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The 43rd Day Emmy Awards

Obba Babatunde Wins Emmy Award 

by Lea Michelle Cash/ Published 5/4/2016 ( A5  

​      The man I like to call, Mr. Entertainer can be found living on his ranch as a true cowboy and lover of animals.  I love to see him riding

and parading his beautiful horse at the Bill Pickett Invitational Black Rodeo. However, a cowboy and rancher is not all that he is.  Obba Babatunde

is an absolute triple threat and remarkable versatile performer.  He acts, sings, dances, and is a choreographer.  He is also an outstanding

self-taught musician that always shoots for the moon and lands among the stars appearing in more than 100 movies and television productions. 

And lets not forget his Broadway appearances.  Does Dreamgirls ring a bell?  Or Chicago and Sammy? And, people still call him Berry Gordy.    


       Sunday, May 1, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, awarded Babatunde his first Emmy Award. He received an Emmy in the category “Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series” for his role as Julius Avant in the hit daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.  When Babatunde accepted his award he said, "I stand here tonight before you a man who is humbled by the experience, appreciative of the acknowledgement."   Backstage he explained the

importance of living in a world where we as a human race should learn to love one another unconditionally.  

      The star-studded event included appearance by Larry King “Larry King Now”, Rita Moreno (EGOT winner), Mario Lopez “EXTRA”, Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier “ET”, Chris Harrison “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, Sandra Lee (Emmy Award winning Culinary Host), Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, and Sheryl Underwood “The Talk”, Dr. Mehmet Oz “Dr. Oz”, Daphne Oz and Carla Hall “The Chew”, Brandon McMillan “Lucky Dog”, Shemar Moore “Criminal Minds”, Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Jennifer Ashton “The Doctors”, Brooke Burns “The Chase”, Kristos Andrews “The Bay”, Van Hansis “Eastsiders”, Matt Doran “Crime Watch”, as well as Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mae, Loni Love, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon “The Real”. Also as presenters were cast members from the four daytime soaps, including Gina Tognoni, Hunter King and Jason Thompson “The Young & the Restless”, Teresa Castillo, Laura Wright and Donnell Turner “General Hospital”, Karla Mosley, Pierson Fodé and Jacob Young, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, Camilla Banus, Billy Flynn and Jen Lilley “Days of Our Lives”.


       The highlight of the evening went to Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on “Sesame Street” for 44 years.  The Academy President Bob Mauro said, “We are blessed with an embarrassment of outstanding nominees and none could shine brighter than this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree, Sonia Manzano. Over the last forty-plus-years, we, and many of our children, have followed her iconic journey as “Maria” on Sesame Street and the National Academy is thrilled to be able to salute her tonight for her extraordinary achievement.”    

       Shemar Moore,
a former actor on “The Young and the Restless”, who recently left the television CBS drama “Criminal Minds” closed out the gala evening.   Other honorees to win an Emmy were: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, (Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host) for “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” and Sean Blakemore, (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series) for his role as Shawn Butler on “General Hospital”   “The Price is Right wins Outstanding Game Show and “The Talk” wins Outstanding Talk show/Entertainment. 

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