Dear Nicki Minaj: You Think Older Black Women Diss You?
11/7/2012 2:00:00 PM
Did you watch the premiere episode of Nicki Minaj’s three-part reality series “Nicki Minaj: My Truth”? It premiered on E! Sunday night and gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at her life as she is recording her new album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. Also, fans can get a glimpse into her appearing a judge on American Idol, and prepping for her first worldwide arena tour.
During a scene she revealed her frustration over how she is viewed amongst black women. “People purposefully don’t see the strides I made for hip-hop and black women in general,” she said while in a studio recording her newly-released track “Freedom.” Well no offense, between the profane tirades, tiny clothing and public hissy fits, we give you a sisterly “side-eye”. At times she plays into the stereotype that women of color lack self-control, are extra temperamental and can’t act right! So it’s not that we dislike you.
But we can’t always support what you do.
Well, Minaj went into depth about why she feels black women just ‘write her off’ during an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon:
“People hear me talk sometimes and they think I’m trying to be cocky. No, I’m trying to be real. I’m trying to give facts. Me coming out and having and album that went number 1 in Japan, Australia, U.K, and the U.S.; name one female rapper that’s ever done it. You can’t. When I say things like that, I’m not discrediting anyone. Again I want to say I respect and love every female rapper that paved the way for me, okay, but I do think that people don’t respect the roads I’m now paving for others. For instance, there has never been a black woman judging American Idol. That is the biggest TV show in America and a black woman has never been represented on the show, number one. That is the biggest TV show in America, and I don’t think people understand that. I’m sitting here right now in my dressing room about to play to a sold out crowd at the 02 arena in Ireland. Name a female rapper that’s ever done it and I will give you $100,000. There are certain things that I have to say because of the scrutiny that I get. For goodness sake I just did a Pepsi commercial. I did a multi-million dollar Pepsi campaign. Name one female rapper that’s done that. You can’t. A lot of times within the black community, especially the older black women, they kinda just write me off. And I think it’s important for you to look at the companies that I’ve done business with and realize that every time I do a campaign and it’s a successful campaign, we show mainstream America that black women can sell a product and that black women are influential and that we can have our own people support something that we support. And so that’s what I want black women to understand. I’m not asking you to love everything I do. But I’m asking you to keep it real with yourself and really see exactly what I have been doing. It’s very important that they realize these things weren’t really being done like this before Nicki Minaj.”
Nicki love, I do celebrate the strides you have made – especially overcoming a rough childhood to do so. But sweetie, your shine diminishes when you lash out or act in foolery. You claim to respect other female rappers but have dissed some before you. When someone says something about you that you don’t like, you lash out on twitter, lacking self control. You say older women write you off. We don’t but because some are older and work hard to fight through labels, they long for you to be mature and not be a stereotype. Young girls look at you and emulate you. You owe it to them and your own star power to use it for good. You do in a lot of ways but the bad will always out weight that when your good deeds are contradicted by the craziness. Case in point? The “if I had a gun, I’d shoot her” during the tirade with Mariah. No one can write you off. They can simply turn a blind eye to your accomplishments when you do things contrary to what they may prefer. Do you but understand there are results for every action – good or bad. Even if it means some won’t celebrate you. That’s all I’m saying.
From one black woman who is older than you ( but not old) who doesn’t write you off but does give you an occasional side eye.