MMT 2017 award show listings/TV schedule


Hey MMT Fam!  I feel so blessed to greet you again in this new year. The end of 2016 was a rough one, and I’m praying for a greater, and smoother, 2017 for both you and myself!  I haven’t done it in a while, but wanted to give a heads up this year for the most popular award ceremonies – so you don’t miss out on celebrating and cheering for your faves. Here’s a ceremony list with dates, times and channels:

  • Golden Globe Awards– the 74th annual show airs this Sunday, January 8th at 8pm EST on NBC. Talk show host/comedian Jimmy Fallon takes over the ceremony as host for the first time.
  • People’s Choice Awards– the 2017 show, which honors the best in television, film and music according to public vote, will air Wednesday, January 18th at 9pm EST on CBS.
  • Trumpet Awards – celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2017, The Trumpet Awards, which honors African-American achievement, will world première on Bounce TV on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). Actor/comedian Deon Cole and actor Nicole Ari Parker are scheduled to host. (updated 1/10/17)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards– the 23rd annual SAG awards will air live Sunday, January 29th on both TBS and TNT at 8pm EST, with the 53rd Lifetime Achievement Award honors going to the legendary Lily Tomlin.
  • NAACP Image Awards– the 48th annual ceremony, celebrating outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts, with hosting duties by actor/comedian Anthony Anderson will air live on Saturday, February 11th at 9pm EST on TV One.
  • Grammy Awards– the 59th annual ceremony will air Sunday, February 12th at 8pm EST on CBS, with hosting duties going to first-timer, comedian/talk show host James Corden. The Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 honorees are Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground.
  • The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors – airing on BET for the second year in a row, this is an annual awards gala which pays tribute to individuals that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of film and television, as well as those who champion diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. This year’s ceremony will air on February 22 at 8pm EST, and will be hosted by actor Regina Hall. (updated 2/9/17).
  • Academy Awards (Oscars)– the 89th annual Oscars will air Sunday, February 26th at 8:30pm EST on ABC. The ceremony this year will be hosted by first-timer, comedian/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards – is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, 2017, on TBS, TNT and TruTV at 8pm EST.
  • Billboard Music Awards – are set for Sunday, May 21, and will air live at 8pm EST on ABC.

Okay MMT Fam, that’s the scoop through May. I hope this list serves as an ample heads up for those who enjoy the awards season as much as I do! Leave a comment or two and let me know what you’ll watch and who you’re rooting for this year!

Until next thought, Thomasena

PS – I couldn’t locate current info for the 2017 BET Honors ceremony, but will update this post asap when I find out!

MMT alternatives for those planning to NOT watch The Oscars and why I’m tuning in

Academy Awards Infographic

Happy Sunday MMT Fam! Unless you’ve been boycotting television, or living under a rock, you are aware of this year’s Academy Award controversy and its subsequent social media hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. There are pretty much three camps with respect to viewing tonight’s ceremony – those who are (for various reasons), those who are boycotting it all-together, and those who couldn’t care less because they’ve never watched!

Any reasonable person, who can read the above infographic or count & name persons of color who’ve won any category since the inception of the Academy Awards, knows there is great merit in the cause of those who fall in the second category. And though I mostly agree with the cause, I don’t believe boycotting the Oscars will have greatest impact implementing diversity changes within Hollywood – I’ll save that full conversation for another post, but let’s just say it involves mostly film boycotts. Hey GODS OF EGYPT, how’s that first weekend box office coming along? 😉

Anyways, I’m in that first camp this year, and not for my normal reasons of wanting to see the red-carpet fashions and if any faves will take home the gold, especially on the chance that one of my favorite films and/or actors of color are nominated – which we definitely know isn’t the case tonight. I’m watching this year solely to see Chris Rock – who’s taking his second stint as the Academy Award host, his first sting being in 2005 back when Jamie Foxx won his Best Actor for RAY (and you know that was a very black year) – and what I believe will be one remarkable opening monologue. Not only am I looking forward to his monologue, but any biting critique he shares for the remainder of the show – honestly if I can hang in that long, but I am committed to signing in for the first part!

I’m hoping Rock does what he does best – which is highlight the elephant in the room in such a way that even though you’re uncomfortable you can’t help but acknowledge, accept or be shamed by what’s spoken. As a matter of fact, I’m looking forward to watching some uncomfortable reactions and seeing the camera pan on faces that may or may not reflect discomfort, agreement or pure agitation.

