*On Monday night, Aug. 30, the red carpet of the 20th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards at the Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles was a night to remember.
Sponsored by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the civil rights organization, Mekhi Phifer and LisaRaye McCoy (pictured above) co-hosted the event.
Among the honorees, Ashanti Douglas (below) received the Spirit Theatre Award, Kenny Leon, who received the Trailblazer Theatre Award, and the Humanitarian Theatre Award was given to Isagenix for their efforts to aid victims of the Haitian earthquake disaster.
The awards night was also filled with action-packed vignettes including “Mr. Bojangles” starring Obba Babatunde, “Sarafina” which is produced by Wendy Raquel Robinson’s Amazing Grace Conservatory, “Chicago Club Rumboogie”, and “The First Wives Club” the musical starring Tony Award nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph. The show closed with an enchanted performance by R&B artist, Bobby V. These performances were under the direction of creative director Sakinah LeStage and music director Gil A. Smith.