Two-Hour Special to Air LIVE on Saturday, February 11, 2017 on TV One

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*LOS ANGELES, CA – NAACP Image Awards Committee Chair, Leonard James, III, today announced the Call for Submissions for the 48th NAACP Image Awards. The NAACP Image Awards is recognized as the nation’s pre-eminent multi-cultural awards show from an African American point of view.  The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Submissions for the 48th NAACP Image Awards can be submitted at in the categories of motion picture, television, recording, and literature.  Nominees will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. (PT) and the winners will be determined by the vote of the NAACP membership.

The eligibility period for all projects is January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.  In addition, motion picture category projects (and individual achievements within it) must have been initially released and distributed in the U.S. with a minimum commercial theatrical run in Los Angeles or New York for seven (7) consecutive days.

“The NAACP Image Awards is the most respected event about diversity, relevance, and excellence in the arts linked to the pivotal role it plays in our community,” said Leonard James, III.  “We are proud to announce AMC Theatres as this year’s Submissions sponsor.  AMC’s involvement provides NAACP appointed Image Awards Nominating Committee members more opportunities to view submitted films for consideration.”

All entries are evaluated and narrowed to the top five in each category by members of the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committees which are comprised of individuals within the entertainment industry (studio/network executives, actors, artists, managers, agents, publicists, journalists, literary agents, and others) and NAACP Board members, NAACP Foundation Trustees, staff, and key interfaces.

The 48th NAACP Image Awards will be nationally telecast live on TV One on Saturday, February 11, 2017, as a two-hour special from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The telecast will also include a 90-minute pre-show from the star-studded red carpet.

As previously announced, following are key calendar dates for the 48th NAACP Image Awards.

48th NAACP Image Awards Calendar:

Monday, October 31, 2016
Submissions Closes


Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Press Conference Announcing 48th NAACP Image Awards Nominees


Saturday, January 28, 2017
48th NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon


*Friday, February 10, 2017
48th NAACP Image Awards  Non-Televised Awards  Dinner & Ceremony


*Saturday, February 11, 2017
48th NAACP Red Carpet and Image Awards Telecast Airs Live on TV One
*Both ceremonies will take place from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at
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About NAACP:
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. The NAACP’s adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. The six NAACP Game Changers (Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Voting Rights and Political Representation, and expanding Youth Engagement) are the focus of the NAACP’s work.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One ( serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK,], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

For more information about TV One, viewers can join the conversation by visiting the network’s companion website at TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #REPRESENT and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.
About AMC Theatres
AMC (NYSE: AMC) is the guest experience leader with 386 locations and 5,334 screens located primarily in the United States. AMC has propelled innovation in the theatrical exhibition industry and continues today by delivering more comfort and convenience, enhanced food & beverage, greater engagement and loyalty, premium sight & sound, and targeted programming. AMC operates the most productive theatres in the country’s top markets, including No. 1 market share in the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago)





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