Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Malcolm X Photo, Urges End to "N-gga Behavior"

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Nicki Minaj has come out and apologized for using a photo of Malcolm X for the cover of her latest single, "Lookin’ Ass N-gga."

The artist came under heavy fire today for re-publishing an image first used by Ebony magazine in 1961 in which the civil right leader is holding a machine gun.

In a long Instagram post, the ex-American Idol panelist begins by lashing out at her critics, writing:

"What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single.

"This is a conversation. Not a single."

Minaj then grows more conciliatory as the post goes on, however.

"I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued," she writes, adding a larger statement about society:

The word “nigga” causes so much debate in our community while the “nigga” behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u."

Minaj has also taken the photo down.

What do you think of Nicki Minaj using this picture of Malcolm X?


Nicki Minaj Biography

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Trinidad and Tobago
Full Name
Onika Tanya Maraj