TV One Takes Us Behind The Scenes of the 50th NAACP Image Awards

The 50th NAACP Image Awards Preview Day provided a sneak peek into the annual awards show which was hosted at the Dolby Theatre for the first time. The day included a special look inside the Dolby Theatre for a preview of the stage, viewing of the Pre-Show Reception set up and seat cards, preview of menu items, the gifting suite sponsored by Aveeno and gift bag items.

But let me tell you about the best part of this experience. Seeing the red carpet rolled out that the nominees would soon grace and interviewing the executives behind it all who worked hard at creating an unforgettable experience for these nominees to shine their lights and be celebrated.

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It was such an honor to speak with President and CEO of the NAACP, Derrick Johnson. He shared about his deep roots with the NAACP and how his HBCU college experience shaped his love for the organization.

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Tia Smith, award winning producer and former TV One Executive, was such a gem. She shared with me what it meant to her to represent excellence and her excitement for the award’s show first time at the home of the oscars, the Dolby Theatre.

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Writer, Producer and Director, Reginald Hudlin, who is no stranger to the Dolby Theatre, reflected on his years producing the NAACP Image Awards and his love for Anthony Anderson and what he brings as a host. Hudlin even provided some commentary on the Jussie Smollett case. See previous post to watch our conversation.

50th NAACP Image Awards Recap

Black excellence, elegance and empowerment was palpable and overflowing in the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California for the 50th NAACP Image Awards. There is truly nothing more beautiful in a moment and milestone than to be celebrated and honored by your own. Anthony Anderson hosted for the 6th consecutive year as the top African Americans in the entertainment industry were recognized and awarded for their contribution in film, television, music, literature and social justice.

There are so many people who are positively pushing the culture forward, but the change agents who were honored this night were Neyo (winner of the McDonald’s Black & Positivity Gold Music Award), Tom Joyner (Vanguard Award Recipient), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Chairman’s Award Recipient) and Jay – Z, who was presented with the President’s Award by NACCP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson. 

In motion pictures, Black Panther continues to win big taking home a total of 9 awards. Some of the wins included Michael B. Jordan for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Chadwick Boseman for Outstanding actor in a Motion Picture, Letitia Wright for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance: Motion Picture, Danai Gurira for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture and Ryan Coogler toped it off with Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.

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In television, Blackish also remains a top favorite with 6 wins for the night. With a tearful acceptance speech, Tracee Ellis Ross took home the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, the show itself won Outstanding Comedy Series, Marsai Martin took home two awards for Outstanding Performance by a youth (Series, Television Movie or Limited Series) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series while Anthony Anderson won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

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The night ended with another magical moment as Beyoncé graced the stage and accepted the Entertainer of the Year Award, humbly honoring all the other nominees within her category during her speech.

Awards shows like the NAACP Image Awards are not only necessary for our culture, but extremely powerful in acknowledging and continuing the legacy of black excellence at its best!  

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