We’re Here for You, Nicki
Born Onika Tanya Maraj, Nicki hasn’t always been Nicki, but she’s never allowed people to change her focus.
In her most recent New York Times interview, she states: “in my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.’’ In dealing with work relationships, it seems the people in her life may not have always come through, but she has always come through for herself.
That’s the thing about Nicki -- she isn’t waiting around for people to recognize her. Not only does she stand on her own in romantic relationships, but also in business relationships. She’s 100% committed to doing her, and if you don’t hand her the respect she deserves, she’ll take it from you, the way she took it from Miley Cyrus after being snubbed and criticized at this year’s VMA’s in the Video of the Year category: ‘‘the fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’
Nicki Minaj has this I’m-not-taking-no-for-an-answer, get-out-of-my-way, charge-the-hill, I’m-going-to-own-my-success-and-my-struggle attitude, and we love her for it.
But Nicki’s fighting something larger here. Minaj admits that sometimes she’s not always confident. She gets tired of pop culture and it’s understandably due to pressures of racism, sexism, classism, and beyond.
Minaj is becoming more and more of an active agent in empowering her audience as she continues to verbalize her thoughts through different platforms. She’s over the misogyny and racism of other artists and the music industry. She’s speaking up, not leaving room for anyone to under-analyze her, and we’re all here for it.
Patricia Pinckombe is an undergraduate at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She believes black girls are fly because they don’t ask for permission! Follow her on Instagram @patriciaxx_ or on Twitter @patriciaxx_, chances are she wants to know you!