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Trevor Noah, 'Black Panther' and More Are Honored at the Prestigious 50th NAACP Image Awards

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says at the ceremony.

The NAACP Image Awards is one of the few premiere cultural moments that celebrates to accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, film and social justice. In its 50th year, the awards ceremony went down this past weekend at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring notables who won awards based on public audience votes.

This year's nominees was only a peek into how the African diaspora has continued to build, connect and be recognized for their efforts in telling more stories that reflect our diversity as a global black community.

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says, while joining the Black Panther cast stage as they swept the awards ceremony that evening. "The beauty of this project is that we as a diaspora made this film successful—and we're just getting started as a diaspora—we're just getting started."

Take a look at some winners of note below.


Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation

Black Panther: The Album | Kendrick Lamar, SZA feat. 2Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, Saudi, Khalid, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok, SOB x RBE, Jorja Smith, Anderson.Paak, Ab Soul, Reason, Zacari, Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Travis Scott

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah | Trevor Noah, Steve Budow, David Kibuuka, Zhubin Parang, Dan Amira, Lauren Sarver Means, Daniel Radosh, David Angelo, Devin Trey Delliquanti, Zachary DiLanzo

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

This Is Us - "This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life" (ABC) | Kay Oyegun

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Black Panther | Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Black Panther | Ryan Coogler

READ: Ryan Coogler Talks the Making of 'Black Panther' with OkayAfrica

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Black Panther | Chadwick Boseman

Outstanding Breakthrough Role in a Motion Picture

Black Panther | Letitia Wright

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Black Panther | Michael B. Jordan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Black Panther | Danai Gurira

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

Black Panther
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Watch the Music Video for Stonebwoy and 'Ololo' Featuring Teni

A fire collaboration!

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The duo shine as they exchange loving lyrics atop sultry, upbeat production by Prinx Pappi. Stonebwoy opens the track with a fiery verse about giving his all to a love interest, while Teni brings the her usual high-energy to the second verse as she delivers passionate lyrics directed at a lover. Their musical chemistry, making for a catchy jam-worthy track.

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