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Diversity In Awards: The 48th NAACP Image Awards

Awards season is upon us and while most of America will be tuning in to see who will take the latest Grammy, Golden Globe or Oscar, there is an overlooked awards show that deserves a little more consideration.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Image Awards.

The NAACP award ceremony is in its 48th year and is aimed to honor people of color in the television, music, movie and literature genres. According to the NAACP Image Awards website they also “honor individuals and groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”

Although the music industry has been more inclusive in recognizing talent from all ethnic groups, the movie industry hasn’t been as progressive. This was evident in the 2016 Oscar nominations when all of the lead actor nominees and best picture nominations were of those from Caucasian decent; despite there being many films of African-American qualified for Oscar consideration.

With America growing more and more in ethnic diversity, it is exciting to see an awards show that celebrates a different side of the diversity spectrum.

In a press release, December 13, the NAACP released a complete list of nominees for the 48th NAACP Image Awards.

Here are just a few categories we’re on the look out for:


Dwayne Johnson in Ballers (2015)
Photo: via IMDB.com [© 2015 HBO]
Entertainer of the Year


Viola Davis

Regina King

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Chance the Rapper

Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Anderson, Jenifer Lewis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin.
Photo: [IMDB.com]
Outstanding Television Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX)

Black-ish (ABC)

Insecure (HBO)

Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)

The Carmichael Show (NBC)

Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Bryshere Y. Gray in Empire
Photo: [IMDB.com]
Outstanding Television Drama Series

Empire (Fox)

Power (Starz)

Queen Sugar (OWN)

This Is Us (NBC)

Underground (WGN)

Sean Combs, Cassie Ventura, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, and Chance the Rapper
Photo: © 2016 John Shearer – Image courtesy gettyimages.com via IMDB.com
Outstanding New Recording Artist

Chance the Rapper

Chloe X Halle


Ro James


Beyoncé: Lemonade
Photo: [IMDB.com]
Outstanding Album

A Seat At The Table – Solange

Coloring Book – Change the Rapper

Lemonade – Beyonce

untitled unmastered – Kendrick Lamar

What I’m Feelin’ – Anthony Hamilton

Moonlight (2016)
Photo: [IMDB.com]
Outstanding Motion Picture

Fences (Paramount Pictures)

Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)

Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)

Moonlight (A24)

The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


This year the awards show will be hosted by comedian turned actor, Anthony Anderson, known for his lead role as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Sr., playing opposite costar Tracee Ellis Ross on the television show Black-ish.

The 48th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcasted live on TV One (check local listings for channel), on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 9 p.m. PST. A pre-show with red carpet arrivals will start right before the show at 7:30p, on the same channel.

For a complete list of nominees and their categories, visit www.naacpimageawards.net.

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