by Biba Adams (@BibatheDiva)
Al Sharpton’s forthcoming memoir, The Rejected Stone, is being released on Cash Money Content to the shock of many. Sharpton was a very public critic of Lil Wayne, and hip-hop artists in general who for their use of profanity including the “n-word.” It was Al Sharpton who met with PepsiCo and the family of Emmett Till regarding the YMCMB rapper’s offensive lyrics referencing Till and framed in a sexual context. PepsiCo later released Lil Wayne from his endorsement with the company.
So, imagine the shock and awe when after years of animosity on both sides, Sharpton inked a deal with Cash Money Content, the publishing arm of Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne’s home label. The memoir, The Rejected Stone will track Sharpton’s personal evolution from a New York street activist to a political candidate and spokesperson for civil rights. Sharpton is also a media personality and host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC. The book will be released by Cash Money Content and Massenburg Media, in partnership with the Simon & Schuster imprint, Atria.
Carl Redding, a chef and former associate of Rev. Sharpton has penned an open letter to Sharpton calling for him to return the “blood money” he obtained from Cash Money. “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.”
The letter goes on to say, “I believe in my heart of heart that the Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have traded 30 pieces of silver to the likes of the Little Wayne’s of our world today as you have done by signing a piece of book deal paper with Cash Money… 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.”
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