Lil Wayne‘s “apology” to the family of civil rights icon Emmett Till was NOT REALLY AN APOLOGY … in fact, it fell way short … a rep for the Till family tells TMZ.
Earlier today, Wayne fired off a letter to the Tills … to “acknowledge” the hurt he caused the family when he compared Emmett’s violent death with the violent way he has sex with women. Nowhere in the letter did Wayne say he was sorry for what he did. Now, Airickca Gordon-Taylor – Executive Director, Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and Till Family Representative — tells TMZ the family does not view the letter as a formal apology. ”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.”
As the Baltimore Ravens get ready to take on the San Francisco 49ers this weekend, celebrities in town for the big game are squeezing in some charity work. DJ Khaled, Scarface, Trae the Truth, and Lil Wayne are among the big names teaming with New Orleans non-profit, Home Mission Inc. for I.M.P.A.C.T Weekend Charity Experience to be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 3. The weekend will include celebrity hosted event, and community service projects. Other attendees include Kevin Hart, and Deion Sanders. “We hope that I.M.P.A.C.T Weekend will serve as a catalyst for the continued growth of our programs and number of people we’re able to serve,” said HMI Executive Director, and I.M.P.A.C.T Weekend Charity Experience Event Coordinator, Krystal M. Justice. In addition to fundraising, the goal of I.M.P.A.C.T Weekend is to raise awareness about the organization’s mission to help the growing number of homeless and less fortunate in the city. Established in 1986, with the assistance of various partners, HMI has been able to provide food, shelter and other necessary resources to the New Orleans’ homeless and poverty-stricken populations.