'Brown Sugar' leads Image Awards with 8 nominations

'Barbershop' is second with 5

— The romantic movie "Brown Sugar" received a leading eight nominations Thursday for the NAACP Image Awards.

"Barbershop," a comedy about an urban hair salon that sparked complaints from the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in September over jokes about civil rights icons Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, had five nominations that included best picture.

The movie was considered a sleeper hit, grossing $75 million at the box office.

With the awards, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honors people and companies that support positive change for blacks in arts and entertainment.

"Barbershop" also had acting nominations for star Ice Cube and supporting performers Eve, Anthony Anderson and Cedric the Entertainer, whose character spoke the King and Parks jokes.

"Brown Sugar" stars Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs were nominated for best actress and actor, respectively, and the movie had a best film mention. Co-stars Queen Latifah, Nicole Ari Parker, Mos Def and Boris Kodjoe had supporting performer nominations and the movie's soundtrack had a music nod.

"Soul Food" had seven nominations for best TV drama, supporting actress for Kimberly Elise; supporting actor for Boris Kodjoe and Aaron Meeks and dramatic actress for Nicole Ari Parker, Vanessa Williams and Malinda Williams.

The Image Award nominations are determined by show-business professionals and NAACP officials from across the country.

The 34th annual awards show will be March 8 at the Universal Amphitheatre. Fox will broadcast a tape of the program March 13.


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