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A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY AND BLACK EXCELLENCE DURING THE 55TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS GALA DINNER 2024

LOS ANGELES (MARCH 14, 2024) – The NAACP celebrated the stellar achievements of the “55th NAACP Image Awards” nominees and winners at the Awards Gala at the Hollywood Palladium on March 14, 2024. Hosted by Emmy and NAACP Image Award-winning talk show host, actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd, the event recognized talented individuals nominated in 20 categories. Queen Latifah will host the “55th NAACP Image Awards” premiering LIVE on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET/PT on BET and CBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The 55th NAACP Image Awards Gala kicked off with an invocation by Dr. Thema Bryant. The evening continued with welcome speeches from NAACP Chair Leon W. Russell and NAACP Vice Chair Karen Boykin-Towns. The board members congratulated the nominees and celebrated the incredible contributions of Black women of Hollywood during Women’s History Month.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: (L-R) Karen Boykin-Towns and guest attend the NAACP Image Awards Dinner at Hollywood Palladium on March 14, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/Getty Images For NAACP)

Karen Boykin-Towns, recognized for her visionary leadership and strategic acumen, serves as Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors at NAACP. With a rich background in policy, advocacy, and communications, she pioneers proactive change. As Founder and President/CEO of Encore Strategies LLC, she integrates business with public affairs, driving positive transformations. At Pfizer, Boykin-Towns held executive positions and spearheaded diversity initiatives globally. Notably, she was Pfizer’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer, crafting a renowned diversity strategy. Boykin-Towns, a seasoned strategist, shaped legislative efforts as chief of staff to former New York Governor David Paterson. Active in numerous boards and organizations, including NAACP, she continues to champion social change and diversity.

The NAACP Image Award winners include Chloe Bailey for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special for “Praise This,” Ayo Edebiri for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Bear,” William Stanford Davis for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Keith Powers for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special for “The Perfect Find,” The Jennifer Hudson Show for Outstanding Talk Series, Sherri Shepherd for Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) for “SHERRI,” Cord Jefferson for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture for “American Fiction,” Ava DuVernay for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture for “Origin,” and more.

Winners including Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, who received an Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture for her role as Young Celie in “The Color Purple,” delivered an impassioned speech about the importance of representation and giving Black creatives the platforms they deserve to not only make meaningful art, but also an impactful statement. When Sherri Shepherd tearfully accepted her award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, she reflected on all of the studio executives who dismissed her, refusing to watch her sizzle reel when she tried to pitch her talk show idea.

“It took me 23-plus years to get to the place,” Shepherd said. “Sometimes you have to mature into the dream that you’ve been dreaming about.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: Sherri Shepherd speaks onstage during the NAACP Image Awards Dinner on March 14, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)

During the evening, NAACP Hollywood Bureau Senior Vice President Kyle Bower announced a book publishing partnership with Amistad, a venerable commercial African American publisher and an imprint of HarperCollins. Through the partnership, HarperCollins and Amistad will publish two original books and a reprint of existing work with the NAACP. Additionally, Amistad will republish the most highly regarded self-published book nominated for the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Literary categories, which will be chosen by an independent group of judges.

“We realize that we are in a season of censorship and book banning,” said Bowser. “This partnership gives us an opportunity to encourage you to continue to tell our stories in a very forthright way.”

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson called on the star-studded audience to use their influence to help mobilize voters ahead of the presidential election, a critical way for individuals to use their voice to advocate for the changes they want to see in the country.

“We cannot take our freedoms for granted. We must continue to fight for them, and to protect them, with everything we have,” said Johnson. “The NAACP was founded for this fight. We are committed now and forever, but we cannot fight alone. We need your commitment. Alone we cannot win. Together, we cannot lose.”

During the Awards Gala, Dr. Joy Buolamwini, Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, was honored with the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, virtually presented by Prince William and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The award acknowledges and supports a new generation of leaders that are creating transformational change at the intersection of social justice and technology — working to advance civil and human rights.

