The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.
The 42nd Annual Image Awards were held Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and aired on FOX at 7pm. The hosts for this year’s show were actress, author, activist and philanthropist, Holly Robinson Peete and award-winning actor/entertainer Wayne Brady.
Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA – Surgeon General was the 2011 NAACP Chairman’s Award recipient. This award recipient is selected by the Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP, this award is presented to individuals in special recognition of their efforts to utilize their profession to promote diversity and community involvement. Dr. Regina Benjamin has dedicated her life to the service of people. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve those who need help. She has taken her talents and abilities and applied them to helping as many people as she can through medical services. Dr. Benjamin was serenaded by gospel artist Deitrick Haddon with his new single “Well Done.” The words of the song certainly fit the life of Dr. Regina Benjamin who we commend for a job well done!
For Colored Girls was a big winner at the NAACP Image Awards. The motion picture took home Image Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture along with an award for Best Supporting Actress which was won by actress Kimberly Elise (one of my fav actresses). The movie was written and directed by Tyler Perry but is based on the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. The movie was well deserving of each award won and I must say that it was the best movie that I had the opportunity to view in 2010. Job well done Tyler Perry and crew!
10-year-old newcomer Willow Smith won for Outstanding New Artist. Willow who was destined to be a star is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. She is signed to JAY-Z’s Roc Nation and recently released her debut hit single “Whip My Hair“. (btw she looks just like a young Fresh Prince of Bel Air to me lol)
Author Terry McMillan has done it again, with her newest fiction book titled Getting to Happy. Her newest release won an Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction. Getting to Happy is the sequel to McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale, which was released in 1992 and turned into a motion picture in 1995. Getting to Happy follows the four women as they learn to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams. “They’ve exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.”
Tyler Perry’s talents were recognized again when his television, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne won the 2011 Image Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne is a new comedy series about a multigenerational, working class family who experiences all of life’s struggles with faith, love and most importantly humor.” The show can be seen on TBS and the cast includes Allen Payne, Lance Gross, Cassi Davis, China Anne McClain, LaVan Davis, Demetria McKinney and Larramie Doc Shaw.
Actor Darnell Williams claimed the 2011 Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series. Williams plays Jesse Hubbard on ABC’s daytime soap All My Children. Williams’ character Jessie Hubbard is armed with a quick wit and charismatic charm, Jesse Hubbard never really took anything too seriously. Then he met Angie Baxter. Her love transformed him from smart alec street kid to father, police officer and community pillar. When he was shot heroically in the line of duty, all believed he was dead. But Jesse survived, and is finally back with Angie. You can catch Williams on All My Children weekdays 1et/12pt/c on ABC and weeknights at 8pm on SOAPnet.
(sidenote: Williams’ arrival and acceptance speech were both hilariously touching)
For the full listing of nominees and winners of 2011 Image Awards please visit the 42nd Annual Image Awards website.