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The nation celebrated the legacy and birthday of the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. yesterday, and what better way to commemorate his legacy than honoring black excellence?

The 2018 NAACP Image Awards aired live from Pasadena, California hosted for the fourth time in a row by actor Anthony Anderson. The “Black-ish” star and winner of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series opened up the show with some hilarious jokes, including taking some jabs at singer and friend Tyrese Gibson for his recent social media shenanigans, and he even went in on former White House staff member and television personality Omarosa.

I hear Omarosa is getting 10 million dollars for a book deal about her life in the White House. Hasn’t that book and movie already been made? It’s called ‘The Help!,’” he said.

Actresses Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox and Angela Robinson came together on stage delivering a powerful speech on the #TimesUp movement.

Stand By Us, Stand For Us Stand With Us. Times Up on Complaining about an imperfect system if we aren’t willing to fix it. Times Up on our silence. Times Up on the abuse of power. Times Up on apathy,” they declared.

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Some notable winners of the night included actor Omari Hardwick winning his first Image award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for “Power.” The series also grabbed an Image award for Outstanding Drama Series.

 Daniel Kaluuya took home his Image award last night for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for the 2017 thriller Get Out directed by Jordan Peele.

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ABC’s “Black-ish” swept most of the comedy category awards, including winning Outstanding Comedy Series. Tracee Ellis Ross won Outstanding Actress in a Comedy series for her leading role in the show.

I always wanted to grow up on stage in a sparkly dress- I wonder where I got that Idea from,” said Ross, referencing her mother Diana Ross in her acceptance speech. She also encouraged everyone to use their voice and vote. “When we speak up and use our voice we have so much power, it is important that we vote.”

Also adding some Black Girl Magic to the night was the film Girls Trip starring Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Picknett-Smith and Regina Hall. It won Outstanding Motion Picture. Breakout star Tiffany Haddish won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. #SheReady!

Hollywood legend and actor Danny Glover was honored last night with the prestigious NAACP President’s Award for his philanthropic work and activism throughout the community.

We cannot tell ourselves the truth about our past, we become trapped in it, this is especially true about race in America,” Glover said, quoting the great James Baldwin in his acceptance speech.

The musical performance of the evening was presented by singer Andra Day performing Billie Holiday’s classic “Strange Fruit” and then joined later by hip-hop rapper Common closing out with the song “Stand for Something” from the movie Marshall.

The award show concluded with the award-winning director Ava DuVernay taking home her first image award for Entertainer of The Year. She celebrated other actors of color during her acceptance speech. Check it out!

Congratulations to all the winners and honorees of the night! Click here for the full list of winners. 

Written By: Tiffany Hercules, Instagram: @JustMissTiff

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