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Censored But Not Muted: Musicians Who Have Been Boycotted And Banned

May 9th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Musicians, much like other artists, have been censored by radio stations, universities, libraries and practically any other space you can think of for decades.  Before them, writers who spoke out against atrocities committed by governments the world over had their books burned and banned. Typically, musicians are targeted for censorship because their lyrical content is deemed too risqué or inappropriate.  Or, their music videos are considered sexually suggestive or outright explicit and therefore unfit and unsafe for public consumption.  But censorship and the flat-out banning of songs and videos always seems to work in favor of the artists – earning them more public attention and ultimately more album sales, giving credo to the saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity.  Controversy, whether intended or not, sells, and these artists clearly aren’t afraid to push boundaries or to speak their minds.  Here is but a small list of artists whose music was at one point or another censored, boycotted or banned.

“There’s A Boy That Likes Me:” Is Downplaying Your Relationship Once It’s Public Ever A Good Idea?

April 7th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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If you’re curious why Meek is trending right now it’s because the Internet has put him on a not-to-be-taken-lightly suicide watch after Nicki Minaj went on Ellen and said she’s single and called the Philly rapper “a boy that likes me.” Now in all fairness, those comments sound a bit more harsh than they actually were delivered and there is an explanation, though maybe not a great one, for why Nicki described Meek and their relationship as such: public negativity.

When inquiring about the engagement ring that’s supposedly not an engagement ring, Ellen asked Nicki if she was ready for a proposal from her famous boyfriend and she replied:

“You know, I don’t know. We’re still figuring each other out. And in fact, I don’t even want to say that I’m in a relationship anymore, because I think when people hear that, they go to like the mean place.”

Doing what she does best, Ellen provided comic relief saying she’s coming from a happy place (so spill the tea), and the Young Money star continued:

“You know, I used to be secretive. You guys asked me about that before on my pre-interview. I used to say, ‘I’m not in a relationship,’ even though I was in a 12-year relationship. Now I feel like just going back to that and saying, ‘You know what? I’m single… Now, I don’t really care to say ‘I’m in a relationship’ or ‘I’m engaged’ or whatever. There’s a boy that likes me. That’s all.”

So, you like him too? Or nah?

For the most part, I get what Nicki’s saying. If us common folk can fall prey to Insta-drama when people see a pic with someone one day and draw a crazy conclusion and then see a pic without the person a week later and draws another, I can only imagine the level of ridiculousness when you have 52 million followers. However, calling the person you’re dating just “a boy that likes me” or saying you two are just “two souls going through the universe” when she’s stuffed Meek down our throats for months on end, just isn’t going to cut it. Not for us, because we don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but likely for Meek.

Despite looking up to Beyonce and Jay Z as a couple, Nicki failed to learn from their example of acting like they didn’t even know the other inhabited the same planet when they first began dating. Instead, Nicki has spoken about Meek every chance she’s gotten and splattered him all over her Instagram, as recent as one week ago mind you. That is not the behavior of a woman who doesn’t really care to say — or show — she’s in a relationship.

The thing about making relationships public, especially on social media, is there are no take-backs. You can’t have “In a relationship with Jason” on your Facebook page today and then remove it tomorrow without more than a few questions, even if you are still in a relationship with Jason. And the same goes for Instagram. If your timeline is full of photos with bae and #RelationshipGoals hashtags, suddenly halting all of that oversharing will raise a few eyebrows and, if you haven’t discussed downplaying your relationship with your partner, one of those eyebrows is going to be theirs.

Nicki is right; the negativity that surrounds relationships these days is not cool. But neither is portraying the person you’re with as some lovesick puppy following you around and showering you with nice things (like multi-carat diamond rings) you can take or leave. And given the rather inglorious year Meek has had between his legal troubles and being sh-tted on by Drake, the last person he needs to be played by is his girlfriend. On national TV. You don’t have to say you’re single to get the public out of your business; all you have to do is stop putting your business on display for the public.

