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Umm, Where Was Beyoncé? Serious Questions We Have About The 2015 VMAs

August 31st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Did you watch the 2015 Video Music Awards last night? We did too, and from missing guests to celebrity beef, we were left with some questions about this year’s show that we need answers to.

Salon Calls Nicki Minaj “Savage” For Responding To Miley Cyrus Slander

August 31st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When I stumbled across clips of Nicki Minaj confronting Miley Cyrus at last night’s Video Music Awards, I knew that it would only be a matter of time before White publications began pushing the narrative that Cyrus was simply a casualty of an angry Black woman’s wrath. However, I didn’t expect that things would get this bad.

Earlier this morning, described Minaj’s VMA clap back as “savage,” which is interesting considering that Cyrus is the one who initiated the feud in the first place.

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Almost immediately, social media regulars began criticizing the publication for its choice of words, and magically, the tweet disappeared. It was later replaced with this:

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Of course, Black Twitter doesn’t forget a damn thing, and screenshot capabilities have become a gift and curse for media outlets. So it’s likely that this blunder will live on the Internet forever. Everyone makes mistakes, especially when working in the digital space, but to refer to a Black woman’s behavior as “savage” in a situation as petty as two recording artists bickering at an awards show seems to serve as more of a reflection of the tweeter’s perception of Black people than his or her poor judgment.

As we reported last week, Cyrus criticized Minaj in an interview with the New York Times over her decision to speak out against MTV’s VMA nomination practices. The 32-year-old felt that both “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself” deserved “Video of the Year” nominations—neither were nominated—and wondered whether or not race played a role in the snub. When quizzed about her opinion on Minaj’s decision to speak out, Cyrus proceeded to slam her.

We’re not sure how Salon is planning on rectifying this issue as it’s now obvious that simply deleting the tweet and replacing it with a new one hasn’t fixed anything. Neither has this quick apology:

Nicki Minaj May Have Won An Award, But She Lost Big Time At The VMAs

August 31st, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Many of us tuned into the 2015 VMAs in the hopes of seeing the way Nicki Minaj would respond to all the madness surrounding her controversial tweets about the inequity that Black women deal with in the entertainment business. Some tuned in to see if Minaj would blow up Miley Cyrus’ spot for basically calling her an angry Black woman last week. And she did. But that barely matters when you look at the bigger picture.

I think we all really just got duped by Taylor Swift.

Minaj opened the show with a performance of the catchy single “Trini Dem Girls” that led into “The Night is Still Young,” which culminated with Swift taking the stage in an act of pop solidarity. The performance ended with the formerly beefing pair singing Swift’s hit single, “Bad Blood.” What a well-orchestrated publicity stunt. Well done.

It was pretty odd that after all her pushback, Minaj decided to take the opening slot at a show that she claimed had done her wrong. So it should have come as no surprise that she would do so to wave a public white flag to Swift. I imagine that after Swift injected herself into Minaj’s tweets, the singer recognized damage control needed to be done and wasted no time getting Minaj on the phone to orchestrate a superficially huge water cooler and girl power moment for the 2015 VMAs.

Or, it’s possible that the entire beef was designed to give the music network ratings and relevance for its annual magnum opus. We mustn’t forget that the entertainment industry is all smoke and mirrors. Swift fans will welcome Minaj back into the fold while Minaj continues to dominate the pop-rap game, and all goes back to normal.

So who loses here? Everyone but Swift.

I suppose that at the end of the day, if it weren’t a stunt, Minaj couldn’t keep it really real even if she wanted to. She is a mainstream artist with a primarily White fanbase nowadays. But just as I started to come to terms with the whole publicity stunt thing, Minaj won Best Hip-Hop Video Award and things got even weirder. Minaj did her usual dance in her acceptance speech, thanking her fans and big upping independent boys and girls. Then she took a breath and thanked her pastor before launching into an assault on Miley Cyrus, the evening’s host, who was standing on the other side of the stage.

“And now back to the b***h who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”

The petite singer barked at a visibly startled Miley Cyrus, who wasted no time in her rebuttal. Miley responded to the MC while asking viewers to vote for the Artist To Watch award.

“Hey, we’re all in this industry. We all do interviews and you know how they manipulate sh*t. Congratu-f***ing-lations.”

The camera cut to Minaj during Cyrus’ rebuttal, and she seemed to be popping off. She was nowhere near the microphone, but she definitely told Cyrus “don’t play with me, b***h.”

Now for all intents and purposes, this entire exchange seemed real, and MTV even issued a statement clarifying that the moment was not staged. But that’s not really saying much.  Either way, Minaj loses. Cyrus merely comes off looking dismissive and ignorant, but she gets attention, which is her only goal. Minaj has now taken a major blow to her credibility, which is critical at the end of the day. Beefing with Cyrus is a means to an end; she’s a buffoon who is not taken seriously. But in a perfect world, Minaj would have used her acceptance speech to further address disparities and clarify her original tweets that Swift misconstrued and Cyrus brushed off. It would have been a standout moment in her career, an important turning point. But alas, Minaj didn’t have time for that.

