We understand the power of images in the media. They can educate. They can uplift. They can feed implicit biases that unconsciously inform attitudes and perceptions throughout the world. It's important to combat portrayals of Black life on screen that seek to undermine our existence and celebrate the projects that embrace and explore the full dimensions of our humanity.
We are excited to celebrate the indomitable human spirit, artfully articulated in the films, TV shows, music, and literature you have produced.
In this season of reflection and reckoning, the 54th NAACP® Image Awards will continue a tradition of uplifting values that inspire equality, justice, and progressive change, and highlight artists committed to that purpose.
We fight for equitable opportunities in the entertainment industry by forming industry partnerships and producing special events that uplift Black excellence.
We have a proud history of advocating for diversity in the entertainment industry. From protesting D.W. Griffith's racist-laden film Birth of a Nation to addressing the lack of diversity both behind and in front of the camera, we stand firm in our commitment to securing equity and equality in Hollywood.
Black entertainment is an integral extension of Black advocacy and activism. Much of Black art emerges from subjugation that was designed to stifle our spirit. Instead, our inextinguishable light brightens the world with imagination, ingenuity, and infinite talent.- Kyle Bowser, Senior Vice President, NAACP Hollywood Bureau
Mass media has continually served to deliver a constant stream of corroborating images and messages, rife with flaws and inaccuracies. This report addresses certain facets of these concerns, particularly intra-cultural dynamics arising from media distortions.
When documentary filmmaker Madeline Anderson was 12 years old, she knew that she wanted to make movies. She also knew that she didn't like the way Hollywood portrayed Black people—and decided to do something about it. A civil rights activist before she became a filmmaker, Anderson, 94, joined NAACP's youth organization while still a teenager growing up in Lancaster, Pa. She made her first documentary in 1960: "Integration Report I," a 20-minute short on the civil rights struggle in Alabama, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn during the 1950s. It was the first documentary film produced and directed by a Black woman.
"The Black List has provided a much-needed platform for writers to showcase their work and engage with industry leaders," said Sheila Ducksworth, president of the CBS/NAACP Production Venture. "We are very excited to participate in this new partnership, and we look forward to supporting the talents and endeavors of these dynamic storytellers."
CBS Studios/NAACP Venture And The Black List Partner To Identify Television Writers Telling Black Stories
The Black List will assist CBS Studios/NAACP in identifying a shortlist of talented writers who exemplify authentic storytelling of Black narratives through a submission period on blcklst.com that begins August 16 and is open until Nov. 16.
A CBS Television Studios and NAACP Partnership
NAACP and CBS Television Studios are teaming up to bring you binge-worthy shows that educate and entertain.Learn More
There is no better partner than the NAACP — the preeminent civil rights organization in our country — to help us find, develop and tell these inclusive stories.- George Cheeks, president and CEO, CBS Entertainment Group