The NAACP Image Award

*The oldest and most revered U.S. civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), established the prestigious Image Awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Anika Noni Rose

The 41st NAACP Image Awards took place on Friday, February 26, 2010 at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles, CA and brought out the best of the best of A-1 Black Hollywood celebrities to celebrate and pay homage to fellow luminaries.  The awards show was hosted by lovely Anika Noni Rose and Hill Harper, who won Outstanding Actor in a drama series for “CSI: NY.”

Hill Harper

The Independent movie “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” was the evening’s big winner walking off with six esteemed trophies including Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, Outstanding Actress trophy for Gabourey Sidibe, Outstanding Supporting Actress trophy for Mo’Nique, Outstanding Writing for Geoffrey Fletcher, and Outstanding Director for Lee Daniels.

Mo’Nique also won Outstanding Talk Series for “The Mo’Nique Show.”  Other top winners included Morgan Freeman (best actor/”Invictus”).  The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, and Keri Hilson are the big winners in the categories for music.  Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” won for Outstanding Documentary.

The Independent movie “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” won six trophies including Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, Outstanding Actress trophy for Gabourey Sidibe, Outstanding Supporting Actress trophy for Mo'Nique, Outstanding Writing trophy for Geoffrey Fletcher, and Outstanding Director trophy for Lee Daniels (Photo by Danny Moloshok)

“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” swept the TV comedy category, winning four awards including best series and best comedy actress for Cassi Davis.  Perry, who was also presented with the NAACP Chairman’s award in recognition of his special achievement and public service, dedicated his award to his beloved mother who passed away December 2009.

Audrey J. Bernard

Other highlights from the stellar program included the presentment of the NAACP’s prestigious Vanguard trophy to Wyclef Jean for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of his native Haiti.  The 2010 President’s award was presented to Van Jones, former green jobs czar, by NAACP president & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  Entertainment was provided by Jill Scott and John Legend(Photos by Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.