Multi-Platinum Megastar LL Cool J to Host 38th NAACP Image Awards

Feb. 5, 2007

Multi-Platinum Megastar LL Cool J

LL Cool J will host the 38th NAACP Image Awards, which will air live on Friday, March 2 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX, Vicangelo Bulluck, executive producer of the telecast, announced today.

"We are pleased and honored to have LL Cool J host our first live telecast," said Bulluck. "His humor, intelligence and incredible talent will make the awards an exciting evening to remember."

LL Cool J has had unparalleled success in all media including music, film and television and has amassed a number of accolades for his work. 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.

Releasing his first hit, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," in 1985 at the age of 17, LL Cool J quickly developed his own unique style. His first two albums, "Radio" and "Bigger and Deffer," made him a celebrity, but "Mama Said Knock You Out" established him as one of hip-hop's genuine superstars. Over his career he has released 12 albums. He will release his 13th album, "Exit 13," in May.

In addition to his musical success, LL Cool J starred in his own television sitcom, "In the House" and appeared in several films including "S.W.A.T." with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell, "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah, Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" and "Deliver Us From Eva" with Gabrielle Union. Also an accomplished author, his fitness book, "LL Cool J's Platinum Workout," is currently on the New York Times best seller list.

As previously announced, three outstanding individuals will be honored during the NAACP Image Awards telecast. CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien will receive the President's Award; legendary comedian, actor, author and past Image Award winner Bill Cosby will be inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame; and renowned musician and activist Bono will receive the NAACP Chairman's Award.

Major sponsors of the 38th NAACP Image Awards are FedEx, Verizon and General Motors. Additional sponsors include Allstate Insurance Company, American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Ciroc, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and Sprint.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

For more information on the NAACP Image Awards, please visit www.naacpimageawards.net.

Media contacts:

For NAACP Image Awards:
The Lippin Group
Jennifer Price
(323) 965-1990
jprice@lippingroup.com

For FOX:
Nicole Gonzales,br> (310) 369-0827
nicole.gonzales@fox.com

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