NAACP Image Awards - Founded in 1968, this annual ceremony
honors the outstanding achievements of blacks in motion pictures,
television, music and theater who have contributed to the positive
image of blacks in the performing arts. The first awards ceremony
occurred in 1969. In 1974, the NAACP Image Awards debuted on
Past broadcasts have originated in Los Angeles from the Hollywood
Palladium, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Universal Amphitheater,
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and as of 2006 at the Shrine Auditorium.
Awards are given for such categories as Motion Picture,
Television, Music Recording and Literature. Special honorary
awards include the Chairman's Award, President's Award, Hall of Fame
Award and Entertainer of the Year.
"We still must acknowledge the
painful absence of racial diversity within our very own
industry. We need to hire studio executives of color. We need
to foster young minority talent both in front of and behind the
||-- Steven Spielberg, 2000 Image Awards
The NAACP Image Awards originally aired late night for eight years
in the “Saturday Night Live” time slot on the NBC Network. Since
1996, the NAACP Image Awards have been shown in primetime on the FOX
network where they have become a major programming event.
Past hosts for the festivities included Cuba Gooding, Jr. Chris
Tucker, Diana Ross, Cedric the Entertainer, Mariah Carey, Blair
Underwood, Vanessa L. Williams, Gregory Hines, Arsenio Hall, Patti
LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Debbie Allen and Robert
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) was founded in 1909. It is the nation's oldest and largest
civil rights organization.
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