Monday night’s annual celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Met Gala 2017 marked one of the highlights of New York City’s spring time festivities.
Often marked by some of the most daring and albeit stunning gowns and silhouettes; everyone remembers Rihanna at the 2015 Gala, Beyonce’s latex gown at last year’s red carpet and who could forget Kim K at 2013’s event; the annual Gala serves as one of the museum’s biggest fundraising events and is typically the grand opening of the annual design exhibit.
Black Excellence was on full display this past weekend at the 2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards which took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California,U.S.A.
The evening, hosted by Anthony Anderson and narrated by Cree Summers, honored outstanding people of color in films, music, books and television shows and several of Hollywood’s most famous faces were given the highest honors this year.
But before the night’s festivities kicked into full swing the nominees and guests graced the red carpet. It seems the who’s who of Black entertainment was out in their numbers. Here are some of the amazing stunners.
Also in attendance;
Weren’t they all so dapper?
Here were the night’s big winners:
Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, Creed Outstanding Motion Picture:Straight Outta Compton Outstanding Drama Series:Empire Outstanding Comedy Series:Black-ish Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard, Empire Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy President’s Award: John Legend Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Mike Epps, Survivor’s Remorse Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, Black-ish Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King, American Crime Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane, Sparrow Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Ridley, American Crime Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Dee Rees, Bessie Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Creed Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, Family Feud Outstanding Talk Series:The Talk Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series:Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s Outstanding Variety (Series or Special):Family Feud Outstanding Children’s Program:Doc McStuffins Outstanding TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special:The Wiz Live! Outstanding Actor in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!
Some of the highlights of the evening:
Taraji’s Speech – “We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anybody. We are enough.“
John Legend along with Jussie Smollet and 6 others received the Chairman’s Award and the crooner had these thoughts to share during his tribute and recipient speech.
The Chairman’s Award honorees’ Black Power Stance.The list which included the University of Missouri’s Concerned Student 1950 Collective, and Brittany “Bree” Newsome, the activist and filmmaker who scaled a flagpole and took down the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina Capitol, marked the importance of the recipients’ work for the upliftment and betterment of their community.
Nominees With Attitude– Host Anthony Anderson known for his comedic genius put his spin on the rap group N.W.A.’s famous “Straight Outta Compton” track to discuss the snubbing of diversity by broader Hollywood.
Alice Smith’s rendition of “Glory” brought the house down.
Happy Black History Month. Congratulations to the this years honorees. Keep up the good work guys.