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53rd NAACP Image Awards

Tune in tonight to the 53rd NAACP Image Awards to watch as we celebrate our stories and our excellence.


The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT on BET. This event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories spanning film, television + streaming, music, literature, and podcasts.

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Channing Hill - Youth Activist of the Year

Youth Activist of the Year

Channing Hill is an aspiring lawyer pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic, Legal, and Management Communication at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Black artists over the past year have not only showcased our history and uplifted values of progressive change, but have also redefined genres and brought our stories to the screen in so many creative ways.

- Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
Scot X. Esdaile - Activist of the Year

NAACP Activist of the Year

Born and raised in New Haven, CT, Scot X. Esdaile developed his passion for public service and civil rights at an early age. As a young activist, he worked on several national campaigns for such prominent change agents as Rev. Jesse Jackson, former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder, and former New Haven Mayor John Daniels. 

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NAACP advocates demand equal opportunities and fair representation in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood.