Don’t Pull A Minaj- MadameNoire Feature

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Nicki Minaj made a major misstep when she used a historic photo of Malcolm X as the artwork for her new single and juxtaposed it with the title of the song which uses the “n” word. She upset fans and Malcolm X’s family. “Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X’s legacy,” Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz said in a statement to the Associated Press. It took several days for Minaj to apologize and pull the artwork. Still the damage to her brand had been done. PR crises are a reality for companies. But the key to your brand’s survival is how you deal with the backlash. When you find yourself in a similar predicament as Minaj, first examine the situation. “If your brand did nothing wrong… then…

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