Nicki Minaj Says She Loves What the Haters Had to Say About Her Reciting Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’
Nicki Minaj is currently gracing the cover of Billboard’s No.1s issue. In the interview, Minaj touches on many subjects from her thoughts on the United States’ criminal justice system, the Sandra Bland case, the plans in store for her ABC sitcom and her reciting of Maya Angelou‘s poem, “Phenomenal Woman” during during her appearance on the A&E special, “Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race and America.”
“It was the most spot-on poem that Nicki Minaj could have read,” she said. “And it’s funny; it ended up proving a point. Because I remember going online after and lots of people said such beautiful things. But there was one lady, an older Black woman, who said, ‘She shouldn’t be reading that poem.’ And she discussed how I dressed.”
Minaj continues, saying, “I love that she said that, because she doesn’t even realize the poem is discussing sexiness, owning your sex appeal. “Does my sexiness upset you?/Does it come as a surprise/That I dance like I’ve got diamonds/At the meeting of my thighs?” And this woman, she was discussing her PhDs, all this education she had but she couldn’t put two and two together about the theme of the poem. My entire career has been that poem in a nutshell.”
Indeed, Minaj is known for owning her sexiness.
When asked how she feels about the end of President Obama‘s term approaching, Minaj praised him for visiting prisons and showing he cared for the people who are locked away.
“I thought it was so important when he went to prisons and spoke to people who got 20 and 30 and 40 and 50 years for drugs. There are women who are raped, people who are killed and [offenders] don’t even serve 20 years. I was blown away, watching the footage of him speaking to the prisoners. They never felt like anyone in the White House cared about them. I loved that he made them people again. Because we all make mistakes. I think about how many men may have made a mistake to feed their families and then had to pay for it forever.”
Minaj didn’t stop there. If you follow her on social media, you’ve seen her tweets about the Sandra Bland case and calling for a full investigation, albeit after heat she received from fans for not giving the case any attention.
“I did research on the Sandra Bland case. That’s why it hit me so hard. I remember speaking to other women at the time. This could have been me. I’m a sassy woman. I may have given a little bit of attitude to a police officer. I could have never come home.”
While speaking on current social issues, fans shouldn’t be surprised if Minaj goes back to her mixtape roots and drops a tape of her own sometime in 2016.
“I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot.”
She goes on to say, “It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to f— with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless.”
We can’t wait to see what Minaj has in store for us next year music-wise and on the small screen!