Because Meek is a man, his ego is on the line and the masses are taking no mercy when it comes to throwing shots at him. But really this situation isn’t much different from how we clown women like Emily Bustamente for being with men like Fabolous who still refuse to acknowledge them as their girlfriends, even though they’ve been together for umpteenth years and have reared more than one of their children. There’s a way to go about downplaying your relationship in a way that doesn’t disrespect your union or the person you could maybe one day possibly see yourself marrying. Most times that’s going to have to be done from the jump, and be a joint decision by both parties. Nicki didn’t handle this the right way and now Meek has to pay, publicly.

 

Why Nicki Refuses To Let Meek Call Her His Fiancée

March 17th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Despite the rumors and the two massive diamond rings he has placed on her finger, Meek Mill is not engaged to Nicki Minaj, and the rapper-turned-actress wants to make that very clear. According to Nicki, Meek promised that the third ring he gives her will be an engagement ring, but until then, she’d prefer it if he didn’t refer to her as “fiancée.”

“I’m not engaged yet,” the Trinidadian beauty told NYLON Magazine before breaking into a huge smile. “He said that my third ring would be my engagement ring. But sometimes he calls me his fiancée, and I’m always trying to stop him, like, ‘Nope! I ain’t got that third ring yet!’ We’re just taking it one step at a time.”

We can certainly understand why Nicki feels that way. It’s no different than a man who begins referring to his fiancée or girlfriend as his wife. Sure, it sounds good. Hell, it might even give you the feels, but if he hasn’t taken the steps to make that a reality, why play with it?

Don’t get it twisted, though. Nicki definitely sees herself being engaged and married to Meek in the future. She’s also ready for motherhood.

“You know, if that happens, if I get married, then I’ll have a child, and that’ll be fun, because I can’t wait to hold my baby. When he and I were just friends, he would always say, ‘You remind me of my mother, and I like that because you’re like a dude. You’re tough like a guy and you talk like a dude.’ So I always got the sense that me being tough and bossy was a turn-on for him. And it’s important for me to keep my voice. Being in a relationship shouldn’t mean that you lose your voice. Being in a relationship should mean that you’ve met a secure-enough man to allow you, in a sense, to remain a queen.”

Read Nicki’s full interview here.

I Want My Daughter To Have Sexy Role Models, Too

March 11th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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By now, we’re pretty accustomed to celebrities posting sexy photos, but the common question still remains:  “What type of role model is she?” and whether or not they can be a “real” role models to young girls. Everyone has something to say about Amber, but are they missing an important part of the conversation.

Amber Rose, “new” Beyonce, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj can all be role models for my daughter.

I want my daughter to have grown complex women as role models. Women that are comfortable enough with their sexuality, body, sensuality, and have the confidence to dress and express themselves anyway they want.

When people ask if “new” Beyonce, Amber Rose, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj can be role models what people are really asking is “can I allow my daughter to look up to successful, creative, and sexy savvy business women?” Sounds like a no-brainer question to me.

Being sexy and successful are not mutually exclusive concepts.

“I think my daughter should have the option of finding a role model in Nicki Minaj or other successful women in mainstream media because I want my daughter to know that sexy doesn’t mean stupid or powerless” says mother Mariely Moronta- Sanchez.

Not only have these women of color overcome insurmountable barriers to get to the level of success they have achieved, they have proven that they are forces to be reckoned with by maintaining and developing their careers in a very cut throat field.

The false notion that a woman being sexy lessens or reduces her worth and potential is an outdated and male-centered notion that I am not interested in entertaining in my household.

“We’re told we need to be fit and look beautiful, but not too beautiful or dare I say it, sexy. We’re also told that we can do anything or be anything we want to be. How is then, that we can’t be smart and sexy at the same time?” states Lisette, mother to a growing preteen daughter.

Some of my daughter’s role models include Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker. Both of these women are women of color who were successful artist, social justice advocates, humanitarians, and very sexual individuals. It’s even rumored that they had sexual relations together.

Providing my daughter with complex role models also alleviates the pressure to “be a perfect good girl.” As adults we know that there is no such thing as a “perfect person” so providing this hollow example for my daughter to look up to would be doing more harm than good.

Yes, Amber Rose was a stripper and shows her comfort in her body however she pleases. Nicki Minaj loves her big butt and sings about the complexities of experiencing an unintended teenage pregnancy that she chose to abort. Rihanna shows her nipples and loves carnival, and Beyonce sings about enjoying sex with her husband while being a mother, millionaire, and continuing to build an empire. These are not bad things. These are human things. Great achievements and messages I want my daughter to hear, own and posses.

