The NAACP Image Awards have been around for the past 48 years. That is almost five decades of honoring black excellence at the highest level. In 2015 and 2016, it seemed as if black America had been sent a memo that the esteemed Oscars were just for white talent, thus causing the internet to erupt in the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. And while we deserve to be outraged over being ignored or treated as if we’re less-than in any capacity, the solution has and always will be: Create your own. We don’t need a seat at their table when we have our own. So, no, the NAACP Image Awards are not a black answer to the Oscars; they’re a tangible testimony that our exceptional accomplishments deserve to be celebrated! The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. This is our night to celebrate our stars and our legacies. The all-star celebration will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and will broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium 9-11 p.m ET on Saturday on TV One. A 90-minute preshow… Read full this story
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