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NAACP Image Award Nominees Announced

October 16, 1991 GMT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Nominees for the NAACP Image Awards, including the movies ″Boyz N The Hood″ and ″Jungle Fever,″ will be voted on in a new procedure that allows the orgainzation’s entire membership to cast ballots.

Nominees announced Tuesday for the 24th awards presentation Jan. 11 also included the television programs ″The Cosby Show″ and ″Gabriel’s Fire″ and musicians Natalie Cole and Boyz II Men.

The ceremonies at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles recognize entertainers who project positive images of blacks.

It will be the first time the nationwide membership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will vote on winners.

The nominations were announced amid ongoing infighting between the national and Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch.

The Image Awards were founded more than two decades ago by the branch. The national board took over control of the awards last year and launched an investigation into the president of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood chapter, who resigned during taping of the awards in December.

Willis Edwards was criticized for accepting $25,000 to help produce the 1988 show. Some critics also thought he lacked aggressiveness in pursuing civil rights issues such as opportunity for blacks in the entertainment industry.

The local branch has threatened to sue to gain back control of the awards. It claims there are flaws in the nomination procedure.

″The Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch wants the Image Awards to remain a credible program,″ said local NAACP President Sandra Evers-Manly.

Thomas McClary, a spokesman for the Baltimore-based national NAACP, said its nominees include ″anyone that has positive images for African Americans.″ Nominees for the 1991 Image Awards are:

Motion picture: ″Boyz N The Hood,″ ″Five Heartbeats,″ ″Jungle Fever,″ ″New Jack City,″ ″To Sleep With Anger.″

Movie actress: Mary Alice, ″To Sleep With Anger″; Ruby Dee, ″Jungle Fever″; Tyra Ferrell, ″Boyz N The Hood″; Robin Givens, ″A Rage in Harlem″; Whoopi Goldberg, ″The Long Walk Home″; Lonette McKee, ″Jungle Fever.″

Movie actor: Ice Cube, ″Boyz N The Hood″; Larry Fishburne, ″Boyz N The Hood″; Danny Glover, ″To Sleep With Anger″; Cuba Gooding Jr., ″Boyz N The Hood″; Wesley Snipes, ″New Jack City.″

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Television comedy: ″A Different World,″ ″The Cosby Show,″ ″Fresh Prince of Bel Air,″ ″Family Matters,″ ″In Living Color.″

TV comedy actor: Bill Cosby, ″The Cosby Show″; Kadeem Hardison, ″A Different World″; Will Smith, ″Fresh Prince of Bel Air″; Damon Wayans, ″In Living Color″; Jaleel White, ″Family Matters.″

TV comedy actress: Jasmine Guy, ″A Different World″; Janet Hubert- Whitten, ″Fresh Prince of Bel Air″; Phylicia Rashad, ″The Cosby Show″; Raven Symone, ″The Cosby Show″; Cree Summer, ″A Different World.″

TV drama series, TV movie or miniseries: ″Equal Justice,″ ″Gabriel’s Fire,″ ″In the Heat of the Night,″ ″Separate But Equal.″

TV actor in a drama series, TV movie or miniseries: James Earl Jones, ″Gabriel’s Fire″; Joe Morton, ″Equal Justice″; Sidney Poitier, ″Separate But Equal″; Howard Rollins, ″In the Heat of the Night″; Blair Underwood, ″L.A. Law.″

TV actress in a drama series, TV movie or miniseries: Ruby Dee, ″Decoration Day″; Anne-Marie Johnson, ″In the Heat of the Night″; Madge Sinclair, ″Gabriel’s Fire″; Cicely Tyson, ″Heat Wave″; Lynn Whitefield, ″The Josephine Baker Story.″

TV variety series or special: ″The Arsenio Hall Show,″ ″Whitney Houston Salute to the Troops,″ ″In Living Color,″ ″Motown 30,″ ″Showtime at the Apollo.″

TV news, talk or information series-special: ″Tony Brown’s Journal,″ ″The Arsenio Hall Show,″ ″The Jesse Jackson Show,″ ″Our Voice,″ ″The Oprah Winfrey Show.″

New artist: Boyz II Men, ″Motown Philly″; C Plus C Music Factory, ″Gonna Make You Sweat″; Lalah Hathaway, ″Heaven Knows″; Lisa Fisher, ″How Can I Ease the Pain″; Keith Washington, ″Kissing You.″

Gospel artist: Sounds of Blackness, ″Evolution of Gospel″; Tramaine Hawkins, ″Live″; Jessye Norman-Kathleen Battle, ″Spirituals in Concert″; Take 6, ″So Much to Say″; Bebe & Cece Winans, ″Addictive Love.″

Rap artist: D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, ″Summertime″; Heavy D & The Boys, ″Now That We Found Love″; Ice T, ″Hustler″; LL Cool J, ″Mama Said Knock You Out″; Queen Latifah, ″Nature of a Sista.″

Jazz artist: Natalie Cole, ″Unforgettable″; Shirley Horn, ″You Won’t Forget Me″; Earl Klugh, ″Midnight in San Juan″; Wynton Marsalis, ″Standard Time, Vol. 3″; Dianne Reeves, ″I Remember.″

Female vocalist: Oleta Adams, ″Get Here″; Anita Baker, ″Fairy Tale″; Natalie Cole, ″Unforgettable″; Whitney Houston, ″I’m Your Baby Tonight″; Gladys Knight, ″Men.″

Male vocalist: Peabo Bryson, ″Can You Stop the Rain″; Ralph Tresvant, ″Sensitivity″; Luther Vandross, ″Power of Love″; Keith Washington, ″Kissing You″; Stevie Wonder, ″Gotta Have You.″

Vocal group: Boyz II Men, ″Motown Philly″; Color Me Badd, ″I Wanna Sex You Up″; En Vogue, ″Don’t Go″; Levert, ″Baby I’m Ready″; O’Jays, ″Emotionally Yours.″

Album: ″Cooley High Harmony,″ Boyz II Men; ″Power of Love,″ Luther Vandross; ″Jungle Fever Soundtrack,″ various artists; ″New Jack City Soundtrack,″ various artists; ″Unforgettable,″ Natalie Cole.

Music video: ″Men,″ Gladys Knight; ″Motown Philly,″ Boyz II Men; ″Power of Love,″ Luther Vandross; ″Summertime,″ D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince; ″Unforgettable,″ Natalie Cole.