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Amber Riley

Why the 2016 NAACP Image Awards matter

Why the 2016 NAACP Image Awards matter

As Hollywood continues the debate about its diversity issues, in front of and behind the camera, on Friday many looked to the NAACP's Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles as a strong example of what the industry needs.

With this in mind, celebrities on the event's red carpet weighed in on the importance of having an awards show that celebrates diversity along with artistry and achievement.

Below, check out some of their thoughts on why the NAACP Image awards matter:

David Alan Grier, "The Carmichael Show"
"The NAACP's importance as a political and cultural institution cannot be understated. [Especially] at this time, at a...