Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) May 27, 2005 -
Â Legendary actor-director and social activist Ossie Davis was honored by NAMIC, Inc. (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) with the organizationÂs North Star Award presented to entertainment entities demonstrating a longstanding commitment to advancing the cause of industry diversity. The posthumous tribute featuring entertainment veterans Glynn Turman, Mario Van Peebles and Ruby Dee, DavisÂ life partner for nearly 60 years, airs at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, Saturday, May 28th on Starz In Black.
Upon DavisÂ passing in February, 2005, veteran actor Danny Glover reflected: ÂHe saw no separation between his social commitment and his artistic commitment.Â
ÂRuby DeeÂs acceptance of the award on behalf of Ossie Davis is certainly one of the highlights in the 11-year history of the show,Â said Gregory Amerson, NAMIC Vision Awards producer.
Honoring outstanding achievements in Cable television diversity, the NAMIC Vision Awards are presented in nine programming categories, recognizing the best in multiethnic, original content. Co-hosted by Lisa Ling, Lisa Vidal and Chris Spencer, the show features appearances by Michael Clarke Duncan, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Benito Martinez, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Georg Stanford Brown, Tim Reid, Kristoff St. John, BETÂs AJ and Free, singer-songwriter Brenda Russell and more.
Jeff Valdez, Chairman of SiTV, the newly launched English language network focusing on Latino themed programming and ÂSesame StreetÂ and its production company Sesame Workshop were also honored for their achievements in industry diversity.
The 11th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards are presented in partnership with Time Warner Corporate, Warner Bros., Turner Entertainment Group and HBO. Johnathan Rodgers, CEO, TV One is the honorary chair.
Founded in 1980, NAMIC is currently celebrating 25-years of their mission of educating, advocating and empowering for the cause of advancing diversity in communications.
Starz Entertainment Group LLC is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States with approximately 174 million pay units (http://www.starz.com). For more information on NAMIC visit http://www.namic.com.
11th Annual NAMIC Vision Award Winners:
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Dave Chappelle, ÂChappelleÂs ShowÂ (Comedy Central)
BEST COMEDY (Tie)
ÂFatherhoodÂ (TV Land/Nick at Nite)
ÂChappelleÂs ShowÂ (Comedy Central)
BEST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE
Mos Def, ÂSomething The Lord MadeÂ (HBO/Cinemax)
ÂSomething The Lord MadeÂ (HBO/Cinemax)
ÂThe Proud FamilyÂ (Disney Channel)
CNN Presents: ÂHorror & Hope: Rwanda, 10 Years LaterÂ (CNN)
BEST MUSIC AND VARIETY (Tie)
ÂBET Awards Â 2004Â (BET)
ÂChris Rock: Never ScaredÂ (HBO/Cinemax)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE
ÂPremios Fox Sports 2003Â Fox Sports Espanol
ÂNick News with Linda EllerbeeÂ (Episode: ÂKeeping The Faith: Muslim Kids In AmericaÂ)