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Prosecutors Say Nicki Minaj’s Brother’s DNA Matches Semen Found On Victim’s Pants

July 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Late last year, we reported that Nicki Minaj’s brother Jelani Maraj, was charged with raping a child.

Today, new information was released that doesn’t seem to be working in his favor at all.

According to an exclusive on our sister-site Bossip, prosecutors revealed that Maraj’s DNA matches the semen found on the 12-year-old accuser’s clothes.

The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office said that Maraj’s DNA profile was more than a billion to one match of the semen on the victim’s pants.

“…A DNA profile, a partial profile matching the defendant or consistent with the defendant, your honor, to the point in the hundreds of billionths of chance of it being any other individual, was discovered in the…pants of the complainant in this case, and also tested positive indicating the presence of semen,” Anthony Pirri, the assistant district attorney told the judge at a hearing July 26 in Nassau County Supreme Court’s sex crimes division.”

The victim told police that Maraj raped and sodomized her from April 1 to November 30, 2015. He was arrested the day after the alleged rape.

A grand jury later indicted Maraj on felony child rape charges, including predatory sexual assault against a child and first degree sexual conduct against a child.

Prosecutors offered him a deal of 15 years-to life, the case is still set for trial in November.

Before Maraj, who has worked for his sister, was indicted, the District Attorney’s Office offered him seven years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to the sexual conduct against a child in the first degree change. But Maraj rejected the offer.

During the hearing, Maraj did not testify. He only spoke to confirm his name and that he understood that the next hearing would be in August.

He still pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.

I don’t care how much money he or his sister has, a child molester should not be free to roam the streets. Period.

Should Nicki Minaj Address The Orlando Shooting?

June 16th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Should Nicki Minaj Address The Orlando Shooting?

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Last night, Nicki Minaj garnered quite a bit of attention on Twitter. It all started when the rapper tweeted about her new song with DJ Mustard and Jeremih.

Shortly, after Johnny, a fan, had a question for her.

A few minutes later, Johnny upped the ante @ mentioning her to ask if she were going to speak up and out.

Nicki didn’t take too kindly to that. And while she had been following this fan before, once she saw the tweet she unfollowed.

Johnny took a screenshot and posted it on his Twitter page, drawing even more attention to the discussion.

Should Nicki Minaj Address The Orlando Shooting?

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While Nicki didn’t appreciate being called out, there were several people who supported Johnny’s question, asking why wouldn’t Nicki say anything about a tragedy directly affecting the community that so heavily supports her art and career. They even mentioned that since Nicki has been so vocal about so many other incidents, including being discriminated against by the VMAs, it’s odd that she would be so silent here.

Nicki’s involvement in the debate didn’t stop when she unfollowed Johnny. She then started liking the tweets of those who supported her, particularly someone who wrote: “I would unfollow someone too for telling me what/what not to tweet.”

Later, she responded directly to the criticism.

There are a few questions here. Should Nicki Minaj have addressed the Orlando shooting? Was the fan out of line for asking her to do so? And, what can we learn from this incident?

If you think about the history of Nicki Minaj’s career, you may remember that there was a time when people thought– and she herself even alluded to being gay or bisexual. Later, I read that the decision to promote her as a sometimey-lesbian was to help sell records. Kind of like her then-manager’s decision to change her last name from Maraj to Minaj. It makes one think of sex. And sex, ladies and gentlemen, sells. In an interview with Out magazine from 2010, Nicki admits that while she hated having to change her name, she went with it. And then, in an attempt to keep creepy men away from her, she started catering to her female fans, still selling sex.

She told Out,

“I started making it my business to say things that would empower women, like, ‘Where my bad bitches at?’ to let them know, ‘I’m here for you,’ ‘ she says. ‘Then, when I started going to the shows and it was nothing but girls, it was like, Did I go too far with embracing my girls? Because now they want to kiss and hug me.”

Then there were the lyrics.

