Best Moments From the 54th NAACP Image Awards

Feb 28, 2023

Queen Latifah Was the Host We Deserved

With a jazzy intro, Queen Latifah paid homage to ‘Ladies First’ and shouted Black women out with a musical selection. She then showed mad love to Black men. She also took time to shout Jonathan Majors for gracing EBONY’s February 2023 cover. Effortlessly and gracefully, she did the thing! She also brought attention to the Black folks we’ve lost due to racialized violence while emphasizing the creation of the NAACP to uplift the Black community.

Brittney Griner’s Return to the Public

Making a brief appearance, Brittney and her wife Cherrelle took time to say thank you to those who fought alongside them to bring her home. The audience rejoiced in seeing Brittney safe and at home after such a tumultuous time in Russia.

The “GOAT” Serena Williams Honored

Presented by Kerry Washington, Serena Williams was honored with the Jackie Robinson Sports Award. After announcing her retirement from tennis last year, this award reflected her tremendous work to better the Black community in the US and abroad. In her acceptance, Serena joked about it being some time since she held up a trophy. She also thanked the NAACP and her community for their support.

Angela Bassett Wins Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Presented by Damson Idris and Method Man after a clearing up who is the sexiest of the two, Angela Bassett expressed her excitement for winning this award from family. This award comes from her work on 9-1-1. She was nominated alongside Rutina Wesley, Queen Latifah, and Zendaya.

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson Receives the NAACP Chairman’s Award

For his work exposing the truth of the events of the January 6th insurrection, Congressman Bennie Thompson received the NAACP’s Chairman Award. He spoke about the privilege of being able to serve and the necessary work still needed to create a better country. He accepted the award on behalf of the sheroes and heroes who go unsung and with the knowing that the “struggle continues.”

Ben Crump was Bestowed With the Social Justice Impact Award

Presented by Tracee Ellis Ross, “America’s Attorney General” Ben Crump accepted the award. Crump thanked his family and his comrades in the fight for social justice as the source of his inspiration. He vowed to continue fighting for the rights of Black people and People of Color everywhere. He gave a riveting rallying cry about the importance of protecting Black history, culture, and people in the courtrooms and classrooms.

Viola Davis Wins Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Winning her 8th NAACP award, Viola Davis took home the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture award for her work in The Woman King. Davis stated that the film was her “magnum opus” and thanked everyone involved in the film for being brave.

Angela Bassett NAACP Entertainer of the Year

With excitement for her co-nominees, Angela Bassett accepted the award for NAACP’s Entertainer of the Year. For the first time, all nominees for the NAACP’s Entertainer of the Year award were women.

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