This past NAACP Image Awards highlighted the black excellence of many of our beloved melanin kings and queens for their hard work throughout 2017. This year’s show was even more spectacular because it was the first time that the award show has landed on Martin Luther King Jr. day thus many people mentioned the late leader. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said, “…there’s no better way to honor the legacy” of the reverend than to urge everyone to vote in 2018, and Danny Glover spoke of King’s impact in his acceptance speech for the NAACP President’s Award.  From host Anthony Anderson taking jabs at Omarosa in his opening to ESPN’s Jemele Hill discussing her Twitter quarrel with Trump, the ceremony was filled with political talk, social awareness and melanin appreciation. How befitting for this award show? 

Winner’s List 

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture  

Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) 

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series 

Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC) 

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series 

Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX) 

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series                            

Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC) 

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series 

Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz) 

NAACP Music Makes A Difference Honor 

Charlie Wilson 

Outstanding Comedy Series 

“black-ish” (ABC) 

NAACP Chairman’s Award 

William Lucy 

NAACP President’s Award 

Danny Glover 

Outstanding Drama Series 

“Power” (Starz) 

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture 

Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures) 

Outstanding Motion Picture 

“Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures) 

Entertainer of the Year 

Ava DuVernay 




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Written by Teresa Washington

Freelance Writer



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