Let’s recap the 2016 NAACP Image Awards

Taraji P. Henson disses the Oscars at Image Awards

Taraji P. Henson disses the Oscars.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

PASADENA — Take that academy! After winning an NAACP Image Award Friday night for Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series, Taraji P. Henson channeled her inner-Cookie while delivering her acceptance speech. In an effort to rally the troops in the African-American acting community, the 45-year-old thespian implored people of color to not allow themselves to be defined by the lack of recognition at the 2016 Academy Awards. “We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone,” Taraji declared, referencing the diversity controversy with the Oscars. “We are enough!”

Taraji, who plays Cookie Lyon on the primetime musical drama “Empire,” has been on fire as of late — winning a Golden Globe award in January followed the aforementioned Image Award. But she, along with every other black actor out there, didn’t receive a single nomination at the Oscars.

As a matter of fact, it’s the second consecutive year no actors of color were nominated — sparking massive complaints and boycotts from Will and Jada Smith, Spike Lee and several others.

Other highlights from the Image Awards include: Creed’s Michael B. Jordan took home the award for Best Actor, beating out Will Smith who was nominated for “Concussion.” F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton” won Outstanding Motion Picture and Ice Cube’s son — O’Shea Jackson, Jr. — won an award as a supporting actor. “Empire” came out on top in the category of Outstanding Drama Series with Terrence Howard winning the award for Outstanding Actor. And ABC’s Black-ish collected three awards in honor of Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Marsai Martin.


  1. Just_A_Thought...

    Ah, I see the awards were dealt out to a very diverse crowd. They’re leading by example. Very good.

  2. Why and these awards not branded racist? It works both ways!

  3. Faroukh Diakhaby

    This award show started in 1967 to celebrate black achievement in the entertainment industry because people of color were hardly ever nominated for awards shows like the Oscars, golden globes or the emmys a problem that still occurs today.

  4. So it’s okay for there to be an awards show specifically for black people, a ceremony which consciously excludes white people, but if there aren’t any black people nominated for an Oscar, that’s not okay? Fair one…double standards, eh? Difference is, being nominated for an Oscar has nothing to do with the colour of your skin, it’s to do with how well you acted – maybe, instead of assuming it’s to do with ethnicity, consider the fact that they simply weren’t good enough in their performances. You can’t just be nominated to fill a quota. I feel like all of these black actors are beginning to segregate themselves out of choice now to feel like they’re still hard done to.

  5. I guess i am not watching empire any more or the reruns. They dont need me.

  6. Some of the comments on this board are fuckin stupid. We wouldnt need ceremonies like the Image Awards if white people treated us the way we are supposed to be treated.

  7. Luv Tarajis’ speech……. blacks need to stop seeking approval from whites.

  8. White artists should boycott the Image Awards

  9. Taraji is my idol……….. luv that woman! 🙂

  10. all awards shows are fake and meaningless

  11. The only reason these shows were started is because everything was white white white white and everything is still white white white if you looked at advertising,movie theater,military everything is still white white white if it wasn’t for awards like the image awards you wouldn’t even think black people lived in United States.

  12. Why is it always blacks fanning the flames of racism ??? There are many many races that make up the good ole US of A. But we constantly hear the blacks whining about racism , diversity and equality. Always blaming others for their incompetence .

  13. Slavery has made blacks evil and wicked. I feel so sorry for them.

  14. Image Awards are so fuckin racist

  15. All award shows are a waste of time if u ask me.

  16. I hope Will & Jada are happy

  17. Some of the comments on this board are so rude. If you dont have anything nice to say dont say nothing at all.

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