*An all-star lineup of talent is confirmed to attend and/or present at the 47th NAACP Image Awards and Terrence Jenkins and Tracey Edmonds are set to co-host the LIVE red carpet pre-show, it was announced today by Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, the executive producers of the telecast.
The 47th NAACP Image Awards will broadcast LIVE on February 5 on TV One from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from 9-11p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) and the one-hour pre-show will air LIVE from the red carpet from 8-9 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed).
Hosted by Anthony Anderson, talent scheduled to attend includes Will Smith, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, Kerry Washington, Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tika Sumpter, Keegan-Michael Key, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chadwick Boseman, Shameik Moore, Abraham Attah, Michael B. Jordan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Loretta Devine, Shonda Rhimes, Omari Hardwick, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Sanaa Lathan, RonReaco Lee, Keke Palmer, Teyonah Parris, Michael Ealy, Tom Joyner, LeToya Luckett, Ken Jeong, F. Gary Gray and more. Also expected are cast members from “Empire” – Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Grace Gealy, Trai Byers, Serayah, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kaitlin Doubleday, Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.
In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums.
As previously announced, Brittany “Bree” Newsome; Justice League NYC; Concerned Student 1950 Collective at the University of Missouri, Columbia; The University of Mississippi NAACP College Chapter; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III; Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley; Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, and Jussie Smollett will receive the NAACP “Chairman’s Award” and John Legend will receive the NAACP “President’s Award.”
Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin are the Executive Producers, Co-Executive Producers are Kimmie H. Kim and Byron Phillips, Tony McCuin is the Director and Robin Reinhardt is the Talent Producer.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment 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. Winners were voted upon by NAACP members and will be announced when the envelopes are opened LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on February 5.
The 47th NAACP Image Awards is sponsored by AMC, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast NBCUniversal, Chrysler/UAW, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, The Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo.
For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.
Freddy A. Morales
THE LIPPIN GROUP