Activists appeal to NAACP to eliminate the Jussie Smollett Image Award

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Jussie Smollett attends the gala of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund on October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Jussie Smollett attends the gala of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund on October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC.

A black conservative group asks the NAACP to drop Jussie Smollett from the list of candidates for an Image Award after the actor was arrested on charges of presenting a false police report claiming to have been the victim of a hate crime.

Smollett was named best supporting actor in a drama series for his work on "Empire". The Image Awards is an event that celebrates the achievements and performances of people of color, as well as individuals or groups that promote social justice through creative efforts.

The Image Award nomination came before Smollett was accused of 16 counts of unfair disorder for allegedly lying to the Chicago police.

The representatives of Smollett and Image Awards of the NAACP did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

This is not the first time that Project 21 has challenged the Image Award nominees. In 2004, the group criticized the NAACP for letting the R&B singer R. Kelly maintain his nomination for the pending album despite the fact that he was accused of alleged child pornography violations.

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