“Women like Nicki Minaj are not only sexy business women they are unapologetic for being who they are and that is exactly what I want my daughter to know- you are powerful and will be a sexy woman.” – Moronta-Sanchez.

I agree.

Pass The Popcorn: Our Vote For Lifetime’s Next Biopics

January 27th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart Lifetime biopic drew 3.6 million viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched film in a year.  Did you enjoy it? Because we sure did. Narrated and executive produced by Toni Braxton (who sang her own music in the movie), Unbreak My Heart followed the success of Lifetime’s much talked about Aaliyah and Whitney Houston biopics.  Whose life story would you love to see on screen next? From Missy Elliott’s comeback to Brandy’s interesting career and love live and Jennifer Hudson’s incredible story, here are some candidates we think Lifetime should consider.

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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams made headlines as the first Black winner of Miss America, a title that she would later relinquish after a Penthouse scandal threatened her burgeoning career.  But Williams bounced back and conquered virtually every sector of entertainment: the musical charts, Broadway, film, and television.  If that doesn’t scream biopic, I don’t know what does.

Watch Adele Slay Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” Verse On ‘Carpool Karaoke’

January 16th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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If you’re not already hip, James Corden has been killing The Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke” series with a number of high-profile artists from Mariah Carey to Stevie Wonder to Jennifer Hudson.

This week, Corden was joined by none other than British powerhouse Adele, who literally gave us all sorts of feels and life. Riding through the rainy streets of her native London, the two did duets of her hits like “Hello” and “Someone Like You.” After running through her own impressive catalog, Corden brought up the fact that Adele loves rap. He then procceded to turn the volume up on Kanye West’s “Monster” featuring Jay Z , Nicki Minaj , Rick Ross. So, Adele took a moment from her crooning and spit Nicki’s verse — word for word!

After the video went viral with over 20 million and counting views, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to praise Adele’s triumphant effort saying, ““Pull thru, QUEEN!!!!!”

 

Press play and watch Adele slay “Monster” above.

Nicki Minaj Blasted For Selfie With Brother Accused Of Rape

December 31st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this month, we told you that Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, has been accused of raping a preteen. While the rapper has not publicly commented on the allegations, she’s clearly standing by her big brother’s side.

During the holidays, the 33-year-old snapped a selfie during a bowling outing with relatives—including Jelani. Shortly after the photo was posted on Instagram, the comments section was flooded with people criticizing the rapper over the photo as well as people who felt the need to defend Nicki.

As previously reported, Jelani stands accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old child for several months.

“…From about April 1, 2015, until November 30, 2015, the defendant, Jelani Maraj, engaged in a course of sexual conduct against a child,” legal documents state. “He engaged in these acts with the victim while knowing (she) was less than 13 years old.”

He was released on $100,000 bond and is prohibited from coming within 100 yards of the alleged victim.

My Bad, Ya’ll: The Most Awkward Moments Of 2015

December 29th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe mistake made us all feel bad for Miss Colombia. But that wasn’t 2015’s most awkward moment. From “Back to Back” to the knockout heard ’round the world, here are some of 2015’s most cringeworthy moments.

Whoopi Goldberg, Selita Ebanks & More Cast In Nicki Minaj’s Forthcoming Scripted Series

December 19th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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It was only a matter of time that Nicki Minaj impressive career trajectory from on-the-rise Queens, New York rapper to global cross over sensation.

Back in September, Deadline reported that the superstar would be bringing her vivid lyrics of her life to homes nationwide by executive producing and appearing in a scripted comedy series for ABC Family based on her own life. Titled Nicki, the series would narrate Nicki’s rise to stardom, including her immigrant family, life as a LaGuardia High School student, personal growth, and much more.

Now, the cast of Nicki has been unveiled, which features some very big names. Whoopi Goldberg has been cast as Nicki’s neighbor; Selita Ebanks will take on the role of her mother Grace; Wesley Johnson will act as Vincent, her father; and Ariana Neala, who we’ve seen in Fruitvale Station and Get Hard, will play a young Onika.

