NAACP Awards and 'The Color Purple' Exclusive

NAACP Awards and 'The Color Purple' Exclusive

Tonight is the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which will be hosted by Tyler Perry and Oscar-winner Halle Berry. 

Published February 12, 2009

Tonight is the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which will be hosted by Tyler Perry and Oscar-winner Halle Berry .  This year also marks the NAACP's 100th year anniversary.  According to NAACP.org :

"On February 12th the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a multiracial group of activists, who answered 'The Call,' in New York, New York. They initially called themselves the National Negro Committee."

Tonight, Muhammad Ali, Al Gore and Russell Simmons are special honorees.  Other nominees include Spike Lee , Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce Knowles .

The 40th NAACP Image Awards airs tonight at 8PM of FOX..  Click here for the complete list of nomiees .

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Also, please be sure to check out BET.com's exclusive interview with Desreta Jackson , who played Young Celie from 1985's The Color Purple .  She candidly talks about Whoopi Goldberg , Oprah , surviving sexual abuse and her life after The Color Purple .

BHM EXCLUSIVE: Desreta Jackson reflects on 'The Color Purple'

Written by Clay Cane

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