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— 11.24.14 (@MiyaOTM) October 20, 2014
People swear inking your body up is supposed to be some sign of undying love and affection. But honey, as Nick Cannon told us, tattoos can be covered or removed. And then the relationship, like that tattoo, is just a faded memory.
The most recent example of this fundamental truth? Safaree Samuels (aka Scaffbeezy), Nicki Minaj’s assistant, best friend and hype man.
I know what you’re thinking, Nicki and Samuels never actually confirmed that they were in a relationship. But that recent vacation, where the two were talking anniversary, and his recent tribute to her clearly tell the story of a man whose nostrils were wide open.
The last Nicki tattoo Safaree had done, was actually his third. And recently he was spotted with two of the three pieces covered completely and the last one beginning to fade.
Since they never acknowledged their relationship, there was no word from either of them about a breakup either. But Samuels has been noticeably absent from Nicki’s side as of late. And back in May, she tweeted: “SINGLE N READY TO MINGLE.”
At the time, sources said the two had a temporary argument and they were back together but from the looks of homeboy’s body, I’d say something else is going on here.
Who knows with these two.
See what he looked like before the removal below.
“I Was Like, This S**t Is Boring”: bell hooks On Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Video, Beyoncé And The Female Body In Pop Culture
“The pu**y is old hat.”
That was one of the first statements that bell hooks made during the panel, “Whose Booty Is This?” at the New School in New York. hooks and the women on the panel (including Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, Lynnee Denise and Stephanie Troutman) spoke about the new obsession in the media with booty, and female sexuality in pop culture as a whole.
“One of the reasons we’ve moved from the pu**y to the butt–the ass, the booty–is that it flips that so that it’s no longer about who has rights in the female body, but who has access to the female body.”
The panel spoke openly about women in media today and the craze over the butt. Nowadays, many notable women willingly expose their assets to the world to show that they are sexually liberated. But hooks questions if that’s the case. Beyoncé was a big topic in this discussion and throughout a majority of the panel.
“This continues to be somewhat of a crisis within feminist thinking, the inability to name what we mean when we talk about feminist liberatory sexuality. And one of the things that we see, and if I were critiquing Beyoncé on this, is the collapse of hedonistic sexuality with the notion that it’s liberating. If I’m a woman and I’m sucking somebody’s d**k in a car and they’re coming in my mouth and we can be in one of those milk commercials, or whatever, is that liberatory because I might be the person initiating that? Or is it really part of the tropes of the existing, imperialist, white supremacist, patriarchal capitalist structure of female sexuality?”
hooks touched on the this idea of sexual freedom again later on in the panel.
“They can exercise control and make lots of money, but it doesn’t necessarily equate with liberation. Most of us are pretty intoxicated with money and with making money and I really feel strongly that even with Beyoncé, even with all her talent, her looks and everything, people wouldn’t be so into her if it wasn’t that she’s also so rich. And the fact that she’s young and so, so, so wealthy so, so, soon, is as seductive as the booty, if not more so. There’s a lot of booties out there that are glamorous, but not connected to the fantasies of wealth — and we equate wealth so much with freedom.”
She also touched on the image of today’s stars on the cover of magazines and on TV and what messages their looks give off. They wear the long weaves, the blonde hair and the contoured noses, and hooks wondered whether or not these same women would be embraced if they embraced more natural looks.
“Can we imagine Beyoncé with her dreadlocks, moving the heart and soul of all the white people who claim to be so moved? Or is it that part of what they’re moved by, is her own kind of self-effacement and abjection that is always there?
Try to imagine her with some nappy dreads or some nappy hair up there swinging and dancing. And think, would she have the money she has in this culture? Is there a kind of blackness that isn’t sellable or marketable?”
hooks also said that she wishes more images would be put out there that are varied and display different experiences and looks for our young girls and women.
