TV One will air the 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS: TRIBUTE SPECIAL on Saturday, March 30 at 8pm ET/7C, immediately preceding the live telecast of the 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS at 9pm/8C. The tribute special, sponsored by Toyota, will honor this year's nominees, past winners and significant moments.
Hosted and Executive Produced by Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, the special features in-depth one-on-one conversations with director/actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield, singer/actor John Legend, actor Stephan James, actress Loretta Devine, music industry legend Clarence Avant, soul singer Kenny Lattimore, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The network will provide promotional support for both programs on TV One, Radio One and Reach Media, Interactive One, and via a multi-platform marketing campaign.
As previously announced, Anthony Anderson is set to return as host for the 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, which for the first time ever will take place from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.For the sixth consecutive year, TV One is the television home for the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization's award show. The NAACP Image Awards 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. The upcoming telecast, the 50TH Anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards, will also spotlight the significant contributions of the NAACP and the impact the organization has had on our community and country.
In addition to the traditional awards categories, Congresswoman Maxine Waters will be honored with the prestigious NAACP Chairman's Award, bestowed in recognition of individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change. REACH Media syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner will be honored with the Vanguard Award, which is presented to individuals whose groundbreaking work increases understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.
THE 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS: TRIBUTE SPECIAL production team includes: Executive Producers Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick; Producers Jay Allen and Nikki Byles of Swirl Films. For TV One, Cathy Hughes and Tamara Knechtel serve as Executive Producers, and Regina Thomas serves as Executive Producer in Charge of Production.
The 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS production team includes: Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin; Director, Tony McCuin; Co-Executive Producer, Byron Phillips; Producer, Robin Reinhardt; and Executive in Charge of Production, Rachel Frimer. For TV One, Tia A. Smith serves as Executive Producer in Charge of Production.
For all information and the latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net or on Facebook at naacpimageaward and Twitter @naacpimageaward (#ImageAwards50). Viewers can also join the conversation on TV One's upcoming live telecast of the 50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS by visiting www.tvone.tv and connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #ImageAwards50 and #RepresentExcellence.