This was a stacked awards weekend, and since we don’t publish on Saturdays and Sundays, we started with the SAGs — the newest — and are working our way in reverse. The NAACP Image Awards had a LOADED red carpet, so much so that we’ve split it into two posts. First, the bigger, bolder gowns, and then the ones that are… less big and bold, though many of them are still great. This is a recap of the show from Refinery29, including snippets from the speeches of Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union-Wade; they got an award for their activism, which Dwyane dedicated to his daughter Zaya, who recently was granted the right to legally change her name and gender:
“As your father, my job isn’t to create a version of myself or direct your future,” Wade said. “My role is to be a facilitator to your hopes, your wishes and your dreams. Zaya, you’ve made me a better human just simply by being who you were born to be — a baby girl, Zaya Wade. So baby, thank you for showing the world what courage looks like. I’m proud that I was chosen to stand in place as your father, and thank you so much NAACP for this incredible honor.”
After his lovely, emotional remarks, Gabrielle went in and went hard on the need to support Black trans people. It’s great. They have been incredible. And her dress is AMAZING. Come see.