HBO Leads NAMIC Vision Awards Nominations

HBO garnered more 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards nominations than any other television network, The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced Wednesday night.

HBO drew 12 NAMIC Vision Awards nominations, which honor original and digital programming content that depicts the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color, said the diversity organization. ESPN and BET Networks drew eight Vision Awards nominations, while History Channel, CNN, ABC, ABS-CBN International, Discovery Latin America, Disney Junior, Food Network, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Starz, TV One, VH1 and Viceland all garnered multiple nominations, according to NAMIC.

Nominations for the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards were announced as part of the Hollywood Creative Forum 8.0 VIP Reception hosted by The Walter Kaitz Foundation.

"NAMIC is honored to continue the tradition of honoring original content that defies stereotypes, while telling compelling stories of cultural diversity and life experiences," said Eglon Simons, president and CEO, NAMIC in a statement. “This year's nominees must be applauded for their excellence and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion on and off screen."

The 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards Nominees are as follows:


Doc McStuffins - Disney Junior

Miles from Tomorrowland - Disney Junior

Sanjay and Craig - Nickelodeon

Sofia the First - Disney Junior

The Loud House - Nickelodeon

Awards & Honors

47th NAACP Image Awards - TV One

BET Awards 2016 - BET Networks

Black Girls Rock! - BET Networks

Dear Mama - VH1

Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens - VH1

Trailblazers Honors - Logo

Best Performance – Comedy

Don Cheadle: House of Lies - Showtime

Issa Rae: Insecure - HBO

RonReaco Lee: Survivor’s Remorse - Starz

Teyonah Paris: Survivor’s Remorse - Starz

Tichina Arnold: Survivor’s Remorse  - Starz

Best Performance - Drama

Anika Noni Rose: Roots - History Channel

Forest Whitaker: Roots - History Channel

Gabrielle Union: Being Mary Jane - BET Networks

Kerry Washington: Confirmation - HBO

Malachi Kirby: Roots - History Channel

Malik Yoba: Bad Dad Rehab - TV One

Regé-Jean Page: Roots - History Channel


All in with Cam Newton - Nickelodeon

Game Shakers - Nickelodeon

Nina’s World - Sprout

Sesame Street - HBO

Stuck in the Middle - Disney Channel


Ballers - HBO

black-ish - ABC

Fluffy Breaks Even - Fuse

Insecure - HBO

Survivor’s Remorse - Starz


SuperSoul Sunday - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

The Talk - CBS

Digital Media - Short Form

Change Agents: History in the Making - TV One

Harlem on My Plate - Powerhouse Productions

One Heritage, Two Generations: Amelia Morán Ceja and Dalia Ceja - NBC Latino

This is Birth with Lisa Ling - CNN

Voices - NBC Asian America


Eyes on the Prize Then and Now: A WORLD Channel Special -  World Channel

Fault Lines: The Lives of Black Women - Al Jazeera English

Roots: A New Vision - History Channel

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four - Investigation Discovery

We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World - CNN


Being Mary Jane - BET Networks

East Los High - Hulu

Grey’s Anatomy - ABC

How to Get Away With Murder - ABC

Secret and Lies - ABC

Foreign Language

Pancho Villa: Se Busca Vivo o Muerto - Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic

Texas Trocas - Discovery Networks - Discovery Latin America/US Hispanic


Ayesha’s Homemade - Food Network

Design + Story - ABS-CBN International

Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies - Cooking Channel

Smollett Eats - Food Network

Special Projects: Breakthrough Women - CNN

Spice to Life - ABS-CBN International


Arab and Queer: Lebanese Singer Pushes Boundaries - NBC Out

BA Election Day Coverage 2016 - ABS-CBN International

NewsOne Now with Roland Martin - TV One

Special Projects: Impact Your World - CNN

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement - BET Networks

The Story of God with Morgan Freeman - National Geographic

Original Movie or Special

All the Way - HBO

BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration - BET Networks

Black Girls Rock! - BET Networks

Rock the Runway - ABS-CBN International

Special Projects: Amalgam Comics - CNN


Black Market with Michael K. Williams - VICELAND

SC Featured: Chubbtown - ESPN

SC Featured: Inky Johnson - ESPN

SportsCenter: Mother of Hampton Lacrosse - ESPN

Sunday NFL Countdown: Jarrius Robertson - ESPN

Reality - Social Issues

E:60 American - ESPN

Gaycation with Ellen Page - VICELAND

Rise Up: A SportsCenter Special - ESPN

Vice News Tonight - HBO

Vice: “Viva Cuba Libre” - HBO


E:60 Mike Evans - ESPN

SC Featured: The Meaning of Miyah - ESPN

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel - HBO

Terrance Crawford: My Fight - HBO

VICE World of Sports - VICELAND

Variety/Talk Show   

All Def Comedy - HBO

Being: Brandy - BET Networks

Lemonade - HBO

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson -  National Geographic

VH1 Live! - VH1

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