“I am honored and excited to announce that I’ve literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series ‘Nicki,'” she posted on Instagram.”I’ve been going to the auditions falling in love with some incredible people. Looking forward to unveiling this groundbreaking new show for you guys in 2016!”

Nicki also gushed over young starlet Ariana saying, “I demanded to meet her!” after watching her audition tape that left Nicki in tears. “[I] Sat in a room with her teaching her how to rap by doing a beat on the table & forcing her to stay on beat! Lol. Then pulled out all the attitude she had in her lil body. Haha! She’s tough! And so sweet & cute.”

There’s not an exact debut date set for Nicki, but you can expect it sometime in 2016. Will you be watching?

If Meek Mill Goes To Jail, Should Nicki Minaj Wait For Him?

December 18th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If Meek Mill Goes To Jail, Should Nicki Minaj Wait For Him?

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2015 hasn’t been the best year for Meek Mill. In addition to embarrassing himself by calling out Drake and then releasing that terrible diss record, he also had to appear in court to determine whether or not he violated his probation by traveling out of the country.

Last week, we reported Meek’s girlfriend, Nicki Minaj testified on his behalf saying that he might be “irresponsible” but is growing up and working on becoming “a quote-unquote adult.”

Way to sell Nick!

According to TMZ, the 28-year-old rapper himself took the stand yesterday. He spoke for more than an hour pleading his case before the judge.

He got emotional as he recalled not being able to see his mother in New Jersey after she had surgery.

Meek made it a point to apologize to the district attorney for calling her a “b-tch” in his song “The Ride.” This same district attorney is the one who said Mill submitted a urine sample for drug testing that didn’t belong to him.

Things got even more emotional when he addressed the judge directly.

“I’m not a gangsta. I’m not a criminal. I have my queen Nicki now. I’m trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper out there.”

But the judge wasn’t here for it. She ruled that he was in technical violation of his probation, meaning he will likely serve some more jail time. But she didn’t issue his punishment yet. Sentencing is set for February. Until that time, Meek cannot leave the 5 county area around Philadelphia.

As you might imagine, this is quite a bit for a very new, very public relationship.

While Minaj has the means to visit Philadelphia often, she is also a very busy woman whose schedule may not permit frequent trips to visit her boyfriend.

Furthermore, if he does end up serving jail time, things become even more complicated. Does she wait for him, hold him down? Does she remain monogamous while he’s away?

I don’t know or even understand what Meek and Nicki are doing these days. I can’t put my finger on them. But her statements in his defense don’t seem all that glowing. I would think that if your man’s freedom was at stake, you wouldn’t even allude to the fact of him being irresponsible.

But perhaps the evidence is too damning to deny on the witness stand. I’m sure the last thing she wants to do is perjure himself.

If I were in Nicki’s situation, I would at least have to consider a few things at this point. It’s not like Meek is a young 20 still making those “growing pain” mistakes. He’s a 28-year-old man who let his “beef” (read jealousy) of Drake dismantle all the work he’d put into building what looked like a very promising rap career and compromise his freedom.

And I’m not exaggerating. One of the reason’s Meek is in court is because he left the country, to perform in Canada, for Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint Tour. Now, most people on probation know the terms of it- whether they decide to follow them or not. I believe Meek knew going to Canada was a violation but he was more concerned about showing fans and the Hip Hop community at large that he wasn’t scared to perform in Drake’s old stomping grounds. And now, as a result of that decision he’s jeopardized his freedom. Maybe Nicki’s not one to be in her man’s legal business but I do wonder if she knew that he would be in violation of his probation by leaving the country. And if she did, did she try to suggest that he hang back for this show?

Y’all I hate that another Black man might have to enter the penal system over a technicality but I also wonder how a man who knows what it’s like to be incarcerated, away from his mother, children and his dream, could put himself in a position to be right back in that same predicament. And for what? A beef everyone unanimously agrees you lost anyway.

Lord have His mercy.

Nicki Minaj has said that she wants to be married with children. Now, that her relationship with Meek has come to this crossroad, she really needs to ask herself if she can see herself doing that with a man who, at 28, is still working toward becoming an adult.