Cable Nets Gather Vision Awards

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Home Box Office was the big winner at the 2002 Vision Awards April 12,
reaping three of the National Association of Minorities in Communications'
annual trophies for diversity-programming achievement.

The premium network won for its acclaimed made-for-TV movie, Boycott
(best drama); an episode of Arli$$ (best comedy); and Spin City
co-star Michael Boatman's guest turn in another Arli$$ episode (best
comedic performance).

The comedic-performance category provided a rare tie outcome, with Boatman
joined by Tommy Davidson for a voice-over performance on The Proud
, Disney Channel's animated hit.

Disney picked up a second Vision for an episode of The Famous Jett
(best children's show).

Other Vision honors went to Lifetime Television for its Rosa Parks
Intimate Portrait episode (best documentary); TBS Superstation for the
2001 edition of its Trumpet Awards special (music/variety program); Cable
News Network for The Struggle for Islam (best news/information program);
Gregory Hines' portrayal of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson in Showtime movie
Bojangles (best drama performance); and Indian programmer Zee TV for
Antakshari (best foreign-language program).

Special achievement awards were presented to Nickelodeon for its
diversity-series track record and Univision Communications Inc. Los
Angeles-based anchorman Eduardo Quezada for his journalistic

Multichannel News parent Reed Business Information was a co-sponsor of
this year's Vision Awards. NAMIC instituted the awards in 1995 through its
Southern California chapter to reward outstanding cable productions featuring or
produced by people of color.