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45th Annual NAACP Image Awards Kept Us “Happy”


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Host Anthony Anderson and in-show announcer Dennis Haysbert at the NAACP 45th Annual Image Awards (February 22, 2014)

Host Anthony Anderson and in-show announcer Dennis Haysbert at the NAACP 45th Annual Image Awards (February 22, 2014)

Before the 2014 NAACP Image Awards officially kicked off, we were greeted by the sounds of Pharrell Williams’ upbeat hit single, “Happy” coupled with a slew of famous Black celebrities grinning and bopping. One of them, actress Tika Sumpter, asked us during that opening segment, “Can you feel the energy?” We could and it carried throughout the night. Of course, we didn’t necessarily need the cue to maintain the “happy” during the award show, though it was a nice touch.

Awards show host Anthony Anderson kept the energy going, noting off the bat that Blacks have “started at the bottom,” yet we haven’t stayed there — that we’ve only risen and will continue to. Anderson pointed to the recent cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue, which has never had that many…

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