Malcolm X Daughter Nicki Minaj– Iliasah Shabazz said in a statement to the Associated Press Friday: “Artwork by Ms. Minaj on her single does not show the truth about the heritage of Malcolm X.’ If the picture was not removed, a lawyer in the estate and family threatened legal action. Mark Roesler, CEO of the business representative for Malcolm X, said “This is a family picture that has been taken from the background in an entirely inaccurate and tasteless way. The photo shows Malcolm X attempting to protect his family against mortal threats following the firebombing of his home. Family and property Malcolm X said that Niki’s use of a renowned Black nationalist photograph with a rifle in her hands was not respected and aggressive and juxtaposed to that by the new song race slogan.
Minaj excused him on Thursday for choosing the image and took the artwork from her places to say it was “never the official artwork.” “I excuse Malcolm X for misinterpreting the meaning of the photo,” said Minaj in an Instagram statement. “I’ve only had respect for (and) worship of u.” Only Friday the daughter of Malcolm X, Ilyasah Shabazz, told the Associated Press that Minaj “has no support in our family at all.” “The solo works of Ms. Minaj don’t represent truth on Malcolm X’s legacy,” said Shabazz. Minaj excused Thursday.
Minaj explained why she saw the image as good for a track designed to empower women in an interview with Hott 97 later that day. “I thought it was almost parallel because this big gun was ready to shoot at an expletive bleep and I looked at it like this,” the AP reported. “It was almost parallel. Thursday. She was criticized for using a photo to cover her new human-based song Lookin. After her work was criticized in social media (Expletive).