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“Shut Your Stupid A** Up, Bye Dad:” Nicki Minaj Responds To “Anaconda” Open Letter

November 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nicki Minaj responds to "Anaconda" open letter written by All Hip Hop's Chuck Creekmur: "Shut your stupid a** up. Bye Dad."

 

Last summer when Nicki Minaj debuted the sexually suggestive artwork for “Anaconda,” All Hip Hop owner Chuck Creekmur penned an open letter from a father’s perspective and basically told the rapper to do better. In her recent interview with Complex magazine, Nicki responded to the letter, addressed critics and discussed her new album, Pinkprint. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On people thinking she’s reverting back to “mixtape Nicki:”

“I didn’t go back to ‘Mixtape Nicki.’ That’s how [members of the media] feel, but that’s not what I’ve done. I’ve never stopped rapping; I’ve never stopped doing freestyles; I’ve never stopped doing remixes and features; I’ve never stopped raising the bar lyrically. I understand and respect people’s opinions when they hear me do certain things and say she’s ‘going back,’ but I haven’t gone back, I’ve moved forward. I’ve always been evolving.”

On what fans can expect from Pinkprint, her most intimate album to date:

“My family, loss, death, guilt…. I’ve struggled with a lot of guilt.

When you’re working and you’re busy and you’re successful, no matter what, something suffers, whether it’s your relationship with your mother, your relationship with your whole family, not being able to go to your brother’s graduation…. Certain things suffer and take the back burner, not because they’re on the back burner in your heart but because the world just moves so quickly. A lot of people, when they’re chasing their dreams, they have to leave people they love. A lot of artists feel that guilt but they don’t express it.”

On what her intentions for “Anaconda” were:

“I wanted to create a song that embraced curvy women. I wanted to be sexual but be playful with it. And I wanted it to be so melodic that even if you don’t understand English you could still go along with the melody and you would have no idea about all the raunchy sh-t I’m saying—I get a kick out of that. It was simple to write. I just created the melody and then I let the words happen. I started laughing when I said, “Boy toy named Troy.” [Laughs.] That whole song, I was just being dumb. It was a joke. My biggest thing was seeing how my girlfriends Sherika and Thembi were going to react. If they don’t like a song, they’ll be like, “No.” As soon as they walked in the studio, we were laughing and having fun. I thought, if we’re doing this, then everybody is going to have fun with it.”

On the “Anaconda” artwork:

“The artwork was not premeditated. I was shooting the “Anaconda” video and I had my photographer there taking pictures. When I was about to shoot my next scene, I asked to see the pictures he’d taken. He went through five or six and that one came up, and I was like, “[Gasps.] Oh my God. Yo, that picture is crazy!” What made me excited about it was that people hadn’t seen me do a picture like that in years. The reason why I stopped taking pictures like that was because I needed to prove myself. I needed for people to take me seriously. I needed for people to respect my craft. I’ve proven that I’m an MC. I’m a writer; I’m the real deal, so if I want to take sexy pictures, I can. I’m at the level in my career and in my life now where I can do whatever the hell I want to.”

On her response to one dad penning an open letter telling her to do better after her “Anaconda” artwork release:

“‘Shut your stupid a– up. Bye, dad.’ I laughed at it. But I also didn’t even know that that was happening.”

Check out Nicki’s full interview in the December 2014 issue of Complex.

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Nicki Minaj Responds To Nazi Imagery Backlash: “I Didn’t Come Up With The Concept”

November 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nicki Minaj is responding to critics who have slammed her for including Nazi-esque imagery in her militaristic-themed music video for “Only.” According the Queens rapper, the video was inspired by a cartoon called “Metalocalypse.” While she insists that the concept was not her idea, she did apologize to anyone who she may have offended.

Interestingly, “Only” video creator Jeff Osborne is refusing to apologize for the video and insists that he intentionally included the Nazi-esque symbols.

“Before I start, be clear that these are my personal views and not the views of Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, or Young Money,” Osborne said in a statement.

First, I’m not apologizing for my work, nor will I dodge the immediate question. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.

But a majority of the recognizable models/symbols are American: MQ9 Reaper Drone, F22 Raptor, Sidewinder missile, security cameras, M60, SWAT uniform, General’s uniform, the Supreme court, and the Lincoln Memorial. What’s also American is the 1st Amendment, which I’ve unexpectedly succeeded in showing how we willfully squeeze ourselves out of that right every day.

