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L.L. Cool J to host 38th NAACP Image Awards
L.L. Cool J will host the 38th NAACP Image Awards, which will air live on Friday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. "We are pleased and honored to have L.L. Cool J host our first live telecast," said Vicangelo Bulluck, executive producer of the telecast. "His humor, intelligence and incredible talent will make the awards an exciting evening to remember." In a press release announcing L.L. as the host, the NAACP cited his "unparalleled success in all media including music, film and television" as a reason for choosing "one of hip-hop's genuine superstars" for the role. "He has amassed a number of accolades for his work," the release added. "He is a two-time Grammy Award winner, a NAACP Image Award winner and is a recipient of ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow, ASCAP's Golden Note Award and a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award." Among those to be honored at the event are CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, who will receive the President's Award, legendary comedian Bill Cosby, who will be inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame, and U2's Bono, who will receive the NAACP Chairman's Award.

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