Did you guys take the time to support and watch the 47th NAACP Image Awards? Overall it was good show and everyone looked nice, as always! There were some things that kind of disturbed me though, LOL, and yes some of it involved shade directed towards different people. We’ll get into that later on. If you didn’t see the 47th NAACP Image Awards, you can check your local listings on TV One or watch it on YouTube. I provided a video before. I love what TV One is doing with Black entertainment right now. I’m telling you, give TV One a few more years and it will surpass BET in terms of popularity!
First of all, Anthony Anderson did a good job hosting and I loved the NWA opening! It seemed the entire night everyone who won an award stressed the idea of not seeking validation from mainstream Hollywood and mainstream America. The message was “cherish your own and do your own thing! Create your own opportunities.” Many people at the NAACP Image Awards were saying the same thing that many vloggers and people on blogs were saying. As I said before, I liked Jada’s message in her video. The reason I think it became such a big topic was because Jada put the video out on Martin Luther King’s birthday and people knew too that Will got no nominations for Concussion. Will got a lot of NAACP Image Awards nominations though! It was great to see Will and Jada come out and support the NAACP Image Awards. Like Anthony said, “they better be here with all this mess they have started!” LOL!
Now I knew that Stacey Dash was going to get some shade thrown her way. After all, she said there should be no Black History Month, BET Awards, or NAACP Image Awards. LOL. Anthony basically bashed Stacey for being on FOX News and said she was cooning. He was like “what the h*ll is she doing??? Doesn’t she know FOX News is using her? Come on back to the Black people and do those C-list movies you used to do!” That was shade! Although it was kind of funny, I just felt like Anthony didn’t have to throw in the fact that Stacey was no A-lister. When you look at Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, there’s not THAT MANY Black folks working on the big screen. MOST of them are doing shows and movies on TV One, Bounce TV, or BET. Some are doing reality TV too. In addition to that, they are doing independent films being released on Netflix. However, I do feel Stacey could have worded that better. It’s kind of sad that no one in the entertainment industry who’s Black has come to Stacey’s defense. I doubt she cares though. LOL. She also clapped back at Anthony.
Everyone who won an award definitely deserved it! I was proud of Sanaa Lathan, the Empire cast, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, the Straight Outta Compton cast, Anthony Anderson, John Legend, and Michael B. Jordan. I have to admit that some of the nominees and awards were predictable. The tribute to those who have passed was bittersweet. What I had an issue with is how the audience only cheered for Natalie Cole and Maurice White. When they showed the others who had passed, it was just claps. Just goes to show you people praise and show favoritism to people based on how successful they are or how rich they are. Am I right?
Now the moment that moved me the most was John Legend’s performance and speech. OMG I’m not even a huge John Legend fan but that whole segment was beautiful and I was in awe of his speech! He spoke so much truth and facts. He said things that most celebrities would never speak on. He spoke about reverse racism being fake, the Civil Rights movement, the over policing of Blacks, and etc. He definitely deserved that standing ovation! John Legend might have won me over as a fan that night!
I liked how the NAACP Image Awards highlighted Black history and things going on in the Black community. I was so glad they had Cree Summer as the announcer because it’s been awhile since we’ve seen her on TV! I also enjoyed seeing Claudia Jordan and her new costar for The Next 15 handling all the backstage action. They looked good!
If you like seeing Black people have fun, dress classy, talk about some real issues, and celebrate their culture, watch the NAACP Image Awards! I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed. This is one of the very FEW award shows that I watch now days. What I’m hoping is that one day TV One or Bounce TV will take over BET. Stacey Dash coming after BET might have been a good thing. I mean BET is OWNED by Viacom and some cable network providers don’t have some Viacom owned stations, like BET, VH1, MTV, and etc.
If you missed the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards you can check it out below! There are several videos clips of it on YouTube as well. Enjoy! If you watched it, let me know what you thought!
To see all the winners, nominees, and categories, click here!