Should Nicki Minaj & Jay-Z be Eligible for NAACP Image Awards?

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March 13, 2011 ‐ By Demetria Irwin

The NAACP Image Awards are meant to recognize the positive achievements of of African Americans in media and entertainment.  What qualifies someone for an Image Award though? Should using the n-word, talking graphically about sex acts or openly talking about past drug dealing disqualify someone? According to a recent survey by YourBlackWorld.com, 83 percent of black survey respondents think the NAACP is wrong to nominate hip hop artists like Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z.

Go over to AOL Black Voices to read more about this interesting stat.

What do you think? What type of content should disqualify a person from being nominated for an Image Award?

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  • Tamika

    Nicki minaj: I dont think so, only for the simple fact that she has yet to qualify. I don't think anyone can say she has been around long enough to make a significant impact historically. positive or negative.
    Jay-Z on the other hand: Why not? Jay-z, believe it or not, is ONE OF the most innovative entrepenurial minds of our generation. This man is smart enough to take himself from the life he came from, the one people clearly condem him for, to being a multi-talent, multifaceted, entrepenuer. He has his hand in multiple organizations, ventures, and projects (all legal might i add), that has grown is economic and culture wealth. Aside from being a great business mind. Jay-z has contributed millions to growing neighbourhoods, children, dreams, and hope. Please people, do your research. Jay-z may have had a beginning that our community may not be proud of, but why should we let it take away from the things he has done to help build it. And for our childrens' sake, I would rather my child look at a man like Jay-z who has created his success beyond music with his business genius and given back to his community significantly, than to look to someone like gucci man, wiz khalifa, you name it.

  • Diamond

    Nicki Minaj is disgusting and a horrible role model to EVERYONE not just young black women. And she says nothing of significance in her music. Hasn’t even been around long enough either.

  • Diamond121

    Yes they should be consider for it. STOP JUDGING THEM FOR WHAT THEY PUT IN THEY LYRICS. JUDGE THEM ON HOW MUCH THEY GIVE BACK 2 THE COMMUNITY ON THE MILLIONS THAT JAY-Z HAS DONATE TO DIFFERENT ORGANIZATION AND HOW NICKI MINAJ ALSO DONATE TO DIFFERENT CAUSE LIKE BREAST CAANCER. BOTH OF THESE ARTIST HAVE GREAT SUCCESS & DIDNT B SELFISH AND BLESS OTHERS WITH SUCCESS SO YES THEY SHOULD B CONSIDER THEY ARE GREAT ROLE MODELS

    • Guest22

      I kind of agree with you about Jay-Z. He has come a long way, and although I do not support the image he portrayed when he was younger, I feel that at this point in his life he can be considered a positive role model. As far as Nicki Minaj- HELL NO! She is a disgrace. She has all these young basic b's walking thinking it's cool to be a fake a** "barbie" and that is unacceptable. She disgusts me!

  • Gimmeabreak78

    Interestingly enough, Black CNN contributor was recently on TV One bemoaning the fact that the VH-1 show Basketball Wives garnered larger ratings than the NAACP Image Awards. I was a little surprised by his commentary on this. BBall Wives is the bane of our existence, but Nicki Minaj and her ilk are more appropriate black images? I wholeheartedly agree that Basketball Wives has a lot of cringe-worthy moments, but seriously, he thinks that watching a program that actually awards rappers who happily peddle the stereotypes we try hard to overcome is a better choice. SMH.

  • monique

    What have they done to better african amerians or insprie in a good way…When u look at tyler perrry wining for colored girls…compared to nicki and jay-z music…it's like wtf …….and this has nothing to do with my personal feelings about either 1 of them

  • http://twitter.com/CAPTAINsmash @CAPTAINsmash

    Wow! None of these artists does much to uplift the Black community. It's probably more for ratings that anything else. They glorify materialism, drugs, violence and all the negative stereotypes.

  • GOLDEN BROWN

    Please Black people STOP and think about what makes a great person AND MONEY IS NOT
    IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Whatev

    To answer the question asked, what should disqualify one? I would think that aspiring to be a Barbie, an impossible and oppressive standard even for a white woman, as well as surgically removing one's Black features should disqualify a "Nikki Minaj" from an IMAGE award nomination.

  • Whatev

    If they are even a consideration, this world is going to hell in a hand basket. Wait.

  • Tiff

    Hell no!!!! Their nominations should be revoked!

  • Kia

    Pleaseeee no!! The black community could do much better…!! Our success goes far beyond rapping about…lord knows what?? These awards should be given to people who uplift the black community by presenting positive images of blackness (on AND off the stage).

  • Anon

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! If they are an example of quality of black inspiration then we are all doomed.

    • Seek2027

      I couldnt agree with you more

    • Lovie

      The majority of these rappers today and singers do not deserve any form of award that is given for representing our community in a positive light. Hell, BET shouldn't even be recognized because they foster this stuff. A lot of the artist that do make positive music are those who can't even get radio play or video play. Also I notice that all these outlets shy away from artist who sing/rap about Black issues and problems(political, social, economical etc). WTH is that about. Today's Black music is about making money, not about uplifting. 80% of those who buy Black Music are non-Black so these ppl could care less about 60% of Black boys dropping out of high school, 73% of Black children born out of wedlock, the out of control disease rate in our community, the extremely high unemployment rate among African Americans, the resurgence of this Black Man vs Black Women BS, the break down of the Black Community, the lack of economic education in our community I can go on, and to be honest it seems like WE could care less about these issues as well. These celebrities (who a lot of them didn't even graduate high school i.e JayZ, 50cent, hell did Beyonce even finish High School?) are looked at like they are a Dr. Ben Carson or someone prestigious like that, just because they have money. Money or you being on T.V does not mean your more wiser or have more insight than the average person, however we treat these ppl like they're some Guru sent from the Heavens.

No thanks