By Faith Kelley
There’s the Oscars, Grammy’s, Golden Globes, Emmy’s and more, but what about the African American community having an award ceremony of their own?
February 11th 2017 will be the Fourth Eighth NAACP Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson. Much like the previously listed award shows, the NAACP Image Awards covers categories such as art, literature, television, sports, and music, but shines a light on people of color in the industry.
The first NAACP Image Awards were presented in 1967, but the show wasn’t televised until 1994 on Fox Network. The first time it broadcasted live was in 2007, the 38th edition, also on Fox Network. This award show was and still is important to the black community, those working hard to make it in the industry, and those who have left their mark on the industry, as well as the black community.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, there were not many black leading roles in movies, which lead to criticism for not nominating black actors for Best Actor Award. Since then the film industry has grown, becoming more diverse and accepting of all races.
2017 NAACP Image Awards
As for the last two years, Anthony Anderson, an African American actor and comedian, will be hosting the night once more. Lebron James will be honored for the Jackie Robinson Sports Award.
Since 1967, that industry has grown to be more diverse and accepting of African Americans and other minority actors. We have grown to be whatever we want to be in the world and that’s what the NCAAP Image Awards are for: to teach and encourage the black race to be who we want to be.