Malcolm Shabazz was visiting Mexico to meet with the leader of an activist group and was supposedly the victim of an attempted robbery when he was killed. The details surrounding his murder have not been released and attempts to reach Mexican officials have turned up unsuccessful. To read the full story on NBC News, click the link below.
An Arizona jury has found Jodi Arias guilty of the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. She was convicted of fatally stabbing and shooting him, then tossing the murder weapon. Arias claims the murder was in self defense, but the jury believed otherwise. She will now stand trial again, to determine if the murder was premeditated; she could face the death penalty. See below for the video of the guilty verdict being delivered.
Last month I openly spoke about how maintaining the integrity of your brand is essential (click here for post) and it seems like some celebrities are learning this lesson the hard way. The lines of creativity and pushing the envelope are being defined more and more each day and big endorsements are beginning to be snagged from some top performers. Recently, Mountain Dew parted ways with rapper Lil Wayne due to the backlash that was received from his verse in the Karate Chop remix, which references Emmett Till; the young boy who was killed for flirting with a white woman in 1955. Lil Wayne raps, “Pop a lot of pain pills, Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels, Beat that pus*y up like Emmett Till…”
The rapper offered an apology letter to the Till family and he states:
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…
“I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities 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 (Statement)
I won’t be posting the graphic images of people crying or explosions because I just think that would be distasteful. My goal is to just show love and thought to what happened at the Boston Marathon today. Lives were lost and some are in critical condition fighting. The least that we can do is show some respect, say prayers and realize that this could happen anywhere so live each day as if it’s your last. If there is negativity in your life then get rid of it. If there is a relationship that needs work, do your part. And if there is a chance to be violent, walk away. There is so much heartache in the world we live in; let’s try something different for a change.