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Beyonce was named entertainer of the year at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color.
After Beyonce accepted the award Saturday night, the superstar paid homage to the people who were nominated in the same category as her. She beat out LeBron James, Regina King, Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler.
“Regina King, I love you so much. You taught us patience, persistence and how to be masterful in your craft,” she said. “Chadwick Boseman is teaching children to dream and to see as kings. LeBron James has taught us the strength of all forms, leading by example and providing education to our kids. Ryan Coogler tells our stories in a way that celebrates our history and proves we do have power,” Beyonce said.
She added, “Im honored to be included among all of you, and to be a part of a vital and thriving community. Thank you to the NAACP.”
Beyonce released a joint album last year with her husband, Jay-Z, called “Everything is Love.” The prolific singer also paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities, as well as the dance troupes and step teams at HBCUs during her groundbreaking two-hour Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival performance. She also performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is known as the national black anthem, at the festival and donated 100,000 dollars to four black universities shortly after her performance.
The awards ceremony aired live on TV One at the Dolby Theatre, the same venue that hosts the Academy Awards.
Jay-Z received the Presidents Award for the rappers public service achievements through his Shawn Carter Foundation and serving as co-founder of the REFORM Alliance. He executive-produced the documentaries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story and Time: The Kalief Browder Story, along with an animated documentary short called The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail. That documentary highlighted the unfavorable treatment of black and Latino people when it comes to drug-related crimes.
The rapper quoted Abraham Lincoln after he accepted his award and dedicated his trophy to his 93-year-old grandmother Hattie White, saying, “Shes so full of life.” He also paid homage to the women in his life, including his wife, Beyonce, who smiled while her husband made his speech.
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“Its not the amount of years in your life. Its the amount of life in your years,” he said. “That quote embodies my beautiful grandmother. Shes so full of life,” he added.
Black Panther was awarded for the best motion picture. The Marvel blockbuster hit beat out BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Hate U Give.
The superhero film was a box-office hit domestically and a cultural phenomenon. It earned 700 million dollars domestically during its theatrical run.
Black Panther won in several other categories, including best actor in a motion picture (Chadwick Boseman), supporting actor in a motion picture (Michael B. Jordan) and directing in a motion picture (Ryan Coogler).
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