Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization's show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of all colour
LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Murphy was inducted to the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame in the organization's series that emphasized functions by entertainers and athletes of all colour.
Following Murphy accepted his induction award Saturday night, the actor-comedian stated that he was"very moved" by the honor. He was presented the award by his longtime friend and "Coming 2 America" co-star Arsenio Hall.
"I have been making films for 40 years now... 40 decades. This is the best thing to commemorate that and be attracted into the hall of fame," he said. "Thank you very much. I am very moved."
Murphy went to send a message to Hall about his renowned red leather suit out of his 1983 stand-up special"Delirious."
"My red suit wasn't that tight Arsenio," Murphy said. "I get a lot of cracks about that red suit. When I had been rocking that red suit, that (expletive) was fly"
The hall of fame induction has been bestowed on an individual who is seen as a pioneer within their various field and whose influence shaped the"profession for generations to come"
Past inductees include Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Ray Charles and Sidney Poitier. The latest honorees to be inducted were Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Paris Barclay at 2014.
Murphy started his career as a stand-up comedian while as a teenager and finally joined the cast of"Saturday Night Live." He starred at the box office hit"48 Hours" and made his own mark in a ton of films such as"Beverly Hills Cop,""Coming to America,""The Nutty Professor,""Dr. Dolittle" and"Dolemite Is My Name" His most recent film"Coming 2 America" premiered on Amazon this month.
The awards ceremony almost aired live on BET.
"Black-ish" star and comedian Anthony Anderson hosted the series for the eighth consecutive year.
The actor, who starred in the blockbuster Marvel film"Black Panther," died at 43 final year after he privately fought colon cancer.
Boseman talked about how common Black people are diagnosed with or died from colon cancer. She advocated Black people over age 45 to get screened.
"Do not put it off any longer," she said. "Please, get screened. This disorder is beatable if you catch it in its early phases. So that you don't have to waste, even in the event that you don't have any family history. If you think nothing is wrong, and younger than 45, please be educated about your wellbeing. Know the signs. Know your body. Listen to your body."
LeBron James received the President's Award for his public service accomplishments. He thanked the NAACP for realizing his attempts past the basketball court.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar was recognized for his efforts through his LeBron James Family Foundation and his that I PROMISE School, a co-curricular educational initiative. Last year, he found More Than a Vote -- a coalition of Black athletes and artists -- who is devoted to protecting and teaching Black voters.
James ventured into the entertainment kingdom with The SpringHill Company, that joins three companies he co-founded with Maverick Carter such as athlete empowerment brand UNINTERRUPTED, film and tv production company SpringHill Entertainment and The Robot Company, the culture and brand consultancy.
"This award is so much more than myself," James said. "I am here receiving it, but this dives into every thing that I am part of."
DJ D-Nice took residence entertainer of the year in a competitive category against big names such as Regina King, Tyler Perry, Viola Davis and Trevor Noah.
During the pandemic's premature phase, D-Nice produced a virtual remedy for anyone dealing with the lockdown blues. He hosted Homeschool at Club Quarantine on his Instagram Live, where he spun popular tunes on the turntables at his home.
"It has been an honour to offer entertainment and inspiration during one of the strangest times we have experienced," D-Nice said.
Michelle Obama introduced Stacey Abrams with the initial Social Justice Impact award. Abrams was admired for being a political force and her voting rights work that helped turn Georgia into a swing state.
Abrams paid homage to her parents because of her upbringing.
"They taught me and my five sisters that having nothing was not a justification for doing nothing," she explained. "Instead, they showed us by deed and word to use our faith as a shield to protect the defenseless, to use our voices to call out injustices, and also to use our education and our time to fix the issues that others turn away from."