Singer-songwriter Shanice performed her 1991 hit single “I Love Your Smile,” and NAACP Award winning singer Kenny Lattimore performed his 1997 hit “For You.” Frankie Beverly received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and in a lively tribute, Lalah Hathaway, Kenyon Dixon, Kenny Lattimore and Luke James performed several of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly favorites, including “Golden Time of Day,” “We are One,” “Joy and Pain” and before closing the show with “Before I Let Go.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: (L-R) Luke James, Sherri Shepherd, Kenny Lattimore, Lalah Hathaway and Kenyon Dixon perform onstage during the NAACP Image Awards Dinner at Hollywood Palladium on March 14, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)

The NAACP Image Awards Dinner featured appearances from presenters including Aisha Hinds, Aja Naomi King, Coco Jones, Courtney B. Vance, Druski, Gail Bean, Jarrell Jerome, Jawn Murray, Justice Smith, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Kevin Fredericks (KevOnStage), Lisa Beasley (Corporate Erin), Luke James, Nicco Annan, Nicole Byer, Patina Miller, Shameik Moore, and Wendell Pierce.

NAACP Image Award Nominees and Winners

The NAACP Image Awards Dinner Gala celebrated the creativity, dedication, and artistry of so many talented individuals. The full list of nominees and award recipients include:

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Nominees:

A.V. Rockwell – A Thousand and One (Focus Features)

Cord Jefferson – American Fiction (Orion Pictures / Amazon MGM Studios)

Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier – They Cloned Tyrone (Netflix)

Maggie Betts, Doug Wright – The Burial (Amazon MGM Studios)

Marcus Gardley – The Color Purple (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Winner: Cord Jefferson – American Fiction

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Nominees:

Antoine Fuqua – The Equalizer 3 (Sony Pictures)

Ava DuVernay – Origin (NEON)

George C. Wolfe – Rustin (Netflix)

Juel Taylor – They Cloned Tyrone (Netflix)

Michael B. Jordan – Creed III (Amazon / MGM Studios)

Winner: Ava DuVernay – Origin

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Nominees:

Ali Wong – Beef (Netflix)

Chlöe Bailey – Praise This (Peacock)

Dominique Fishback – Swarm (Amazon Prime Video)

Gabrielle Union – The Perfect Find (Netflix)

Meagan Good – Buying Back My Daughter (Lifetime)

Winner: Chlöe Bailey – Praise This

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Nominees:

Brian Tyree Henry – Class of ‘09 (FX)

Courtney B. Vance – Heist 88 (Showtime)

Keith Powers – The Perfect Find (Netflix)

Lance Reddick – The Caine Mutiny Court–Martial (Showtime)

Samuel L. Jackson – Secret Invasion (Disney+)

Winner: Keith Powers – The Perfect Find

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Nominees:

Black Girl Missing (Lifetime)

First Lady of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story (BET+)

Heist 88 (Showtime)

Lawmen: Bass Reeves (Paramount+)

Swarm (Amazon Prime Video)

Winner: Swarm

Outstanding Talk Series

Nominees:

Hart to Heart (Peacock)

Sherri (Syndicated)

Tamron Hall (ABC News/Disney Media Distribution)

The Jennifer Hudson Show (Syndicated)

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts (Disney+)

Winner: The Jennifer Hudson Show

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Nominees:

Bomani Jones – Game Theory with Bomani Jones” (HBO | Max)

Joy Reid – The Reidout (NBC)

Sherri Shepherd – Sherri (Syndicated)

Tamron Hall – Tamron Hall (ABC News/Disney Media Distribution)

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, Alyssa Farah Griffin – The View (ABC)

Winner: Sherri Shepherd – Sherri

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

Nominees:

Elemental (Pixar Animation Studios)

Trolls Band Together (Dreamworks Animation)

Spider–Man: Across the Spider–Verse (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Paramount Pictures)

Wish (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Winner: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Nominees:

Adjoa Andoh – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Netflix)

Arsema Thomas – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Netflix)

Golda Rosheuvel – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Netflix)

Gail Bean – Snowfall (FX)

Nicole Beharie – The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Winner: Gail Bean – Snowfall

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nominees:

Adrian Holmes – Bel–Air (Peacock)

Amin Joseph – Snowfall (FX)

Giancarlo Esposito – Godfather of Harlem (MGM+)

LaRoyce Hawkins – Chicago PD (NBC)

Wendell Pierce – Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime Video)

Winner: Adrian Holmes – Bel-Air

Outstanding Drama Series

Nominees:

