In the past couple days the NAACP has been under attack for the lineup of Hip-Hop performers included to take part in the 42nd Annual NAACP Awards . The line up consists of artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Dirty Money, B.o.B. and others will perform, present or have been nominated to receive awards.
Numerous people like Reverend Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, who are involved with the NAACP feel that it is blasphemy that the NAACP honor such artists. Rev. Coates said, “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.
He continued to say “Lyrical content, not commercial success should be the standard by which such nominations and sponsorships are given. 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.”
I have to say that i agree with some of what Rev. Coates said. Certain Artists in today’s hip hop industry shine a bad light on hip hop. I completely agree that artists like this have no business being awarded especially at an NAACP award ceremony. The NAACP has done a lot for African Americans and helped them get to where we are today. By the NAACP awarding certain people that use degrading words and life styles to make a profit, is basically like supporting the exact things that where used to keep African Americans from socially suceeding. What do you think?
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