*The NAACP is being called on the carpet by critics who question the inclusion of rappers in tonight’s Image Awards ceremony.
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Dirty Money, B.o.B. and others are set to perform, present or have been nominated to be honored in a variety of categories — including music, film, television and literature.
According to Allhiphop.com, the lineup has drawn the wrath of Reverend Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, who heads up the Enough is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment.
“It is a complete outrage that the NAACP and some of this country’s largest corporations would endorse artists that degrade women, use the “N” word, and promote values that are antithetical to the goals and aspirations of most Americans,” Rev. Coates told AllHipHop.com in a statement.
“Lyrical content, not commercial success should be the standard by which such nominations and sponsorships are given,” Rev. Coates said. “At a time when we have witnessed social and political progress in America, it is disheartening to see established civil rights organizations and leading American corporations promote some of the most stereotypical and offensive images and messages in the popular culture.”
In addition to Rev. Coates, other NAACP regions have received complaints about tonight’s lineup.
“On one side these are young black men that are great business men, but on the other end it is like the tobacco business,” said Rev. Lucious Smith, pastor of Pasadena Friendship Baptist Church. “In the end you get cancer.”
According to Joe Brown of the Pasadena, California NAACP, the organization has received a number of complaints and is reviewing the nomination process, to make sure artists with filthy lyrics don’t make it to the awards.
“I think the national office is going to review the policy of the nominees and the participants,” Brown told the San Jose-Mercury Sun. “Hopefully this will eliminate inviting those whose lyrics are considered disdainful.”