Why would I want to witness this, some of you are asking? It’s simple. Because I want truths spoken and tea spilled to further the uncomfortable conversations that need to take place. Let’s keep tackling and bringing awareness to this diversity issue – which is impacting every person of color, not just African-Americans, and subsequently everyone because we are not seeing accurate reflections of who we are in total.

Now for those of you who aren’t watching, I do have a few alternative recommendations of what you can view today. The first selection, #JusticeForFlint, is starting at 5pm est, so those who are watching the awards can join in for a bit as well, and is live streaming at A benefit fundraiser held by filmmakers, and a couple of MMT faves, Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler, #JusticeForFlint will be hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress and feature performances by Janelle Monae, Ledisi, Andra Day, Vic Mensa, Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild, Robert Glasper, Jesse Williams, Jussie Smollett, Jasiri X, Vic Mensa, and more.

For those of you who stream Netflix, a service that is slaying the game in terms of diversity, why not catch up on a few films or TV shows, such as Beasts of No Nation (which was tragically overlooked by Academy voters this year) or any of the Netflix Picks that this site has highlighted since October of last year.

Don’t have Netflix? That’s cool. Go online to CRACKLE, which you can also stream to your TV, and find some great selections there – including a few of my faves including The Greatest, the 1977 film which stars the GOAT himself, Muhammad Ali, portraying – who else – himself! And if you’re into thrillers, I recommend Unthinkable, a 2014 edge-of-your-seat film starring Samuel Jackson and Carrie-Ann Moss, or you’re into action/martial arts, I recommend the Spike Lee directed remake Old Boy – but be warned the latter has an ending that really is “unthinkable!”

Looking for another free option? Then head on over to Bounce TV, whose line-up today includes the classics Waiting to Exhale and He Got Game!

And for those of you who are sitting TV out this evening, but may be interacting on social media, why not log into Twitter where African Amedia is hosting “The Sidneys,” so named after legendary actor Sidney Poitier with the hashtag #SidneysSoWoke, to pay tribute to your favorite actors, directors, and films in black cinema?

Well family, if nothing more, I hope this post offers food for thought, and inspires you to think about some of the diversity challenges that exist. And I hope it also shares viewing alternatives that you were not yet aware. Please feel free to share some thoughts in the comments and, as always, I look forward to reading what you have to say.

Until next thought, Thomasena

PS – check out Chris Rock’s opening monologue from 2005 below and get your life! He better slay tonight!




The Importance of Now

Hey there Music Movie family!  How has 2013 been treating you so far?  Did anyone watch the Grammys or BET Honors earlier this month?  How about the Oscars last Sunday night?  I managed to catch all three, and a few of the other award shows, although this month has been extremely hectic for me.  In addition to travelling out-of-town to finish up a book edit,  I loss a very dear friend, and learned of the deaths of two others, earlier this month.  Coping with the deaths of loved ones is something we all must face at some point and, while it seems quite tragic when they leave at a young age or without warning, is a reminder of the precious importance of now.  What are those things in life you are passionate about but keep putting on the back burner?  What is that one thing you want to do but haven’t yet stepped out on faith to attain?

blackfilmavatar-300x300Local filmmaker, Reelblack founder, and friend Mike D. (Philly Boy and Ladies and Gentleman, Jordan Rock)  recently stepped out on faith and started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds towards completion of a feature-length documentary on the state of African-American film called Black Film Now.   Let me further clarify – Black Film Now will be the FIRST full length documentary on this subject, and will include rare interview footage including chats with Spike Lee, Kimberly Elise, Kevin Hart,  Kerry Washington, Lee Daniels, Ava Duvernay, and Haile Gerima just to name a few.  I’m excited for Mike and the making of this film and I encourage everyone reading to share and support this campaign.  You can watch the video below and go to  to donate.  Every amount counts, and for just $10 your name will be added to the end credits as a thank you for your support.   How cool is that?  There are 13 days left in the Indiegogo campaign, but after that you can check my blog roll (to the right) and click on the Reelblack link to get info on how to support.

Although it’s hard to understand the losses, I’m grateful for the reminder that I must appreciate now more.  Thank you Mike D. for being a current example of the power of now, and for the passion you exude to bring good Black film to the masses.  To Bridgette and her family, and to the memory of Karen and my dear friend Shelice, I simply say God is still in control.

Until next thought family, Thomasena

Here’s to the New!

