The harrowing tale of 14-year-old Emmett Till and his lynching death in the Mississippi Delta was a pivotal point of the Civil Rights Movement. A movie based on Till’s late mother’s 2004 book is forthcoming, and film critic Roger Ebert‘s widow, Chaz Ebert, is helping to develop the project.
The undercurrent of racism remained part of the conversation during the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman. Although the volunteer night watchman is a multiracial man with a white father and Peruvian mother, there still existed the narrative that racial profiling was the root issue that ended Trayvon Martin‘s life.
Lil Wayne saw critical backlash —and lost his Mountain Dew endorsement — because of his infamous line, “beat that pu–y up like Emmett Till,” on Future’s “Karate Chop.” Though he issued a written apology to the Till family in May, the YMCMB rhymer felt it appropriate to send his regards again during a recent performance.
Sometimes it’s best not to try to defend the indefensible. While on Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Power 106 in Los Angeles on Tuesday (May 14), Future was asked for his thoughts on the “Karate Chop (Remix)” controversy. According to Future, Lil Wayne brought “positive energy” to Emmett Till’s story. For real.
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.
Lil Wayne’s apology for his Emmett Till lyric wasn’t enough to save his endorsement deal with PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew. The company has officially dropped the rapper.
Lil Wayne‘s week isn’t going to too well. Yesterday, before we knew he had been treated and released from the hospital for yet another seizure, the YMCMB rapper revealed a letter he wrote addressed to Emmett Till’s family. Weezy acknowledges the hurt his now infamous “Beat the pu–y up like Emmett Till” lyric on Future’s […]