Chadwick Boseman's wife Taylor Simone Ledward encouraged people to get screened regularly for cancer after accepting a posthumonus accolade on behalf of her husband at the NAACP Image Awards.

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

The late actor - who died last year as a result of complications related to colon cancer - won two gongs at the awards ceremony on Saturday night (27.03.21), including Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, and Taylor used the opportunity to urge people to take better care of their health.

She said: "As always, all honour and glory to the most high God. He would thank his mom and dad, and he would give honour to the ancestors."

Taylor observed that while the late actor had an "uncommon" talent, she acknowledged that the manner of his death "is not uncommon at all".

She explained: "He was an uncommon artist and an even more uncommon person, but the manner that we have lost him is not uncommon at all, not in our community.

"Black people in this country are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer and 40 percent more likely to die from it. The age for routine screenings has recently been lowered to 45, if you are 45 years of age or older, please get screened.

"Don't put it off any longer, please get screened. This disease is beatable if you catch it in the early stages and don't have any time to waste even if you have no family history."

Elsewhere, Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.

The 'Coming 2 America' star said: "I've been making movies for 40 years now. And yeah, 40 years, I know, 40 years ... This is the perfect thing to commemorate that, to be brought into your Hall of Fame."

The annual ceremony - which celebrates black excellence in film, television, music, and literature - was hosted by Anthony Anderson and even featured an appearance from US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Biden said: "For more than 100 years the NAACP has advanced essential motion in a central motion that everyone is created equal and is going to be treated equally. And it has for more than 50 years, NAACP awards help us see exactly that."

During the virtual ceremony, basketball star LeBron James was handed the NAACP President's Award.

Announcing this year's winner, Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, said: "LeBron James, 'the chosen one.' A name befitting an individual so keenly aware of the platform he has built with his athletic skills.

"And yet, like all black athletes, he is all too familiar with the risks involved with raising his voice against systemic racism. But just as he has done on the court, he rises to the occasion on behalf of our communities and lends himself to the need for progress and true equality."

NAACP Image Awards winners:

Entertainer of the Year

D-Nice

Outstanding Motion Picture

Bad Boys For Life

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Issa Rae – Insecure

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Rege-Jean Page – Bridgerton

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder

President’s Award

LeBron James

Hall of Fame Award

Eddie Murphy

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Phylicia Rashad – Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

Soul

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture

Jamie Foxx – Soul

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

The Last Dance

Outstanding Comedy Series

Insecure

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Deon Cole – Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – Black-is

Outstanding Drama Series

Power Book II: Ghost

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Method Man – Power Book II: Ghost

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Mary J. Blige – Power Book II: Ghost

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Blair Underwood – Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Octavia Spencer – Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

The New York Times Presents The Killing of Breonna Taylor

Outstanding Talk Series

Red Table Talk

Outstanding Male Artist

Drake – Laugh Now, Cry Later

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyonce – Black Parade


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