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Spike Lee will be honored at the NAACP Image Awards ceremony, where the acclaimed writer-director will be receiving the President’s Award.
NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks called the Do the Right Thing director a “trailblazer” and a “champion for minorities.”
Brooks added: “His expansive body of work examining race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues reflect the fullness of the humanity of people of color — particularly African-Americans.”
The President’s Award is chosen by the NAACP president, and recognizes special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees have included President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali and, most recently, actress Kerry Washington.
Recently Lee partnered with Vimeo to release his latest movie, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, one month prior to the film’s theatrical release. The movie, which was partially funded through Kickstarter, is a romantic horror comedy that follows a scholar who becomes cursed after a run-in with an ancient African artifact.
The 46th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live on TV One on Feb 6 at 9 p.m.
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