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Ava DuVernay, Jordan Peele, Take Home Top Honors At The 2018 AAFCA Awards



Stars arrived in droves to the Taglyan Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday night for the 2018 African American Film Critics Association Awards.

It was a big night for Black power players in Hollywood, including Ava DuVernay, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, who were all acknowledged during the night’s festivities.

DuVernay nabbed a trophy for Best TV Series/Drama for Queen Sugar, meanwhile, Peele took home the award for Best Director, Best Film for Get Out. “There was a film that we were asking for, begging for, that wasn’t there for us, ” Jordan told the crowd during his acceptance speech.

AAFCA also honored Rob Reiner, who was the recipient of the Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice.

See below for a full list of winners: 

Best Picture: Get Out

Best Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actor: Laurence Fishburne, Last Flag Flying

Best Supporting Actress: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

Best Comedy: Girls Trip

Best Ensemble: Detroit

Best Independent: Crown Heights

Best Animated: Coco

Best Documentary: Step

Best Foreign: The Wound

Best Screenplay: Get Out

Best Song: “It Ain’t Fair” by The Roots, Detroit

Best New Media: Mudbound

Best TV Comedy Series: Black-ish

Best TV Drama Series: Queen Sugar

Breakout: Lakeith Stanfield, Crown Heights

Get Out
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Girls Trip
Call Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
Crown Heights

Queen Sugar
Master of None
The Handmaid’s Tale
Dear White People
She’s Gotta Have It
The Defiant Ones

Tie: Guerilla/Snowfall

See photos below from the big night. 

Chike Okonkwo


Courtney B. Vance, Will Packer


Sherri Shepherd


Jeanté Godlock


Ava DuVernay, Jordan Peele


Nischelle Turner, Courtney B. Vance, Frances McDormand, Shawn Edwards


Paula Patton, Roselyn Sanchez, Laz Alonso


Mack Wilds


Courtney B. Vance


Keegan Michael Key



Sheryl Lee Ralph


Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting



Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”


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