Last night Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton won an award at the 20th Annual NAACP Theater Awards. Burton was being honored. We have photos from the event below, plus more Burton news, including a report on his “LeWar” with Conan O’Brien.
Burton wins Theater Award
At last night’s NAACP Theater Awards LeVar Burton won the award for Best Lead Male Actor (Local) for his role in The Caterer, which ran at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA last year. This is not the first time the NAACP has recognized the work of TNG’s Geordi. Previously the NAACP has honored Burton with four Image Awards for his work on the Children’s show Reading Rainbow.
Levar Burton arrives to the 20th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards at the Directors Guild Of America on August 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California
Burton to Emcee Game Awards
In other LeVar Burton/Awards news, the actor will be hosting the 2010 Red Carpet Awards Show at the INDIE CADE International Festival of Independent Games on Friday October 8, 2010. More information available at www.indiecade.com.
Burton’s LeWar with Conan O’Brien
Last week Conan O’Brien sent out a tweet updating his Twitter follower status and noting that his total follower count was approaching that of LeVar Burton.
Conan OBrien throws down the gauntlet
Those were fightin’ words to Burton who quickly sent out the message: "Dear @ConanOBrien #BringItOnCoco Love, Kunta #LeWar2". Burton then sent out a number of tweets rallying "TeamLeVar" over "TeamCoco", and then O’Brien sent out the tweet "LeVar Burton wants to start a Twitter war with me. I don’t have time to feud with anyone who appeared in the Cameo "Word Up" video." Burton took this as capitulation and declared victory, and went on to declare last weekend as "a time of healing." And a nation was once again at peace.
Burton declares victory
For the record, as of today LeVar Burton has 1,598,587 followers on Twitter, ranking him as 113th. and Conan O’Brien has 1,498,898, which ranks him at 135th. However, Conan has been on Twitter for less than a year so he is catching up. Both celebrities have a way to go to catch up to Burton’s TNG co-star Wil Wheaton, who has 1,685,662 followers, ranking him 90th in the world.
And if you are wondering what O’Brien was talking about, here is the video in question: