On Feb. 26, Anthony Anderson will be going into his ninth year as host of the NAACP Image Awards, where some of the most talented Black stars in Hollywood will be honored for their outstanding performances in film, television, theatre, music, and literature.
The 51-year-old is no stranger to the NAACP community both as a participant and winner after garnering several trophies for his performance in a television series. Anderson has been on our screens since the late 90s, and we haven’t been able to keep our eyes off him. As we prepare for another celebration of Black excellence, here are a few fun things you should know about this year’s host.
He’s earned his status in Hollywood
Anderson has been putting in work in Hollywood after getting his first big break in the 1996 NBC sitcom Hang Time. The Los Angeles native later starred in various films and television shows, including Departed, Transformers, and Big Momma's House, before taking on the role as Andre Johnson, the beloved television dad from Black-ish.
He’s a massive advocate for Diabetes awareness
The actor has been working with the American Diabetes Association since 2019 to spread the word about the disease and on ways to prevent and control it. In 2001 the Kangaroo Jack star was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and has since been living a healthy lifestyle.
He once won big on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
During a special celebrity edition appearance during season 10 of the competition series Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the actor snagged a whopping $250,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
He owns several NAACP Image Awards
The Barber Shop actor has been winning NAACP Image Awards honors just as long as he’s been hosting the celebration of Black excellence. Over his career, Anderson has earned seven Image Awards for “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series” for his role in the Kenya Barris-created hit sitcom Black-ish.
He’s made NAACP Image Award history
The 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards will officially mark nine times since Anderson first took over the hosting gig on February 22, 2014, and the longest one yet. Congratulations!
Watch the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8/9c.