Ever wondered what it’s like on the red carpet at the NAACP Image Awards Nominee Brunch? One Girl One World is taking you around the world and down the red carpet for the inside scoop!

The glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry took center stage at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on February 25, 2024, as the NAACP celebrated the outstanding achievements of nominees for the upcoming 55th NAACP Image Awards. One Girl One World® Media was there to interview some of the brightest stars ahead of the highly anticipated awards ceremony airing on March 16, 2024.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 25: (L-R) Nina Parker and Kevin Fredericks speak onstage at the NAACP Image Awards Nominees Brunch at Fairmont Century Plaza on February 25, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for NAACP)

Hosted by the dynamic duo of TBS’ Friday Night Vibes co-hosts Nina Parker and Kevin Fredericks (KevOnStage), the NAACP Nominee Brunch kicked off with warm welcome remarks from NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and Vice Chair Karen Boykin-Towns. The excitement to be in a space dedicated to celebrating Black talent was palpable – “we all we got, we look out for each other, we celebrate each other and that’s why we’re glad to be here” Kevin shared on the red carpet before fulfilling his hosting duties. Nina Parker shared similiar sentiments, sharing that “we love the NAACP, it’s the 55th, you can’t ask for anything more!”

More than 130 nominees, spanning film, television, streaming, music, literature, and podcasts, gathered for a special “55th NAACP Image Awards” class photo. Among the notable celebrities in attendance were Aml Ameen, Garcelle Beauvais, Jabari Banks, Jeremy Piven, Keith Powers, Kyla Pratt, Lucky Daye, Vic Mensa, William Stanford Davis, and many more. The diversity and talent in the room were a testament to the vibrancy of Black excellence in the entertainment industry. Kieth Powers emphasized the power of the NAACP Image Awards, noting that “we have to understand that this is just as important as the more commercial spaces.” He continued on to say that “it makes us feel like we’re being seen.”

NAACP President Derrick Johnson also emphasized the organization’s century-long commitment to championing the Black community’s culture and contributions. The collective voice of the community, he stated, resonates through the halls of history. William Stanford Davis echoed his sentiments on the red carpet, sharing that his grandparents got him an NAACP card when he was just five years old. “It’s always been a part of my life” he said, beaming with pride.

In a lively and unexpected turn of events, co-hosts Kevin Fredericks and Nina Parker led a gospel karaoke competition. Image Awards nominees volunteered to perform gospel classics, showcasing their hidden talents and adding a touch of joy and camaraderie to the event. During the afternoon, Pastor Brenda Palmer delivered a moving invocation, setting the tone for a celebration of not just entertainment but also the resilience and creativity of the Black community. Gospel artist Pastor Mike Jr. added a soulful touch to the event with a heartfelt performance of his song “Impossible,” reminding everyone of the power of perseverance and faith.

As the brunch concluded, anticipation for the “55th NAACP Image Awards” reached new heights. The winners will be revealed during the live telecast on March 16, 2024, on BET and CBS. Additionally, the NAACP will recognize winners in non-televised categories virtually from March 11-13th on their official website, www.naacpimageawards.net, as well as during the Awards Dinner on March 14 and the Fashion Show on March 15.

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