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Outstanding Comedy Series
• “30 Rock” (NBC)
• “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
• “Girlfriends” (CW)
• Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” (TBS)
• “Ugly Betty” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
• Donald Faison – “Scrubs” (NBC)
• Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA Network)
• LaVan Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
• Reggie Hayes – “Girlfriends” (CW)
• Tyler James Williams – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
• America Ferrera – “Ugly Betty” (ABC)
• Golden Brooks – “Girlfriends” (CW)
• Tia Mowry – “The Game” (CW)
• Tichina Arnold – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
• Tracee Ellis Ross – “Girlfriends” (CW)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
• Blair Underwood – “New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS)
• Lance Gross – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
• Romany Malco – “Weeds” (Showtime)
• Terry Crews – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
• Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
• Keesha Sharp – “Girlfriends” (CW)
• Tonye Patano – “Weeds” (Showtime)
• Vanessa L. Williams – “Ugly Betty” (ABC)
• Vivica A. Fox – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
• Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (CW)

Outstanding Drama Series
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
• “House” (FOX)
• “K-Ville” (FOX)
• “Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)
• “The Unit” (CBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
• Anthony Anderson – “K-Ville” (FOX)
• Dennis Haysbert – “The Unit” (CBS)
• Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
• Jesse L. Martin – “Law & Order” (NBC)
• Jimmy Smits – “Cane” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
• CCH Pounder – “The Shield” (FX)
• Jennifer Beals – “The L Word” (Showtime)
• Nicki Micheaux – “Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)
• Regina Taylor – “The Unit” (CBS)
• Wendy Davis – “Army Wives” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Blair Underwood – “Dirty Sexy Money” (ABC)
• James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
• Mekhi Phifer – “ER” (NBC)
• Omar Epps – “House” (FOX)
• Taye Diggs – “Private Practice” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Audra McDonald – “Private Practice” (ABC)
• Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
• Marianne Jean-Baptiste – “Without A Trace”(CBS)
• Pam Grier – “The L Word” (Showtime)
• S. Epatha Merkerson – “Law & Order” (NBC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
• “The Bronx is Burning” (ESPN)
• “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (HBO)
• “Five Days” (HBO)
• “Life Support” (HBO)
• “The List” (ABC Family)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
• Adam Beach – “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (HBO)
• Daniel Sunjata – “The Bronx is Burning” (ESPN)
• Evan Ross – “Life Support” (HBO)
• Wayne Brady – “The List” (ABC Family)
• Wendell Pierce – “Life Support” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special• Anika Noni Rose – “The Starter Wife” (USA Network)
• Holly Robinson Peete – “Matters of Life & Dating” (Lifetime)
• Queen Latifah – “Life Support” (HBO)
• S. Epatha Merkerson – “Girl, Positive” (Lifetime)
• Sydney Tamiia Poitier – “The List” (ABC Family)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
• Bryton McClure – “The Young And The Restless” (CBS)
• Kamar de los Reyes – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
• Kristoff St. John – “The Young And The Restless” (CBS)
• Mykel Shannon Jenkins – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
• Tobias Truvillion – “One Life to Live” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
• Brook Kerr – “Passions” (NBC)
• Christel Khalil – “The Young And The Restless” (CBS)
• Nazanin Boniadi – “General Hospital” (ABC)
• Tika Sumpter – “One Life to Live” (ABC)
• Tracey Ross – “Passions” (NBC)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)
• “American Gangster” (BET)
• “American Morning Series: MLK Papers” (CNN)
• “Dr. Sonja Gupta: Saving Your Life” (CNN)
• “Good Morning America-Breast Cancer Mission” (ABC)
• “In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview” (TVOne)

Outstanding Talk – (Series)
• “Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
• “Our World with Black Enterprise” (Syndicated)
• “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
• “Tavis Smiley ‘Crisis in Darfur’” (PBS)
• “The Tyra Banks Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality – (Series)
• “American Idol” (FOX)
• “America’s Next Top Model” (CW)
• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
• “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC)
• “Run’s House 4” (MTV)

Outstanding Variety – (Series or Special)
• “2007 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors” (VH1)
• “An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Aretha Franklin” (Syndicated)
• “BET Awards” (BET)
• “Celebration of Gospel ‘07” (BET)
• “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” (HBO)

Outstanding Children’s Program
• “Cory in the House” (Disney Channel)
• “Dora The Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
• “Go, Diego, Go” (Nickelodeon)
• “High School Musical 2” (Disney Channel)
• “That’s So Raven” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program - Series or Special
• Andre Benjamin – “Class of 3000” (Cartoon Network)
• Kathleen Herles – “Dora the Explorer” (Nickelodeon)
• Kyle Massey – “Cory in the House” (Disney Channel)
• Lil’ JJ – “Just Jordan” (Nickelodeon)
• Raven-Symoné – “That’s So Raven” (Disney Channel)


