NAACP Image Awards: Will Smith, Cicely Tyson and Jemele Hill Among Winners

The 2022 NAACP Image Awards is announcing winners in several non-televised categories via streaming presentations this week.

On Monday, the NAACP presented awards in a number of literary and podcast categories as well as a special award for youth activist of the year to NAACP Howard University chapter president Channing Hill.

Notable literary winners from night one included Will Smith (best biography/autobiography) for his eponymous memoir Will; the late Cicely Tyson, who ironically won the award for debut author for her memoir Just As I Am; Nikole Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project (best non-fiction literary work); Tabitha Brown’s Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business), which won for instructional literary work; and Stacey Abrams and Kitt Thomas’ children’s book, Stacey’s Extraordinary Words. Hannah-Jones is also set to receive the Social Justice Impact Award from the NAACP, it was previously announced.

In the podcast categories, Jemele Hill is Unbothered won the arts and entertainment and the society and culture awards. Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley’s Two Funny Mamas won best lifestyle/self-help podcast.

Going into the awards presentation, Jeymes Samuel’s Black Western Netflix movie The Harder They Fall and Issa Rae’s HBO comedy series Insecure scored a leading 12 nominations each.

The streaming, non-televised ceremonies, hosted by actor-comedian Affion Crockett, will continue through Friday before the live show, hosted by Anthony Anderson, airs on BET on Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m.

The NAACP Image Awards recognizes the achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 categories, including, this year, four new podcast categories.

(Excerpt) Read more and see a list of winners in: The Hollywood Reporter

NAACP Image Awards: Will Smith, Cicely Tyson and Jemele Hill Among Winners

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