By Natasha

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You’ve seen all the red carpet pics, now check out what went down backstage and at the afterparty of Friday night’s 2015 NAACP Awards….

While your faves were racking up awards on stage last night, they were having some fun backstage and in the audience as well. From Oprah’s major side eyes to Kerry Washington cutting up backstage….we love it all.


Kerry Washington snapped pics with host and winner Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.

And got cozy with Presidential Award recipient Spike Lee.

Tracee Ellis Ross’ fabulous beaded gown made its rounds backstage with Uzo Aduba and more.

British actor Alfred Enoch of “How To Get Away With Murder” posed it up backstage with “Sleepy Hollow” star Nicole Beharie. Hmmm wouldn’t they make a cute couple….

Speaking of couples, one of our fave on screen duos Laurence Fishbourne and Angela Bassett reunited to present an award. But first, they caught up with each other backstage.

And Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. member Angela served up her pyramid backstage.

The lady of the night, Entertainer of the Year Taraji P. Henson, took her red Georges Chakra gown for a spin backstage.

David Oyelowo sat with his wife and thanked her during his acceptance speech for helping him run lines for “Selma”.

Heeeey Common.

“Selma” director Ava Duvernay was spotted in the audience. We’re not sure if that’s her boo, but they did kiss when the movie won an award.

Chadwick Boseman flashed a smile for the cameras.

Back in the press room, “Blackish” stars Anthny Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross posed it up with the trophy. By the way, the show and Anthony and Tracee ndivisually won awards. And so did little Yara who plays their oldest daughter.

Even Wendell Pierce is trying to get in his us-sies with everyone, like Will Smith and Laurence.

The “Selma” cast were all happy campers.

And over at the afterparty:

Yvette Nicole Brown showed off her new slim and trim body.

And we would have paid to hear this convo. Uzo and Papa Pope, aka Joe Morton, caught up with the Golden Globe winner. Nice!

Check out all the winners below, and peep their portraits with their hardware ….

The winners are as follows –

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Comedy Series

“black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series

“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Motion Picture

“Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Entertainer of the Year

Taraji P. Henson

The Winners From Last Night’s Non-Televised Categories Are As Follows –


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

“A Wanted Woman” – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“Forty Acres” – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

“Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” – Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Citizen: An American Lyric” – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Not-So Happily Ever After” – Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Brown Girl Dreaming” – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)


Outstanding New Artist

3 Winans Brothers (BMG)

Outstanding Male Artist

Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album

“My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” – Al Jarreau (Concord)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

“Where My Heart Belongs” – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Outstanding Music Video

“You and I (Nobody in the World)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song

“We Are Here” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance

Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away With Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie

Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie

Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Yara Shahidi – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Khandi Alexander – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

Blair Underwood- “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

Cicely Tyson- “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/ Children’s Program (Series or Special)

Fatima Ptacek- “Dora and Friends: Into the City!” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/Information, or Variety Series

Steve Harvey- “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)


Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

“Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

“Bad Boys” (ESPN)


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/DJ Films)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Antoine Fuqua – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Common- “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” …read more

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