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'Moonlight,' 'Birth of a Nation' and 'Loving' score big with NAACP Image Award nominations

'Moonlight,' 'Birth of a Nation' and 'Loving' score big with NAACP Image Award nominations

The 48th NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Tuesday with Oscar contender “Moonlight” and Nate Parker’s embattled “The Birth of a Nation” each scoring six nods, with “Loving” nabbing five.

The awards aim to celebrate accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature and film, while also recognizing the efforts of those working to promote social justice through those mediums.

In music, the sisters Knowles proved to be a force of nature, with Beyoncé garnering seven nominations and Solange grabbing five.

On television, no one can touch ABC’s “black-ish,” which racked up a jaw-dropping 12 nominations, including acknowledgements...

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