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Nicki Minaj is set to executive produce and appear in a television series loosely based on her Queens, New York upbringing, Deadline reports.
The series, which is a product of Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, will film a pilot episode this winter for ABC Family. The storyline will pick up in the 1990s and will center around Minaj and her immigrant family, as well as the musical revolution that placed her on the path to stardom.
“Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches,” said ABC Family’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke. “Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
Kaplan will executive produce the series along with Kate Angelo, Stella Bulochnikov, Brian Sher and Gee Roberson. Angelo is also responsible for writing the treatment for the untitled series.
Minaj was born in St. James, Trinidad. She moved to the United States with her family when she was five years old.
“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
Nicki Minaj is being slammed across social media platforms after she took to Instagram Sunday to congratulate Zendaya Coleman on her one-of-a-kind Barbie doll. As you may recall, Barbie announced that they would be honoring the 19-year-old actress for standing up for herself after nasty comments were made about her on E!’s “Fashion Police”. In the congratulatory post, Nicki mentioned the time she, herself, was honored by Barbie back in 2011, which is what has people up in arms.
“Congrats on your doll, Zendaya! Did u know Barbie made me one a cpl years back?” the rapper wrote. “It was such an honor & a HUGE surprise. Anyway, I love your doll’s hair! I love what it means for other little girls who will identify with it & be empowered. Continue to be proud of yourself girls!!!!! #Barbie.”
She followed up:
“Nickiminaj @zendaya they should have matching bff Barbie cars with the dreamhouse to match. Love this.”
Instagramers wasted no time sounding off in the comments section, calling the rapper “self-centered,” “shady” and “petty.”
“This was a corny and petty a** congratulations,” one commenter vented. “Posting a pic of her own doll and then with the btw they made me one years ago bit was so unnecessary. You aren’t an appropriate role model for CHILDREN so there’s a huge difference. This post was more about ego than anything else. Smh.”
Honestly, it seems that Nicki is genuinely happy for Zendaya, and the news simply sent her down memory lane. It really doesn’t appear that she was trying to be malicious. However, we can see how some would say the gesture was a bit egotistical.
What are your thoughts on this situation?
It seems like most of the Black Diaspora’s got cultural beef with each other, so why not the Caribbean Islands?
I’m talking about this essay in the Huffington Post about Nicki Minaj not representing her Trinidadian roots authentically.
According to Ayana Malaika Crichlow, “daughter of Trinidad and Tobago” and author of the piece Nicki Minaj Doesn’t Represent My Trinidad, Minaj has been faking the patois. More specifically, she has been using a distinctive Jamaican accent, even though she is from Trinidad and Tobago.
“I do love how direct she is about her opinion and how she evidently loves her fans. I admire how vocal she is if she doesn’t like something and speaks her mind instead of being timid, how she stands up for herself and her immediate family. And I really want to like how she represents for Trinidad — but I don’t. I know I have already heard the argument that she is reppin Trinidad in her own way, and not everyone reps the same way, blah, blah, blah. Oh, please. We aren’t talking about if what she is saying about Trinidad is negative but true; we are talking about her having a massive audience, opening for the VMAs with an even huger audience, and singing a song called “Trini Dem Girlz” in an accent from some other island, patting her pum pum which is not a Trini dance and doing so on a dancehall sounding rhythm. Give me a break, really..“
Crichlow points out the weirdness in Minaj’s ability to mimic anything from an English accent to a unclassified Spanish accent, while rarely if ever using her authentic Trinidadian voice. Likewise, she also takes issue with the rapper claiming Trinidad while not actually promoting anything culturally from the islands including its food, fashion, music or the world famous T&T carnival.
Crichlow further states:
“I know many Trinis could care less about what she does whether representing the island or not. In fact, the vast majority don’t care if she does or not. Personally, I don’t care whether she represents us, but if she is going to do so, as she seemingly has been, I think it’s irresponsible to do that dishonestly to the many fans that she has. If you must tell the marish and the parish that you are from Trinidad, please don’t do so and then behave in a manner that is obviously Jamaican culturally. We have a hard enough time letting people know we aren’t from Jamaica, or that Trinidad is not in Jamaica, so having a so-called Trini feel more comfortable performing her art in a Jamaican accent is unacceptable.”