“I’m not lifted up by the image of [Laverne Cox on the cover of Time] or Beyoncé lifted up on the white magazines and the way they’ve been dressed and the way they look. I don’t look at those images and feel lifted up. Whereas when I go to the Carrie Mae Weems show and I see particularly the section on “Roaming” in Italy, I’m lifted up. I’m more than lifted up, I’m carried away…I wish for black girls and black teenage girls that those images were as accessible to them as the images of pop culture that are limited in their vibrancy and even in their beauty. Because a lot of times it’s a lot of reproduction of the same. That’s one of the things that struck me about “Anaconda.” I was like, this sh*t is boring. I have seen it in the first couple of shots and I kept calling people like, ‘What does it mean?’ Is there something that I’m missing that’s happening here?'”
If you have the time, check out this very enlightening panel discussion below and let us know what you think.
Courtesy of the digital age, having an opinion that does not align with the majority is deadly. A tweet or statement made on the radio or posted on other forms of social media can incite all forms of cyber bullying – and can quite possibly cause people to cut you off K. Camp style. In cases as extreme as these, Eminem gifted us the appropriate term to describe folks who simply won’t be open-minded.
“A stan is an avid fan and supporter of a celebrity, franchise, or group, often a pop singer. The object of the stan’s affection is often called their fave. Based on the song “Stan” by Eminem, the term has frequently been used to describe artist devotees whose fanaticism matches the severity of the obsessive character named Stan in the 2000 Eminem song.” That definition was courtesy of the all-knowing Wikipedia by the way.
This inability to have a healthy debate about the greatness they find in whatever artist, group or subject matter they adore makes simple conversations and postings draining. No one wants to be the next target of a cyber stan attack. Charlamagne tha God recently said that he was the latest victim of a verbal assault from overzealous fans.
Nicki Minaj’s unwavering, tight-knit fanbase will have no parts of anyone talking lowly of their Queen Barbie. The radio host recently revealed that he and the Head Barbie are currently at odds due to remarks he made on the radio about her song “Anaconda.”
“I know she got upset when I said ‘Anaconda’ was corny,” Charlamagne said during his Brilliant Idiots podcast. “But my exact synopsis on ‘Anaconda’ when it first came out was I’m not really feeling this record. It’s not for me. It’s for girls, it’s for kids, it’s for people who like to shake their a**. I said when the video comes out, I will probably appreciate this song more. But I said, ‘it’s going to work but its corny.’”
As a real fan of Nicki Minaj’s, I couldn’t help but agree with Charlamagne. The record makes sense in the club, for pre-gaming with friends and tapping into your inner twerk goddess, but aside from that, it isn’t getting played on my iTunes. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I won’t play other records by Nicki, I just happen to not like one song. This admission got Charlamagne hit with a cyber assault and the loss of an industry friend who reportedly is saying that she won’t return to The Breakfast Club.
A line needs to be drawn. A stan’s unwavering ability to look at who they idolize with an open mind and clear eyes makes it difficult to want to discuss what’s most important, and that’s the music. And there is a clear difference when it comes to being a fan and being a stan, because you can love Beyoncé and dislike a performance, song or fashion choice. That doesn’t make you any less of a fan or any more of a hater. You just have an opinion.
The Beyhive, The Navy (Rihanna), Team Breezy (Chris Brown) and Nicki’s Barbz house some of the most extreme stans who will ferociously attack anyone with an opposing thought. As Charlamagne put it: “‘Stans’ can not see anything wrong with their favorite artist. They love everything they do. If the artist fart, they’re like, ‘OMG, that was the best sounding fart I ever heard in my life. She farted on beat,’ whatever. I’m an ‘objective fan,’ so I can give my opinion about things.”
There is nothing wrong with loving your favorite artist, but there is a huge problem when you’re riding into the heat of battle every time someone says something you don’t necessarily appreciate or agree with when it comes to that artist. Get a grip, folks.
“We Don’t Want Money To Be Used On Boob Jobs” South African Leaders Ask Nicki Minaj Return Money For Canceled Show
Well it has been about a month since the last time folks were in a tizzy about something or another having to do with Nicki Minaj. For a second there, I thought we might let the girl live for a bit. I mean since she dyed her hair back to natural colors and stopped with the funny voices, folks might give the child some space. You know, so she can smell the roses, travel around a bit, work on having those babies she’s been talking about…
But nope. This woman stays in the center of a dumb controversy.
