The Hollywood Reporter
When the 44th NAACP Image Awards ceremony airs [Friday, 8pm] on NBC, the event will have traveled miles, literally and metaphorically, from its start in a banquet room at the Beverly Hilton.
Created in 1967 to recognize exceptional performances of people of color in the arts, the awards also were meant to point out the paucity of blacks in movies and television -- as well as at the Academy Awards and Emmys.
"Black entertainers were not getting their due on regular awards shows," says Julian Bond, NAACP chairman emeritus and a civil rights activist. "We had to create our own."