Last February on NBC, we watched as Kerry Washington and Denzel Washington were honored for their laudable acting roles at the “NAACP Image Awards.” Next year, expect to watch your favorite celebrities of color receive their awards on TV ONE, the NAACP’s new partner in crime, according to a press release.
TV ONE has entered into a five-year contract with the NAACP to be the new home of the prestigious awards ceremony. The “45th NAACP Image Awards” is scheduled to air live in February 2014.
“Our new multi-faceted long-term partnership with TV One will bring expanded visibility and awareness of the NAACP and its important programs, such as the NAACP Image Awards, ” said Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP’s National Board of Directors Chairman. “TV One offers the resources and capabilities to reach audiences in today’s broad media universe, therefore advancing the message of promoting and protecting human and civil rights.”
The NAACP Image Awards, which celebrates talented people of color who have shone in the fields of television, music, literature, will also be airing a live broadcast of the red carpet arrivals—a star-studded event that will be sure to heighten viewership.
“Today’s announcement is a game changer for TV One and our loyal viewers across the country,” said Alfred Liggins, Chairman of TV One. “As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TV One’s 2004 launch, I can think of no greater opportunity to thank this audience than by providing them with access to the preeminent awards show that showcases the incredible achievements of Black Americans and by creating an ongoing opportunity for dialogue around social justice issues on TV One.”
The press release notes that the 45th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast online as well. The awards committee is now accepting submissions for people of color who have excelled in “television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing [and] directing.”
Submit your nominations here before Friday, November 15, 2013.