Posted Jan. 9, 2008 -- Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends"), Don Cheadle ("Talk to Me") and Blair Underwood ("Dirty Sexy Money") are among the list of nominees for the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards, airing next month.
"Girlfriends" creator Mara Brock Akil, actor Richard T. Jones and "Entertainment Tonight" host Kevin Frazier made the announcements from Beverly Hills on Tuesday.
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The NAACP Image Awards honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature and motion pictures. The theme of this year’s show is “Stand Up and Be Counted,” as the NAACP encourages encourages everyone to be socially conscious and take a stand on critical human and civil rights issues.
In step with many recent award ceremonies, the Image Awards are going green this year, with plans to incorporate eco-friendly initiatives to reduce the Image Award’s carbon footprint and reduce the ceremonies impact on the world’s climate.
The NAACP also announced Tuesday that legendary musician Stevie Wonder will receive the group's prestigious Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes an individual who is a pioneer in his or her respective field and whose influence will shape the profession for generations to come.
Dennis Hayes, interim president and CEO of the NAACP noted, “Mr. Wonder is a true entertainer and role model in the entertainment world and beyond. His music has attracted wide audience appeal and has influenced generations and we are proud tobestow this honor on him."
Other notable nominations include BET's "American Gangster" series, Alicia Keys and Chris Brown for oustanding female and male artist and Don Cheadle for best actor in "Talk to Me." For a full list of nominations, click here.