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Eddie Murphy among those honoured at NAACP Image Awards

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Eddie Murphy has been inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organisation’s show which highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of colour. The late Chadwick Boseman won best actor in a motion picture for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The actor, who also starred in the blockbuster Marvel film Black Panther, died aged 43 last year after he privately battled colon cancer.

Video Transcript

EDDIE MURPHY: I want to thank the NAACP for-- for making me-- putting me in your Hall of Fame with all these other illustrious recipients that got this award before me. It's, I mean, unbelievable company. I've been making movies for 40 years now, and-- yeah, 40 years, I know, 40 years-- 40 years. This is the perfect thing to commemorate that.

- The NAACP Image Award goes to Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

SIMONE LEDWARD BOSEMAN: As always, he would give all honor and glory to the most high God. He would thank his mom and dad. And he would give honor to the ancestors, as we now honor him.

VIOLA DAVIS: Thank you to the entire cast of "Ma Rainey," all of you-- Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Dusan Brown, Taylour Page, all of you. And to the beautiful Chadwick Boseman, I love you, Chad. Muah!

JOE BIDEN: Black culture is American culture. Black History is American history. And Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America.

KAMALA HARRIS: We've seen so many actors and artists excel not just in their craft, but in their contributions to our communities during this devastating pandemic. And the NAACP has led the way, all the way.