What I mean is that ANC Youth League leaders are demanding the “Anaconda” rapper return almost a $1 million dollar in deposit money for a canceled show, she was scheduled to perform in Tshwane, which is outside of Pretoria, South Africa. The show in question was the TribeOne Dinokeng Festival and according to its Facebook page, was supposed to be a “first-of-its-kind in Africa initiative,” which sought to “ leverage music entertainment to generate revenue, jobs and infrastructure upliftment for a town and community in need of a new means of attracting attention to its significant legacy in the history of South Africa.”
The inaugural festival was scheduled to run from September 26-28th and feature over 150 acts including J Cole and Macklemore. But according to Sowetan Live, the planned multi-day festival was called off two days before its scheduled start date because of lack of preparation by the township.
“Site preparation and related infrastructure development required to host the Festival, being the responsibility of the CoT, fell behind schedule to a material extent, such that it was no longer realistically possible to stage and deliver the festival to the scale and quality that the organizers had always planned.
This is certainly a tough break for the city of Tshwane, which according to this report in the South African Times Live newspaper, has been struggling with debt and “battling to fulfill its obligations”since June of this year. And in addition to the return of the taxpayers money, the ANC youth leaders are also demanding that municipal officials both resign and apologize for misusing public funds for an event, “aimed at impressing imperialist forces, instead of providing essential services.”
The ANC youth leaders also had some harsh sentiments for the formerly candy colored hair rapper. And in an short news clip, Lesego Makhubela, chairperson for the ANCYL’s Tshwane chapter, tells South African Eyewitness News, “She knows that she hasn’t worked for the money and there are many charities that she can donate the money to. We don’t want taxpayers’ money to be used on boob jobs.”
Talk about being salty. Seriously, screw that guy!
To be fair, it is pretty messed up that the city thought a festival was a good way to deal with all of its debts as well as to create jobs. According to the Mail & Guardian, 40 Million Rand, or $3.6 million (based on Google’s conversation calculator) had already been spent in developing “infrastructure” for the festival in addition to whatever they had paid Minaj.
Not to mention the local artists seems to be pretty pissed about paying all of that money for international talent when there was plenty of worthwhile local talent in need of support. If I was going to create jobs, I might have started with them. And while hosting a big concert might have worked for the nuns and their inner city orphaned students in Sister Act, folks have to remember that at least they had microphones, an organ and staging equipment. So in that respect, the ANC youth leaders have every right to hold those officials accountable.
But it is also it’s pretty crappy to hold Minaj responsible for the city’s inability to hold up its end of the contract. Even though she didn’t perform – or in the words of Makhubela “hasn’t worked for the money” – Minaj is a highly sought after artist. As such, she likely did lose out one or more lucrative paying gigs in places with working infrastructure elsewhere in the world. When you think of it that way, she deserves to be compensated something for her time – no matter how the buyer of that time chooses to waste it.
It’s also pretty tacky to invite someone to do a show for you and then slander them when things don’t go your way. Had everything worked out perfectly for the township, I bet many of those ANC youth leaders, who are making snide comments about her anatomy now, would have been snuggled under her right boob, begging for a picture. Having to subject yourself to such disrespect is “work” enough and definitely worth nearly a million dollars.
But what say you folks: should Minaj give the money back or tell the ANC Youth Leader to go Cry Freedom?
Nicki Minaj is currently at the top of her game. She’s arguably one of the most popular female rappers of our time. She has a budding acting career, not to mention all of her business ventures. But with all that she has going on, the 32-year-old rapper still hopes to add mother and wife to her resume in the future. While she initially seemed unsure of whether or not she could manage such a booming career and juggle family life, Nicki says that Beyoncé showed her that’s it’s totally possible to have it all.
