NAACP Image Awards #SoBlack?

Scroll through the NAACP Image Awards’ twitter and you will see comments questioning how an “all Black” awards show isn’t considered racist.

Scroll through the NAACP Image Awards’ twitter and you will see comments questioning how an “all Black” awards show isn’t considered racist. Well, the truth is, being Black is not a prerequisite to be considered for an NAACP Image Award.

The show, founded in 1963, began as an awards ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of Negro artists who were mostly disregarded by mainstream Hollywood. However, the show has evolved to recognize outstanding achievement in the arts, including film, television, digital media, music, and literature across 80+ categories – from a Black perspective. The show also endeavors to honor people who use their talents to promote social justice and support diverse creative endeavors, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Past honorees have included many major celebrities, political figures and dignitaries.

In truth, the nominating procedure is meticulous. Nonetheless, there’s a common misperception that the NAACP Image Awards can only be given to incredible individuals of a certain hue.

Anyone can submit for consideration, although, studios, record labels and networks generally take responsibility for their projects. Nominating committees include NAACP board members, trustees and staff, as well as highly-reputed Hollywood executives, actors, artists, managers, agents, publicists and journalists. Nominees are then selected and evaluated by committee members – focusing on overall quality, originality, cultural responsibility and integrity, impact and whether the selections offer fair, accurate and inclusive representations. Once the Top 5 nominees are selected for each category, the public has a chance to vote and determine the winner; allowing anyone the opportunity to be part of the experience.

Historically, platforms like the NAACP Image Awards were created because Blacks weren’t originally given a forum to celebrate achievements. While many others continue to fall short on diversity, inclusivity, and equity, the NAACP Image Awards have established a standard in the industry. As the nation continues to fight for equal status and justice for all, everyone is welcome to have a seat at the table.

Tune in to the 53rd NAACP Image Awards for the most anticipated night of the year honoring individuals who inspire audiences all over the world with their amazing achievements and talents. The show will air live on Saturday, February 26, 2022 on BET at 8PM ET. Follow the NAACP Image Awards on InstagramTwitter and YouTube, and hashtag #NAACPImageAwards to stay connected for live updates.