Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) is the United States’ oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organisation. The organisation’s Image Awards honour the accomplishments of people of colour in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also recognises individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavours.
The nominees for the 51st NAACP awards included South African comedian and Daily Host show host Trevor Noah. Noah received three nominations in the categories of Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information Show and Outstanding Talk Series.
During the announcement of the nomination, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said, “Representation across entertainment and the arts has profound meaning and unparalleled power to shape perceptions, influence culture, and galvanize communities. This year’s nominees have conveyed a wide range of authentic stories and experiences that have resonated with many, and we’re proud to continue celebrating their outstanding achievements and performances.”
The Born a Crime author took to Instagram and twitter to share his excitement and quip, “May everyone we’re (the Daily Show) up against at least win 2nd place!”
In Outstanding Talk Series Noah is up against “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch), “The Real” (Syndicated), “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO) and “The Tamron Hall Show” (Syndicated).
In Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special): Angela Rye for “Young Gifted and Broke: A BET Town Hall” (BET Networks), Jada Pinkett Smith for “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch), Lester Holt for “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” (NBC) and Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro for “The View” (ABC)
Finally in the category of Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series he is competing with Cord Jefferson – “The Good Place” – Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy (NBC), Gloria Calderón Kellett, Mike Royce – “One Day at a Time” – Ghosts (Netflix), Jason Kim – “Barry” – Past = Present x Future Over Yesterday (HBO) and Karin Gist, Peter Saji – “mixed-ish” – Let Your Hair Down (ABC)