“Seeing Beyoncé with her daughter and husband was so tender, and it showed me that it is possible to be an animal on stage and a caring mother at the same time,” she told Vogue.
She adds that when she does finally settle down, it will have to be with the right man.
“[I want] an upright man, who will take care of me. The time is not yet ripe, but when I decide to get married and become a mother. I would like to take a hiatus and dedicate myself completely to my child.”
“I gave myself a time limit to reach my professional goals”, she continued. “I don’t want to work my whole life without ever experiencing the joys of a family.”
Nicki says that she’s “too busy” to become a mother at the moment, but that she expects her situation to change eventually.
“Family has always been very important to me, and that is why I want to wait until the right moment before starting my own. Right now I am too busy, but at a certain point the situation will change.[...] [Watching my mom be abused] had a profound influence on my way of being a woman – never let a man cross the line or control me, especially in my career.”
Until then, the “Anaconda” rapper says she’s committed to building her empire.
“I want to build my empire. In my field, I have always seen men do it – from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay-Z. Now it’s a woman’s turn.”
“At first no one took me seriously. In the world of rap, women are usually relegated to the choir.”
Check out Nicki’s full interview here.
“Don’t Come To America And Try To Convince Me That You’re Gangsta Boo”: Rah Digga Comes Out Of Hiding To Shade Iggy Azalea
Rah Digga (Remember her? She used to run with Busta Rhymes and the Flipmode Squad) came out of nowhere this week to chat with ThisIs50 about her new album and women in Hip Hop. As it turns out, she’s not too fond of Iggy Azalea. At this point, I don’t think anyone is surprised when other female MCs discredit the “Fancy” rapper. It’s like the new trend…
“Iggy Azalea, it’s like., I can’t really get into her because it’s just not real to me. And not for nothing because people have accents in real life as opposed to when they work. But let me say this to you. There is a white girl from Australia that spits in an Australian accent and her name is Chelsea Jane. That I can get into. Teach me Australian Hip Hop culture. Don’t come to America and try to convince me that you’re Gangsta Boo. She’s a beautiful girl. Capitalize off of the supermodeling thing! But we’re not going to believe you if you’re trying to convince us that you’re out here trap shooting…
This is what I have an issue with because my issue is never with any of the artists and what they bring to the table. My issue is with the higher powers. I don’t consider her Hip Hop. I listen to her album. Everything that I hear on there is everything but that. And I feel like Hip Hop is Hip Hop. The same way they took R&B and okay, for the ones that are considered ‘real’ R&B, we’re going to call them Neo-Soul, so now we can call Ariana Grande R&B. Hip Hop is representative of this: to inform and empower inner city youth. I’m fine with anybody’s race, creed or color participating, but don’t ever forget what it was created for in the first place.”
She also stood with Nicki Minaj in her statements at the BET Awards earlier this year about the importance of women rappers writing their own rhymes.
“There are too many passes being given. Everybody was mad at Nicki for making that comment at BET. This is what I wanna say: When did it become wrong to call out people that don’t write their own rhymes? When did that become a crime in Hip Hop? This is Hip Hop at the end of the day.”
I get what she’s saying…but I don’t get what she’s saying, because how many rappers, male and female, are really out here “informing and empowering the inner city youth” of anything important anymore? If that’s solely what makes someone Hip Hop then very few of the people being touted as Hip Hop, whatever their race or background, are really worthy to be put in such a category and could probably use a calling out too, Rah…just saying.
Check out Rah Digga’s argument below starting around the 6:00 mark.
Good news ladies and gents, R&B singer August Alsina is being discharged from the hospital yesterday, after a week in the hospital. After falling off a stage during his Testimony Live Tour and being placed in a medically-induced coma for three days, Alsina was well enough to be released.
Healthy enough to b Discharged from the hospital today… Scariest time of my life.. but im a soulja & so is God.Thankyou for your prayers.
