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Namic names nominee names

Multi-ethnic cable programming contenders announced

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Antonio Banderas (HBO’s “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself”), Ossie Davis and Forest Whitaker (Showtime’s “Deacons for Defense”), Blair Underwood (HBO’s “Sex and the City”) and Dave Chappelle (Comedy Central’s “The Dave Chappelle Show”) are among the nominees in the performance categories for the 10th annual Namic Vision Awards.

Presented by the National Assn. for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, kudofest honors cable TV entities that have demonstrated a commitment to producing quality original programming content that’s multi-ethnic and cross-cultural.

Ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton on April 16.

Showtime Networks leads the 16 cablers with eight noms. HBO and Disney Channel each received six. Also garnering multiple noms were BET and Zee TV with five each, MTV and Nickelodeon with three apiece and VH1, Video Rola and ESPN with two each.

Programming award categories include comedy, drama, music and variety, news and information, children’s programming, docs and foreign language.

California Cable Television Assn. prexy and general counsel Spencer Kaitz and founding director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation will receive the 2004 Quasar Award, presented to individuals in the telecommunications industry who have worked to advance the cause of diversity.

Disney Channel will receive the North Star Award, given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated exceptional efforts coupled with a long-term commitment to develop programming that reflects ethnic and cultural diversity.

The Legacy Award will be presented to producer Suzanne de Passe. Kudos pay homage to a trailblazing individual or body of work that has made an indelible impact on the diversity landscape.

And the nominees are…

North Star Award
Disney Channel

Legacy Award
Suzanne de Passe

Playmakers (Episode 110), ESPN
And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, Showtime
Deacons For Defense, Showtime
Food, Showtime
Good Fences, Showtime

Hell Up In Hollywood: Soul Cinema And The 1970’s, American Movie Classics
Al Roker Investigates: The Farmingville Incident, Court TV
Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives, HBO
Intimate Portrait: Gladys Knight, Lifetime Television
The Living Blues, Turner Studios

Music, Variety
Turnstyle-Darryl “Chill” Mithchell, BET
Celebration of Gospel 2003, BET
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry #12, HBO
VH1 Goes Inside: Arsenio Hall Show, MTV/VH1
VH1 Goes Inside: Showtime At The Apollo, MTV/VH1

Dramatic Performance
Lynn Whitfield- The Cheeta Girls, Disney Channel
Antonio Banderas-And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, HBO
Joe Morton- Jasper Texas, Showtime
Ossie Davis- Deacons For Defense, Showtime
Forest Whitaker- Deacons For Defense, Showtime

Quasar Award
Spencer Kaitz

Hey Monie, Oxygen
Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza, Showtime
3 Non-Blondes, BBC America
Coming To The Stage, BET
Comicview, BET

The Proud Family “Tween Town”, Disney Channel
That’s So Raven “Dissin Cousins”, Disney Channel
The Brothers Garcia “Mysteries Of The Soul Maya”, MTV/Nickelodeon
The Wild Thornberrys “Clash and Learn”, MTV/Nickelodeon
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius “Beach Party Mummy”, MTV/Nickelodeon

Foreign Language
Los Especiales, Video Rola
Con Sabor A Mexico, Video Rola
Antakshari, Zee TV
Yoga For Life, Zee TV
Special Correspondent, Zee TV
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Zee TV
Astitva-Ek Prem Kahani, Zee TV

Comedic Performance
Dave Chappelle (Dave Chappelle Show), Comedy Central
Paula Jai Parker-The Proud Family, Disney Channel
Jo Marie Payton-The Proud Family, Disney Channel
Raven-That’s So Raven, Disney Channel
Blair Underwood-Sex and the City: A Woman’s Right To Shoes (#83), HBO

News, Informational
Conversation with Ed Gordon: Trent Lott, BET
Outside The Lines, ESPN
Sowing Seeds/Faith &Values Media
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel-Episode#70, HBO
My Life (Translated), MTV Networks

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