Despite the fact heavy religious and economic themes were glossed over, there’s also Russian T-90 tanks, Belgian FN FAL, German mp5 (not manufactured until 1966), an Italian Ferrari, and a Vatican Pope.

As far as an explanation, I think its actually important to remind younger generations of atrocities that occurred in the past as a way to prevent them from happening in the future. And the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry. What else is trending?”

Strangely, Osborne’s comments seem to directly contradict Nicki’s previously explanation. So far, there has been no mention by Nicki about the removal of the video, as some have requested.  Back in February, Nicki received backlash for using a photo of Malcolm X in the preliminary artwork for her track, “Lookin’ A– Ni–a.” After things hit the fan, Nicki apologized and the image was removed from Nicki’s Instagram account.

Do you think that Nicki should do away with the “Only” video as well?

Nicki Minaj Slammed For Using Nazi Imagery In “Only” Music Video

November 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nicki Minaj has found herself in the middle of another scandal. Last Friday, the Queens rapper debuted the music video for her new track, “Only,” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. The animated music video has a militaristic theme and contains what many feel to be offensive Nazi imagery.

According to Billboard, Anti-Defamation League National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman came forward earlier today to slam Nicki for being so insensitive and also, for “exploiting” and promoting Nazi ideology. His statement reads:

“Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism. The irony should be lost on no one that this video debuted on the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” pogrom that signaled the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.

It is troubling that no one among Minaj’s group of producers, publicists and managers raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release.

This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era. The abuse of Nazi imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who can recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to make as a result of Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut.”

So far, reps for Nicki have not responded to the backlash.

Watch the music video below and let us know your thoughts.

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Aretha Franklin Is Asked About Today’s “Divas,” Adele, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj, And She’s Not Impressed

November 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Queen diva Aretha Franklin has been promoting her new hit album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, and stopped to chat with The Wall Street Journal about it. During her conversation with Christopher John Farley, he asked her why she decided to take on the songs of others, including her decision to sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

“It was Mr. Davis, the chairman’s idea…he brought the list to me, the list of singers and so on. But it was great because I had already bought some of these records and enjoyed them so it was natural.”

“Rolling in the Deep, I liked it when I first heard it…I said, ‘you know what? I like that melody and I like that song.’ So when Clive presented it to me, I said ‘absolutely.'”

Farley also asked her about today’s singers, and how many choose to use auto-tune, something Franklin isn’t feeling: “Oh please. That’s ridiculous.” So when he asked her to tell him the first thoughts that come to her head when she thinks of today’s divas (she did laud the late Whitney Houston: “She had a gift”), she didn’t have that much to say. She gave a thumbs up to Adele and Alicia, but that was about it.

Adele : “Young singer. Good singer.”

Alicia: “Young performer. Good writer. Producer.”

Taylor Swift: “Okay…Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”

Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Minaj…Hmmm…I’m going to pass on that one.”

Gotta love ‘retha! She keeps it all the way real. Check out her chat with the WSJ below. The conversation about divas starts at the 3:50 mark.

“You Ain’t Never Pay A Bill” Nicki Minaj Raps About Her Breakup In New Song “Bed Of Lies”

November 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Nicki Minaj Raps About Her Breakup

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If you doubted the rumors that Nicki Minaj and long-time boyfriend Safaree Samuels have broken up or that it was his insecurities that caused them to split, you need look no further than the lyrics to her new song “Bed of Lies.”

In addition to hosting the MTV’s European Music Awards, she also performed a medley of songs, including “Super Bass,” which I always thought was about her man, “Bed of Lies,” and then “Anaconda.” Nicki introduced her set by saying she was going to sing about her past and a bit of her present. Which I think thought was a bit of jab. But the truth came out plain as day when she performed “Bed of Lies.”

Read the lyrics below.

