What are the Image Awards

Within those Image Awards– which originally covered simply 2 categories, motion picture and tv– are now 60 classifications consisting of individuals of color in the arts, in addition to people and groups who creatively pursue social justice and public service.

This year, 40 books have been chosen in the literature classification, its genres running the range from fiction and YA to poetry and bio. Common styles amongst the candidates include authorities brutality, black identity in America, opportunity, colorism, acquired generational injury and the effect slavery carries still for today’s black population. A nominating committee numbering about 250 choose whom to award from the pool of prospects, similar to the Oscars.

” The vital and awe-inspiring works of Black literature act as the narration of and an outlet to share the accomplishments, trials, and triumphes of our neighborhood,” says Marc Banks, the NAACP’s nationwide press secretary. “As early as 1915’s “ Birth of A Country“, Banks described, the NAACP had been recognizing the “power and sway of media.”

” With that, the company produced collaborations with major studios and elected officials to monitor the image and representation of African Americans on the screen,” Banks informed NBC News. “The Image Awards has also been at the leading edge of making sure addition of all Americans, no matter race, is an essential in the show business.”

” The NAACP acknowledges the importance of honoring those that utilize their pen to boost, commemorate, and call attention to our culture, journey, and has a hard time,” Banks stated. “As an individuals, a lot of our history would be forgotten or modified without black writers to put our story on paper.”

You can capture this year’s Image Awards Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. on BET— the occasion’s first time airing on the network. Whether they win or not, these are the most essential works of literature from and for the black community in 2020, according to the NAACP. If you’ve been wanting to add to your reading list, this may be a good location to start.

Image Awards 2020 fiction candidates

1. “ New Children of Africa” by Margaret Busby

A buddy to Busby’s 1992 anthology “ Children of Africa,” this compilation of literature makes up writing from 200 females of African descent including Andrea Levy, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Warsan Shire and Zadie Smith.

2. “ Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel” by Petina Gappah

The story of how David Livingstone’s body was carried across Africa by those who accompanied him on his journey, sharing the stories of his travels and his death.

3. “Red at the Bone: A Novel” by Jacqueline Woodson

Woodson, a commemorated black writer, follows 3 generations in Brooklyn and how their lives are impacted by a teenage pregnancy.

4. ” The Revisioners: An Unique” by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Telling the story of 2 related black females, separated by 100 years, but associated, “The Revisioners” shows the life of both a slave and her descendant.

5. ” The Water Dancer: An Unique” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for his previous “ In Between The World And Me,” as well as a MacArthur grant— he’s also penned several Black Panther graphic novels.

Image Awards 2020 nonfiction nominees

6. ” Breathe: A Letter to My Sons” by Imani Perry

Scholar Imani Perry composes a letter to her children, a require society to see black kids as what they are: deserving of humane treatment.

7. ” Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Increase of Jim Crow” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Gates won last year in the fiction category for “ The Annotated African American Folktales” In this year’s entry, he informs a history of black Americans fighting for equality in post-Civil War America while also fighting the onslaught of White supremacy and supremacist propaganda through the 19 th and 20 th centuries.

8. “ The Source of Self-Regard: Chosen Essays, Speeches, and Meditations” by Toni Morrison

The late writer, Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Reward and Presidential Medal of Flexibility winner provides a brand-new nonfiction collection of essays, speeches, and nonfiction writing on society, culture, and art from throughout her substantial 40- year career.

9. “ The Yellow Home: A Narrative” by Sarah M. Broom

A memoir about one a century of her household and their relationship to house in New Orleans East, Broom compiles oral history, cultural history, and affection in her National Book Award-winning book.

10 “ What Does Not Eliminate You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays” by Damon Young

From the cofounder and editor-in-chief of VerySmartBrothas.com, Young presents a series of essays about how “existing while Black is a severe sport.” Humorous, intelligent, and entertaining, this narrative takes you through the ever-changing idea of being a black man in America.

Image Awards 2020 launching author candidates

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11 “ American Spy: An Unique” by Lauren Wilkinson

Wilkinson’s novel follows an undervalued black American FBI representative who is hired by the CIA to assist topple a charming dictator in Burkina Faso.

12 “ I Am Dance: Words and Pictures Of the Black Dancer” by Hal Banfield and Javier Vasquez

The authors present the stories of black dancers and what being a dancer of color implies to them.

13 “ More Than Pretty: Doing The Soul Work To Uncover Your Real Charm” by Erica Campbell

Grammy-winning gospel vocalist Erica Campbell of singing group Mary wants people to welcome their inner charm and construct self-confidence through the power of God.

14 “ Such A Fun Age” by Kiley Reid

A New York Times bestseller, Reid provides a send-up of identity politics and wokeness in this novel about privilege in America.

15 “ The Farm: An Unique” by Joanne Ramos

There’s a reason the book is being compared to The Handmaid’s Tale– it follows desperate ladies who have actually been permitted the possibility to live in luxury in exchange for being surrogates for the world’s wealthiest people.

Image Awards 2020 biography/ autobiography candidates

16 “ Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Course Forward” by Valerie Jarrett

Jarrett was the longest serving senior advisor to President Barack Obama, and this biography discussed her life as a public servant, government leader, other half, lawyer and mother.

