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Proudly Sponsors Tv One’s Telecast Of The 48th Naacp Image Awards Red Carpet Live Show

America’s Diner Officially Launches Education Initiative at the Multicultural Awards Show: “Tom Joyner Foundation – Denny’s First Generation College Scholarship Road to Success Fundraiser.”

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Rebecca Lynch
Erwin Penland

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 11, 2017) – Denny’s is pleased to announce its support of TV One’s 48th NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Live on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7.30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT. Premiering before the live telecast of the 48th NAACP Image Awards on TV One at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, this special 90-minute program, hosted by Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight) and Terrance J. (E! News) and sponsored by Denny’s, captures the stars of television, film and music as they walk the red carpet to enter the two-hour, star-studded event hosted by Golden Globe-nominated actor Anthony Anderson.

“We’re delighted to partner with TV One and its telecast of the 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Live show for the second consecutive year,” said John Miller, Denny’s president and chief executive officer. “These inspiring awards recognize and empower those making a difference in our communities each day. As America’s Diner, we strongly believe in supporting the rising generations of our country, giving them the support and encouragement they need to help fulfill their goals and achieve success in their endeavors.”

At the 48th NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Live show, Denny’s will officially launch its new education initiative with longtime partner Tom Joyner – “Tom Joyner Foundation – Denny’s First Generation College Scholarship Road to Success Fundraiser.” The initiative is designed to create scholarships for first generation college students attending select Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country. Beginning March 1, donations to the fundraiser can be made in person at a participating Denny’s, via smartphone or online at Students at select HBCU’s will be able to apply for the Road to Success scholarships starting on Sept. 1.

“Denny’s really understands how important it is to support HBCUs and their students,” said Tom Joyner, chairman and founder of the Foundation and host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. “We are so grateful for this partnership because what we’re doing is investing in the nation’s future leaders.” For the fourth consecutive year, TV One is serving as the television home for the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s award show, the 48th NAACP Image Awards. The NAACP Image Awards, taking place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, celebrates the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The multi-cultural show is one of the most respected events of its kind and is well attended by many of the top names in the entertainment industry.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official 48th NAACP Image Awards website at Viewers can also join the conversation on TV One’s upcoming live telecast of the 48th NAACP Image Awards by visiting and connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #ImageAwards.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. Read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas at

Sobre TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK,], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny's Corporation is the franchisor and operator of one of America's largest full-service family restaurant chains, based on the number of restaurants. Denny's has approximately 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world including 147 restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Philippines, New Zealand, Honduras, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Guam, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, El Salvador, Indonesia, and Aruba. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny's website at or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn or YouTube.