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NAACP Image Awards to Air on TV One for Next 5 Years

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The 45th annual awards will air in February

TV One will air the NAACP Image Awards for the next five years under a new agreement.

The show’s 45th annual ceremony will be telecast live on TV One in February. Previously, the awards were aired on NBC and Fox.

The partnership was jointly announced Monday by NAACP National Board of Directors chairman Roslyn M. Brock (pictured) and TV One CEO Alfred Liggins.

TV One will air live broadcasts of the Image Awards and red carpet arrivals in 2014, as well as promote the show on TV One, Radio One and Reach Media, and Interactive One. The network will also cover the awards on “News One Now,” its daily news show.

“Our new multi-faceted long-term partnership with TV One will bring expanded visibility and awareness of the NAACP and its important programs, such as the NAACP Image Awards,” said Brock. “TV One offers the resources and capabilities to reach audiences in today’s broad media universe, therefore advancing the message of promoting and protecting human and civil rights.”

The awards show recognizes the accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature and film. It also honors people and groups that promote social justice through creative endeavors.

“We are truly honored to be partnering with the NAACP and becoming the new home for the Image Awards,” said Liggins. “Today’s announcement is a game changer for TV One and our loyal viewers across the country. As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TV One’s 2004 launch, I can think of no greater opportunity to thank this audience than by providing them with access to the preeminent awards show that showcases the incredible achievements of Black Americans and by creating an ongoing opportunity for dialogue around social justice issues on TV One.”

Nominations for the awards will be announced next January.

By Originally posted on thewrap.com

Civil rights community mourns passing of Evelyn Lowery

America’s civil rights community is in mourning this week upon the death of Evelyn Gibson Lowery, 88, wife of civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was a heroine in her own right.

Evelyn Lowery

“My beloved Evelyn was a special woman whose life was committed to service, especially around issues of empowering women.  She was a wonderful mother and wife, and I thank God that she didn’t suffer any pain, and that I was blessed having her as my partner, my confidante and my best friend for close to 70 years,” Rev. Lowery said in an article published by the Atlanta Inquirer.

“I will miss her each and every day, but as a man of faith, I know that she is with her God.  My entire family has been overwhelmed by the continuous outpourings of love, support and prayers that have come from across the country, and we ask for your continued prayers over the next few days.”

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Explaining Open Enrollment: How to Get Covered!

open-seasonWe are at the dawn of a new day as our nation moves one step closer to becoming the more perfect union our forefathers envisioned. Beginning this month, nearly 48 million uninsured Americans will embark upon a path toward high-quality health care.

On October 1, the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace opens for enrollment ensuring that hard-working, middle class families at or below the poverty line, can have access to quality health care without the threat of financial instability.

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NAACP and Gilead Sciences Announce Commitment to Action at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting to Expand Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Program

 Program to Train Black Church Leaders in 30 U.S. Cities to Educate Parishioners on HIV Screening, Treatment and Prevention

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(New York City)  Today, onstage at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting,   the NAACP and its partner, Gilead Sciences, announced a joint CGI Commitment to Action to enlist faith leaders as change agents to address the disparate impact of HIV/AIDS on the African American community. Over the next five years, this unique partnership will expand its pilot program, The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, to reach the 30 cities that account for nearly two-thirds of the nation’s HIV epidemic.

“The Black Church and the NAACP have been partners in the struggle for social justice for more than a century. Today, our fight is against a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic that disproportionately impacts the lives of African Americans,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “For years, many felt that a discussion about HIV/AIDS had no place in African American houses of worship. However, the Black Church remains the cornerstone of our community and must be a critical voice and partner in helping to combat the HIV crisis.”
Video of the CGI presentation

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Women of the NAACP: Exemplars of Achievement

CB and Sean Penn at peace rallyWomen have served an integral role in the history of the NAACP, and they continue to play a vital role today.

The story of the NAACP begins with a woman. On February 12, 1909, a white journalist and woman’s suffragist named Mary White Ovington joined with two other activists to call for a national conference on the civil and political rights of African-Americans. The ensuing conference was called the National Negro Committee, and it was soon renamed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Ovington served as the third chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors from 1919-1934 – the highest position in the NAACP — and twice as Executive Secretary — then the highest position on the NAACP staff. She added a woman’s touch to NAACP leadership in its first few seminal decades, helping to build a strong field staff against seemingly insurmountable odds, protest racist depictions in the media like “Birth of a Nation”, and push for anti-lynching legislation.

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The Butler and Social Progress: A Lesson in Opposites

Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Forest WhitakerIn Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Cecil Gaines and his son want the same thing: equal protection under the law. The film is an important reminder that there are many different ways to play a significant part in achieving that dream.

Forest Whitaker delivers a commanding performance as Cecil Gaines — the fictional character loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, who grew up on a plantation and became a butler at the White House, where he served eight consecutive presidents. Cecil is a master of his emotions and has a deep understanding of his place in the social order: whether on the farm or in the Oval Office, his job is always to be in the room without being noticed.

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A Mother’s Love

Sybrina FultonI cannot begin to imagine how hard these past 17 months have been for Sybrina Fulton.

Sybrina lost her son, Trayvon Martin, to a senseless act of violence. She watched the media create a caricature of her son as a thug, and burden him with assumptions about what it means to be a young black teen. And, after a long and painful trial, she saw Trayvon’s killer go free.

We all say “We Are Trayvon” and feel a sense of pain when we think of this tragedy, but Sybrina was a physical part of Trayvon, bound by blood and the love between mother and son.

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