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The NAACP will host its 43rd NAACP Image Awards celebrating outstanding achievements in television, recording, literature and motion pictures. The Awards Event will be taped on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:45 p.m. EST and broadcast from 8:00-10 p.m. EST on NBC.

The event will be held at NJPAC – Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark, NJ.

This first-ever Viewing Event will capture Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, NAACP, National Board of Directors and AARP CEO A. Barry Rand, present Cathy Hughes, TV ONE Founder and President, with the 2012 NAACP Chairman’s Award.

“I am thrilled to offer Cathy Hughes the NAACP Chairman’s Award,” stated Chairman Brock. “This recognition is long overdue for her accomplishments as a trailblazer in the media industry.  As the founder of Radio One and TV One, an advocate for small business entrepreneurship, and philanthropist, Cathy Hughes reminds us that collectively and as individuals, we can make a difference.  Her presence at the Image Awards continues the NAACP’s quest to celebrate and uplift individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance and community empowerment.”

“On behalf of AARP’s millions of members, I am honored to join Roslyn Brock in presenting the 2012 NAACP Chairman’s Award to Cathy Hughes,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand. “AARP is pleased to be a part of the NAACP Image Awards and we applaud its long-standing commitment to recognizing the achievements of African Americans and all multicultural communities.”

AARP is the presenting sponsor for The 43rd NAACP Image Awards Viewing Event.

Also invited are Former New York State Governor David A. Paterson; City of Newark Mayor Cory Booker; and Rev. Al Sharpton.

The program is as follows:

                     6:15pm                   Press Check-in

                     6:45pm                   Taping

                     7:15 – 8:00pm         VIP’s will visit the press room for photos and interviews

Event sponsors for The 43rd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS include UAW/Chrysler, AARP, FedEx, Hyundai, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Walgreen’s, Bank of America, AT&T, Cadillac and American Airlines. The event is also sponsored by Moet-Hennessy.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information on The 43rd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, please visit www.naacpimageawards.net.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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