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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.

What ‘Chu Say Boo? Caption This Pic Of Nicki Minaj Doing The Most In Tighty Whities

December 16th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Babe thanks but I think I need a bigger size 🤔🕵😩😜

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There’s a lot I want to say about this picture, but I won’t for fear of bordering into slut-shaming, p-ssy policing, or any other pro-feminist label people use these days to criticize women for calling out other women when they do too much. Sorry if the phrase “do too much” offends you but I think all of us can agree on some level that that’s the best way to describe Nicki Minaj’s thirst-laden, camel-toe showing picture above in a pair of obviously too small boy shorts.

Part of me thought, if a woman of Nicki Minaj’s caliber has to do all this to get attention, it’s no wonder the fastest-growing online profession is an Instagram model (solely based on anecdotal research, don’t quote me). But then I also thought, hey maybe Nicki just woke up with an uncontrollable urge to engage in thot-like activity today and who am I to tell her she should do otherwise? And then I decided It’d be best to let you all share your thoughts on this striking image that, at the very least, makes me want to say, put some clothes on baby, you gon’ catch a yeast infection.

Thoughts?

Human Rights Group Urges Nicki Minaj To Cancel Angola Concert

December 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Multiple human rights groups are admonishing Nicki Minaj to cancel an upcoming concert in Angola.

According to Yahoo News, Minaj is scheduled to perform in the capital, Luanda, for a holiday concert, which was put together by Angolan cellular phone company Unitel.

“Guess who’s performing in Angola Dec 19th at the Unitel Christmas Festival,” the rapper tweeted to promote the concert.

According to the Human Rights Foundation, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ daughter owns a stake in Unitel.

“Nicki Minaj is a global artist,” the foundation’s president, Thor Halvorssen, said in a statement. “There is no good reason for her to do business with the corrupt Angolan dictatorship and endorse the ruler’s family company.”

The group penned an open letter aimed at the Queens rapper; however, her representatives have not released comment on the situation.

“Nicki Minaj is following in the footsteps of Mariah Carey, callously taking money from a dictator who’s been in power for nearly four decades,” said Jeffrey Smith, Africa policy director for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group.

Carey came under fire in 2013, after she was reportedly paid $1 million to perform at an Angolan Red Cross gala. We’re definitely interested in seeing how Nicki will respond to all of this.

Nicki Minaj Testified On Behalf Of Meek Mill

December 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are dominating the headlines lately—unfortunately not all of the reasons are good.

Thursday the Philadelphia-born rapper appeared in court regarding a possible probation violation surrounding his travel habits. According to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Aubrey Whelan, Nicki appeared in court with Meek yesterday and even testified on his behalf.

Whelan tweeted that Minaj told the court that she would help him with his probation, adding that he may be “irresponsible” but he’s working on becoming “a quote-unquote adult.”

“He never purposefully goes against rules,” she told the court. “He absolutely wants to make this a smooth transition,” she told the judge, according to Philly.

The case was adjourned and no decision was made regarding whether or not Meek actually violated his probation. The hearing will resume on Thursday, December 17.

As previously reported, this all stems from 2008 gun and firearm charges. He served eight months behind bars and was sentenced to 5 years’ probation, which began in the fall of 2009.

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Court Documents Allege That Jelani Maraj Raped Preteen One Day Before Arrest

December 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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New details regarding rape allegations made against Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, have been revealed, and they paint a rather disturbing picture.

According to our sister site, Bossip, the felony complaint filed against Maraj alleges that he raped the 12-year-old victim as early as November 30—the day before his arrest.

“…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.”

An order of protection has been issued, which prohibits Maraj from coming within 100 yards of the alleged victim.

Although it was previously reported that Nicki personally bailed the rapper out of prison, new documentation reveals that the rapper’s mother, Carol Maraj, is actually who got the defendant out of prison by putting up her home, which is in Nicki’s name, along with two $50,000 promissory notes. As previously reported, Maraj has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.

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