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Mochascafe
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Username: Mochascafe

Post Number: 100
Registered: 08-2007

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Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 01:49 pm:   

You know the way this goes is that NAACP members and delegates nominate each person in every category. This being said, a side committee (still not sure who they are, how many there are) decide on the Literature Categories....

I am hoping the absence of Toni just means that the nominations were completed prior to the November release of Toni's book and will therefore be added to next years list. I will find out and update you.

That being said, I think that the popularity contest happens because people tend to pick the people who they have heard of (whether the read the book or not). I will say that the organization has acknowledged that on a whole the literature categories (both selection and award ceremony, as they are never included in the live telecast) needs an overhaul. We are trying to find ways to rectify this with the Author Pavilion to at least give the nominees and winners additional exposure but it still remains a work in progress.

Personally I would have liked to see more authors from across the diaspora represented, but at the end of the day the Image Awards like most Hollywood Awards usually represent the most popular names in increase viewership and therefore sponsorship. What I am trying to say is that at the end of the day business is business and unfortunately you have to peak the interest of the general public. I am certainly not trying make excuses but this is the reality of Hollywood, but it is rather unfortunate for the talented yet less "glittery" author.

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