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EMMA Awards Judges select 2002 finalists in honour of EMMA Patron Donald Woods

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Finalists from the worlds of music, film, comedy, literature, theatre, journalism and public life will be attending the EMMA 2002 Awards sponsored by NatWest Bank at the fashionable Café Lazeez on Tuesday 16th April 2002.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, hosted by Sanjeev Bhaskar and Angela Griffin and broadcast by the BBC. The show will be dedicated to the EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards) patron Donald Woods, whose struggle against apartheid was depicted movingly in the film 'Cry Freedom' directed by Lord Attenborough, a previous EMMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. This year, the judges have decided to present two Lifetime Achievement Awards in honour of Donald Woods to Maya Angelou and Ray Charles for their longstanding professional humanitarian commitment.

Bobby Syed, founder and director of the EMMA Awards said: "The EMMA awards have come along way with NatWest's support since their inception in 1997 and continue to celebrate and champion cultural diversity across the full spectrum of the media industry. This year's Awards promise to be the biggest ever and it gives me great pleasure to dedicate them to the memory of Donald Woods, our very own patron who symbolised so much of what EMMA is about."

Wendy Woods, widow of Donald Woods said: "My husband stood for decency, justice and above all, equality, which are values shared by many different races and symbolised by our own very own heroes Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko whose ideals have touched all our lives."

The EMMA Awards have previously honoured Muhammad Ali (1999) and Nelson Mandela (2000) in the distinguished Lifetime Achievement category. Kofi Annan, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Lui, Destiny's Child, Venus Williams, Bally Sagoo, Rt. Hon. Paul Boateng MP and Doreen Lawrence are previous winners in other categories

For further information about the EMMA Awards 2002, sponsored by National Westminster Bank, please log on to: http://www.emma.co.uk (background & voting).

Notes to Editors:

Donald Woods (1933-2001):

He was a South Africa newspaper editor and anti-apartheid activists who had drawn world attention to the case of Steve Biko the black consciousness leader who was killed by South African security while in detention.

He used his position as editor of the Daily Despatch newspaper to attack the Nationalist government over Biko's death. This description by Woods of Biko reveals why he felt so strongly about this particular death, one of many under the apartheid regime's security forces: "This was a new breed of South African - the Black consciousness breed - and I knew immediately that a movement that produced the sort of personality now confronting me had qualities that blacks had been needing in South Africa for three hundred years".

Maya Angelou:

She was among the first African-American women to hit the bestsellers lists with her book "I know why the caged bird sings", one of the great voices of contemporary literature and a Renaissance women. Being a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director.

Ray Charles:

Has the distinction of being both a national treasure and an international phenomenon. He started out from nowhere year's later finds him as a global entity. His music is still marked by the unpredictability that is the genius of consummate artistry.

His awareness of racial injustice was not limited to the home front; the same years he fought the war against racial injustice in the American South in Charles a growing awareness of racial injustice aboard, particularly the notorious policy of apartheid in South Africa.

EMMA Voting:

The public is able to select the winners of the EMMA Awards 2002 by voting from the short-listed candidates, from 15th to 28th April 2002 through our information hot line 0700 callemma (07002 255 366) or online http://www.emma.uk.com. We plan to re-run our Award winning Ad from Saatchi & Saatchi as well as working with The Guardian Online to encourage their 50 million (per month) clients to vote.

EMMA 2002 Finalists

- Best British Music Act/Production:

So Solid Crew (Independiente)
Beverley Knight (Parlophone)
Craig David (Wildstar Records)
Nitin Sawhney (V2 Records)

- Best International Music Act/Production:

Dr. Dre (Interscope Records)
Outkast (BMG/Arista)
Alicia Keys (J Records)
Mary J Blige (Universal Records)

- Best World Music Act/Production:

Nitin Sawhney (V2 Records)
Manu Chao (Real World)
Baaba Maal (Palm Pictures)
Dhol Foundation (Shakti Records)

- Best Film Production:

Training Day (Warner Brothers)
Ali (Columbia Pictures)
Baby Boy (Sony/Columbia Tristar)
Lagaan (Sony Entertainment Television Asia)

- Best Film Actor:

Denzel Washington (Training Day)
Will Smith (Ali)
Tyrese Gibson (Baby Boy)
Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding)

- Best Film Actress:

Halle Berry (Swordfish)
Ayesha Dharker (The Terrorist)
Vasundhara Das (Monsoon Wedding)
Kareena Kapoor (Asoka)

- Best TV Entertainment Production:

The Kumars at No. 42 (BBC)
Babyfather (BBC)
Othello (Granada)
Rock Legends (Carlton Television)

- Best TV Actor:

David Harewood (Babyfather, BBC)
Don Gilet (Babyfather, BBC)
Fraser James (Babyfather, BBC)
Rudolph Walker (EastEnders, BBC)

- Best TV Actress:

Diane Parish (Babyfather, BBC)
Angela Griffin (Holby City, BBC)
Thusitha Jayasundera (Holby City, BBC)
Dona Croll (Family Affairs, Channel 5)

- Best Play/Theatre Production:

The Island (The Royal National Theatre)
The Vagina Monologues (The Royal National Theatre)
Stolen (UK Arts International)
The Bogus Woman (The Red Room)

- Best Book/Novel:

Ahmed Rashid (Taliban - Yale University Press)
Hanif Kureishi (Gabriel's Gift - Farber & Farber)
Abdul Razak Gurnah (By The Sea - The New Press)
Amy Tan (The Bonesetter's Daughter - Penguin Books)

- Best Comedy/Comedian:

Omid Djalili
Felix Dexter
Gina Yashere
Angie Le Mar

- Best Print Newspaper Journalist:

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (The Independent)
Kaizer Nyatsumba (The Independent)
Gary Younge (The Guardian)
Basildon Peta (The Independent)

- Best Radio Journalist:

Nadene Ghouri (BBC Radio Five)
Barnie Choudhury (Today Programme, BBC)
Zubeida Malik (Radio 4, BBC)
Asad Ahmad (BBC Scotland)

- Best TV News Journalist:

Saira Shah (Channel 4, ITN)
Krishnan Guru Murthy (Channel 4, ITN)
Rageh Omaar (BBC News & Current Affairs)
Bharat Patel (Carlton TV)

- Best TV Documentary:

Dispatches: Beneath The Veil (Channel 4)
Dispatches: Unholy War (Channel 4)
Islam UK: Islamophobia (BBC)
Guns On Our Streets (Carlton TV)

- Public Figure for the Year:

Dame Jocelyn Barrow (Focus Consultancy)
Counsellor Mohammed Riaz (Conservative Party)
Bill Morris (Transport and General Workers Union)
Lord Victor Adebowale (Turning Point Charity)

- Media Personality for the Year:

Gary Younge (Guardian Journalist)
Moira Stuart (BBC News Presenter)
Ahmed Rashid (Independent Writer)
Rageh Omaar (BBC News Correspondent)
Bonnie Greer (Mail on Sunday Journalist)  

- Sporting Personality for the Year:

Nasser Hussain (England Cricket Captain) 
Emile Heskey (Liverpool/England Football Player)
Uriah Rennie (Premier League Referee)
Tiger Woods (International Golf Champion)

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