It seems like such a trivial thing to be worried about. First off, Minaj did shout-out the T&T carnival in the Pound the Alarm video. So we have to give her credit for that. But more importantly, Black women have it hard enough in our global White supremacist and patriarchal societies without having to prove how culturally Black we are to our own folks.
With that said, Crichlow does have a point about how Minaj’s cross-cultural performances while representing Trini, offers little favor to those who are constantly trying to get folks to understand that the Caribbean Islands are more than Jamaica.
And although Crichlow doesn’t mention this in her essay, it does bare considering what responsibility Minaj has in giving back to the community for which she not only originates, but takes, at least, some part of her cultural identity from. I mean, is she donating to charities or helping to promote other musicians from the Island? Or is she just waving a red and black flag around and rocking carnival feathers? To me, that is much more important than whether or not she is using the accent correctly.
Honestly, I have always been of the belief that Minaj is more culturally African-American than she is African Islander. More specifically an African-American New Yorker, which has a large population of Black folks from the Islands and is generally a melting pot culturally. In my mind, it is certainly likely that Minaj’s mixed-island motif is a result of her Queens, New York upbringing and not just something that she is putting on, just for performance sake.
But what do folks think? Should Minaj rep her Trinidadian roots more authentically?
Nicki Minaj Explains Why She’s So Open With Meek Mill After Years Of Hiding Her Relationship With Safaree
If there’s one reason people seem to be skeptical about Nicki Minaj’s relationship with Meek Mill, it’s because of her more than decade-long relationship with ex-boyfriend, Safaree Samuels. Minaj entered the industry with Samuels by her side. But for most of the years that we saw them together, she pretended he was just her hype man, an occasional producer, and somewhat like an assistant to her. Samuels seemed okay with playing his position in the background for the first few years. But as he shared with The Breakfast Club in January, being kept in the shadows as her hype man eventually put a damper on their relationship.
“I used to be like, there’s no way people really don’t know. And if you don’t know it’s like you either want to be naive because you’re stupid, or you’re living in a fairy world. I just never understood that…It was to the point where if we go out, I can’t put my arm around you, I can’t hold your hand. I’m an affectionate dude! I like to have my arm around my chick. I want to be outside and be like, ‘I’m with my chick!’ I don’t want to have to be walking a couple steps behind you or a couple steps away from you and acting like you’re not my girl. After a while, that can put a strain on somebody. That definitely did something to me.”
So what’s with all the lovey-dovey displays with Meek? In a new interview with GQ, Minaj stated that for some time, she had planned to be open about her love life, but only after the release of her third album. She just so happened to be with someone else by the time The Pinkprint came out:
“Together, I think one of the biggest misconceptions at the beginning was that people thought that me and him just popped up out of the blue and were just in a relationship. We were friends for a very long time and he was someone that I was able to really confide in. Nothing that we do is for TV. My decision to be public about my relationship came before I even met Meek. I was in another relationship and I said after I drop my third album that I don’t care anymore what people think. I’m going to be vocal about who I’m with. It just so happens that I’m with a new guy. When I came in the business, you couldn’t tell people you were in a relationship, because record company and management said that doesn’t make you appealing to men. So don’t tell people you’re in a relationship. So after you do that for ten years it becomes something you feel like you have to do. It’s difficult to break out of that box. So I just vowed to myself, ‘look, I’m about to put out a new album, I don’t care anymore.’ It just so happens I’m in a new relationship but I was planning on doing that before I was with Meek, because now it’s to the point where it’s different. The music industry is so different. People don’t care if you’re in a relationship, but in the beginning it wasn’t like that. Take Janet Jackson. People didn’t know she was married for nine years or something like that. It was a taboo thing in the beginning. I didn’t want to hide that side of my life anymore.”
Could being more open and honest with the public about her relationship with Samuels possibly have saved it? It’s plausible. Especially since he said it made him feel some kind of way. Plus, most people who saw them together knew that he had to be much more than a friend. But at this point, that ship has long sailed, and Minaj is riding off into the sunset on the back of a motorbike with Mr. Mill. And I’m still here, sitting behind a computer, scratching my head at their attempts to convince us that they’re not just doing it for the ‘gram…
Check out Minaj and Meek Mill’s full interview over at GQ and share your thoughts.
If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s definitely that controversy sells. But as more and more stars stage beefs and fights to drum up publicity, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake. Click through the next slides as we get down to business as to whether these celebrity beefs were staged just for attention or not.
