GLO: Jasmine Guy to direct Spelman’s drama/dance production of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eyes”


“The better memories of my life rose when I came to Spelman,” says actress Jasmine Guy who returns to the Baldwin Burroughs Theatre stage to direct the Spelman College department of drama and dance’s production of “The Bluest Eye” April 1-4. Thirty-five years earlier Ms. Guy, best known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the TV series “A Different World,” danced her way across the same stage for Spelman’s dance school. Ms. Guy was invited to direct the play by Eddie Bradley Jr., Ph.D., dance and drama department chair, who says he is thrilled that she has returned home to share her special gifts and talent with Spelman students.“Since her return to Atlanta, Ms. Guy has become one of the most sought-after actor/directors in the area.  Her work on recent productions such as ‘For Colored Girls’ and ‘Brownie Points’ has been impeccable,” says Dr. Bradley.  “We are very fortunate that she is available to work with our students on, ‘The Bluest Eye.’”

“The Bluest Eye” was adapted by Lydia Diamond from the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. It’s a story about the tragic life of a Black girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow.

The play, chosen by Dr. Bradley, is Ms. Guy’s third time directing, her first at Spelman. “This piece is an abstractly told story, it’s like jazz music, so we’re going to do it in a modernistic, minimalist way,” explains Ms. Guy.  “It’s an old, rural story set in the South. I want to focus on who the people are more than where they are and how poor they are; and let the actors create their environment.”

Ms. Guy’s Spelman ties go much deeper than her performance credits.  In addition to her dancing, she also filmed the Spike Lee movie “School Daze” on the Atlanta University Center campuses and most recently held rehearsals for “For Colored Girls” at Spelman, reigniting her relationship with the dance and drama department.  Her father, the Rev. William Guy recently retired after 35 years as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church where Spelman College began in 1881. He also taught religion and philosophy at Morehouse College for 30 years. Her sister, Monica Guy, C’86, and several aunts attended the College.

Ms. Guy who says she’s “vicariously a graduate,” is delighted to continue her lifelong relationship with Spelman. “I feel useful, like I have something that somebody can access and call on,” she says passionately, excited to pass on everything that others have invested in her career. “And the students teach me, too. It’s an exchange, and I love the energy of it.” – Lorraine Robertson is an Atlanta-based author,  freelance writer, and regular contributor to Inside Spelman.


Ms. Jasmine Guy, acclaimed actress and director, returns to the Baldwin Burroughs Theatre at Spelman College to direct the department of drama and dance production of “The Bluest Eye,” April 1- 4. Adapted by Lydia Diamond from the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, this thought-provoking play explores ideas of beauty, racism and love through the tragic life of a young Black girl in 1940s Ohio.

In this production of “The Bluest Eye,” Spelman drama and dance students push artistic boundaries as they tell the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove. The young girl wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse and blames her dark skin so she prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow.

Showtimes are Thursday, April 1 – Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 4, at 3 p.m. at the Spelman College Baldwin Burroughs Theatre 350 Spelman Lane in Atlanta.

Spelman College Box Office Information:

  • – Reservations for performances can be made anytime by phone (404) 270-5488
  • – The box office opens one hour before curtain on performance days
  • – Ticket prices are: $10.00 General Admission, $8.00 Spelman College Faculty, Staff and Alumnae and $5.00 for Students and/or Senior Citizens.

Ms. Guy & Spelman College

Ms. Guy has strong ties to Spelman College. Ms. Guy, best known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the TV series “A Different World,” danced her way across the Baldwin Burroughs’ stage for Spelman’s dance school. She also filmed the Spike Lee movie “School Daze” on the Atlanta University Center campuses and recently held rehearsals for the critically acclaimed production “For Colored Girls” at Spelman. Her mother, Mrs. Jaye Rudolph has taught English, writing and composition to hundreds of high school students including Spelman’s own Jade Lambert-Smith and her father, the Rev. William Guy recently retired after 35 years as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church where Spelman College was started in 1881.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college that prepares women to change the world. Located in Atlanta, Ga., this historically black college boasts a 79 percent graduation rate, and outstanding alumnae such as Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; former U.S. Foreign Service Director General Ruth Davis, authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson. More than 83 percent of the full-time faculty members have Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees, and the average faculty to student ratio is 12:1. More than 2,100 students attend Spelman. For more information, visit

Congrats are in order: Salute a bad chick when you see one X Tanza wins 106th & Park’s W.O.W. Competition!

It does my heart good to see and associate with so many positive women of colour and statures around me on a such a consistent basis. It is very rare to associate kindness and chemistry with female friendship these days because people’s motives are so skewed.

To no avail, I remain eternal in my loyalty to my clique to always support them and uplift them in and out of their times of need. To say that I am proud of this young lady is an understatement so I won’t use that. Some people seek out stardom and fame and then you have others that stardom and fame are personally pick. As if it is just thrust upon them. Those people like the most recent winner of 106th & Park’s Wild Out Wednesday competition, singer/songwriter and all around golden spirit Tanza Thompson. Those people understand the concept of patience, focus, persistence, opportunity, humility and good old-fashioned SMART, not hard, work.


NEW YORK CITY, NY– -Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Rickards High School graduate Tanza Thompson appeared on Black Entertainment Televisions (BET) hit show 106 & Park “Wild Out Wednesday” in New York City on Wednesday evening where she won the weekly talent contest with 41 percent of the vote.

Tanza competed against two musical groups that hailed from the South, in the “Women from South” “Wild Out Wednesday” competition. From dancing to singing to step competitions, “Wild Out Wednesday” is the hottest talent show on TV! The winner of the talent show is selected by viewers from throughout the nation and internationally.

