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2014 NAACP Image Awards After-Party: “Just Like Candy”

The Life As Shay Report:

This past weekend was the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards and I was asked to be present. And you know damn well I showed up! It is always a beautiful thing to be a part of NAACP’s continuous efforts to uplift and inspire the African-American community by honoring the leaders in entertainment that exemplify the morals upon which NAACP was founded. I was able to work the Nominees Luncheon a few short weeks ago at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood and that experience was great. The attendees received certificates for their nominations and I was right there on stage to hand it to them. I swear I have no idea how I end up in some of these amazing situations but I love them and do not take them for granted one bit! The likes of Columbus Short and Gabby Sidibe walked across the stage, amongst Screenwriters, Directors and others that make things work behind the scenes.

Then came Saturday night! The Official NAACP Image Awards After Party. The event took place at the Pasadena Convention Center and I was right there at the door checking people in. Funny thing is, I saw all the celebs walk in but they seemed to vanish amongst the other party-goers once they were inside. Kevin Hart and his crew, Forest Whitaker and his family, Anthony Anderson and his loud-ass mouth, breakout star Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Tika Sumpter and more, more, more.  Sponsored by Hyundai, the guests enjoyed dinner, top-shelf open bar, dainty desserts, a picture booth (that’s where I took that pic) and a live performance by LEDISI. Now, when I tell you Ledisi is the truth baby…She rocked the stage to and fro. Her voice is AMAZING and just as pure live as it is on  any mastered track. But when she got to “Pieces of me”…woooo, I damn near fell out! She was up there beat-boxing, scatting and some more.

But let me take you back to dinner. NAACP did it “Black History Month Style” with fried chicken, cornbread, collard greens with fatbacks and macaroni and cheese for dinner. It tasted O.K. but if you are going to serve that type of menu for NAACP at least have somebody Grandmomma make it! I had to put hot sauce on everything. And yes, they provided the  hot sauce. I swear it felt like a fancy family reunion.

But the night didn’t end there. Fortunately, nothing embarrassing happened to me this time. What a miracle. The best part was when the DJ played “Candy” by Cameo and the dance floor turned into the closing scene from The Best Man (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, shame on you. Youtube it!) I stood over the balcony and watched as everyone enjoyed themselves dancing the Electric Slide! Everyone looked stunning…Great time, great people! So grateful to have been in attendance. The experience was, well…just like “CANNDAAYYY.”