Famous Celebrity Open Letters

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  • Alice Walker, Alicia Keys
  • India.Arie/Zoe Saldana
  • Lil' Wayne/Emmett Till
  • Kelly Osbourne, Lady Gaga
  • Jay Z
  • Tyler Perry
  • Janet Hubert/Wendy Williams
  • Kelly Clarkson/Clive Davis
  • Jada Pinkett-Smith
  • Beyoncé/Tina Knowles/Solange
  • Nick Cannon
  • Russell Simmons
  • Cissy Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown
  • Beyoncé/Serena Williams
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Frank Ocean
  • Beyoncé/Michelle Obama

The Family of Emmett Till

Words can hurt. Lil' Wayne learned the hard way about the power of his rhymes when a lyric from his verse on Future's track "Karate Chop" caused deep offense to the family of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old slain for allegedly whistling at a white woman in 1955 Mississippi. Till's family accused the Young Money rapper of "destroying the preservation and legacy of Emmett Till's name and honor."

(Photos from left: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File, Tribune File Photo)

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