NAACP IMAGE AWARDS ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF WINNERS DURING THE 53RD NAACP IMAGE AWARDS NON-TELEVISED VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

NIGHT ONE WINNERS INCLUDE CICELY TYSON, WILL SMITH, NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES, TABITHA BROWN AND MORE APPEARANCES FROM ASIAHN BRYANT, LAUREN WESLEY WILSON AND LUKE LAWAL JR.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (February 21, 2022) – Tonight, the NAACP kicked-off night one of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards announcing the first round of winners in the non-televised award categories, which included literary, podcast, and youth activist of the year awards. The awards were announced tonight during the NAACP Image Awards’ Virtual Experience presented by Wells Fargo and hosted by actor and comedian Affion Crockett at naacpimageawards.net.

Tonight’s winners included Nikole Hannah-Jones for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction category, Will Smith for Outstanding Literary Work – Autobiography, Blindspot: Tulsa Burning for Outstanding Podcast (News & Information), Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley for Outstanding Podcast, and as previously announced, Channing Hill, NAACP Chapter President of Howard University, for Youth Activist of The Year.

The night additionally featured appearances from presenters including Asiahn Bryant, Lauren Wesley Wilson, Wisdom Cole and Luke Lawal Jr.

The week-long 53rd NAACP Image Awards Virtual Experience from February 21-25, will invite fans to join the Image Awards in a celebration of the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories.

The “53rd NAACP Image Awards,” hosted by seven-time NAACP Image Awards winner Anthony Anderson, will air Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT on BET, featuring a performance by nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and two-time Academy Award-nominated actress and producer Mary J. Blige.

The full list of winners from tonight can be found below:

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

“Long Division” – Kiese Laymon

 

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“The 1619 Project:  A New Origin Story” – Nikole Hannah-Jones

 

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“Just As I Am”  – Cicely Tyson

 

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Autobiography

“Will”- Will Smith

 

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business)” – Tabitha Brown

 

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Perfect Black”- Crystal Wilkinson

 

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“Stacey’s Extraordinary Words” – Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas

 

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Ace of Spades”- Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

 

Outstanding Podcast – News and Information

Blindspot: “Tulsa Burning”

 

Outstanding Podcast – Arts and Entertainment

“Jemele Hill is Unbothered”

 

Outstanding Podcast – Society and Culture

“Jemele Hill is Unbothered”

 

Outstanding Podcast – Lifestyle / Self-Help

“Two Funny Mamas” – Sherri Shepherd & Kym Whitley

 

Special Award: Youth Activist of The Year

Channing Hill

Be sure to tune into the 53rd NAACP Awards Virtual Experience this week on naacpimageawards.net and YouTube, including:

●      The non-televised awards program will be hosted nightly by actor and comedian Affion Crockett and celebrity presenters Aida Rodriquez, Asiahn Bryant, Clint Coley, Cory Hardrict, Courtney Nichole, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Derrick Johnson, Karen Boykin-Towns, Khleo Thomas, Lauren Wesley Wilson, Leon W. Russell, Lori Harvey, Luke Lawal, Jr., Marcel Spears, Matt Cedeno, Melissa L. Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Wisdom Cole.

●      The Diaspora Perspectives series exploring the global nature of the film industry, the diversity of stories and experiences available on content platforms, featuring Nollywood, Ghollywood, and Britain’s biggest stars and innovators Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kemi Adetiba, Chris Attoh, Tope Oshin, Jimmy Jean Louis, Aml Ameen, and more.

The “53rd NAACP Image Awards” are presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored in part by AT&T Humanity of Connection, Google, T-Mobile, Bank of America, Gushers, FedEx, and Airbnb.

For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

NAACP

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization, and shares our commitment to equal rights.

 

About BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

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