BEautiful, Black, & Proud | 2016 NAACP Image Awards


The year is 2016 and we yet find ourselves in the daily struggle to live BEyond bias, discrimination, exclusion, hatred, and racism. This has BEen an ongoing truth for African Americans and many other nonwhite cultures that live here in These United States. It boggles my mind how one race can see itself superior yet they have existed, excelled, progressed, BEen victorious on the backs of other ethnicity; yet you feel elitist. —- Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means racist nor do I promote divisive BEhavior and practices, but I wonder how can one roll in his own slop yet think he’s clean.

We saw this elitist mentality magnified by the recent exclusion of Blacks Actors & Actresses from the list of Oscar nominated thespians. Then we sounded off. Jada Pinkett Smith & Snoop Dog were among those that caught my attention as they resoundingly spoke about their disdain of the Academy and their personal stance in not attending the Awards ceremony. And Good For Them..

Well, WHO NEEDS THE OSCARS? WE SHOWED UP IN ALL OF OUR GLORY AT THE 2016 NAACP IMAGE AWARDS and on this night, I WAS EVEN MORE PROUD TO BE BLACK…. Here’s our #BEStyle Recap of our Black Honorees, Thespians, Producers, Philanthropist, and the list goes on..

For Me, I call them all MY HEROES.. Overcoming the odds and superseding the expectations and limitations etched in the minds of those that underestimate our POWER.. #iSaluteYou

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Fashion Credits: Chrissy Teigen – Haney & John Legend – BurBErry | Gabriel Union – Rita Vinieris | Claudia Jordan – Eduardo Lucero | Karamo Brown – Brooks Brothers | Sevyn Streeter – Stello | Michael B. Jordan – Dior | Jada P. Smitt – Marchesa | Eva Marcille – Gregorio Sanchez | Taraji P. Henson – Balmain | Jennifer Williams – Anaz | Tracee Elliss Ross – Rubin Singer | Bryshere Gray – Musika Frere | Tika Sumpter – Elie Saab | Wendy R. Robinson – Diana Couture | Terrence J. – Zegna | Viola Davis – St. John Knits | Grace Gealey – Ziad Nakad | Trai Byers – J. HilBurn | Kerry Washington – Victoria Beckham | Tammy Townsend – Forever Unique | Laverne Cox – Marc Bower | Teyonah Parris – Romona Kevenza | Naturi Naughton – Galia Lahav | KeKe Palmer – Christallini | Laura Govan – Hamel by Melina Harris | Loretta Devine, Sheryl Underwood, Patrice Washington

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