Fake News: Jussie Smollett Did NOT Receive Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Jussie Smollett Did NOT Receive Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans

Did actor Jussie Smollett receive a NAACP award fro creating jobs for Nigerian-Americans? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a satire website to mock the news that Smollett was nominated for a real NAACP award after having charges dropped for setting up a hate crime hoax against himself using two Nigerian-Americans who pretended to be Trump supporters that supposedly beat him up.

The story originated from an article published by The Babylon Bee on March 29, 2019 titled "Jussie Smollett Receives Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans" (archived here) which opened:

CHICAGO, IL--The NAACP has given Jussie Smollett a prestigious award for his important work creating much-needed jobs for Nigerian-American citizens.

The Association created the new "Nigerian-American Job Creation" award just for Smollett in honor of his important work for the black community.

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Jussie Smollett Receives Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans

CHICAGO, IL--The NAACP has given Jussie Smollett a prestigious award for his important work creating much-needed jobs for Nigerian-American citizens.The Association created the new "Nigerian-American Job Creation" award just for Smollett in honor of his important work for the black community."While a lot of people talk about job creation, S ...

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People does indeed hand out the NAACP Image Awards every year to to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music and literature. And Smollett has indeed been nominated for one, but in the "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" category.

Jussie Smollett is nominated for an NAACP Award, and host Anthony Anderson hopes he wins

CLOSE Just days after the prosecutors dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, who had been indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, the "Empire" actor could again make headlines. Smollett is nominated for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, scheduled for Saturday.

There is no category for "Nigerian-American Job Creation" and "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:

The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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