`Power of diversity` accented at 2016 NAACP Image Awards

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Washington D.C, Feb 6 (ANI): Honoring two of this year’s most notorious Oscars snubs with big wins, the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards has gone in the direction, opposite to that of Academy Awards.

‘Creed’ was the night’s biggest winner, bagging awards for best actor (Michael B. Jordan), Best Director (Ryan Coogler), Best Supporting Actress (Phylicia Rashad) and Best Writing, the LA Times reported.

The event, which honoured outstanding people of color in art and entertainment from film and television as well as books and music, kicked off in Pasadena, California at the Civic Auditorium, with Anthony Anderson hosting the ceremony for the third year.

Taraji P. Henson, who won the prize for outstanding actress in a drama series, said “We don’t have to ask for acceptance from anyone. We are enough and we’ve always been enough.”

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The two-hour ceremony started off with a musical number that showed Anderson costumed as 1990s-era Ice Cube and rapping as part of the group N.W.A. After shedding the costume, the host said, “Don’t call it a comeback. We’ve been here for years.”

Anderson, who won his second Image award as the patriarch in ABC’s family sitcom ‘Black-ish,’ gave a shout-out to Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, joking that the pair, who is going to boycott the Oscars this year, “better be here after all that ‘ish’ they started.”

Singer John Legend, who won the NAACP President’s Award, called for “radical change,” criticising “a criminal justice system that over-polices us” and lamenting a world in which “the color of our skin conjures the image of threat and violence.”

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The current adversity offers an opportunity, Legend said. He added: “Let’s not waste it.” (ANI)

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