— August Alsina (@AugustAlsina) September 23, 2014
And posted this picture and caption on Instagram:
Recovery, it’s a process. I woke from a coma.. God gave me a second chance at life & I’d like to thank each and every person that sent any form and expression of love thru gift, card, flowers or simply your kind words and prayers. I’m a hustler, I’m a worker, I overwork myself at times but I’m a survivor and still here by the grace of God and your prayers. #AlsinaNation #Squadd We still here & time to go harder!
This incident ended up being far more serious than we initially thought, so we’re glad to hear that August is well enough to go home. But we certainly hope and pray he continues to get the rest, nutrition and possible treatment he needs in the future so he doesn’t end up in this same predicament again.
Check out the celebrities who wished August well via Instagram.
So there is a parody video going around, making fun of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video.
It’s by Bart Baker and not surprisingly, the gist of his jokes are about her fake cakes, allegedly. But as the blog Stylite wrote of the parody:
“Surprisingly, or actually not at all surprisingly since the internet kind of sucks too, the video has already reached almost 900,000 views since being put on YouTube yesterday, with the vast majority of those drawing a very enthusiastic thumbs up for its remarkable rhyming of “surgery bill” and “lips.” Other notable lyrics include “rap about sex nonstop / act like a whore / waste the talent that I got” and “so plastic when I die they’ll throw me in recycling.” LOL. Though our favorite part is how the entire video is basically an ode to Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back” when the two songs are about the exactly the same thing only one is told from a female point of view.”
When it comes to the formerly rainbow-colored “Starships” rapper, the validity of her cakes appears to be a favorite topic of most comedians and average snarky people on Twitter alike. And when folks are not harassing her about her surgically enhanced figure, they are equally perturbed by the equally large sexual gall in her lyrics.
Honestly, it is hard to say why (in a genre where a song will have the singer shooting two dudes, robbing a bank, going to the club to pop bottles with models, get on a private jet to Barcelona and be back at the ‘hood by morning to push weight – all one verse), folks single her out specifically. But the meme as of late is that Minaj is single-handedly corrupting the tender, impressionable minds of the entire next generation of Black folks, with her exaggerated body and raunchy lyrics.
That’s pretty much what the editor of AllHipHop.com wrote recently in his open letter to Minaj, more specifically:
“The song: “Anaconda.” The art: your booty in a thong. As a man, I can appreciate the virtues of your perfect posterior. The dad guy is not a happy camper, particularly now that his lil’ girl is transitioning into a young lady.”
For the children’s sake.
Meanwhile on the other side of the booty scale, T.I. has this to say to all the people criticizing his protege Iggy Azalea for her less than genuine act:
“Me knowing her, knowing where she comes from—for real, the whole racist thing, that’s American—we forget, she’s not American. So the whole Black, White, color divided thing, it isn’t a part of her DNA like it is here in America. It’s just ignorant to me. In this day and age, to be a race of people who are demanding equality and speaking out on injustices and wanting to be treated fairly, to stand up and do the exact same thing in opposite to someone unwarranted for no reason, it’s hypocritical. I’m a ride with her.”
I guess many Aboriginals don’t make it to a T.I show whenever he visits the land down under? I’m sure they would have something to say about the whether “the whole Black, White, color divided thing,” really exists or if it is just a figment of their Rabbit Proof Fenced-in imaginations. Or as Michael Arceneaux, writes for Urban Daily:
“Either way, more than anything else, it has been her whiteness that has benefited Iggy Azalea the most and no matter how uncomfortable hearing that repeated makes her supporters feel, it is the truth. Besides, it could be worse: she could bear the burden of being a Black female rapper trying to make it in 2014.”
The burden of being a Black woman rapper is having everyone make a big deal about your allegedly enhanced cakes while nobody – and I mean not a single soul – talks about Iggy’s probable fake ass. Nope, not a single parody video or song, saying “ha-ha-ha, that white girl got a fake ass” can be found anywhere around this Interweb. I guess folks truly believe she naturally picked that up in the South along with her accent. – or they want to believe anyway. In fact, if you try to bring up the fact that Iggy has a fake ass, folks will more than likely respond, “So? Nicki Minaj does too.” And they’ll say it with no irony in the fact that her fake ass is a major reason why folks mock and mudsling Minaj.
