Naturi Naughton Feels Validated by NAACP Nomination for ‘Power’ Role After Not Always Feeling Pretty or Talented Enough

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The nominations for the 2019 NAACP Awards came in earlier this week, and Naturi Naughton received a nod in the category of Outstanding Actress In a Drama Series for her role as Tasha St. Patrick on the show “Power.”

It’s something the actress addressed on Twitter after receiving the news and admitted that it makes up for the times when she lacked self-confidence.

Naturi Naughton celebrates being nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for "Power" role.
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The other people nominated in her category are Taraji P. Henson for “Empire,” Alfre Woodard for “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” Viola Davis in “How to Get Away with Murder,” and Rutina Wesley for “Queen Sugar.”

“BLESSINGS on BLESSINGS!” wrote Naturi on Feb. 13. “For the days when I felt like I was never GOOD enough, or PRETTY enough, or TALENTED enough, or frankly, STRONG enough to endure… days like this feel so sweet!”

“Power’s” Omari Hardwick, who stars in the show as Ghost St. Patrick, received a nomination as well for Outstanding Actor In a Drama Series.

The others in his category include Sterling K. Brown for NBC’s “This Is Us,” Jason Mitchell for “The Chi,” Kofi Siriboe for “Queen Sugar,” and Keith David for “Greenleaf.”

Plus, “Power” itself was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, and Kendrick Lamar received a nod for Outstanding Guest Performance In a Comedy or Drama Series.

Thank you @naacpimageawards for not only recognizing my work, but also this AMAZING show @power_starz, written/produced& run by the visionary @courtneyakemp & @gary_lennon 🔥& @omarihardwickofficial as our fearless passionate leader for 6 seasons” wrote Naturi. “& @kendricklamar who stepped into that guest star like a BEAST! We’d be nothing without our crew and all our ridiculously COMMITTED fans! And the award goes to… YOU! Love y’all.”

Despite Naturi being on a hit show, she’s certainly had her struggles before landing the role of Tasha, which she talked about in 2016 during an interview on TV One’s “Donnie After Dark.”

“I was living in L.A. It was hard,” she recalled. “There were moments when actually two years I didn’t get a job, I didn’t work and I was starting to feel ‘How am I going to pay my rent? How I’m going to survive?’ I was starting to feel also unwanted. I felt like the business was just pushing me away after I done well.”

The 50th NAACP Awards airs live on March 30 on TV One.

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