Welcome one and all to the 39th NAACP Image Awards live-blog. It's been a while since our last live-blog so sit back and enjoy. And here's to my cable not going out this time around.
8:00 Who is this little boy standing in the dark on stage. Oh, it's Kirk Franklin.
8:00 Kirk that's your cue. You can start talking now. Um, we're still waiting.
8:02 Here comes the gospel choir. "This Is It" indeed.
8:04 Host D.L. Hughley is on stage. Will he be funny tonight or not? Hmmm...
8:06 Ha! D.L. makes sure to call Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul. The last thing he wants is for Re Re to smother him.
8:07 D.L.'s monologue is kinda funny. I won't hate. But the night is still young.
8:09 Anthony Anderson and Kimberly Elise are presenting the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
OH LAWD! Too bad nobody could hear the names of the nominees. They are
having technical difficulties out of the gate. For shame! Maybe they
shouldn't have done this live after all.
8:10 Denzel Whitaker wins!
Ugly Betty and the black guy from C.S.I. NY America Ferrera and Hill Harper are presenting the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
8:13 Janet Jackson beats out Ruby Dee! Did she recycle her hair from Why Did I Get Married? You've come a long way from getting your ass beat by Chip Fields on Good Times, huh Penny?
8:18 Jurnee Smollet and Denzel Whitaker are presenting the award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
8:19 America Betty wins!
8:21 The Asian dude from Heroes and the Black chick from Cloverfield are presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
8:22 Lavan Davis from Tyler Perry's House of Payne wins! Wow. That was unexpected. I didn't think anyone even watched that show except for me. Oops, I've said too much.
8:28 Tyler Perry is presenting the Vanguard Award to Aretha Franklin
8:29 Oh, Tyler, you're zestier than a bag of lemons.
8:31 The Sounds of Blackness and Jordin Sparks are going to sing the tribute. This should be interesting.
8:31 Where is Ann Nesby when you need her? She woulda put a hurting on "Young, Gifted and Black."
8:32 Jordin Sparks is singing "Respect"? I vote no! She has about as much soul as tofu.
8:34 Aretha looks so unimpressed. That makes two of us, Re Re.
8:35 Aretha and the girls are accepting her award. I wonder if she's recycling dresses again.
Oh snap! Re Re is calling out how raggedy the first couple Image Awards
were in her acceptance speech. Um, the more things change...
8:43 The cast of House of Payne minus the fineness that is Allen Payne
(aka my future baby daddy) is presenting the Outstanding Actress in a
Drama Series award. Someone can't read the teleprompter properly. I
aint gonna name no names, Cassi Davis.
8:46 Regina Taylor wins!
8:46 Tichina Arnold and Tracy Morgan are presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.
Ha! Tichina says, "Very good, Tracy" after he reads the teleprompter
without making a mistake. I guess he's not drunk yet.
8:48 Tichina and Tracy are mad ghetto with all that hooting and hollering. They are so colored.
8:48 Hill Harper wins and brings his mama on stage and gives her his award. Awwwwwwwwww.
8:54 Master P and Lil Romeo are presenting the award for Outstanding Comedy. Can either of these jokers read?
8:54 Lil Romeo's curls are to die for. I might ask my hairdresser to hook my coif up like this next time.
8:54 More technical difficulties. Or is it human error this time? Something tells me both.
8:55 House of Payne wins!
8:57 India.Arie and Adam Beach from Law & Order:
SUV SVU are presenting the award for Outstanding Drama.
AW SHUCKS! Did India just say that she boycotted the Grammy Awards but
made it a point to come to the Image Awards? Mmkay.
8:58 Grey's Anatomy wins!
9:00 This second hour better be good if I'm gonna miss Lost. That's all I'm saying.
9:04 Did D.L. just say that Kirk Franklin kicked ass during his performance? Everyone may want to stay clear of this brotha
if when God strikes him down.
9:05 Julian Bond, Sanaa Lathan and Audra MacDonald are presenting the Chairman's Award to Ruby Dee.
9:05 So Sanaa dressed up like Lina tonight, huh?
9:09 Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley are singing for Ruby. Alright now, get your world music on, Image Awards.
9:09 Ms. Dee looks a little lost. Does she even know who these two are? LOL
9:12 Well all right now, Angelique was getting it in her tribal dance break down for a hot second.
9:13 Ruby Dee is so cute.
9:14 Ruby's words tripped over themselves but she pulled it together. If it were anyone else, they'd get clowned. Moving on...
9:15 Oh boy, she's still talking and just took out her acceptance speech no less.
9:16 Is that Denzel Washington rocking a baldie? Gasp. Swoon. Rinse. Repeat.
9:22 Holly Robinson Peete and Tom Joyner are presenting the award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.
9:23 The writers of Talk To Me win!
9:25 Kevin Frazier from ET or Access Hollywood
or one of those shows chats with the accountant who tallied the results
or something or the other. OK, that was a useless waste of TV time.
9:26 Regina Taylor and Richard T. Jones are presenting the award for Outstanding Documentary
9:26 Darfur Now wins!
9:28 How long until the music awards portion of the show? Good grief.
9:32 Kate Walsh and
Half-Pint Taye Diggs are presenting the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
9:33 Jurnee Smollet wins!
9:34 Angela Bassett and Rick Fox are presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
9:35 Denzel wins! Hot damn that's got to be the finest 75-year-old walking.
The folks in the cheap seats are cutting up and screaming for Denzel.
Where'd they get these seat fillers from? The swap meet? Who am I
kidding? I'd be screaming, too.
9:42 Vanessa Williams and Herbie Hancock are presenting the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
9:42 The Great Debaters wins!
9:45 Wayne Brady is inducting Stevie Wonder into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. OK, this better be good.
9:46 Lawdhamercy he's going out into the audience to have people sing Stevie songs.
9:47 Judge Mathis channeled his inner Stevie for "Livin' For the City." Dude was sangin' hard, too. I didn't say he was singing good, however.
9:48 The entire audience is singing "My Cherie Amour." How beautiful is this?
9:49 Janet Jackson is presenting the award to Stevie. Since when are they cousins? Did she mean play cousins?
9:50 Here comes Mr. Wonder to give his long-winded speech. Y'all know how Stevie does.
9:54 Yes, Stevie is still talking.
You mean to tell me that Stevie Wonder is performing during his own
tribute? I'm not mad, but damn. Can the man bask in the glory of his
award for three seconds?
9:56 Take 6 is singing "Love's In Need Of Love Today." I love these dudes, but I'd much rather hear Stevie blow on this joint.
9:58 Kim Burrell
joins Stevie on stage. I'm not familiar with the song that they're
singing. A little oversinging on Kim's part, but Stevie sounds
fantastic as always.
9:59 LAWD! D.L. Hughley and Julian Bond
started wrapping up the show in the middle of Stevie's performance.
They just had to end janky, didn't they? The more things change...