Reverend Al Sharpton has been criticized for taking a publishing deal with Cash Money, a label whom he's feuded with in the past.
As we reported at the beginning of June, Al Sharpton plans to release a memoir, called "The Reject Stone," via Cash Money Content in the Fall. When the news arrived, many people were surprised because of the known beef between Sharpton and the YMCMB crew. Sharpton has spoken out against Lil Wayne in the past, for his use of the word 'bitch' and the n-word, and more recently, he was the one who organized the sit down with Emmett Till's family and Mountain Dew, following the controversy surrounding Weezy's line
Since the announcement critics have come forward, blasting Sharpton for taking the deal with Cash Money. One in particular is Carl Redding, a chef and former associate of Rev. Sharpton. In an open letter, Redding asked the Reverend to return what he calls "blood money" to Birdman.
"I recently read that you had penned a book deal with Cash Money, the very company that touts Lil Wayne as one its most recognized artists. Though I wish I could say that I was surprised by this move, I am not. As one who has spent years publicly crusading against the harmful effect of misogynistic lyrics on our young people, it’s clear that your decision to cut a lucrative financial deal with those who propagate such destructive images in our community, is the latest example of your failed leadership. Dr. Martin Luther King, who you claim to emulate, is doing somersaults in his grave," the letter reads.
Redding went on, "Your decision to cooperate and do business with a record label that routinely calls black women outside of their name, is deeply problematic and begs the question: where is your commitment to the black community?"
In closing out his letter, Redding writes, "So Rev Sharpton, in conclusion of my Open Letter to you, I am publicly imploring you to end your business relationship with Cash Money and return the “blood money” that you have accepted from those very people who continue to have the highest disregard for our women and our community…"
Read the full letter here. Do you think Sharpton is being hypocritical?
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