NAACP Image Awards a ‘Selma’ and ‘Black-ish’ Affair

“Selma” director Ava Duvernay and her film dominated the 2015 NAACP Image Awards. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/

One of the biggest nights during awards season and for the African-American community took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, February 6. The 46th NAACP Image Awards was in full bloom. The award show is known for celebrating the outstanding achievements and work done by people of color in the arts.

The red carpet part of the awards show was filled with some of the entertainment industry’s heavyweights such as Kerry Washington, Angela Bassett, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lawrence Fishburne and others.  The NAACP Image Awards involves celebrating the achievements of individuals in television, recording, motion picture, literature, writing and directing. Individuals who promote social justice through their creative endeavors were also present. The show was aired by TV One.

It was a special, star-studded evening, where anybody who is anybody was there.

The cast of Black-ish afte winning an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/

Host of the night was funny guy, Anthony Anderson, but that’s not all he was that night. He was also a winner. On the TV side, Anderson won the award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for the hit sitcom on ABC, Black-ish. He wasn’t the only one to take home an award from the cast of Black-ish.

Laurence Fishburne went home with Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Tracee Ellis Ross went home with Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and daughter of the show, Yara Shahidi went home with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

All was not lost for the rest of the cast, because in the television category, Black-ish won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. For Anderson, it was more than just a win for him, but a win for the people he calls family.

Filmmaker Spike Lee (right) was recognized with the President’s Award during the 2015 NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/

“It took me ten nominations over the course of 20 years to win,” Anderson said. “I am happy and humbled to win, but more importantly Yara Shahidi won her individual award. Tracee Ellis Ross won her award, Laurence Fishburne won his, and we won ours as a cast. That is what I am most excited and happy about, that we won this together as a family. That is what we are, that is what we do and that is what we put forth, me winning an individual award is cool, but I am glad to be up here with these people I call my family.”

The cast of Black-ish wasn’t the only big NAACP Image Award winners. The civil rights film, Selma also won top honors at the NAACP Image Awards and was the definite winner in the film categories.

Due to the Oscar’s snubbing of Selma in many people’s eyes, the subject has been one of the most talked about topics during awards season and at the NAACP Image Awards Luncheon. At the NAACP Image Awards, Selma found love in more than one category. Selma won in the category for Outstanding Motion Picture.

Shemar Moore is happy after winning an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (Criminal Minds). Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/


Actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Rapper and actor Common won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Actress Carmen Ejogo won Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Motion Picture. Wendell Pierce, a nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, described being nominated as “one of the best honors ever.”

“It feels like one of the best honors ever. I’m here because of so many nameless and faceless people who gave their lives for the struggles of equal rights, like the right to vote. I am honored to be here, because of them,” said Pierce.

For a full list of all the fabulous winners of the night, visit

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