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Public can cast votes for NAACP Entertainer of the Year

October 20, 2017

Kimberly C. Roberts

Voting is now open to the general public for the 49th NAACP Image Awards — NAACP Entertainer of the Year.

The winner will be revealed during a two-hour special airing live on TV One on Jan. 15, when the nation observes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The six nominees are Chadwick Bosemen, Ava Duvernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper and Jay-Z.

Voting is open through Nov. 17 at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. They also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice though creative endeavors.

“The NAACP is proud to air our 49th Image Awards live telecast on the nation’s most significant civil rights day of the year celebrating the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Leon W. Russell, board chairman at the NAACP, said in a statement.

“In alignment with the Martin Luther King Day of Service, we are encouraging our nominees, celebrity presenters and performers, network representatives, staff, directors, trustees, sponsors, and branches and units in all 50 states to join us in a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King,” he added.

“As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of his assassination [that occurred] on April 4, 1968, we are reminded of the ageless principles of non-violence, truth and justice, humility, and service that he taught all Americans,” Russell said.