The burden of being a Black woman rapper means always having to be concerned with being a good role model to the next general of Black girls – or hell, women in general. As Black women are not individuals and capable of thinking like individuals. We are like the Borg. When one twerks, we all twerk. Therefore Minaj has to be careful how she uses her power. Don’t want to leave the childlike minds of women astray.
However, there are no “Dear Iggy” letters written most ironically from men within the rap industry, denouncing Azalea and her music for turning his precious Lil’ Precious into a dollar-strip walking whore. Even though, Azalea speaks in the same vernacular as many of the brown-skinned folks in her audience and swears and uses sexual imagery in her music as Minaj. And even though folks like T.I swear up and down that “race don’t matter.” Well if it doesn’t matter what color she is, how come we don’t hold her up to the same levels of respectability and accountability as we do her darker skinned counterparts?
Folks don’t like to admit it but everybody is amused and entertained. It’s cheeky and cute when Iggy or any White person does Blackness. Hell, she gets to sing her bullshit on “Dancing With the Stars” where middle aged White women in mom jeans and knit kitten sweaters can ironically sing along too. However the same attitude makes you very little friends or gains you very few supporters as a Black woman. And there is nothing too funny about that.
Beyonce’s Parisian fans received the surprise of a lifetime!
During the European edition of her On The Run tour with husband Jay-z, Queen Bey brought out Nicki Minaj! The two superstars treated fans with a performance of Flawless Remix. This marks the first time Beyonce & Nicki Minaj performed Flawless and have appeared on stage together.
Beyonce and Nicki Minaj shut down the stage and left the fans wanting more. Nicki also made sure to share a selfie she took with Beyonce after the performance.
We’re hoping the two will release a video for the remix after watching this performance.
Nicki Minaj Banned From Speaking At Her Former High School, Did The Principal Make The Right Choice?
Nicki Minaj was recently denied the opportunity to speak at her old high school Fiorello H. La Guardia High School. A very prestigious performing arts school in Manhattan.
The school did not give a specific reason why they weren’t going to allow Minaj to speak but the rapper, who’s dominating the music industry these days, didn’t take too kindly to the news.
I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess. Smh
— Anaconda (@NICKIMINAJ) September 11, 2014
— Anaconda (@NICKIMINAJ) September 11, 2014
That school changed my life and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now. I was really looking forward to it.
— Anaconda (@NICKIMINAJ) September 11, 2014
I know Nicki Minaj might not exactly be the role model you would choose for your child. Yes, she sells sex and recently released a video that prominently featured her jiggling posterior. But schools allow alumni with questionable backgrounds, song lyrics, personal lives and even shady business practices to come and speak to students all the time. But few high schools boast the very accomplished alumni list like La Guardia high school. Passing on Nicki Minaj will not leave them hurting. But also, not allowing Nicki to speak doesn’t mean these students wouldn’t be exposed to her music and mature messages anyway. They might be familiar with the artist but now they won’t get the backstory.
Personally, I’m on the fence about this one. I’ve seen Nicki tell several children who look up to her to stay in school, pursue their education and work hard. And I mean several. Whether they are fans skipping school to come see her, fans on Twitter who reach out for advice, or Sophia and Rosie, the two British girls who became famous singing her hit song “SuperBass,” she always has some type of message of encouragement. And I feel like the students at La Guardia would have been particularly receptive to that knowing that Nicki Minaj literally walked the same halls she did.
The Nicki Minaj we see on stage is far from a role model. But Onika Maraj’s story is inspirational, an immigrant from a dysfunctional family goes on to become the most powerful woman in Hip Hop? That’s a story I would want to hear even if I wouldn’t execute my career in the same Nicki does. I’m of the mindset that you can learn from anyone even if you don’t agree with every decision they’ve made in their lives.
But what do you think? Do you agree with the principal’s decision? Why or why not?