Roland Martin, Joy Reid Among 48th NAACP Image Awards Participants

By A.J. Katz 

The winners of the 48th NAACP Image Awards were announced this past Saturday night during the live broadcast from Pasadena Civic Auditorium which aired on TV One. The two-hour live program was hosted by Anthony Anderson, of ABC’s Black-ish.

Winners in the non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration that took place on Friday night, and two of the most stacked categories included a trio of TVNewsers.

Roland S. Martin, host of the TV One news program NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin, took home the NAACP award for Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble. Though Martin received his award on Friday night, he attended the televised portion on Saturday night, and served as a correspondent on the network’s live red carpet show.



Martin, a 3-time NAACP Image Award winner, beat out fellow TVNewsers Joy Reid, host of the MSNBC weekend morning program AM Joy, and W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s United Shades of America, in the category.

Reid was also nominated in the Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special) category for AM Joy, a program which launched in May 2016 and has delivered MSNBC’s largest total audience ever in the network’s weekend, 10 a.m. – Noon ET time period.


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Bell’s United Shades of America finished 2016 as the No. 1 cable news program in the 25-54 demo on Sundays at 10 p.m., beat both Fox News and MSNBC in the time slot. The freshman series also attracted the youngest audience across cable news in its time period.