Nicki Minaj Apologizes For Using Malcolm X Photo In Her Artwork
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Nicki Minaj apologized yesterday for using an image of Malcolm X holding a gun and looking through curtains as artwork for her new song. The hip-hop star was criticized for disrespecting the notorious leader.
Minaj released the cover art for the track “Lookin’ A** N**a”, a song that will feature on her upcoming third album, but immediately received criticism for tarnishing Malcolm’s legacy. Community activist Kevin Powell launched a petition on Change.org requesting the singer to remove the picture, and expressed that she was “disrespecting Malcolm X, Black History and Black People”.
The controversial image was removed early on Thursday, but Minaj insists she meant no harm.
On her Instagram page, Minaj wrote, “What seems to be the issue now…? That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single… 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 ‘n**ga’ causes so much debate in our community while the ‘n**ga’ 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.”