Lil Wayne Issues Apology Letter to Till Family…

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After hear­ing Lil Wayne’s con­tro­ver­sial lyrics using Emmett Till’s name, his fam­ily and the Mamie Till Mob­ley Memo­r­ial foun­da­tion released a Youtube video crit­i­ciz­ing and express­ing their oppo­si­tion to Wayne’s endorse­ment deals start­ing with Moun­tain Dew.    A Till rep­re­sen­ta­tive in this video says; “We also sup­port block­ing and ban­ning the endorse­ments. I’ve main­tained through Feb­ru­ary, ‘Don’t do the Dew.’ His biggest endorse­ment is through Pepsi’s Moun­tain Dew. Stop buy­ing it, stop lin­ing his pock­ets. Peo­ple are out­raged because they feel that he should apol­o­gize to our family.”

Here’s what Lil Wayne had to say in his open let­ter to the Till family;

“Dear Till Family:

As a record­ing artist, I have always been inter­ested in word play. My lyrics often ref­er­ence peo­ple, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I cre­ate for or along­side other artists.

It has come to my atten­tion that lyrics from my con­tri­bu­tion to a fel­low artist’s song has deeply offended your fam­ily. As a father myself, I can­not imag­ine the pain that your fam­ily has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowl­edge your hurt, as well as the let­ter you sent to me via your attorneys.

Mov­ing for­ward, I will not use or ref­er­ence Emmett Till or the Till fam­ily in my music, espe­cially in an inap­pro­pri­ate man­ner. I fully sup­port Epic Record’s deci­sion to take down the unau­tho­rized ver­sion of the song and to not include the ref­er­ence in the ver­sion that went to retail. I will not be per­form­ing the lyrics that con­tain that ref­er­ence live and have removed them from my catalogue.”

He also takes time to issue another state­ment reit­er­at­ing his sup­port of  black rights and makes it clear he didn’t intend to nor­would inten­tion­ally do any­thing to dam­age their community.

“I have tremen­dous respect for those who paved the way for the lib­erty andoppor­tu­ni­ties that African-Americans cur­rently enjoy. As a busi­ness owner who employs sev­eral African-American employ­ees and gives phil­an­throp­i­cally to orga­ni­za­tions that help youth to pur­sue their dreams my ulti­mate inten­tion is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

Best, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. Lil Wayne.

 

After Reebok drop­ping Rick Ross you’d think most would take pre­cau­tion in order to keep protests to a min­i­mum and work to main­tain the com­mu­ni­ties sup­port when hav­ing endorsements. Guess some have to learn the hard way.

 

 

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