1. Barack Obama
Of course, we start with our forever POTUS. Then, Senator, Barak Obama received the Chairman’s Award at the 36th NAACP Image Awards in 2005, four years before becoming the first African American President of The United States. We miss you #44!
2. Stevie Wonder & Sammy Davis Jr.
A true classic! Check out young Stevie Wonder performing alongside Sammy Davis Jr. at the 10th NAACP Image Awards back in 1977.
3. Sister, Sister: Tia and Tamera Mowry Share A Sweet Moment
Hey girls! Twins Tia and Tamera Mowry share this memorable moment at the 30th NAACP Image Awards after winning Outstanding Actresses in a Comedy Series for their roles in ‘Sister, Sister’ in 1999.
4. Diddy Celebrates at The 40th NAACP Image Awards
Remember that time Diddy showed off his acting skills? Here he is celebrating at the 40th NAACP Image Awards in 2009 after being awarded Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for his role in A Raisin In The Sun.’
5. Jackson 5
Going back to the roots of it all, The Jackson 5 are pictured here attending the 2nd NAACP Awards back in 1970. Look at little Michael!
6. Whitney Houston
Hey Nippy! It feels good to see her so happy. The late Whitney Houston gives the crowd a big smile after winning Entertainer of The Year at the 26th NAACP Image Awards in 1994.
7. Keke Palmer
In 2012 a 19-year-old Keke Palmer wanted to let us know she was all grown up, arriving to the 43rd NAACP Image Awards with this sexy chic look.
8. Spike Lee and Paula Abdul
Spike is that You? We love this retro pic of Spike Lee and Paula Abdul attending the 21st NAACP Image Awards in 1988.
9. Ocativa Spencer, Taraji P. Henso & Janelle Monáe
Black girl magic is in full effect with this trio. The leading ladies of Hidden Figures: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monáe stand proud at the 48th NAACP Image Awards in 2017 after the film wins Outstanding Motion Picture. Henson and Spencer also took home awards for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture respectively.
10. Denzel Washington & Vin Diesel
Look at these handsome young bucks! Denzel Washington and Vin Diesel hangout backstage at the 34th NAACP Image Awards in 2003.
11. Lynn Witfield
1997 or 2017? We can’t tell. Lynn Witfield proves that black don’t crack with this stunning look from the 28th NAACP Image Awards
12. Anthony Anderson and Oprah
Anthony Anderson just couldn’t help himself as he “sneaks” a quick selfie with Oprah on stage at the 46th NAACP Awards in 2015
13. Janet Jackson
The beautiful Janet Jackson poses for pictures after receiving The Chairman’s Award at the 24th Annual NAACP Awards in 1992.
14. Will Smith and Jada Jada Pinkett Smith
#CoupleGoals. Will Smith, shows off his Queen Jada Pinkett Smith as they arrive at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in 2016.
15. Bernie Mac
The late King of Comedy, Bernie Mac, accepts his award in 2004 at the 35th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in The Bernie Mac Show.
16. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps
Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps in 2001 at the 32nd NAACP Image Awards. Lathan picked up the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in the iconic film, ‘Love and Basketball.’
17. Gary Coleman
Whatchu talkin’ about Willis? Actor Gary Coleman at the 12th Annual NAACP Image Awards in 1980.
18. Cicely Tyson
Everybody’s aunty Ms. Cicely Tyson warms the crowd with her wisdom at the 41st NAACP Image Awards in 2010. Again, black don’t crack.
Nope. We’re not going to cry. The late Prince wows the crowd with an epic performance at the 36th NAACP Image Awards in 2005.
20. Cast of blackish
Oops! Check out these hilarious reactions from the cast of black-ish as their trophy for Oustanding Comedy Series hits the floor at the 49th NAACP Image Awards in 2019.