A recap of my amazing NAACP Image Awards 2016 experience as a nominee.
I know this seriously happened months ago but it has been a pretty busy year already, and its not even May! I knew that regardless of how late some of the most incredible experiences I have had this year may be, it was about time I share them with you starting with this year’s NAACP Image Awards where I was blessed enough to be a nominee.
So I first brought up my Outstanding Literary Award nomination in my year-end recap last year when I was in total shock the moment I saw that Grandbaby Cakes, my cookbook, was nominated.
Since that moment, I had the most incredible experience actually attending the events, something I will always cherish. The hubby Frederick and I arrived in sunny California (well decently sunny Pasadena to be exact) ready for an amazing time in early February. We stayed at the exceptional Langham Huntington, Pasadena, a hotel I still dream about. It was just a lovely and relaxing stay from start to finish.
The first night was the incredible dinner where my award category was announced, even though I didn’t win, I felt like I did! I had the most incredible time ever!! P.S. Don’t you just LOVE my dress? Thank you so much Rent The Runway for the most incredible dresses for my special time.
I even met some cool people like Anthony Anderson from Blackish who was the host of the televised show the next day. In fact, I met most of the cast of Blackish! They were all so incredibly nice. I watch the show every week so it was such a pleasure to meet them all. It was just such a fun and beautiful night!
I also had a chance to hang with my girl Caroline Randall who actually won our category with her beautiful mother Alice. She is such a sweetheart. You all should get her book Soul Food Love!
The next night was the televised show which was insane!!! The hubby and I got dressed up to go out. I think we pulled off this star studded event pretty well if I do say so myself. Someone even thought Frederick was a mayor, so we looked like legit celebrities in my book!
From top to bottom, the evening was simply magical. At one point before the event started, I had Frederick snap a photo of me in the auditorium since I seriously could not believe I was there. After this photo was taken, the place was filled with the biggest celebs in Hollywood like Will and Jada Smith, Shonda Rhimes, Spike Lee and Kerry Washington. Insane!!
I met some of the night’s hottest stars after the televised show ended.
Seriously the biggest moment was Michael B. Jordan walking past me at the after-party and smiling at me. I think I may have fainted and will remember that brief moment of consciousness forever and a day.
About a month after I arrived back home, I received a package in the mail which included my certificate of nomination. It made me relive this once in a lifetime experience all over again. Thank you so much to the NAACP for such a special honor that I will never ever forget.