D.L. Chandler

Pepsi To Meet With Emmett Till’s Family & Al Sharpton Over Lil Wayne


Pepsi officials will meet today (May 8) with Emmett Till’s family along with civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton. The beverage company has suffered a pair of recent media blows after controversies involving Lil Wayne and Tyler, The Creator became part of the national conversation.

The meeting was sparked by way of pressure on Mountain Dew, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, to drop Wayne from endorsing its product after an offensive lyric referencing the slain teen, angered the family. Rev. Sharpton released a statement last Friday (May 3) via his National Action Network page stating he and the Till family requested an audience with PepsiCo to spark dialogue in hopes to address the “sensitizing of corporate America,” and hammer out other details.

Mountain Dew was forced to drop Wayne following a relentless push by the Till family, even after he publicly apologized for his lines on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix).”  A report from the Associated Press revealed that Sharpton and the Till family will head to PepsiCo’s New York headquarters to hold the meeting.

Weezy is pushing ahead with other business endeavors, however. The New Orleans native just released his new SPECTRE shoe line by way of a partnership with the SUPRA shoe company.

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  • Trey

    I understand Emmitt Till was a martyr for the civil rights movement, but come on now… Emmitt tills family hasnt been in the spotlight since he was murdered. They are not the voice of the civil rights movement. They are just butthurt black folks looking for their 15 minutes of fame and money. They forced so much bullshit on wayne, just because they need to feel like they are better than everyone else. The first wave of their anger, comments, and attacks on wayne were understandable. but trying to get EVERYONE to drop him, and continuing to force their way into the public eye is embarrassing and is bad for the civil rights movement. Its rap music, not country or even pop. Its going to be violent raunchy and even offensive. thats how rap music always has been and should be, or it will turn into a politically correct garbage pile of a genre.

    • Kira

      It’s sad that you support these crappy artists who make sh!t music that doesn’t teach our children anything.