Friday, February 14, 2014

Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Using Malcolm X Image

When Nicki Minaj released her latest single 'Lookin Ass Niggas' many were appalled that she chose to use an image of 60's Black Power movement icon Malcolm X peering out of his window holding an assault rifle after his home had been firebombed with his wife and children inside for her cover art [click here if you missed that].

Ms. Minaj apologizes for misappropriating the photo...

Nicki writes
What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word "nigga" causes so much debate in our community while the "nigga" behavior gets praised and worship. Let's not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you