N.W.A. Founder Ice Cube, LL, Other Rappers Win NAACP Image Awards
Gangster rapper/actor/director Ice Cube took home an NAACP Image Award during the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, which took place in Los Angeles last night (March 5th).
Ice Cube was named Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role in the hit movie "Are We There Yet?"
Queens rap star-turned actor, LL Cool J was also honored during the evening, snagging the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the TV series "NCIS: Los Angeles."
John Legend and The Roots won two awards for Outstanding Collaboration and Outstanding Album for their release Wake Up!, while Aaron McGruder's controversial cartoon "The Boondocks" won Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.
Other winners during the evening included Tyler Perry, whose film "For Colored Girls" won Best Film of 2010.
Samuel L. Jackson took home Outstanding Support Actor for "Mother and Child," while Philly native Jill Scott and Idris Elba were named Outstanding Actress and Actor, respectively.
Ice Cube's award could bring more controversy to the NAACP, which came under fire before the awards show by a Christian minister in Clinton, Maryland.
Reverend Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church also heads up the Enough is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment.
He said he planned to organize a "crusade" against the civil-rights organization, for nominating a variety of rappers he deemed offensive.
"These are not images that any respectable civil rights organization or responsible American corporation should endorse," Coates said. warning that the program would have "long term implications for the reputation of the NAACP and the corporate brands of the program's sponsors."
The 42nd NAACP Image Awards were hosted by Wayne Brady and Holly Robinson Peete and telecast on Fox.
For a complete list of winners go to http://www.naacpimageawards.net