Holy War: Rap vs. Religion

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Rev. Delman Coates vs. Everybody

In 2007, Rev. Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, criticized the NAACP Image Awards for featuring the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Dirty Money, B.o.B. and other rap acts who use the N-word.
"The NAACP ceremonially buried the N-word in July 2007, and yet, many of its Image Award nominees unashamedly use the N-word and other derogatory and offensive language in their music," an open letter on the website for Coates’ organization Enough Is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment read.  

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