NAMIC Vision Awards

HBO, 'Insecure' Tops at NAMIC Vision Awards

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the premier organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion in the media and entertainment industry, today announced the winners of its 27th annual Vision Awards. These awards honor programming that reflects the lives, spirit, and contributions of people of color that mirror the diverse composition of the viewing audience. Presented through an online format, winning programs are showcased on the 2021 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery at

NAMIC issued a total of 18 Vision Awards for networks and distributors. HBO and HBO Max led the honors with five awards for the fifth consecutive year for its programs: Lovecraft Country; The Shop: Uninterrupted; HA Festival: The Art of Comedy; Insecure; and a best performance award for Insecure’s Issa Rae. CNN followed with three awards, while NBC News and Lifetime both picked up two Vision Awards.

“Programmers and storytellers playing a pivotal role in helping create a just and equitable society, where messages of diversity and inclusion prevail,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO, NAMIC. “We congratulate all the Vision Awards winners and thank them for their important and meaningful work.”

This year’s Vision Awards winners are:


Doc McStuffins – Disney Junior

Awards & Honors

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute – CNN

Best Performance – Comedy

Issa Rae: Insecure – HBO

Best Performance – Drama

Aunjanue Ellis: The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel – Lifetime


Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism (CNN & Sesame Street) – CNN


Insecure – HBO

Digital Media – Short Form

Movements That Transformed Our World: The March Continues – NBC News Digital


Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible – ESPN


Lovecraft Country – HBO

Foreign Language

En la Línea: Latinoamérica – Discovery Networks Latin America / US Hispanic


Turkey Day Sunny’s Way – Food Network

News/Informational (tie)

NBC News Primetime Special: America in Crisis – NBC News

VICE News Tonight: Underlying Conditions: Coronavirus Devastates Navajo Nation – VICE Media Group

Original Movie or Special

The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel – Lifetime


Made from Scratch – Fuse

Reality – Social Issues

United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell – CNN


The Shop: Uninterrupted – HBO

Variety/Talk Show

HA Festival: The Art of Comedy – HBO Max

Each year, submissions for the Vision Awards are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of media and entertainment industry executives. Broadcast and cable networks, cable operators, and syndicators of this content were eligible to apply. Video on Demand content produced by cable and/or broadcast companies for web or mobile digital platforms were also eligible.

For more information, or to view the 2021 NAMIC Vision Awards winners gallery, visit


NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity and inclusion in the media and entertainment industry. More than 4,000 professionals belong to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that support leadership development, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC collaborates with industry partners to expand and nurture a workforce that reflects the cultural richness of the American population. For more information, please visit or follow @NAMICNational on Twitter.