Questlove, Colin Kaepernick among 2022 Peabody Award nominees

The 82nd annual Peabody Awards honor achievement in digital media, television, and podcast/radio.

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The nominations for the 2022 Peabody Awards were announced and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Colin Kaepernick, and Barry Jenkins all received nods for the ceremony that honors achievements in television, digital media, and podcast/radio.

Thompson is the lone nominee in the Arts category for his concert documentary Summer of Soul (…Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised). This is coming right off the back of The Roots member receiving an Academy Award and a Grammy for his directorial debut chronicling the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

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Joseph Patel, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, David Dinerstein and Robert Fyvolent, winners of Best Documentary Feature for “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” pose in the press room during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Momodu Mansaray/WireImage)

Kaepernick is up for a Peabody in the Children & Youth category for his Netflix series, Colin in Black & White. The former NFL quarterback turned activist narrates this coming-of-age drama about his life as a child.

Jenkins’ fantasy/historical drama The Underground Railroad is nominated in the Entertainment category. He’ll compete against ABC’s all-Black reboot of The Wonder Years.

The Documentary category is stacked this year. Stanley Nelson Jr. and Traci A. Curry’s Oscar-nominated film Attica is nominated, as is I Am Not Your Negro filmmaker Raoul Peck for Exterminate All the Brutes. Also getting Documentary nods is the Oscar-winning film Mr. Soul!, along with Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry’s The Queen of Basketball.

Netflix Limited Series Colin In Black And White Premiere
Nick Offerman, Colin Kaepernick, Ava DuVernay, Jaden Michael and Michael Starrbury attend the Netflix Limited Series “Colin in Black and White” Premiere at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Oct. 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Netflix)

“Following yet another turbulent year, Peabody is proud to honor an array of stories that poignantly and powerfully help us make sense of the challenges we face as a nation and world,” said Jeffrey Jones, Peabody’s executive director. “Demonstrating the immense power of stories, these nominees exposed our societal failures and celebrated the best of the human spirit. They are all worthy of recognition, and Peabody is proud to celebrate them.”

Of the 60 nominees, 30 winners will be announced virtually on Peabody’s various social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and its website. Celebrity presenters are handing out the awards with announcements starting on June 6 and ending on June 9.

Head over to the Peabody Awards website for the full list of nominations.

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