You could never make eye contact.
Everything you got was based off of my contacts
You a fraud, but I’mma remain icon-stat
Balenciaga’s on my boots with the python strap
You was caught up in the rush, and you was caught up in the thrill of it
You was with me way before I hit a quarter mil’ in it
Put you in the crib and you ain’t never pay a bill in it
I was killin’ it, man you got me poppin’ pills in it
I told Baby hit you, I said this dude buggin’
Cause I was doing it for us, I told em fuck the public
Couldn’t believe that I was home alone contemplating
Overdosin’, all the postin’, no more toastin’ over oceans
They say you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone
They say that your darkest hour comes before your dawn
But there was something I should’ve asked all along

Be careful dating an artist ladies and gentlemen. If things go sour, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up in a song, article or novel. But beyond Safaree, poor Nicki poo poo. We all had our theories but this pretty much confirms it. If the stereotype is true, it may be difficult for Nicki to find someone who can handle her business savvy and constant grind without becoming bitter.

Nicki Minaj Covers Billboard Magazine & Talks Her Love for Beyonce & Her Favorite Pastime, having Sex.

November 8th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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If there’s one thing we love about Nicki Minaj, it’s that the talented rapper will say whatever is on her mind. Nicki Minaj did just that during her recent interview with Billboard Magazine. 

The gorgeous MC is not only on the cover of the magazine but she also sat down with Billboard Magazine to talk about her work ethic, her love for Beyonce, her experience working on American Idol and using her downtime to have sex. Check out the highlights below 

On working hard behind the scenes

“People don’t know how heavily involved I am in my own career, I’m on 15 to 25 conference calls every few days strategizing with my team. I think a lot of artists sit back and have it done for them,” Minaj tells Billboard. “Sometimes as women in the industry — if you’re sexy or like doing sexy things — some people subconsciously negate your brain. They think you’re stupid.

On her attitude: 

“My mother always had this attitude that she didn’t take no for an answer,” says Minaj. “So I guess that carried on to me.”

On how she keeps her private life private:

 “Just by not talking about it. It’s that simple. I mean, people know how to be private but they don’t want to be private.”

On Her position in hip hop:

“I’m not mad at where hip-hop’s at, It’s in a more playful place.” Still, she continues, “It’s corny when rappers feel like they’ve made it and they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best. My album is going to be important to hip-hop.”

Her American idol Experience:

Once I did American Idol, a lot of people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re smarter than I thought…What does that mean?! Was I making weird faces [that made you think] I was stupid? Thank God I did that show. At least I was able to show my true self, speak and have a mind.

If she has any freetime, she wants to  “Have sex.”

On her Love for Beyonce:

 “There’s something about her work ethic that always made me feel like no matter how hard stuff gets, I’m not allowed to complain,” says Minaj. “Some women give me the feeling that where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

On “Anaconda” critism : 

“Everything we see that’s labeled as beautiful is very skinny,” she says. “In the song I kind of say, ‘F— them skinny girls.’ But it’s all love. I consider myself a skinny girl.” She adds, “I went overboard with the video to show that I’m not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they’re not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important too.”

Nicki’s third studio album, The Pinkprint is set to hit shelves, December 15th, 2014. Go Nicki go! 

Are We Selling Sex Or Is Sex Selling Black Women?

October 31st, 2014 - By TaMara Griffin
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With all the buzz that was surrounding Nicki Minaj’s video “Anaconda,” I have to wonder as a Black women is this all we want for ourselves? Is this really a representation of Black women and our sexuality? Why must we continuously be the focus of hypersexualized videos in order to be relevant? Why must we allow ourselves to continue to be exploited like Mimi Faust and her infamous sex tape? Is this five minutes of fame worth our selling our souls and destroying our people? What statement does this send to our young girls who watch videos and reality TV shows and think that this is a way of life?

While many women are empowered enough to realize that this buffoonery is a form of “entertainment,” many women are not able to make that connection. Unfortunately as a result, many women and young girls end up modeling their lives after these reckless, negligent and thoughtless images. These images don’t represent nor promote sex positivity nor do they denote owning and embracing one’s sexuality. In fact, it’s just the opposite. These images actually represent a conflict of values, morals, and a lack of self esteem
and self-efficacy that contributes to putting oneself at risks for mental health issues, interpersonal violence, substance abuse, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, etc.

Black women’s sexuality is already stereotyped, stigmatized, taboo and bogged down by layers of negative intergenerational patterns and ideologies that have been passed down from slavery. These ideologies were used to validate the inhumane sexual treatment of enslaved women. They were also used to imply that Black women were despicable and inferior. Unfortunately, these ideologies are still present. Today, the media uses these images in music videos, movies, television shows, and other forms of entertainment to continue to brainwash people into believing the negative stereotypes of Black women.

