VANESSA WILLIAMS: POSITIVELY DESPERATE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Vanessa Williams says she's proud to have won an NAACP Image Award for her work on the TV series "Desperate Housewives." And she says it's a big deal to her, especially because of the "image" generated the last time a big-name black actress was on the show. For those who forgot, that was Alfre Woodard. The producers had her character lock her son in the basement -- something that Williams says didn't sit well with her or other viewers. She says she's glad that her role on Wisteria Lane is a little more positive -- with her newly won award as part of the proof. Don't get her wrong though -- Williams says she has much love and respect for Woodard and her work. She says it's just that the way her character on Desperate Housewives was portrayed could have been more positive.