Happy New Year

It’s a New Year Music Movie Family and I’m so glad finally to greet you in it!  I had a fabulous time during the holidays with family and friends, and am on the tail end of a very relaxing vacation.  So, now that I am relaxed, time to get on with the new!  And what signifies the movie and music new year cycle more than awards season? To prepare you for what’s ahead, here is a rundown on the most popular award ceremonies and their respective airdate:

  • People’s Choice Awards – the 39th annual show, which honors the best in television, film and music, will air this Wednesday, January 9th at 9pm EST on CBS.  Hosting for the second year is Kaley Cuoco from the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
  • Golden Globe Awards – the 70th annual show airs this Sunday, January 13th at 8pm EST on NBC. Hosted by Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), highlights to include actor, director and producer Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Beaver) receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.
  • Stellar Music Awards – the 28th annual show celebrating the best in gospel music will air for the first time live nationally on Saturday, January 19th 8pm EST on GMC (Gospel Music Channel).  This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by multi-talented gospel artist/producer and host of BET’s Sunday Best Kirk Franklin and the sensational gospel duo and WE tv reality stars Mary Mary, who lead the nominations with nine.  Highlights to include a lifetime achievement award presentation to gospel great Kurt Carr, and a tribute to the late great Inez Andrews.
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards – the 19th annual SAG awards will air live Sunday, January 27th on both TBS and TNT at 8pm EST, with lifetime achievement award honors going to legendary actor Dick Van Dyke.
  • NAACP Image Awards – the 44th annual ceremony, celebrating the best performances and outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts, will air live Friday, February 1st at 8pm EST on NBC.
  • Grammy Awards – airing Sunday, February 10th at 8pm EST on CBS, rapper/actor LL Cool J (NCIS Los Angeles) will host this 55th annual ceremony where six male artists/groups (Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean included) are currently tied with six nominations each.  Um, ladies thoughts? Where’s Adele and Mary J. when you need them? 😉
  • Academy Awards –   and last, but certainly not least, is the 85th annual Oscars airing Sunday, February 24th at 7pm EST on ABC.   This year’s show will be hosted by first timer actor, producer, animator Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show).  Highlights will include a planned tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise.

Alright music movie lovers, that’s the rundown through February.  And you know the drill by now, so stop back by and let me know your thoughts about any of these shows :).

Until next thought, Thomasena

What’s New Music Movie Lovers?

The Boss Ms. Ross posing in a Bob Mackie at her last concert tour!

Happy New Year Everybody!  I am so glad to see the start of another year, and feel even more blessed that I can do what I love, and I absolutely love blogging about movies and music.  So, it goes without saying that I am thrilled about the upcoming award show season and with several upcoming tv and film projects.  First, I am soooo ready to see Red Tails, the action-adventure movie opening January 20th that depicts the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all Black aviator regiment that fought in WWII.  Executive producer George Lucas invested 93 million (58 for budget and 35 for distribution) to make sure this movie was made; despite and because of the long-held Hollywood belief that an action movie featuring an African-American cast would not fare well.   The cast includes such heavyweights as Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard, and also co-stars singer/actor Ne-Yo, Method Man and Tristan Wilds.  Let’s spread the word and support this film people (see link below to view the trailer).

Now I must admit I am not necessarily going to rush out to this next film, but since it stars two divas, one a country music legend and the other hip-hop royalty, I simply cannot overlook!  Yes, I am referring to Joyful Noise, which stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, as well as KeKe Palmer and Jeremy Jordan.  The trailer shows a lot of singing, comedic tussling between Dolly and Latifah, and what seems to be a mix of inspirational and pop songs thrown in for good measure. It also opens this month on the 13th, and is rated PG-13 (some adult language).

Okay and this has nothing to do with movies or music, except for the fact that songstress Brandy will be guest starring this season, but Game On!!!!  Yes, I am very much a follower of The Game series on BET, which has its 5th season opener this Tuesday January 10th.

Lastly, here is a list of upcoming award ceremonies: Golden Globes (Sunday January 15th), Screen Actors Guild Awards (Sunday January 29th), 54th Annual Grammys (Sunday February 12th), 2012 BET Honors (February 13th), and the 84th Annual Academy Awards (Sunday February 26th).

PS – A HUGE SHOUT OUT to the person responsible for Gil Scott-Heron being posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammy ceremony.  The incomparable Diana Ross (see my personal photo above from her 2010 concert) will also receive a Lifetime achievement statue, and Steve Jobs will be posthumously honored with a Grammy Trustees statue.

Alright people, that’s it for this posting.  Keep checking in for regular film and music news. Better yet click the follow tab (for most viewers will be top left, but also appears in bottom right with some browsers) to receive notifications for new postings. What films are you looking forward to seeing this year?  What award shows will you watch.  Talk to me in the comments section. 🙂

Until next thought, Thomasena

Red Tails official trailer (Lucasfilm, 2012):