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Beyoncé, Billy Porter, Niecy Nash, RuPaul and more recieve Emmy Nominations


Congratulations goes out to Ava DuVernay‘s epic Netflix drama When They See Us. The film about the “Central Park Five” (now referred to as the Exonerated Five) received 16 Emmy nominations this week including two for her in the categories of “Outstanding Directing” and “Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series” along with co-writer Michael Starburry.


When They See Us actors Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Niecy Nash, Michael K. Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Vera Farmiga and Marsha Stephanie Blake were also nominated for their roles.


Other Emmy nominees include POSE star Billy Porter, This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones, Glynn Turman and Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder, Black-ish lead Anthony Anderson, Giancarlo Esposito, Lavern Cox and Maya Rudolph.


Veteran actresses Phylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson were also nominated and as well as Don Cheadle and Mahershala Ali.


Iconic drag superstar RuPaul picked up nods for “Outstanding Host for Reality” and “Outstanding Reality Program” for RuPaul’s Drag Race.


Beyoncé’s Homecoming and Wanda Sykes Not Normal both picked up nominations for “Outstanding Variety Special.”


Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.