Oprah Winfrey: Trayvon Martin Parallels Emmett Till

Oprah Winfrey is currently getting rave reviews – and Oscar buzz – for her role in the upcoming Lee Daniels film “The Butler.”

During a recent interview, Winfrey discussed the new film and how it will impact audiences, considering the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

From the Grio:

“It’s so easy during this time… Trayvon Martin paralleled Emmett Till, let me just tell ya. In my mind. Same thing.

Emmett Till’s Family Dismiss Lil Wayne’s “Apology;” Call for Face-to-Face Meeting

Earlier this week we reported that Lil Wayne had issued a letter to Emmett Till’s family, apologizing for using Till’s name in the song “Karate Chop.”

Well, a spokesperson for the family dismissed the apology, claiming that it was inadequate.

From Rolling Stone:


“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned,” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, who is also executive director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, said.

Lil Wayne Issues Formal Apology to Emmett Till Family

After threats to jeopardize his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew, Lil Wayne has issued a formal apology to the family of Emmett Till.

Wayne offending many with lyrics in Future’s “Karate Chop (remix)” that referenced the Civil Rights martyr in a profane way:

“Pop a lot of pain pills / ‘Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till / Yeah …”

Check out Lil Wayne’s apology below:

Emmett Till’s Family Plan to Pressure Mountain Dew to End Endorsement Deal w/ Lil Wayne

The family of the late Emmett Till have not forgotten about an offensive Lil Wayne lyric invoking the Civil Rights martyr’s name.

And although the song – Future’s “Karate Chop” remix – has been pulled from airwaves, Wayne has yet to apologize.

So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.

Epic Records Responds to Lil Wayne Controversy, Will Pull Offensive Emmett Till Line

Epic Records has announced they will be going to “great efforts” to pull a leaked song that features a Lil Wayne lyric that references Emmett Till.

The line, from Future’s “Karate Chop” remix features the line, “Pop a lot of pain pills / ‘Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till / Yeah …”

Yesterday, we reported that the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation were deeply offended by the lyric, and demanded it be taken down.

Things Gotta Change and It’s Up to Us to Change It



By Kymone Freeman


“Things gotta change and it’s up to us to change it” – Chelsea James



These were the words of a 17-year-old senior at King H.S. who helped organize a peaceful march in protest of the rampant violence in Chicago that the school, the mayor and until recently, the president ignored in his hometown. The irony of symbolism isn’t lost on the fact that a school named after Dr. Martin Luther King, prince of peace and non-violence who himself was gunned down, is now the site of the rumblings of a renewed movement in the Fight Against Violence.



“Silence is betrayal” -MLK