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star Nicki Minaj is set to have a
big year ahead of her with several
projects in music and film already
under way including her long
awaited big-screen debut.
The Beez in the Trap rapper will
make her first-ever movie appearance
in The Other Woman this spring
alongside such Hollywood heavy-
weights as Cameron Diaz, Taylor Kin-
ney, and supermodel Kate Upton.
Minaj will play Cameron Diaz s
"opinionated, sharp, and brutally hon-
est" legal assistant who is on her third
marriage in Nick Cassavetes comedy,
which is due out on April 25.
The Pink Friday star s only film role
so far has been behind the scenes in last year s animated
comedy Ice Age: Continental Drift in which she provided
the voice of Steffie the mammoth.
Apart from her upcoming movie debut, the four-time
Grammy nominee, born Onika Maraj in Trinidad, will
appear on Young Money: Rise of Empire in March.
The former American Idol judge just dropped her remix
of Young Thug s hit Danny Glover on her SoundCloud
page and is hard at work on her third studio album.
As she told MTV News back in November: "I m definitely
"I m very excited at what I ve been coming up with.
I already started, I didn t tell anybody because I didn t
want to jinx it," the 31-year-old rapper said.
Minaj makes film debut
in The Other Woman
NEW YORK: Mal-
colm X s family and
estate said Nicki
Minaj s use of a famous
photo of the black
nationalist with a rifle
in his hands and jux-
taposing it with a racial
slur for her new song s
artwork is disrespectful
In an exclusive state-
ment to The Associated
Press on Friday, Malcolm
X s daughter, Ilyasah
Shabazz, said Minaj s use
of the picture "in no way
is endorsed by our fam-
"Ms Minaj s artwork
for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X s
legacy," Shabazz s statement said. Minaj apologised Thurs-
day. She pulled the artwork after she was criticised on
social media platforms for using the photo for the cover
of her new male-bashing song, Lookin (Expletive) (Exple-
Minaj said the single cover was "never the official art-
Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide---which is the
business representative for the Malcolm X estate---called
Minaj s use of the photo "dehumanising."
"This is a family photo that was taken out of context
in a totally inaccurate and tasteless way," said his statement
on behalf of the family. Londell McMillan, the attorney
for the Malcolm X estate and the black leader s daughters
---and estate administrators---Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz,
said in a statement Friday that those using the famous
photo of Malcolm X need to remove it immediately. "Fail-
ure to do so within the next 24 hours shall result in legal
action," said McMillian, who is also the lawyer for Malcolm
X s daughters, Attallah, Qubilah and Gamilah Shabazz.
"The initial act and subsequent acts of distribution were
improper and ill-advised. Any disparagement, infringement
or disrespect of Malcolm X, and his name, image, likeness
and proprietary rights will not be tolerated."
Minaj s representatives didn t return emails seeking
Minaj posted the artwork Wednesday on her Instagram
page and Web site. The photo shows Malcolm X holding
a rifle as he was trying to protect his family from death
threats; his home had been firebombed.
"I apologise to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning
of the photo was misconstrued. ... I have nothing but
respect (and) adoration for u," Minaj said on her Instagram
page following the criticism.
The 31-year-old rapper-singer said later Thursday she
wrote the song to empower women because there are
too many songs that attack females.
In the song s music video, Minaj is shooting guns.
Ilyasah Shabazz said Minaj s use of her father s photo
is part of a larger problem in today s culture. (AP)
...Malcolm X family upset
over use of photo on album
In this March 12, 1964 file
photo, Malcolm X addresses
reporters at the Hotel Park-
Sheraton in New York. AP
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