Why The NAACP Image Awards Is Necessary
After 45 years, the NAACP Image Awards finally gets a primetime spot
Beautiful women and well-groomed men adorned the red carpet over the weekend to celebrate and honor people of color in music, television and film as the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards aired live for the very first time in almost five decades from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday. It’s such an important event, not only for minorities, but for all to see and embrace; and these are just some of the many reasons why:
Five: It gives young people of color something to aspire to. Let’s face it, we’re not always recognized on mainstream media, so the Image Awards allows little boys and girls a chance to see people in the world who look just like them, in Hollywood blazing trails and making social differences.
Four: It gives musicians, television shows, and films who have been overlooked (ehem…The Butler) another opportunity as a nominee.
Three: The star-studded, celebrity-packed show also sheds light on individuals or groups who promote social justice.
Two: Through the Image Awards, the importance of the NAACP and what the organization stands for is delivered to a much broader audience, and to those who have never heard of the NAACP before.
One: Last, but certainly not least, in the words of Tyler Perry, “It’s just about the celebration of who we are which is so important. I think that there are a lot of times people don’t understand our brand of humor, our brand of celebration, our brand of who we are and it’s really awesome to be able to do that.”
Well said Tyler! Did you enjoy the show?