Cuban actor Laz Alonso wins big at NAACP Image awards
Aside from a touching spiritual tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's 43rd annual NAACP Image awards, what I was really watching for was my huge crush, Laz Alonso.
Alonso was up for a Best Actor award for his role in Jumping The Broom, a fantastic film about two Black families from different sides of the proverbial tracks about to be bound together by marriage. One of the things I love so much about Alonso is that he is super vocal about the fact that he is both Latino and Black and the fluidity with which he moves between roles written for different cultures just proves his diverse acting skills are on point. So of course, he won!
The gorgeous Panamanian actress Tatyana Ali also took home an award for her role in the daytime soap The Young and the Restless. But one of the cutest moments of the night actually came when Samuel Jackson honored George Lucas for being so committed to telling the story of the Tuskeegee airmen on the big screen in his recent film Red Tails. Some of the surviving members of the original Air force troupe were there and they got a resounding round of applause from the entire audience. But it was Jackson's utter fan boy status while presenting the award that I found so adorable.
Apparently, Jackson has been a huge Star Wars fan his whole life and approached Lucas about being in the film. He even offered to be a Storm Trooper "and just run across the screen. Nobody even has to know I'm in it."
A good portion of the end of the show was dedicated to honoring Whitney Houston, which was fitting, and Yolanda Adams' beautiful rendition of "I Love the Lord" was breathtaking.