Articles:‘Black-ish’ dominates the Image Awards




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By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Black-ish cast

Anthony Anderson’s primetime TV show ''Black-ish" swept the awards at the 47th NAACP Image Awards ceremony Friday. The sitcom won awards in the television category for Outstanding TV Comedy and lead actor award for Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and supporting actor nods for its young casts Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner.
The two-hour live special hosted by Anthony Anderson was held Friday night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Actors Michael B. Jordan and O'Shea Jackson Jr. both took home multiple awards. Jordan received the best actor for the Rocky reboot "Creed" and Entertainer of the Year, while Jackson Jr. earned a supporting actor accolade for "Straight Outta Compton" and netted an ensemble trophy when the film won for best motion picture.

Straight Outta of Compton wins best motion picture

Asked backstage by to sum up his awards experience with one of his dad’s song, Jackson easily replied ‘Today Was A Good Day."

Other award recipients included John Legend who took home the President’s Award, which was presented to him by NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. Actor Mike Epps earned a nod for his turn as Uncle Julius on "Survivor’s Remorse," "Empire" which won for Outstanding Drama Series while Regina King, Queen Latifah, Sanaa Lathan  and Taraji P. Henson all received acting nods.

Host and Image Award winner Anthony Anderson

The NAACP Image Awards which aired live on TV One, celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Not all the categories were shown on Friday's show as the winners of the Image Awards in the non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration a day earlier at the same venue and was hosted by Affion Crockett and Nischelle Turner.

List of Winners for the 47th NAACP Image Televised Awards:
Outstanding Comedy Series
“black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson - “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross - “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series
“Empire” (FOX)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Terrence Howard - “Empire” (FOX)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson - “Empire” (FOX)
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Michael B. Jordan - “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Sanaa Lathan - “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)
Entertainer of the Year
Michael B. Jordan

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