Nicki Minaj Banned From Speaking At Her Former High School, Did The Principal Make The Right Choice?

September 12, 2014  |  

Nicki Minaj was recently denied the opportunity to speak at her old high school Fiorello H. La Guardia High School. A very prestigious performing arts school in Manhattan.

The school did not give a specific reason why they weren’t going to allow Minaj to speak but the rapper, who’s dominating the music industry these days, didn’t take too kindly to the news.

She tweeted:

I know Nicki Minaj might not exactly be the role model you would choose for your child. Yes, she sells sex and recently released a video that prominently featured her jiggling posterior. But schools allow alumni with questionable backgrounds, song lyrics, personal lives and even shady business practices to come and speak to students all the time. But few high schools boast the very accomplished alumni list like La Guardia high school. Passing on Nicki Minaj will not leave them hurting. But also, not allowing Nicki to speak doesn’t mean these students wouldn’t be exposed to her music and mature messages anyway. They might be familiar with the artist but now they won’t get the backstory.

Personally, I’m on the fence about this one. I’ve seen Nicki tell several children who look up to her to stay in school, pursue their education and work hard. And I mean several. Whether they are fans skipping school to come see her, fans on Twitter who reach out for advice, or Sophia and Rosie, the two British girls who became famous singing her hit song “SuperBass,” she always has some type of message of encouragement. And I feel like the students at La Guardia would have been particularly receptive to that knowing that Nicki Minaj literally walked the same halls she did.

The Nicki Minaj we see on stage is far from a role model. But Onika Maraj’s story is inspirational, an immigrant from a dysfunctional family goes on to become the most powerful woman in Hip Hop? That’s a story I would want to hear even if I wouldn’t execute my career in the same Nicki does. I’m of the mindset that you can learn from anyone even if you don’t agree with every decision they’ve made in their lives.

But what do you think? Do you agree with the principal’s decision? Why or why not?

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