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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 01/20/2012

D.C. native Taraji P. Henson among NAACP Image Awards nominees


Actress Taraji P. Henson poses. (YU TSAI/CONTOURPHOTOS.COM)
Nominees for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards were announced Thursday morning. Among the artists that received a nod from the civil rights organization was D.C. native and Howard University alumnus Taraji P. Henson. She ws nominated in the “Outstanding Actress in a television movie, mini-series, or dramatic special category” for her role in Lifetime movie “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story.”The movie chronicles the 2008 rescue of Rubin’s 7-year-old son after his father abducted him and left the United States.

A book about President Obama’s mother, “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother,” was among the nominees for Outstanding Literary Work (biography/autobiography), while a film about Baltimore native Kevin Clash also received recognition from the NAACP in the Outstanding Documentary (theatrical or television) category.
HANDOUT IMAGE: . Kevin Clash and Elmo meet a friend. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey. (IMAGE COURTESY OF SUBMARINE ENTERTAINMENT)

Leading the nominations for this year’s ceremony is the motion picture, The Help, with eight nods in film categories, including outstanding motion picture and best supporting actress.

The ceremony honors diversity in the arts and celebrates the achievements of change agents in the community. The ceremony airs 8 p.m. ET Feb. 17 on NBC.

“We are happy to be coming home to NBC this year,” NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Jealous said in a news release. “The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event that spotlights the outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts well as those who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. We are excited to honor their efforts this year.”

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