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Malcolm X’s Family Is Furious With Nicki Minaj


The family of Malcolm X’s is reportedly furious with Nicki Minaj’s use of the famous photo from Jet Magazine, of the slain social justice leader. Minaj juxtaposed the picture of Malcolm X, standing by his window with an M1 carbine, with the “N-word”. Malcolm’s family called this disrespectful and offensive.

Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, told the Associated Press Friday that Minaj’s use of the picture “in no way is endorsed by our family.”

“Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X’s legacy,” Shabazz’s said.

Minaj, for her part, apologized Thursday. After pulling the cover, Minaj said the single cover was “never the official artwork.”

Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide – the business representative for the Malcolm X estate – said that Minaj’s use of the photo  was “dehumanizing.”

“This is a family photo that was taken out of context in a totally inaccurate and tasteless way,” he said, on behalf of the family.

L. Londell McMillan, the attorney for the Malcolm X estate said that Minaj needed to remove the image immediately.

“Failure to do so within the next 24 hours shall result in legal action,” said McMillian, who is also the lawyer for Malcolm X’s daughters, Attallah, Qubilah and Gamilah Shabazz. “The initial act and subsequent acts of distribution were improper and ill-advised. Any disparagement, infringement or disrespect of Malcolm X, and his name, image, likeness and proprietary rights will not be tolerated.”

Minaj replied on her Instagram page, “I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. … I have nothing but respect (and) adoration for u,” following the criticism.

(Article by M.B. David; image via 2KMusic)

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