I’m recapping highlights from the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards in this sponsored post by AT&T. 

NAACP Image Award Winners

Dream In Black | NAACP Image Awards Celebrates 50 Years

This past Saturday evening, the NAACP celebrated its 50th Annual Image Awards in Hollywood. And what a night it was for Black Film. From black film directors, black creators, black congressmen + women, black philanthropists, black actors and actresses, the Dolby Theater was packed with Black Excellence. And it’s no wonder AT&T wanted to be a part of the celebration. 

See, AT&T understands what it means to have a platform to celebrate black culture with Dream In Black. 

Dream in Black is an always-on platform where AT&T celebrates black culture and the creators who shape it while encouraging the bold pursuit of goals. Through a unique and engaging opportunity, AT&T joins in celebrating the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards to salute the rich heritage of urban culture and celebrate this generation of artisans, entertainers, and advocates who Dream in Black. Download the #DreamInBlack sticker pack! 

Who are the Dream In Black Future Makers

We’ve been talking about AT&T’s Dream In Black Future Makers of 2019, and quite a few of them were NAACP presenters, nominated and winners of an NAACP Image Award. 

  • @IamQueenLatifah – Dream In Black Future Maker 2019 Honoree {Black Girls Rock won Outstanding Variety or Game Show (Series or Special) }
  • @LenaWaithe – Dream In Black Future Maker 2019 Honoree (NAACP presenter) {Nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series}
  • @VanJones68 – Dream In Black Future Maker 2019 Honoree (NAACP presenter)

NAACP Image Award Winners

  • @OmariHardwick – Dream In Black Future Maker 2019 Honoree { “Power” won Outstanding Drama Series + Omari won Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series}
  • @NowThatsMAJOR – Dream In Black featured artist at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 { Nominated for Outstanding Male Artist }
  • If Beale Street Could Talk cast – Featured artists in the Dream In Black booth at the Essence Festival 2018 {Nominated for Oustanding Motion Picture and WON Outstanding Independent Motion Picture}

Family Was The Theme Of This Year’s NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP award show was a great example of what happens when you dream in black. We also saw a trending theme of family throughout the night. Winner after winner took the stage and gave thanks to others nominated in their category, creators that paved the way before them, and of course, their mama. 

From Anthony Anderson (the NAACP host) bringing his mama on stage to say a few words, Jay-Z recognizing that it was the strong black women in his life that helped mold him, to NeYo bringing his kids on stage and well as paying respect to his mom.  

NAACP Image Award Winners

Black Panther & Black-ish Cleaned Up!

And I’m not even mad about that! Black-ish not only won for Outstanding Comedy Series, but several of the cast collected NAACP Image Awards. This show is the bomb! It’s a great family-friendly show that tackles a ton of black issues. We love watching it as a family. 

NAACP Image Award Winners

And of course, WAKANDA FOREVER! I mean Marvel’s Black Panther was picking up NAACP Image Awards like Anthony Anderson was changing his clothes. And all that delicious eye candy was just a bonus. I mean… 

What It Means To Dream In Black

From all shades of black, this room was full of inspiration and examples of what it means to dream in black and never give up. AT&T’s goal of Dream In Black shows us the leaders who have been killing it in the game and should be recognized for their hard work! 

From Aunt Maxine reminded us that she has the gavel, and she is not afraid to use it, the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards had buckets of shade for everyone, including their own. When you have a host like Anderson, then Chris Rock slides in, as well as little drops of shade here and there from other presenters, you know you’re in for a few laughs. 

Learning about the Dream In Black Future Makers has inspired me to keep working hard, never giving up on my dreams. I am a huge fan of Queen Latifah, a triple threat that is not always given front and center stage. She may not get the accolades that other artists have received, but she has been hustling since day one, and I’m here for it. We see you, Queen! 

I’m here for all the dreamers. I want to continue to be an example to my beautiful black sons, showing them that when they dream in black, anything is possible. 

Learn more about all of the Dream In Black Future Makers and how you can be a part by going to DreamInBlack.