“I’m not gay/but let’s be precise/‘cause if she pretty then watch it/‘cause I’mma be f*cking your wife.” – “Danny Glover”

“Excuse me little mama/But you could say I’m on duty/I’m lookin’ for a cutie/A real big o’ ghetto booty/I really like your kitty kat/And if you let me touch her/I know you’re not a bluffer/I’ll take you to go see” – “Little Freak”

“I only stop for pedestrians or a real, real bad lesbian.”– “Go Hard”

But during an interview with Black Men, Nicki Minaj wanted to set the record straight. “I don’t date women and I don’t have sex with women.”

Basically, she pretended to be gay or bisexual in order to generate buzz around her name. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the term is “Gay for Pay.” I don’t think it’s an exaggeration, considering she exploited the community, gained their loyalty and support to appear controversial, edgy and sell records. It’s similar to the ways in which networks like Fox and The WB padded their primetime lineups with Black shows to gain viewers back in the ’90’s, only to drop all of them and replace them with predominately White shows.

Still, should fans, gay and straight alike, be looking to Nicki Minaj as some type of leader or spokesperson in the LGBTQI community? Probably not. Nicki Minaj is an artist. Not a politician. And while some celebrities do a great job of entertaining us as well as raising awareness or speaking truth to power, (looking at you Jesse Williams), everyone can’t take up that mantle.

But, as some of her fans mentioned, it’s not like Nicki doesn’t speak out about any pressing issue, regarding a minority or disenfranchised group. Many of us remember how she sparked a national discussion after her video for “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for best choreography or video of the year at the Video Music Awards. 

It just so happened that she was speaking out on behalf of herself and women who look like her, Black women with thickness. Point is, she’s not against using her platform. It just has to be for her personal gain…or to be messy.

We all remember the series of tweets, on several different occasions, about not only her breakup with Safaree but attacks on his character, the most recent one popping up just last month.

Still, I don’t think people should tell celebrities what they should tweet. I’m not about people trying to control or manipulate any woman’s voice. After all, that’s what happened with Nicki with the very name we call her by today. We can’t do things just because they will appease or appeal to other people. We all have free will. And if someone has to ask you to tweet about a tragedy, is it really sincere?

Many people wondered what a tweet from Nicki Minaj might have done. There were still 49 people who died as a result of that mass shooting. Her words wouldn’t change that. And that’s true. But, with her platform, you don’t know who her words might have reached, what type of encouragement and support they might have offered to one of her countless LGBTQI fans.

What this boy was doing with his tweet was the same thing Black folk do with Hip Hop and R&B artists, athletes, public figures and even the President of the United States, asking them to honor and support the people who have made their careers possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that. At the end of the day, Nicki Minaj doesn’t owe her fans anything. And they certainly don’t owe her their loyalty if they feel like she makes money from their identity and their community but won’t stand up for their issues. It’s exactly why Iggy Azalea, with her blaccent, was taken to task when she, after a string of murders of unarmed Black men and women by law enforcement, remained silent.

Things only got worse when she confirmed that the was unbothered by the attention her lack of response had garnered.

 

I can’t be the only one who thinks crying-laughing and kissy face emojis are a tad insensitive in reference to this discussion about the senseless loss of life.

If she weren’t going to issue a statement about the shooting, cosigning to being unbothered just seems unnecessary…and petty.

We really shouldn’t be surprised by any of it, honestly.

As of late, petty is a part of Nicki’s persona, particularly online. The only difference is, when it was directed at MTV, Safaree or Miley Cyrus, I’m willing to bet many of the same fans who are upset with her now, were chuckling and cosigning her behavior then. People have a tendency to celebrate foolishness until it hits them personally. Furthermore, if Nicki could publicly call a man she loved for over a decade a “poor excuse of a man,” we shouldn’t be surprised by what many are interpreting as a lack of support for the LGBTQI community. At the end of the day, Nicki Minaj is about Nicki Minaj. She was about herself when she alluded to being bisexual to get people talking about her. Though it was a valid discussion, she was about herself when she called out the VMAs. She was about herself when she used both her breakup and new relationship with Meek Mill to keep her name and face in the news. And she was certainly about herself when she rebuffed a question, unfollowed a fan, played petty, and posted emojis in a Twitter moment that could have either been completely ignored or turned into an opportunity for a real discussion.

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.