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R. Kelly Slammed & Clowned At 2019 NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon + Young, Black Hollywood Is Super Woke


The NAACP isn't here for R. Kelly and his recent sexual assault allegations or his interview with Gayle King. Find out what was said about Kelly and peep the red carpet flicks from the 2019 NAAP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon inside...

It's a woke a-- celebration!

Youngings and veterans in the game were honored and recognized at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Loews Hollywood Hotel ahead of the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards. The event is usually held in January, however, this year they moved it to March to "extend Black History Month," according to host Sheryl Lee Ralph.


Black Excellence was celebrated and foolish activity was put on blast.

The organizations president and CEO Derrick Johnson (above, alongside his wife Tamika Johnson) put R. Kelly on blast, following his insane interview with "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King and his recent indictment.

“We cannot celebrate inclusion as long as we look at the foolishness on television, whether it’s R. Kelly or other unfortunate incidents,” Johnson said. “We must continue to uphold and uplift all of our creativity because it’s through our creative power that we will continue to lead the nation.”

We agree.

Sheryl Lee Ralph and Major, who nabbed three NAACP Image nominations, co-hosted the event and they joked about Kelly's interview during the introduction.

“I thought Jesus was recovering after that Gayle King interview,” Ralph joked. That promoted Major to mock Kelly during the interview, “‘I didn’t do it!’ Major shouted. “While the cameras were on, ‘I didn’t do it!'”


Young, Black Hollywood was in the building! 

"black-ish" actor/nominee Marcus Scribner and "This Is Us"a ctor Niles Fitch stopped for a photo-op.

Niles, who plays teenage Randal on the hit drama series, said he's looking forward to seeing more dark-skinned lead actors and actresses.

“I would like to see more dark-skinned leading men and just movies in general where their skin color isn't a part of their character,” Niles told THR. “And not only that, but romantic films where black man is loved and not just by somebody of a different race, but another dark woman. I'm just interested in seeing more black men as leading men, so it can be normalized.”


YAS! We stan his thoughts on black love being put on display for the masses.

His co-star/nominee Lyric Ross also dropped some gems during the event.

“Black people are making noise right now,” she told Variety. “Especially young people — they’re speaking out and telling you what you need to hear, and that’s what we need right now.”

"Dear White People" star/nominee Logan Browning said she wants to see more perfectly, imperfect women tell real stories we can relate to.

“I’m interested in continuing to tell stories about women who are not perfect, who like stripping that from them,” said Browning. “And that's kind of something we take on as black women. If we mess up and we're failures and they push us to the side. But being OK with that as a young woman who was exploring her world — those are the stories I want to see.”

Same. The world could use more #BlackGirlMagic in entertainment.

"Marlon" star Essence Atkins struck a pose on the carpet in a cute school-girl inspired 'fit. She's nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series cateogry.

"Rosewood" star Gabrielle Dennis made her way on the scene and snapped it up with other attendees:


Our auntie in our head Loretta Devine stepped out to celebrate her nomination in the Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series category for her epic scene in "Love Is_"

Nominee Salli Richardson-Whitfield was all smiles with her daughter, Parker Richardson-Whitfield, at the event. She was nominated for her directing skills in the Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series for Marvel's Luke Cage - "I Get Physical" episode.


"Greenleaf" actress Lynn Whitfield was on the scene after she was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Lady Mae in OWN's "Greenleaf."

By the way, none of the NAACP members made comments about embattled "Empire" star Jussie Smollett - who's nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - following his recent indictment.

The 50th NAACP Image Awards will air live from Dolby Theatre on March 30th on TVOne.

Photos: Getty/MEGA/Startraks




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