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Is Adele “Black” Enough for the NAACP Image Awards?
ourstage.com ^ | 2/3/12 | Jeremy Helligar

Posted on 02/15/2012 1:22:44 PM PST by GSWarrior

According to the Web site for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), its mission is a simple yet noble one: “to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.’”

Elsewhere on the Web site, the NAACP offers a detailed description of its annual Image Awards: “the nation’s premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing and directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.”

Got that? Okay.

If those definitions hold, what, then, is a singer like Adele doing in a place like this, as a nominee at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards?

She recently received two NAACP Image Award nominations—Oustanding Song and Video for her massive No. 1 hit “Someone Like You”—and, presumably, she will be on hand to win or lose when the prizes are handed out on February 17, live on NBC. Naturally, controversy—and publicity—ensued because unlike fellow multiple-nominee Beyoncé, Adele happens to be white.

But you already knew that. So what, exactly, does Adele or her music have to do with the advancement of “colored people”?

It makes one wonder who is on the NAACP’s nominating committee and what their motives might be? Maybe collecting more press attention by inviting the best-selling artist of 2011 to the ceremony as a double nominee and stirring the controversy pot while they’re at it.

Or perhaps the Adele is the behind-the-scenes key to why the ceremony, which is normally broadcast on the Fox network, found a home this year on the considerably whiter NBC. It will air five days after the GRAMMYs, and if Adele is that evening’s big winner—and we have every reason to expect her to be—she’ll be the best bait to lure viewers to the Image Awards short of raising Michael Jackson from the dead and giving him a ticket to the event.

NBC will win, but artists who are truly representative of music of color won’t. Unlike past British blue-eyed soul singers like George Michael and Lisa Stansfield, up to now, Adele hasn’t even displayed any particularly powerful affinity to American black music (it’s telling that the artists she covered on her first two albums, 19 and 21, were Bob Dylan and the Cure), and although she’s earned the respect of black performers (Jeremih, for one, has covered “Rumour Has It” live), it’s not like Adele’s singles have been big hits on R&B radio.

It’s a little absurd that she would make the Outstanding Video shortlist while Kelly Rowland, a black performer who had the best video of the year by anyone of any color, was left off for “Motivation.” Meanwhile, conspicuously absent from the list of nominees in the music categories: Rihanna, the top black female artist at the moment, whose music or whose, um, image, apparently, isn’t black enough for NAACP recognition.

So why is Adele’s? She’s a great singer, and she sings with great soul, but she’s not a “soul” singer. There is a distinction, you know, and it has less to do with being a certain color than sounding a certain color. The late Teena Marie may have been white, but she was a soul singer right down to her core. Every note that comes out of Adele’s mouth sounds like a gift from God, but there’s no mistaking the color of the wrapping paper.

While I’m not a genre purist, and I don’t support musical segregation based on race, by its very definition, the NAACP is a segregationist organization. Not in a way that screams, “Blacks only!” but in a way that is meant to promote and advance minorities, people of color (which would include 2012 Image acting nominees Sandra Oh and Sofia Vergara). There’s no getting around that aspect of the NAACP—it’s not written in stone, just into its name.

Maybe it’s time to rethink the acronym and what it stands for (it hasn’t been okay to call blacks “colored people” in my lifetime), as well as defining the NAACP’s purpose when it comes to the Image Awards’s music categories and the need for them to begin with. It makes sense to honor minority actors in TV and film because they are largely overlooked at the Emmys and the Oscars. This year, the acting nominations for Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard, both of whom are white, feel appropriate because The Help was a film that detailed the black-white experience in the Deep South of the 1960s, and of the principal cast, they’re the two who were left out of the Oscar discussion—and nominations.

But mainstream music award shows already do a pretty good job of honoring and featuring black talent. And it’s not like Adele isn’t going to get her due everywhere else. Do we need to add the Image Awards to the list of Adele-propping organizations? Aren’t all of those GRAMMYs she’s destined to win on February 12 enough?

One could argue that the NAACP Image Awards isn’t even seriously dedicated to advancing or celebrating black music. What else would explain the absence of a category to honor rap, the premiere black musical art form in 2012? This means Adele is nominated and not Nicki Minaj, a popular rapper who is possibly the best role model on the charts today.

If image were the primary concern, and one would expect it to be with an “Image” award, Minaj’s is more than worthy of merit. She has done as much as anyone to bridge genres and color-based demographics. Her biggest hit, “Super Bass,” received some of its earliest praise from Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, and she’s collaborated with artists as varied—and white—as Eminem, Natasha Bedingfield, David Guetta, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, the Lonely Island and Madonna. Minaj also has been as much of an advocate for gay rights as Lady Gaga without being patronizing about it. Meanwhile, Adele collects accolade after accolade and basks in the glow of her spotlight.

I’m not saying that Adele doesn’t deserve everything she’s gotten. She does—with the exception of this. If she wins either of the Image awards she’s nominated for—and considering how weak the Outstanding Video category is, how could she not?—in what way will that be advancing people of color, or their music?


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: adele; beyonce; dnc4kkk; naacp
Interesting. I saw blues performer Ruthie Foster last week and she brought this subject up. You could tell she was a little miffed.