There is only one clear winner in this trifecta of beef: Taylor Swift. She managed to take a moment of cultural interference and transform it into a showcase to serve her perpetual victimhood. She started the show with a moment of redemption. In the middle of the show, she presented Kanye West with the Video Vanguard award, and half of West’s speech was dedicated to her. And to top it all off, she won Video of the Year with Kendrick Lamar as her supporting act. She has successfully stolen moments from all these people, and it is completely unacceptable, but of course, nothing will be done about it.

Going forward, we can only hope that Swift’s reign will not run over any more of the artists we enjoy. But most importantly, going forward, we all have to embrace the fact that our pop stars are not going to end our societal ills and that they will often use major issues, even ones as important as racial disparities, simply for attention. We have to keep doing the work ourselves and remember not to let the Taylor Swifts in our lives, hijack our moments.


Isn’t It Just A Number? Celebrities Caught In Age Controversies

August 30th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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R&B songbird Aaliyah may have sang, “Age ain’t nothing but a number,” but not everyone is ready to admit what that number really is. These celebrities have been caught up in age controversies as a result of being elusive or simply just out right lying about their age.

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It seems like Karlie Redd and her messy ways were made for reality television. As it turns out, the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star may be a lot older than her cast mates. At one point, Karlie insisted she was in her twenties, but that was before fans found out about her adult daughter. Even though Karlie claims to be in her thirties, word around town is that number may be closer to 50.

Show ‘Em How It’s Done: Nicki Minaj Will Open The MTV VMAs

August 29th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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When Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” music video was not included in MTV’s VMA nominations for Video of the Year, Onika was not a happy camper.

The rapper explained her disappointment in their choice tweeting, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it.”

Aside from her sentiments on the so-called “snub,” Nicki hasn’t written MTV off. According to the network,  the Head Barb in Charge will kick off Sunday night’s show with a special performance.

Minaj opened the VMAs last year with a cheeky performance of “Anaconda” and a melodic performance of “Bang Bang” alongside Ariana Grande and Jessie J. There has been no word on what Nicki’s set will include, but we’re sure she’s going to bring it.
The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Miley Cyrus Calls Nicki Minaj Impolite And “Not Too Kind” When Asked About VMA Controversy

August 27th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just when you thought we were done talking about Nicki Minaj’s grievances with MTV’s Video Music Awards nominations, this happens.

In an interview with The New York Times, former Disney star Miley Cyrus was asked what she thought of Nicki’s decision to express her frustrations on Twitter over MTV’s failure to nominate her “Anaconda” and “Feelin’ Myself” music videos for “Video of the Year.” From what we can gather from her response, Cyrus, who is hosting this year’s show, disagreed with the rapper’s delivery.

“I saw that. I didn’t really get into it. I know there was some beef,” she said. “I don’t really know. There’s a way to talk to people.”

When asked if she was even aware of what Nicki said, Cyrus responded:

“She was saying that everyone was white and blonde that got nominated, I heard? And then Taylor Swift butted in.”

Although it appeared that she was trying to sidestep the discussion, The Times then took things a step further and implied that Nicki may have been alluding to Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” which won “Video of the Year” in 2014. And of course, that’s when the word vomit began.

“I didn’t follow it. You know what I always say? Not that this is jealousy, but jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to — that’s a yoga mantra. People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. If you do things with an open heart, and you come at things with love, you would be heard, and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it. And it’s not anger like, ‘Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.’ You made it about you. Not to sound like a b*tch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.’”

She continued:

“If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: ‘This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.’”

When her interviewer Joe Coscarelli attempted to explain that Nicki did say something to that effect, the controversial singer went on to claim that Nicki Minaj is an impolite person.

“What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News ‘Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.’

I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose.”

Girl what? Not that we consider ourselves Barbz over here or anything, but it seems that Miley was already hell-bent on disagreeing with everything Nicki said. Aside from that, her thoughts seem to be a bit scattered and her reasons for disagreeing with the rapper’s statement appear to be all over the place. It’s also interesting how she hurries past the race conversation. We imagine that plenty of backlash is sure to follow.

Don’t Let This Denise Huxtable Meme Get You In Trouble…

August 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night, long after I should have been asleep, I was on Instagram’s explore page. There, I stumbled across this meme. It featured a picture very similar to the one above.  Denise Huxtable, in her stylish yet loose-fitting clothes sitting cross-legged on the ground, was  juxtaposed with a woman in a bikini, booty tooted.

The words beneath the pictures were the same.


On the one hand I understand that we are all different. Some of us are baggy-clothes babes and some of us prefer to “skin out.”

I don’t know why we need a meme for that though. People who know you or follow you on Instagram will be able to tell how much of your body you do and don’t reveal. Interestingly enough, the young lady whose post I saw last night, had plenty of pictures of herself in bikinis, halter tops and short shorts.


Today, the meme came up again when actress Tia Mowry posted it. Unlike the girl I saw last night, Tia provided a bit of a rationalization.

“Not that there’s anything wrong with the “other girls.” Get it girls!! But this is so ME! P.s Nobody is shamming [sic] anybody either! Please don’t read into it! GESH! “

With Nicki Minaj’s Barbz, you already know it wasn’t long before people were dragging Tia, to the point where she deleted the post all together.

