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The NAACP is receiving criticism for showcasing different Hip Hop acts at their upcoming “NAACP Image Awards” including Jaz-Z, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. Rev. Delman Coates, a pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland has directly addressed the civil rights groups choice of performers.The NAACP has come under fire for the lineup of Hip-Hop performers included to take part in the 42nd Annual NAACP Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tonight

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 be honored in a variety of categories, including music, film, television and literature.

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.

In addition to Rev. Coates, other NAACP regions have received complaints about tonight’s lineup.

“It is unconscionable that the NAACP would sully its brand, squander its legacy, and take such a stand contrary to the aspirations and dreams of the mainstream of the African-American community,” Coates said about the NAACP’s choice of rappers for the show,” Rev. Coates told the San Jose-Mercury Sun.

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