Ruthie Foster

1 posted on 02/15/2012 1:22:50 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
It’s a little absurd that she would make the Outstanding Video shortlist while Kelly Rowland, a black performer who had the best video of the year by anyone of any color, was left off for “Motivation.”

You can bet if Adele does win Outstanding Video, Kanye will make another appearance onstage.

2 posted on 02/15/2012 1:25:28 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: GSWarrior

Is Adele racist enough to even attend a race based awards ceremony?


3 posted on 02/15/2012 1:26:06 PM PST by NoLibZone (Buffet proves calls for more taxes is to buy votes,not reduce deficits.He pays less than Bush rates.)
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To: GSWarrior

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/02/its-hard-to-see-welfare-dependency-when-youre-black.php

http://unfaircampaign.org/


4 posted on 02/15/2012 1:27:18 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: GSWarrior

I could careless what the racist socialist liberal marxist NAACP does, or says.............


5 posted on 02/15/2012 1:27:51 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: dfwgator

I forgot about that.


6 posted on 02/15/2012 1:28:57 PM PST by GSWarrior (I am always up to know good.)
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To: GSWarrior

If Adele is black, then so is, like, everybody on earth, including Norwegians.


7 posted on 02/15/2012 1:29:26 PM PST by Tax-chick (I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect!)
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To: ltc8k6

http://unfaircampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Un-Fair_Poster_8x11-1.pdf

http://unfaircampaign.org/press-room/media-kit/


8 posted on 02/15/2012 1:29:52 PM PST by ltc8k6
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9 posted on 02/15/2012 1:31:05 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: GSWarrior

I hope she dedicates it to all the white people.


10 posted on 02/15/2012 1:32:46 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: All

Who would want an award given by the Klan With a Tan?


11 posted on 02/15/2012 1:55:44 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: GSWarrior
This Adele? adele
12 posted on 02/15/2012 2:30:08 PM PST by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: GSWarrior

The writer is so spot on about calling blacks “colored” people. that is just so politically incorrect. It was a term used by uppity white women referring to the hired help.

But they’ll not change the acronym NAACP because it’s how they do. Once upon a time the NAACP was a noble organization, the creation of Martin Luther King, he who had a dream that all people would be recognized not for the color of their skin but the strength of their character.

Nowadays glory-seekers like Rev. Al and Jesse Jackson use this organization to jump on the good intentions created by MLK though the strength of someone’s character matters not a whit to them.

It’s how liberals do....they take something that was once respected and revered then use it to squeeze out all that they can for less than noble reasons.

It’s why they want to change the word “abortion” to contraception. Because when they start losing, they start changing words.

All the while peeing upon our feet and telling us it’s raining.


13 posted on 02/15/2012 2:36:38 PM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Fishtalk
Once upon a time the NAACP was a noble organization, the creation of Martin Luther King,

Martin King created the NAACP in 1909, decades before his birth?

14 posted on 02/15/2012 3:30:22 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: GSWarrior
Is Adele “Black” Enough for the NAACP Image Awards?

The rookie Hussein isn't.


15 posted on 02/15/2012 3:58:40 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: ansel12

well I guess I’m wrong.

I do know that this organization grew under his tutelage.

But you caught me. I really thought he started it.

I said a whole lot more in my comment, kind of insightful stuff, but you caught me.

Yes you did.


16 posted on 02/15/2012 8:12:02 PM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Fishtalk

You were also wrong about “colored” being mainly used by “uppity white women” addressing their help, what ever “uppity white women” are.


17 posted on 02/15/2012 8:27:52 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

So glad I have you to tell me how things are.

I stand by what I said. Your mileage may vary. It’s how this forum works.

Moving on....


18 posted on 02/15/2012 8:30:38 PM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: GSWarrior

It’s not the skin color, it’s the amount of body fat.


19 posted on 02/15/2012 8:35:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Fishtalk

Well you thought MLK created the NAACP, and you seem to be racist, against “uppity white women”, I had to correct you.


20 posted on 02/15/2012 8:39:56 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: nixonsnose

The Piano Player in her Band is Black. Maybe he got her a Race Card exemption.

Some might think that she is Black because of the sound of her singing voice.


21 posted on 02/15/2012 8:43:16 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: GSWarrior

I love Ruthie. Got to sit and talk with her a few years ago at a friends house concert. Great singer/songwriter. We talked about her time in the Navy as well. She sings her ******* off!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6aB1Br7mQ0
Rivers Gonna Rise - Warren Haynes Band with Ruthie Foster


22 posted on 02/15/2012 8:45:22 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Libloather

Wow, does Obama look WHITE in that photo except his face and arms. What’s up with that? Does he majorly tan or put tanner on his face but doesn’t bother darkening his body? I really wonder just how half black he really is.


23 posted on 02/21/2012 9:19:21 PM PST by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Libloather
Weird. Only his face is black. Well, kinda.

Makeup from the neck up?

24 posted on 02/21/2012 9:28:59 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: GSWarrior

Adele’s overweight. That oughta be enough to qualify for an honorary ghetto ho!


25 posted on 02/21/2012 9:32:04 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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