NAACP Image Awards Honors Excellence

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NAACP Image Awards Honors Excellence


Joiner, Lottie L., The Crisis


The 45th NAACP Image Awards took place Feb. 22 during a live two-hour event aired on TV One. The multicultural awards recognize the achievements of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. The event also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. NAACP members voted on the winners.

This year's award show was hosted by Anthony Anderson and included a red carpet pre-show hosted by Kevin Frazier and Tanika Ray. The evening included some of Hollywood's biggest stars - icons and newcomers such as Academy Award-winning actor Lou Gossett Jr., actresses Nia Long and Tika Sumpter, mogul Tyler Perry, late-night host Arsenio Hall and The View co-host Sherri Shepherd. Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, and NAACP members honored comedian Kevin Hart as Entertainer of the Year.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela, who died last year.

"We can each reflect, I do believe, the greatness he inspired in all of us," said Winfrey. "His life was an example to us all."

Hollywood veterans Paris Barclay, the first African American president of the Directors Guild of America, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, were inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame.

Barclay spoke of his humble beginnings as part of a family of seven raised by factory workers.

"You're not limited by your circumstances, only by your imagination," said Barclay. …

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