The 49TH NAACP Image Awards to Air Live on MLK Holiday

LOS ANGELES – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and TV One have announced that the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be nationally telecast live on TV One on Monday, January 15, 2018, the federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The two-hour special will also include a live pre-show from the star-studded red carpet.

NAACP Image Awards winner, Emmy-award nominated actor and star of black-ish, Anthony Anderson will return as host for the 49th NAACP Image Awards.

The NAACP Image Awards is the preeminent multicultural awards show, from an African American point of view. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.


‘Motown: The Musical’ brings captivating narrative plus stellar performances to The Whiting

By Courier Staff

Stellar performances from ‘Motown: The Musical’

FLINT, Mich. – Chronicling the era that transformed music and American life, Motown: The Musical combined a compelling narrative of Berry Gordy’s hit-making enterprise with stellar performances during a two-day stop at The Whiting.

Based on Gordy’s book, To be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown, the show included nostalgic scenes that touched on the widespread racial and civil unrest of the 60s. Spanning decades of recordings, the production featured music from the Motown catalogue recorded by several of its artists original, including Smokie Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, and Teena Marie.

The talented performers hit all the right notes for the First Class Travel club of Flint, which purchased a block of tickets to the Saturday, Nov. 4 show.

Sadie and Moses Williams (second from right), founders of Flint’s First Class Travel club.

“I thought the show was excellent,” said Sadie Williams who along with her husband, Moses, founded First Class Travel. “Our members thoroughly enjoyed it,” she said of the local group, which is celebrating 30 years of traveling together and exploring domestic as well as international destinations.

Motown: The Musical first appeared on Broadway in April 2013.