2024 NAACP Image Awards: Let's Rewind & Marvel at Marsai Martin's Acceptance Speech From 2020

If you didn't know already, Marsai Martin is a star!

We're weeks away from the "2024 NAACP Image Awards," one of the biggest celebrations in Black Hollywood; and we’re highlighting some of our favorite moments from past shows, including actress and producer Marsai Martin.

Martin has grown up in show business, and right before our eyes, she blossomed into a talented young woman and entrepreneur. Fans grew to love her as Diane Johnson on ABC’s hit series "black-ish." The onscreen darling is now taking her career to new heights and breaking records, inspiring many.

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Check out three of Martin's unapologetically Black girl moments and take a look at her acceptance speech above!

When she hilariously addressed trolls

Martin redirected online trolls’ attention to topics more important after critics decided to take cheap shots at her appearance during her virtual presentation at the BET Awards in June 2020.

The actress later hopped on social media with a message to her haters. “Y’all, we’re in quarantine, and we’ve got more things to focus on than just my hair,” she said before pretending to cry and blow her nose on a $100 bill. “Justice for Breonna Taylor,” she added.

When she shouted out Black girls while accepting an award

Martin was honored with the “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” award during the 51st annual NAACP Image Award for her performance in Little. After thanking her supportive family and friends, and of course, her team, the young actress couldn’t forget to acknowledge and thank “all the beautiful Black girls who inspire me everyday. Thank you.”

When she reminded everybody of the importance of turning 18

Black people, especially Black women, are the driving force behind all things culture, and they’re always doing their part to make the world we live in a better place. Upon turning 18, Martin took to her social media page, where she spoke about the importance of turning 18, which included being partially legal, getting a Costco card, and being able to vote and pick elected officials to help run our country.

Watch the NAACP Image Awards live on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 8:00 pm ET/PT on BET.

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