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NAACP Image Awards: The Red Carpet & Beyond!
I could not have dreamed of a better experience of the NAACP Image Awards this week. Wow. Wow. Wow. I got to get dressed up twice and hob knob with some very nice-looking and it turns out, very nice people. Thursday's gala was too fun. The talented and lovely poet Camille Dungy introduced me to actor Anthony Mackie and his rep. I'm not sure how I worked up the nerve, but I suggested that he check out The Girl Who Fell From the Sky as a possible new film project since the character Drew would suit him quite well. Keeping my fingers crossed that he likes the read!
Friday night was the actual awards ceremony. And it was surreal. I got to walk the red carpet. Man, was I nervous. And I think it showed. I didn't really gain my confidence until the end of the carpet and then it was just radio interviews--but I do think I rocked those. I was so glad to catch up with the extraordinary writers Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Berniece McFadden, and Carleen Brice (whose book to film won an Image Award--go Carleen!). And how lovely is Terry McMillan? She gave a shout out to me and the other writers nominated. A class act that lady is. I am so excited to do the interview webcast event with her in August. (Did you see the ad in yesterday's NYT Book Review? The night ended on a surreal note when I ran into Vanessa Williams who I met several years ago when I sent her my manuscript. She remembered me! We ended up sitting and talking for a long while and then Holly Robinson-Peete and her husband joined us. Let me just say that these two celebrities were so incredibly lovely and gracious. They posed for every photo that people asked for and were thoroughly down to earth. I am still buzzing from the excitement of the night.
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