Ericka Nicole Malone and ‘Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story’
Ericka Nicole Malone, writer, and executive producer of “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story” won the 2023 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture) during the third night of the virtual NAACP Image Awards ceremonies.
Malone, who is president of Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment created and executive produced “Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story” as a vehicle to tell another side of the iconic gospel singers’ life. Mallone wanted to bring Jackson’s strength and power to the forefront in addition to Mahalia’s incredible voice and masterful performances.
“Telling the story of such a legendary woman was a privilege and honor. Mahalia Jackson was a national treasure who played a significant role in the fight for justice during the Civil Rights Movement and a close confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” said Ericka.
“She was a hidden figure that was oftentimes called upon for advice and encouragement by Dr King, in addition to being a staunch businesswoman who broke down barriers during her career.”
The film has garnered over 22 award wins and nominations during its film festival run including “Best Narrative Feature Audience Award” at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF).
“Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story” is currently streaming on Hulu.
The ceremony for the 54th NAACP Image Awards took place last weekend and recognized achievement in the arts, entertainment and culture by people of color in more than 80 categories. Here is a partial list of winners:
Entertainer of the Year: Angela Bassett; Outstanding Motion Picture: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever;” Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Will Smith – “Emancipation;” Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis – “The Woman King;” Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:Tenoch Huerta – “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever;” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Angela Bassett – “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Outstanding Comedy Series: “Abbott Elementary;” Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Cedric The Entertainer – “The Neighborhood;” Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Quinta Brunson – “Abbott Elementary;” Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Tyler James Williams – “Abbott Elementary;” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Janelle James – “Abbott Elementary.”