The prevailing images of Black women in the media include jezebels, baby-mamas, video vixens, chicken heads, gold diggers, angry Black women, and hoes. These images and ideologies, with their highly sexual undertones, helps to influence the way in which Black women view themselves. The more Black women see images of themselves getting famous for fitting into one of the aforementioned categories, the more likely they feel inclined to model what they see. In addition, these images helps to influence the way others value and interact with Black women.

While rappers, actors, entertainers and “reality” TV stars may not have signed up to become role models, they are! Once they step into the spotlight, they become a model for what is considered to be trendy and acceptable. These “celebrities” in many ways, good or bad, set the standard. But what standard are they setting and at what cost to Black women?

Unfortunately, Black women have become desensitized to seeing themselves portrayed negatively. While there aren’t any signs of these unhealthy images disappearing any time soon, there is definitely a need to counteract them in the media. We are in need of a cultural shift in sexuality, one that restores the dignity of Black women. It is time for Black women to reclaim our sexual images in society. We must ask ourselves the following questions: 1)Do we care about the type of women our girls grow up to become, 2) Is their public image worth defending, and 3) Is their sexual integrity worth protecting?

No longer can we sit in silence or stand idly on the sidelines while the images of Black women continue to be destroyed in the media. However, in order to change the trajectory, we need to begin with restoring Black women’s sense of value, worth and sexuality. We need to transform from the “ex’s,” “jezebel,” “angry Black woman,” “video vixen,” “gold digger,” “baby mama,” “chicken heads,” and “‘hoes” to self-respecting women, wives, mothers and leaders in our community. Once we do, we will be able to see a shift in our society that will begin to embrace and celebrate the true authentic essence of Black women’s sexuality.
Dr. TaMara G10517587_10152337526693315_3514000000734284521_nriffin loves nothing more than talking about sex! At the age of 13, she told her mother she wanted to be a Sex Therapist! Her passion is deeply rooted in spreading messages about healthy sexuality. Dr. TaMara is a sexologist, sex therapist, educator and motivational speaker with more than 20 years of experience speaking, writing and teaching about sexuality. She travels the country helping individuals embrace and honor their sexuality. Dr. TaMara has published numerous books and articles. She is the owner of L.I.F.E. by Dr. TaMara Griffin, Live Inspired Feel Empowered LLC-L.I.F.E. www.drtamaragriffin.com. She is also the Director of Project Create S.A.F.E. {Sexual Assault Free Environments} www.projectcreatesafe.com.

Unsupportive Much? Sources Say Nicki Minaj And Safaree Split Because He Was Getting Jealous Of Her Success

October 23rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Ever since Nicki Minaj stepped on the scene and became the current queen of Hip Hop, Safaree Samuels has been by her side as her hype man and rumored boyfriend. They were never caught having any romantic moments, but he was always with her, and the two wore matching rings that were spotted on a recent trip to Cabo. But after he was spotted shirtless with the two tattoos he has on his chest for her covered up, the rumors started swirling that the couple went their separate ways. And the fact that we haven’t seen the two together in a while (they did go to the VMAs together in August) says a lot as well.

According to a source close to the former couple who spoke to TMZ, they did break up recently, and it was allegedly because he was no longer being supportive of her success, and wanted some success for himself.

The two were reportedly together for 14 years, but when he started getting sick and tired of being sick of tired of being in the background, he became hostile in their relationship, and she wasn’t having it. The source says that when Samuels didn’t show up for a recent performance, they got into a major argument and ended up falling out.

If you actually go to Samuels’ Instagram page, he’s been promoting his own music, his clothing line, his own ventures and often talks about his contributions to her success. So I can imagine that he was feeling like he wanted his own space and time to shine. Good luck with that…

Hopefully these two will be able to link back up soon, because 14 years is a long time to throw away.

Did They Split? Safaree Samuels Removes Tattoos Of Nicki Minaj From His Body

October 20th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

Were…past tense.

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.

Safaree Samuels Removes Tattoos Of Nicki Minaj

“I Was Like, This S**t Is Boring”: bell hooks On Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Video, Beyoncé And The Female Body In Pop Culture

October 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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“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.