of the fatal shooting of Miami Gardens teen, Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman while Trayvon visited Sanford, Florida.

Now we ask: How will African Americans help redefine the United States in the years to come?

Here’s a sneak peek of episode six featuring The Root’s Questlove.


America's #1 New Talk Show, The Queen Latifah Show, Heads Full-Force into Fall with Top Celebrity Guests, Exclusive Musical Performances and Duets and Inspiring Real-life Stories Leading to Unexpected Surprises

Among the Stars Set to Visit Queen in November are Lenny Kravitz, Johnny Knoxville, Vince Vaughn, Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, LL Cool J, Ray Romano, and the legendary Carol Burnett

CULVER CITY, Calif.,/PRNewswire/ -- The buzz continues to build around The Queen Latifah Show as throughout the month of November, Queen welcomes today's hottest celebrity guests and features the topical comedy, inspirational stories, heartwarming homecomings and exclusive musical performances that have helped make the show America's #1 new talk show.  


From surprise duets, pop-culture parodies and daring adventures, to unfiltered, backstage access on the road with Queen and "La's Guide to Healthy Living" – Latifah does it all!  Also among the highlights of the month are special episodes including; "A Halloween Fit for A Queen," "#TBT 1988," and "The Ultimate Day of Thanks," as well as emotional reunions for military families, "Moms Who Rock" and a week that celebrates "Fearless Living."

"November on The Queen Latifah Show will be full of great entertainment and awe-inspiring surprises," says Executive Producer Corin Nelson. "We are filling every show with all the fun and memorable moments our viewers have come to expect mixed with the heart and homecoming of the holidays."

On the ultimate "Throwback Thursday," November 7, the show rewinds to 1988, the year that Dana Owens – soon to be Queen Latifah - graduated from high school.  "#TBT 1988" will be a nostalgic tribute to everything Latifah and her viewers loved most about the '80s.  All month long, every Thursday will feature some of the hottest musical acts from the '80s playing the songs that are the soundtrack of a generation.

Monday, November 11, will mark a particularly poignant moment for Queen Latifah when she is joined by one of her long-time entertainment idols - a woman who had a huge influence on her childhood and her career – the legendary Carol Burnett.  These two ladies have some surprises in store for the audience including a once-in-a-lifetime duet.

During the week of November 18, Queen, and some very special women, will push their limits and journey out of their comfort zones as they conquer white-knuckle challenges and discover inner strength on the path to embracing "Fearless Living."  As a woman who has broken through boundaries and paved the way for others throughout her career, Queen Latifah will challenge viewers to trust their instincts, go for their goals and live the life they have always wanted.

Then on November 25, Queen will give thanks and give back with "The Ultimate Day of Thanks," an episode dedicated to inspiring individuals who are true game-changers. Over the rest of that week, Queen and her team of experts will also help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving celebration and successfully navigate the chaos of Black Friday.

Throughout the month of November, Queen will also welcome many of Hollywood's biggest film, television and music stars as they make their debut on the "Big Sexy" stage, including its designerLenny Kravitz.  Other guests include LL Cool J, Kerry Washington, Johnny Knoxville, Vince Vaughn, Taye Diggs, Ray Romano, Ellen Pompeo, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg and musical guests Janelle Monae, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Jewel, Daughtry and more.

In addition to the mega-watt star power of her celebrity guests, Queen will also shine a spotlight on heroes from our military, our schools and our communities as she and her viewers give thanks for their service and pull off some incredible surprises including emotional reunions for active military personnel, jaw-dropping makeovers and unbelievable home transformations to reward them for their sacrifices and life-changing efforts. 

And in a daytime television exclusive, the million-dollar winner of the "46th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest" will sit down for their first national television interview on The Queen Latifah Show on Thursday, November 14.

The Queen Latifah Show is a daytime, entertainment talk-variety series that showcases Queen Latifah's extraordinary range of talents as a global entertainment icon. Corin Nelson serves as Executive Producer.  The show is produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television, and is cleared on major station groups around the country, including the CBS Television Stations.

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Oprah interviewed Gloria Estefan for Oprah's Next Chapter [VIDEO]


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The Oprah Winfrey recently interviewed Miami's Gloria Estefan for Oprah's Next Chapter on OWN-TV. The Estefans, Emilio and Gloria, are music royalty. Wow. From the Miami Sound Machine's 'Dr. Beat' (you have to be a certain age to really appreciate that) to all they have accomplished. Congratulations.

Gloria Estefan on Staying True to Her Music

Gloria Estefan has been called the greatest Latin crossover artist of all time by Billboard magazine and is a seven-time Grammy winner. Yet at the beginning of her career, she says, she had to fight for her sound and style of music. Watch her discussion with Oprah and find out why Gloria says it's so important to stay true to yourself.