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NAACP Image AwardNAACP 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 television.

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 scenes.”

  -- 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 Guillaume.

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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