Nicki Minaj vs. Miley Cyrus
Viewers tuned into this year’s MTV VMAs were left with their mouth’s gaped open during Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech. The Young Money princess called host Miley Cyrus out of her name over the comments she made in an interview leading up to the awards show. Minaj became a trending topic for calling Cyrus a b*tch live on the air, but many felt the entire scene was concocted to spice things up for the awards show. Last year’s ratings were down nearly two million viewer’s from the previous year. Neither camp has commented on the incident, but MTV VMAs executive producer Vin Toffler said, “It was [real]. In no way was any of that planned.”
The first time I realized that I have a deep disdain for Miley Cyrus was during this past Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
She has always irked me. To be specific, it irks me when she sticks her tongue out, wears those stupid Lolita-inspired buns, and, you know, makes her annoying music. But her irksome ways never pushed me to the point of disliking her.
I remember going to the supermarket and hearing one of her songs play over the store’s sound system. A man walked past me and said something about how Miley Cyrus is destroying our nation. I guess he expected me to share in his condemnation. But I was like “What? Um, okay. Ha-ha-ha…”
Women always get blamed for the downfall of society, so I wasn’t too keen on co-signing his observations – until I started reading Cyrus’s comments about Nicki Minaj. In particular, the dismissive tone she took towards the rapper’s grievances over the lack of body and other kinds of diversity among this year’s VMA nominees for Video of the Year.
It was this comment, in particular, made in the New York Times, which roused the bees in my bonnet:
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.
This was when I realized that Cyrus’s self-proclaimed feminism ain’t all that intersectional. I don’t want to get into all the ways her statement grated at me as I feel that many other writers on this here Internet have done a beautiful job of taking her to task already. But what I will comment on is this idea that Minaj, who, mind you, didn’t come out of pocket in those original tweets, needed to have her tone policed. You know the thing that people do when they can’t defend themselves against a statement and can’t refute it? They blame their inability to do so on how you said it. As if Minaj is supposed to ask polite permission first to be taken seriously.
Still, despite Cyrus’s simple comments and Minaj’s complaints, who really cares? This entire beef is all centered around stupid validation from an already problematic institution (and I am talking about MTV here). And none of it really is having any effect on our lives. I totally get that. But for an artist like Minaj, who is making both money and a name for herself in the industry, it has to burn that her efforts are not being fully recognized. That’s why I get her impromptu call-out of Cyrus during the award’s show.
And yet, as beautifully frank as that call-out was, there is something that kind of bothered me about it all. It has nothing to do with the comments made recently by talk show host Wendy Williams about Cyrus only being a kid. As far as I am concerned, if Cyrus is old enough to talk sh*t to an elder, she is old enough to get called out for it.
But rather, I started to think: Just how committed is Minaj to promoting diversity within the industry?
What I mean is that in the span of her entire career, I have yet to see Minaj promote any new artists, particularly a Black woman artist in the industry. Not a rapper (though there was an awkward compliment given to Dej Loaf at the BET awards). Not a singer (minus an already heavily established Beyoncé). Not a single other Black woman.
According to this Nicki Minaj Wiki page, she has tons of collaborations, including a couple of tracks with Miami-based rapper Trina, and, of course, Beyoncé. However, most of her collaborations have been features on other people’s albums. And the grand majority of those have been with well-established pop (i.e. White mainstream) artists and male rappers. Some of those collaborations include the very people she now denounces.
I remember there was a time when all the popular women who rapped during a particular era would get together and do lady anthems. There was also a time when artists, including the lady ones, would try to promote up-and-coming rappers in the industry. But while Minaj has been good at promoting herself, I can’t say the same about her efforts for others. Granted, the way Lil’ Kim came at her upon her arrival on the scene probably influenced why Minaj seems content on holding the lane just for herself. I get it, but it’s not necessarily right.
So while I agree with her that Cyrus was out of line, I would also have more sympathy for her cause if Minaj was helping to bring more sisters up and along in the industry.
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.
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, Salon.com 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.
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:
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:
Earlier today we used a poor choice of words in describing Nicki Minaj’s VMA acceptance speech. We apologize to Ms. Minaj and our readers
— Salon.com (@Salon) August 31, 2015
— baby badu ☥ (@lakinimani) August 31, 2015
— Jesse Benn (@JesseBenn) August 31, 2015
— me. i am taylor (@TaylorHoward) August 31, 2015
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.
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.
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.