And while I really like Tia and really don’t believe she meant any harm; I have to admit, the Barbz were right to tell her about herself in this instance, though I’m sure they could have been more polite about it.

Point is, this meme was clearly designed to pit women against each other, to elevate one while disgracing the other. It’s clear that there is value being assigned to Denise Huxtable while Nicki Minaj is derided for wearing an outfit many of us would wear to the beach, and might even pose in.

One of the biggest issues I notice in our society is that people believe a woman is only worthy of respect if she dresses, acts and carries herself a certain way. But why can’t a woman be worthy of respect simply because she’s a human being? Why does poking your booty out, or wearing a swimsuit make you less than?

And in case you don’t believe that Nicki Minaj was meant to be subordinate in this meme, you need look no further than the word “females.”

We had a discussion about this very word earlier today. It’s problematic. I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed it’s almost exclusively used in the pejorative. “These females out here be…” “You can’t trust these females…” “Females these days…” And the list goes on and on.

Furthermore, it’s just inaccurate. There’s a word for female human… it’s woman.

Call me dramatic if you want to but the consistent use of the word, particularly in the negative sense, whether intentional or not, subtly and subconsciously paints women who behave in ways deemed unacceptable, in an animalistic, less than human light. I don’t have to tell you that’s not right. And women should be the absolute last people perpetuating that cycle.

Particularly when most of us, as that Instagram girl proved, exist somewhere in the middle of Denise Huxtable and Nicki Minaj. Or we’re Denise one day and Nicki the next. Complexity is the nature of being human. Putting ourselves in these good girl, bad girl boxes is not only tired at this point, it’s unrealistic.

Lest we forget, Lisa Bonet is not even Denise Huxtable, she’s just a character. And if we want to be real, Nicki Minaj is often playing a bit of a role when we see her out publicly. Instead of trying to identify with characters and facades, we should be striving to be the most authentic versions of ourselves, and not bashing other women in the process.

Security Beefed Up At Nicki Minaj Wax Exhibit After Lewd Photos Surface

August 19th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Leave it to the Nicki Minaj exhibit to require extra security.

Tuesday, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas announced that they will be boosting security presence at the rapper’s “Anaconda”-inspired wax display after images of fans defiling the sculpture began circulating on social media.

We have been made aware of the inappropriate photograph. Madame Tussauds attractions are interactive, immersive experiences, and our visitors are generally respectful towards the wax figures. It is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately, and we apologize for any offense this has caused.

We are taking immediate steps to ensure more staff are present in this area and that the set around this particular figure is redesigned so that a picture like this cannot be taken again.

There have been numerous photos of fans behaving badly at the exhibit. However, most agree that it’s safe to assume that this photo is likely the straw that broke the camel’s back.

They are at the museum acting up with #NickiMinaj 's #MadameTussauds wax figure!

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While it definitely is disturbing to see people defiling Nicki’s exhibit in this manner, some are wondering what representatives at the museum expected when they unveiled a sculpture of the rapper with her booty tooted in the air.

What are your thoughts on all of this?

Azealia Banks Is Not Here For Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds Wax Figure

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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When it comes to Azealia Banks, the brash and outspoken rapper from Harlem, people either hate her or love her. Controversy is basically her middle name, as she’s publicly had it out with a handful of celebrities via Twitter. However, while most usually side eye and shun her comments, people are hopping on her bandwagon and exhibiting the latter in regards to her comments about Nicki Minaj’s new Madame Tussauds wax figure.

The “Ice Princess” emcee took to Twitter, of course, to air out her personal opinion on Minaj’s latest accomplishment. Azealia found the statue that displayed Nicki bent on hands and knees like in the “Anaconda” video to be shady. “As much as that woman has accomplished, they had to put her on all fours… Why not standing up with a mic in her hand ???” Banks tweeted.


Earlier last week, Minaj shared a photo of the wax figure with excitement, even posting a pic of a loyal fan that really wanted to show Onika some fan appreciation.


What are your thoughts? Are you siding with Ms. Banks on this one?

Bay Area Barbz Start Brawl During The Pinkprint Tour, Watch How Nicki Minaj Handles It

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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If the incessant Meek Mill taunting and teasing done by OVO leader Drake wasn’t enough messiness, a fight broke out last night (Aug. 14) during Nicki Minaj’s Pink Print Tour stop in the Bay Area–the final show in the U.S.

Bay Area Barbz turned up, literally, as a full on brawl broke out during the show. Chairs were thrown, fans were slamming each other to the ground, and one concertgoer was even attacked with mace. While most would have continued performing, Nicki had all eyes on the out of control crowd. She immediately signaled for the DJ to cut the music and stopped the show to address the foolishness that was going on in the crowd.

Nicki brought the fans who were hurt in the fight up to the stage, posing for photos with them backstage. It’s unfortunate that such an incident had to occur during the concert, but Nicki definitely handled it in a poised and positive manner.

Meanwhile at #NickiMinaj 's concert in the Bay Area…

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