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She recently attended a nominees reception for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards in late February (her podcast with Robyn Dixon, Reasonably Shady, was nominated at the 2022 ceremony), and she noted why the moment was so important for her.
"Over 20 years ago I worked for the NAACP and one of my responsibilities was to plan the [Image Awards] so NOW I am humbled and honored to be a NOMINEE!! Full Circle," Gizelle wrote on Instagram, where she also shared some moments from the evening.
And while Gizelle's podcast co-host wasn't at the event with her, she and Robyn were definitely sending each other support from afar. "[NAACP Image Awards] only thing missing was my [Reasonably Shady] partner in crime [Robyn]," Gizelle wrote, with Robyn commenting, "You are holding it down for the both of us!!!"
Previously, Gizelle spoke about her work with the NAACP and how it serves as an extension of her and her family's commitment to social and racial justice. Gizelle's dad is famed civil rights activist Curtis Graves, who, during his illustrious career in activism and politics, worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.
In an Amplify Our Voices conversation in 2020, Gizelle reflected on her experience working at the NAACP in the early days of her career. "For me, I got to take it all the way back because, for me, it starts with my dad. My dad was very involved with the Civil Rights Movement years ago in Houston. For my daughters, this is third generation," she said. "My dad was working 60 years ago, and he worked with Martin Luther King. For me, my second job out of college was working for the national headquarters of the NAACP and now it's my daughters'."
In an interview with The Daily Dish that same year, Gizelle noted that she and her ex share a history of working at the NAACP. "Jamal [Bryant] and I met at the NAACP national headquarters. It was one of my first jobs out of school. I was hired by Kweisi Mfume, who is now back in Congress; he took Elijah Cummings’ seat. And he also hired Jamal. So, Jamal and I have been in the trenches of trying to do civil rights and trying to make sure that we leave this world a better place," she said.
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