Outstanding New Artist
• Chrisette Michele (Island Def Jam)
• Corbin Bleu (Walt Disney Records)
• J. Holiday (Capitol)
• Jordin Sparks (Jive/Zomba)
• Sean Kingston (Sony)

Outstanding Male Artist
• Chris Brown (Jive)
• Common (Geffen)
• Kanye West (Island Def Jam)
• Prince (Columbia Records)
• Seal (Warner Bros. Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
• Alicia Keys (J Records)
• Aretha Franklin (Arista Records/Sony BMG)
• Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• Jill Scott (Hidden Beach Recordings)
• Mary J. Blige (Geffen)

Outstanding Duo or Group
• Aretha Franklin (feat. Fantasia) (Arista Records/Sony BMG)
• Bow Wow & Omarion (Columbia Records)
• Eddie & Gerald Levert (Atlantic)
• Sounds of Blackness (Sounds of Blackness Records)
• Stephen Marley & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (Universal Republic)

Outstanding Jazz Artist
• Dee Dee Bridgewater (DDB Records (UMG))
• Herbie Hancock (Verve)
• Kirk Whalum (Rendezvous Entertainment)
• Patti Austin (Rendezvous Entertainment)
• Randy Crawford & Joe Sample (PRA Records)

Outstanding Gospel Artist – (Traditional or Contemporary)
• Kirk Franklin (Gospocentric)
• Marvin Winans (Pure Springs/EMI Gospel)
• Mavis Staples (Epitaph)
• Sounds of Blackness (Sounds of Blackness Records)
• Yolanda Adams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding World Music Album
• Angelique Kidjo – “Djin Djin” (Razor & Tie)
• Habib Koité – “Afriki” (Cumbancha)
• Various Artists – “Putumayo Presents: World Hits” (Putumayo)
• Shiko Mawatu – “Kimbanda Nzila” (Sterns)
• Youssou N’Dour – “Rokku Mi Rokka” (Atlantic)

Outstanding Music Video
• “Beautiful Liar” - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• “Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige(Geffen)
• “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” – Alicia Keys (J Records)
• “Show Me” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
• “Stronger” – Kanye West (Island Def Jam)

Outstanding Song
• “Beautiful Flower” – India Arie (Universal Republic)
• “Just Fine” – Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
• “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” – Alicia Keys (J Records)
• “Stronger” – Kanye West (Island Def Jam)
• “Umbrella” – Rihanna feat. Jay-Z (Island Def Jam)

Outstanding Album
• Alicia Keys – “As I Am” (J Records)
• Chris Brown – “Exclusive” (Jive)
• Kanye West – “Graduation” (Island Def Jam)
• Mary J. Blige – “Growing Pains” (Geffen)
• Seal – “System” (Warner Bros. Records)


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
• Columbus Short – “Stomp The Yard” (Screen Gems)
• Denzel Washington – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• Don Cheadle – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
• Terrence Howard – “Pride” (Lionsgate Films)
• Will Smith – “I Am Legend” (Warner Bros.)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
• Angelina Jolie – “A Mighty Heart” (Paramount Vantage)
• Halle Berry – “Things We Lost In the Fire” (Dreamworks)
• Jill Scott – “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)
• Jurnee Smollett – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• Taraji P. Henson – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
• Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
• Denzel Whitaker – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• Forest Whitaker – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• Nate Parker – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• Tyler Perry – “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
• Janet Jackson – “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)
• Loretta Devine – “This Christmas” (Screen Gems)
• Meagan Good – “Stomp The Yard” (Screen Gems)
• Queen Latifah – “Hairspray” (New Line)
• Ruby Dee – “American Gangster” (Universal)

Outstanding Motion Picture
• “American Gangster” (Universal)
• “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• “I Am Legend” (Warner Bros.)
• “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
• “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate Films)

Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film
• “A Mighty Heart” (Paramount Vantage)
• “Dirty Laundry” (Codeblack Entertainment)
• “Honeydripper” (Emerging Pictures)
• “My Brother” (Codeblack Entertainment)
• “Persepolis” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Documentary
• “Bastards of the Party” (HBO)
• “Darfur Now” (Warner Independent Pictures)
• “Desert Bayou” (Cinema Libre Productions)
• “Price of Sugar” (Mitropolous Films)
• “Sicko” (The Weinstein Co.)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
• Ali LeRoi – “Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Guidance Counselor” (CW)
• Karen Gist – “Girlfriends: Spree To Be Free” (CW)
• Mindy Kaling – “The Office: Branch Wars” (NBC)
• Sara Finney-Johnson – “The Game: The Big Chill” (CW)
• Silvio Horta – “Ugly Betty: A Nice Day For A Posh Wedding” (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
• Janine Sherman Barrois – “ER: Breach of Trust” (NBC)
• Kathleen McGhee-Anderson and Anthony Sparks – “Lincoln Heights: The Vision” (ABC Family)
• Natalie Chaidez – “Heroes: The Fix” (NBC)
• Shonda Rhimes – “Private Practice: In Which We Meet Addison, A Nice Girl From Somewhere Else” (ABC)
• Shonda Rhimes and Krista Vernoff – “Grey’s Anatomy: A Change is Gonna Come” (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
• John Sayles – “Honeydripper” (Emerging Pictures)
• Michael Genet and Rick Famuyiwa – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
• Richard LaGravenese – “Freedom Writers” (Paramount Pictures)
• Robert Eisele – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• Steve Zaillian – “American Gangster” (Universal)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
• Ali LeRoi – “Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Baseball” (CW)
• Ken Whittingham – “The Office: Phyllis’s Wedding” (NBC)
• Millicent Shelton – “Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Substitute” (CW)
• Salim Akil – “Girlfriends: To Be Determined…It’s Been Determined” (CW)
• Seith Mann – “Entourage: The Dream Team” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
• Darnell Martin – “Law & Order: CI: Bombshell” (NBC)
• Kevin Hooks – “Lincoln Heights: Pilot” (ABC Family)
• Paris Barclay – “CSI: Meet Market” (CBS)
• Roxanne Dawson – “Heroes: Run” (NBC)
• Seith Mann – “Friday Night Lights: Are You Ready For Friday Night?” (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)
• Denzel Washington – “The Great Debaters” (The Weinstein Co.)
• Kasi Lemmons – “Talk To Me” (Focus Features)
• Preston Whitmore – “This Christmas” (Screen Gems)
• Sunu Gonera – “ Pride” (Lionsgate Films)
• Sylvain White – “Stomp the Yard” (Screen Gems)


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
• “Blonde Faith” – Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company)
• “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” – Junot Diaz (Penguin/Riverhead)
• “Cion: A Novel” – Zakes Mda (Picador)
• “Knots” – Nuruddin Farah (Penguin/Riverhead)
• “New England White: A Novel” – Stephen L. Carter (Alfred A. Knopf/RH)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
• An Unbroken Agony” – Randall Robinson (Basic Civitas Books/Perseus)
• “Brother, I’m Dying” – Edwidge Danticat (Alfred A. Knopf/RH)
• “Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop” – Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books/Perseus)
• “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond” – Don Cheadle,John Prendergast (Hyperion)
• “Race and Racism in the Chinas: Chinese Racial Attitudes Toward Africans and African-Americans” – M. Dujon Johnson (Authorhouse)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
• “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” – Dinaw Mengestu (Penguin/Riverhead)
• “Grace Will Lead Me Home” – Robin Givens (Hyperion)
• “Like Trees, Walking” Ravi Howard (Harper Collins/ Amistad)
• “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” – Ishmael Beah (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
• “The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir” – Victoria Rowell (Harper Collins)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
• “I Got Your Back: A Father and Son Keep it Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship” – Eddie Levert Sr., Gerald Levert, Lyah Leflore (Broadway Books)
• “My Grandfather’s Son” – Clarence Thomas (Harper Collins)
• “Obama: From Promise to Power” – David Mendell (Harper Collins/Amistad)
• “Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith” – Tommie Smith, David Steele (Temple University Press)
• “The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir” – Victoria Rowell (Harper Collins/William Morrow)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
• “The Covenant in Action” – Tavis Smiley (Smiley Books)
• “Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success” – Russell Simmons (Penguin/Gotham)
• “Get Yours!: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More” – Amy Dubois Barnett (Random House/Broadway)
• “Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits” – T. D. Jakes (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books)
• “This Year You Write Your Novel” – Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
• “Acolytes: Poems” – Nikki Giovanni (Harper Collins/William Morrow)
• “Duende” – Tracy K. Smith (Gray Wolf Press)
• “Eloquence: Rhythm and Renaissance” – Usi Ku (
• “Quiver of Arrows” – Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
• “Selected Poems” – Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
• “A Friendship For Today” – Patricia C. McKissack (Scholastic Inc.)
• “Elijah of Buxton” – Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Inc.)
• “Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals” – Ashley Bryan (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Atheneum)
• “Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson” – Sue Stauffacher,Author; Greg Couch, Illustrator (Random House)
• “Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star – Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author; James Ransome, Illustrator (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
• “Body Drama” – Nancy Redd (Penguin/Gotham)
• “Center for Cartoon Studies Presents: Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow” – James Sturm, Author; Rich Tommaso, Illustrator (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing)
• “Divine Confidential” – Jacquelin Thomas (Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster)
• “More Than Entertainers: An Inspirational Black Career Guide” – Charles B. Schooler, Author; Gary Young, Illustrator (Zenith Publishing)
• “Shadow Speaker” – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing)


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