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X-Rated: Nicki Minaj Forced To Apologize Over Malcolm X Cover Art


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Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a photo of Malcolm X clutching a rifle and juxtaposing it with a racial slur on the cover art for her new song 'Looking Ass N*ggaz'.

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Minaj was roundly criticized on the social media for what was perceived as disrespecting an icon. Malcolm X was assassinated 49 years ago this month at age 39.

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Nicki Minaj Apologises For Malcolm X Photo Use


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Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj has posted an apology online after coming under fire for using an iconic image of civil rights leader Malcolm X on the artwork for her new song.

The Starships hitmaker stirred controversy on Wednesday (12Feb14) when she released what appeared to be the cover art for the track Lookin' A** N**ga on her social networking pages, depicting the late activist holding a gun and peering through curtains - a photo which was first published in Ebony magazine in 1964.

Critics took aim at Minaj for tarnishing his legacy by using the snap for her expletive-laden tune, in which she attacks a man for objectifying her, and community activist Kevin Powell even launched a petition on Change.org requesting Minaj remove the picture and stop "disrespecting Malcolm X, Black History and Black People".

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Nicki Minaj Removes Malcolm X Single Artwork After Backlash


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Rapper Nicki Minaj has taken down the online artwork for her new single after her use of an iconic image of Malcolm X sparked controversy following its release on Wednesday (12Feb14).

The Starships hitmaker unveiled the promo for Lookin' A** N**ga on her social networking pages, but the cover art attracted criticism over the use of a picture of the late civil rights leader, holding a gun and peering through curtains.

The image, which originally appeared in Ebony magazine in 1964, prompted a backlash on the web, with some critics accusing Minaj of disrespecting the groundbreaking activist days before the 49th anniversary of his death (21Feb14).

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Malcolm X's Grandson Laid To Rest


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The grandson of Malcolm X has been laid to rest.

Malcolm Shabazz was beaten to death in Mexico in the early hours of 9 May (13) following an alleged dispute with employees at The Palace Club over an excessive bill.

The 28 year old was buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, on Tuesday (21May13) - just two days after what would have been civil rights leader Malcolm X's 88th birthday.

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Mary J. Blige To Play Malcolm X's Wife In Tv Drama


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Mary J. Blige has signed on to play civil rights hero Malcolm X's wife in a new TV drama.

The R&B star, who makes her debut as a leading lady on the screen in the upcoming Rock of Ages, will play Betty Shabazz in Parallel Lives.

She tells WENN, "It's about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, the women in Malcolm X's and Martin Luther King's life (sic). I'm playing Betty and prepping for that now. I've been studying her online and watching her interviews."

Filming will start in September (12).

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Malcolm X's Daughter Arrested


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The daughter of slain civil rights activist Malcolm X has been arrested for allegedly breaching the conditions of her probation.

Malikah Shabazz, 46, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, pleaded guilty to a charge of identity theft earlier this year (11) and was sentenced to five years' probation for wracking up debts of more than $55,000 (£33,514) in the name of family friend Khaula Bakr.

Malcolm X's youngest daughter was ordered to make monthly payments of $1,229 (£794) for 50 months to repay the credit card companies she defrauded, but has allegedly failed to hand over any money yet.

She is also accused of travelling outside of the state of New York and living in St Albans, Vermont which would violate the terms of her probation.

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Spike Lee To Direct Oldboy Remake?


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Spike Lee is in negotiations to direct a remake of 'Oldboy'.

The 54-year-old filmmaker - famed for his movies about race relations and the role of media in modern-day life - is in talks for a new version of the 2003 Korean project by Park Chan-wook, with Mark Protosevich writing The Script.

The original movie sees a man get kidnapped and held in a cell for 15 years with no explanation when one day he is given money and a phone and released, allowing him to find out who destroyed his life and act our his revenge.

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Airplane! And Exorcist Included In National Film Registry


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'Airplane!', 'The Exorcist', and 'The Pink Panther' are among the latest movies added to the National Film Registry.

The three titles were among 25 movies selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation this year, bringing the total number of works from the last century on the list of "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" works to 550.

Also selected this year were the second 'Star Wars' movie, 'The Empire Strikes Back', 'All The Presidents Men', biopic 'Malcolm X' and disco-era classis 'Saturday Night Fever'.

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Films By Recently Deceased Directors Selected For Posterity


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Less than two weeks after the deaths of directors Irvin Kershner and Blake Edwards, two of their films, Kershner's Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back , produced by George Lucas, and Edwards's The Pink Panther, produced by Martin Jurow, have been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its National Film Registry. The two films were among 25 motion pictures that were selected and also include Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Spike Lee's Malcolm X, Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn , Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men, and William Friedkin's The Exorcist. The comedy Airplane!, directed by Jim Abrahams and Jerry and David Zucker, also was included. It starred Leslie Nielsen, who died one month ago today.

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Bob Marley's Son Tell His Story


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Bob Marley's son has written a book called 'Dear Dad'.

Ky-Mani Marley was just five when his father died in 1981, but was locked out of the reggae star's estate and alongside his mother, Anita Belnavis, left Jamaica and grew up in a tough ghetto, Liberty City, in Miami.

He said the image of his father has had a great impact on his life, and been in many ways both blessing and curse.

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