When it comes to Black entertainment and media, image is everything. From the portrayals of southern maids in the 60s to a Brooklyn lesbian's chronicled coming of age story and every Harijuku Barbie and American Idol in between, the stars will all align this month at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards. Held at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, this year's show is shaping up to be one of the most exceptional events of the year. The talented Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie will serve as the hosts with the most, navigating viewers through a night of celebration and appreciation. 

Taking the main stage will be Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Lenny Kravitz, Kirk Franklin and more, all of whom are certain to bring the house down as only they know how to do. Major players in the music, film and television industry are schedule to appear, including Taraji P. Henson, Terrance Howard, LL Cool J, Paula Patton, Vanessa Williams, Samuel L. Jackson. Legends like Cicekly Tyson, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll will also be in attendance, adding another level of depth and wisdom to the televised special. This year's Award honorees include The Black Stuntmen's Association, filmmaker George Lucas and Radio One/TV One founder Cathy Hughes.

For forty-three years, the NAACP Image Awards has presented the best and the brightest multicultural talents of people of color, both from today and yesterday. Tune in tonight and prepare to be motivated by the many inspirational individuals who continue to breathe life into our images everyday.