EDDIE MURPHY INDUCTED INTO NAACP IMAGE AWARDS HALL OF FAME
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eddie Murphy says he’s “very moved” by the honor he got over the weekend. He was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. During the awards show Saturday in Los Angeles, Murphy said the award was “the perfect thing” to mark his 40 years of making movies. Murphy was presented the honor by his longtime friend and “Coming 2 America” co-star Arsenio Hall.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN GETS POSTHUMOUS HONOR AT NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chadwick Boseman’s widow is thanking the NAACP Image Awards for always giving her husband “his flowers.” Simone Ledward Boseman accepted the best actor award he won for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” his final movie role. Boseman is up for best actor at the Oscars this year for the same movie. But the post-death nod is his first by the academy, after being passed over for movies like “Black Panther.” Boseman’s widow says her late husband was “an uncommon artist and an even more uncommon person.” Boseman died last year of colon cancer at 43.
NAACP IMAGE AWARDS – VIOLA DAVIS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Viola Davis was a double winner at the NAACP Image Awards. During Saturday’s ceremony, she won for best actress in a movie for starring opposite Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” She also won best actress in a TV series for “How to Get Away with Murder.” Meanwhile, LeBron James was given a special President’s Award for his public service efforts. He thanked the civil rights group for recognizing his efforts beyond the basketball court.
SHARON OSBOURNE LEAVING “THE TALK”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Did she quit? Or was she fired? Reading between the lines might suggest it was a little bit of both when it comes to Sharon Osbourne leaving “The Talk.” In announcing her departure Friday, CBS says Osbourne decided to leave. But it also says it comes after a network review that found her behavior on the show’s March 10 episode “did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.” The network also says there is no evidence backing Osbourne’s claim that CBS set her up to be confronted about her support for British TV personality Piers Morgan. Osbourne defended Morgan after he branded Meghan Markle a liar for saying she encountered racism from the royal family – and that made her suicidal.
BRITISH PAPER SEEKS ENTRY TO TRIAL OF EX-OFFICER IN GEORGE FLOYD DEATH
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – When the trial in George Floyd’s death gets under way today, it’s likely a British newspaper might be on the outside, looking in. The Daily Mail of London was denied credentials for the trial of the ex-police officer charged with killing Floyd by pressing his knee on his neck last year. The paper has appealed. The judge rejected the bid for a credential after the paper put out video from police body cameras before it was released to the public. The paper denies the judge’s claim that the footage was stolen. Without the credential, the paper has no access to the media center, trial exhibits or media updates related to the trial.