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.
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.
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!
For the list of additional winners, visit naacpimageawards.net.