Bel–Air (Peacock)

Black Cake (Hulu)

Found (NBC)

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Netflix)

Snowfall (FX)

Winner: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgeton Story

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Nominees:

Ayo Edebiri – The Bear (FX)

Ego Nwodim – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Shoniqua Shandai – Harlem (Amazon Prime Video)

Winner: Ayo Edebiri – The Bear 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Nominees:

Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Roy Wood Jr. – The Daily Show (Comedy Central)

Tyler Lepley – Harlem (Amazon Prime Video)

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

William Stanford Davis – Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Winner: William Stanford Davis – Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Nominees:

Aaron Pierre – Brother (Vertical Entertainment)

Laya DeLeon Hayes – The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (RLJE Films)

Mila Davis–Kent – Creed III (Amazon MGM Studios)

Phylicia Pearl Mpasi – The Color Purple (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Teyana Taylor – A Thousand And One (Focus Features)

Winner: Phylicia Pearl Mpasi – The Color Purple 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Nominees:

Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Harlem (Amazon Prime Video)

Survival of the Thickest (Netflix)

The Neighborhood (CBS)

UnPrisoned (Hulu/Onyx)

Winner: Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Youth Performance (Motion Picture)

Nominees:

Aaron Kingsley Adetola – A Thousand And One (Focus Features)

Aven Courtney – A Thousand And One (Focus Features)

Calah Lane – Wonka (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Lennox Simms – Origin (NEON)

Mila Davis–Kent – Creed III (Amazon MGM Studios)

Winner: Mila Davis-Kent – Creed III

Outstanding Social Media Personality

Nominees: 

Angel Laketa Moore

Druski

Keith Lee

Lynae Vanee

Terrell Grice

Winner: Angel Laketa Moore

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Nominees:

Aja Naomi King – Lessons in Chemistry (Apple TV+)

CCH Pounder – Full Circle (HBO | Max)

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez – American Horror Story: Delicate (FX)

Phylicia Rashad – Heaven Down Here (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Tisha Campbell – Every Breath She Takes (Lifetime)

Winner: Phylicia Rashad – Heaven Down Here

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Nominees:

Carl Anthony Payne II – Binged to Death (MTV)

Damon Wayans – Cinnamon (Tubi)

Damson Idris – Swarm (Amazon Prime Video)

Don Cheadle – Secret Invasion (Disney+)

Jharrel Jerome – Full Circle (HBO | Max)

Winner: Don Cheadle – Secret Invasion

Outstanding International Motion Picture

Nominees: 

Anatomy of a Fall (NEON)

Brother (Vertical Entertainment)

Mami Wata (Dekanalog)

Rye Lane (Searchlight Pictures)

Society of the Snow (Netflix)

Winner: Brother

Winners of the “55th NAACP Image Awards” will be revealed via telecast on March 16, 2024 on BET and CBS. NAACP also recognized winners in non-televised Image Awards categories virtually March 11-13 on www.naacpimageawards.net. For information and updates, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

The “55th NAACP Image Awards” is supported by the following sponsors, Wells Fargo (presenting sponsor), Google, Bank of America, Gushers, FedEx, Airbnb, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Diageo, Denny’s, Alaska Airlines, and American Airlines. Our partners include: Bacardi, CVS Health, Entergy, Hyatt, Intuit, L’Oréal, Lyft, Planned Parenthood, SheaMoisture, Uncle Nearest, Spill, and Variety Magazine.

Globally recognized as one of the most distinguished multicultural award shows, the “55th NAACP Image Awards” will continue its tradition of excellence, uplifting values that inspire equality, justice, and progressive change, and highlighting artists committed to these values.

One of the most iconic annual celebrations of Black excellence, the NAACP Image Awards draws Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars. Previous years’ attendees and winners include Angela Bassett, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Beyoncé, Nicco Annan, Ruth E. Carter, Glynn Turman, Quinta Brunson, Nia Long, Keith David, Jennifer Hudson, Stacey Abrams, Tabitha Brown, Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union, Tems, Erica Campbell, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Silk Sonic, Rihanna, Quavo, Takeoff, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Janelle Monáe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Method Man, Dominique Thorne, Austin Scott, Tyler James Williams, Kyla Pratt, Jabari Banks, and many more.

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NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP–LDF – was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.

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