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Jesse Williams Criticized for Using Nike-Inspired Memes to Promote Emmett Till Film

Soon after the announcement of Jesse Williams as director of upcoming historical drama Till, the Grey’s Anatomy actor is being called out for using memes inspired by Nike’s recent campaign to promote the film on social media.

Williams combined photos of Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie, with the language and imagery of Colin Kaepernick’s latest campaign.

The activist uploaded several other images as well before removing them due to the backlash. Check out responses to the promo move below.

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.