17 “ Complimentary Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System” by Cyntoia Brown-Long

Cyntoia Brown-Long was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she dedicated at the age of sixteen, becoming national news when activists worked to make the hashtag #FreeCyntoia go viral, resulting in her ultimate freedom. This is the story of her roadway to redemption.

18 “ Ample: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” by Elaine Welteroth

Welteroth’s narrative follows her life as she shattered glass ceilings on the road to turning into one of the most effective black women in media.

19 “ My Call Is Prince” by Randee St. Nicholas

Longtime Prince photographer Nicholas shares stories of his 25 years following the artist, sharing intimate moments of their history.

20 “ The Lovely Ones” by Prince and Dan Piepenbring

Piepenbring was set to co-write Prince’s biography before the musician’s unexpected death in 2016, and this narrative makes up the 30 pages Prince had finished.

Image Awards 2020 educational nominees

21 “ Inspire Your Home: Easy, Affordable Concepts to Make Every Room Glamorous” by Farah Merhi

Instagram star and creator of Inspire Me! House Design, Merhi shares her pointers and tricks to making your home a fabulous house without breaking the bank.

22 “ Letters to the Finishers (who have a hard time to complete)” by Candace E. Wilkins

Not rather a self-help book, Wilkins doesn’t claim to be ideal– she’s an operate in progress, and this book is a love letter to all of the people who start tasks however battle to get them done.

23 “ More Than Pretty: Doing The Soul Work To Discover Your True Charm” by Erica Campbell

In her second election on this list, Grammy-winning gospel vocalist Erica Campbell of singing group Mary desires individuals to accept their inner appeal and build self-confidence through the power of God.

24 “ Vegetables Released” by José Andres

Chef, restaurateur, and philanthropist Andres wishes to alter the method you consume vegetables.

25 “ Your Next Level Life: 7 Guidelines of Power, Self-confidence, And Chance For Black Females In America” by Karen Arrington

Aiming to discover your #BlackGirlMagic? Arrington is set to inspire you to get to your next level.

Image Awards 2020 poetry candidates

26 “ A Bound Female Is an Unsafe Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland” by DaMaris B. Hill

Hill provides a collection of poems about black females who have actually struggled for the pursuit of demonstration, and honors them while unflinchingly talking about the American embarassment that accompanies their treatment.

27 “ Felon: Poems” by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Betts’ third collection of poems touches on the world of imprisonment and what comes afterward. Betts was simply 16 when he was charged with carjacking in Virginia, and was in jail for more than eight years prior to his release in 2005.

28 “ Honeyfish” by Lauren K. Alleyne

Alleyne’s collection of poetry memorializes and mourns black males and females who have actually been the victims of cops cruelty.

29 “ Girlfriend” by Chet’ la Sebree

This book of poems serves a conversation across generations between Sally Hemings and a contemporary narrator about the method black women walk through the world and the excessively simple way we talk about them.

30 “ The Custom” by Jericho Brown

This poetry collection discuss the normalization of evil, and the question of who is safe and who is not– it was nominated for a National Book Award for Poetry

Image Awards 2020 children’s candidates

31 “ A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Influenced a Nation” by Barry Wittenstein and Jerry Pinkney

A children’s bio of activist Martin Luther King Jr. and how he composed his famous speech for the 1963 March on Washington.

32 “ Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison

Based Upon the Academy Acclaimed brief of the exact same name, “Hair Love” is an ode to caring natural hair and to black daddies and daughters all over.

33 “ Parker Searches For: A Remarkable Moment” by Parker Curry, Jessica Curry and Brittany Jackson

The image of the two-year-old appreciating Kehinde Wiley’s picture of Michelle Obama at the National Picture Gallery that went viral gets the unique treatment.

34 “ Ruby Finds a Worry” by Tom Percival

Ruby is an excitable and adventurous child till she discovers a Worry, and that gradually becomes all she can think of– before she satisfies a young boy with a Concern of his own.

35 “ Sulwe” by Lupita Nyong’ o and Vashti Harrison

Sulwe has skin as dark as midnight, and just wants to be seen as lovely. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’ o wrote this kids’s unique about colorism, loving your skin and self-esteem.

Image Awards 2020 youth/teens nominees

36 “ Around Harvard Square” by C.J. Farley

A Jamaican student-athlete at Harvard has one goal: writing for the popular humor publication “The Harvard Lampoon”– he needs to get rid of race and class concerns to arrive.

37 “ Her Own 2 Feet: A Rwandan Lady’s Brave Fight to Walk” by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze

Rebeka Uwitonze was born in Rwanda with curled and twisted feet and must take severe dangers to walk on the bottoms of her feet for the first time.

38 “ Hot Comb” by Ebony Flowers

This graphic novel provides a look into black hairdresser culture through this coming-of-age story about a lady’s first perm.

39 “ I’m Not Passing away with You Tonight” by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

2 ladies with really different lives and backgrounds must count on each other to survive the race riot that takes control of their town.

40″ The Forgotten Lady” by India Hill Brown

Part ghost story, part historic novel, this book follows a young girl as she attempts to reclaim an abandoned segregated cemetery and alter the legacy of bigotry.

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