So what does Malcolm X‘s family think about Nicki Minaj and her usage of a photo of the icon as cover art for her new single "Lookin Ass N****s?"
As you might imagine, they’re not entirely pleased with it. Malcom X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz released a statement to the Associated Press, saying that the photo was “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.”
Nicki apologized for the picture via her Instagram account last week and pulled the image (that she says was never official artwork), but it may not have been enough.
Mark Roesler, who is the CEO of CMG Worldwide — which handles the licensing and merchandizing issues for the Malcolm X estate — says that the rapper’s usage of the photo was “dehumanizing.”
“This is a family photo that was taken out of context in a totally inaccurate and tasteless way,” read his statement on behalf of the family.
Londell McMillan, who is the attorney for the Malcolm X estate and attorney for estate administrators — Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz, who are Malcolm’s daughter’s — released a statement on Friday asking that the photos be removed immediately.
“Failure to do so within the next 24 hours shall result in legal action,” he wrote. “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.”
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