January 10, 2013
By Rych McCain
Special to the NNPA
The Nominees for upcoming 2013 NAACP Image Awards were recently announced at the Paley Center for The Media Arts in Beverly Hills. The nominations were read by Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Niecy Nash (The Soul Man), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Garcelle Beauvais (Flight), Tyler James Williams (Go On) and Zendaya (Shake It Up). The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film, plus, honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star- studded event, which will air live on Friday, February 1 (8 ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC.
The nominees in the TV categories were led by ABC and CBS with 20 and 12 nominations respectively. HBO and Lifetime had 10 noms and NBC had 9. In the recording category, RCA leads with 11 nominations, followed by Atlantic with 10 nominations. The Weinstein Company leads with 4 nominations, along with Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures, with 4 in the motion picture category. “We are proud to celebrate the artists and activists who use their craft to share positive images of our culture.” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “The artistic community is an important ally for social justice, and the NAACP Image Awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism.”
“We are happy that once again the Image Awards will be aired on NBC,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “For 44 years, the Image Awards have recognized the best that communities of color have to offer, both in the arts and in civil rights. The NAACP is proud to honor all of these achievements.”
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The 44TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: FedEx, AARP, UAW/Chrysler, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Anheuser Busch, Hyundai Motors, AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Walgreens. For a complete list of nominees go to www. rychmccainhollyhoodnotes.blogspot.com.