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February 17, 2012, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA

NAACP Image Awards

ESP was in the house at the 43 rd NAACP Image Awards, the nation’s premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals and groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

ABC and CBS led the nominees in the TV categories with 18 and 16 nominations respectively, followed by BET and HBO both with 15. In the recording category, Columbia Records led with 8 nominations, followed by Warner Bros. Records with 5 and Elektra Records with 4 nominations. DreamWorks Pictures/Touchstone Pictures/Participant Media led with 8 nominations, while Focus Features and TriStar Pictures followed with 7 and Universal Pictures with 5 nominations in the motion picture category.

“The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures) won outstanding motion picture. Laz Alonso won outstanding actor in a motion picture for his role in "Jumping The Broom" (TriStar Pictures). Viola Davis won outstanding actress in a motion picture for her gut wrenching performance in “The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures). Cathy Hughes the founder and chairperson o f Radio One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated broadcast-company in the nation and the parent corporation of TV One, a partnership with Comcast, and Syndication One was the 2012 recipient of the Chairman’s Award. George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises was the recipient of the 2012 Vanguard Award, which recognized his devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation.

"The Help" director/producer Chris Columbus and ESP's Everett Glenn

ESP's Everett Glenn and Grey's Anatomy/X Files' James Pickens, Jr.


Seen At The Scene: 1492 Pictures director Chris Columbus, who directed the 2012 outstanding motion picture, “The Help”; Academy Award winning actress and Grammy Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson; Red Tails co-stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terence Howard; Academy Award nominated actress Taraji P. Henson; CSI New York’s Hill Harper; television and radio personality and model, Claudia Jordan; CNN’s Roland Martin; NCIS Los Angeles star, rapper and actor, LL Cool J; Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo; Grey’s Anatomy/X Files’ James Pickens, Jr.; Sidney Poitier, the first Black to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lillies of the Field; world renowned multicultural visual artist, award winning author and or illustrator, Synthia St. James and Los Angeles entrepreneur and philanthropist Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, owners of one of the largest private collections of artifacts tracing African-American history.

ESP's Everett Glenn and television/radio personality and model, Claudia Jordan

ESP's Everett Glenn and the NAACP's Jeanette Altenau connect on the red
carpet of Gold Sponsor, Hyundai, for the post-show gala.

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Synthia St. James and ESP's Everett Glenn