“The City of Tallahassee certainly showed me a great amount of love and support last night,” Tanza said. “I really want to thank my family, the 850, FAMU, Rickards High School and everyone who text or voted for me on  This is one of the happiest nights of my life and I will never forget the feeling I am feeling right now.”

Prior to Tanza’s performance former National Football League player and actor Terry Crews of the CW’s Everybody Hates Chris and his wife Rebecca talked about family and their reality show A Family Crew that airs on BET.

As a result of her win, Tanza will be performing with other previous “Wild Out Wednesday” winners in an eight city tour titled Blaze the Stage and perform on BET again in the summer of 2010 during the Best of “Wild Out Wednesday.”

A true musical artiste, who is lyrically gifted in both writing and singing, Tanza’s sound is reminiscent of Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige, with a healthy dose of melodic bass beats thrown in for good measure. Her edgy, beat-based songs have attracted an energetic audience since she began her entertainment career in 2004.

106 & Park is a 90-minute countdown music video show that features popular hip hop contemporary R&B, reggae and dancehall music videos.  Hosted by Terrence J. and Rocsi, the weekday show plays the top 10 most requested videos of the day, as requested by viewers who can vote by telephone or online.  The show is shot in New York and broadcast live in front of a studio audience, some of the industry’s biggest recording artist stop by daily.

For more information about Tanza’s please visit

Congratulations, Tanza. This is one of many stops along the journey of success and I elated to be along for the ride! My bisssh, I salute you!

For more information about Tanza, press inquires, interviews, please contact Tuesday Knight at

Baduizm: “Window Seat” X Return of the Ankh hits stores 3.30.10

The lack of knowledge and understanding for conducting business, minimal moral and ethical standards and the fear of change just so happen to be a small appetizer of issues that exist in the business of entertainment (specifically, the music industry).

The is an influx of creative individuals in various genres that are much more talented than the those the media choose exploit to us.

Janelle Monae. B.o.B. Yelawolk. Prynce. Rimidi. Mr. Al Pete. Really Doe. Sophia Fresh. Teedra Moses. Jazmin. Tanza. Dondria. Juice. Katrina Bello. Ebony Love. The Village. Rebel Raw. E. Mackey. I could go on for days. These people to me represent an bouquet of artistic expression that provides more than it hinders. That support more than they destroy. That create more than they isolate.

If you know me then you acknowledge, understand and accept my adoration for E. Badu. More than just a musician, she is a creator of music that can inspire, motive and evoke thought and change. More than just a mother to Seven, Puma and Mars, she nurtures us all in installments (hence the predetermined scheduled releases of the New Amerykah Series) as only true artists do. More than just an artist, she has transcended into a realm or creativity that no longer includes her vocals but her whole body as a means of expression.

There will be very few that will fully comprehend the depth and message so carefully embedded in this reel. More importantly, I don’t believe most can fully appreciate the amount of pulchritude embossed all over her body.

Show me a woman in her late thirties with 3 kids, a demanding career with a body better than what any of these so called “celebrities” could have paid for, and I’ll show you this video. Peep.


See what I mean? Ms. Minaj, I dig you, you know I do..but you need to peep game. All things beautiful can be created naturally. I’m just sayin’.


[One of the tracks off New Amerykah] “Out My Mind Just In Time” is also the title of the cover art for NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO, which is a collaboration between Erykah Badu and famed artist and poster designer EMEK, who also designed the inspired packaging for New Amerykah Part One. The new album cover depicts an underwater image of Badu wearing a suit of armor that symbolizes the tough exterior she developed to protect herself from the harsh realities of life. The armor is her old shell and now she’s liberating herself from it by climbing out of her own head so that she can be reborn. Her tuning fork is summoning the vibrations of the universe and the purple-colored tree of life and purple sky represent the 7th Chakra—the Crown Chakra right above her third eye shield, which represents peace, wisdom, and spirituality. The numerical theme of three is symbolized by three moons, three hidden babies, three trees, and three ankhs. Closer inspection reveals that Badu’s shoulders are surrounded by many of the same objects that filled her abstract afro on the cover of New Amerykah Part One, including handcuffs, a foreclosed home, fast food, cigarettes, broken chains, and a military tank. Here, those items represent refuse and rubble from which new life grows into a vibrant garden of colorful flowers blossoming all around her.

In keeping with the concept of the cover art, NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships. “With Part One, I was standing at an apex, looking at what was going on around me politically, socially, and economically,” Badu explains. “With PART TWO, I’m hovering over me, looking at what’s going on inside of me.

I pray that people catch the *MESSAGE*! Shame on Bossip for dispensing that backwards ass commentary about both the video and her “look”. I’m convinced now…you guys just don’t get it.


PUSH Spotlight: iSUPPORT my mu’f*ckin’ homegirls! Congrats to my @TerriShrmn for her Women of Hip-Hop Honor!

There are times when I look around and conduct inventory on my “stock” (my grandmother’s country-rural terminology for relationship and friends) and I can say that more often than most my stock remains consistent.

As I mention time and time again, women in this industry do too much belittling and not enough supporting of each other and each others movements.

I couldn’t be more proud to see my comrade and friend, Ms. Terri Sherman of SEE (Sherman Entertainment Enterprises), The Sessions & The Sessions Remixed and LEX Promotions & Marketing receive such a blessing and honor for her role in music and hip-hop.

Just to give you the spill on T. Sherm…


SOHIPOTOME Women In Hip Hop is pleased to announce the first Honoree for 2010. Terri Sherman started working in the music industry in 2004 for the Northeast Florida Record Pool as the Director of Public Relations. Currently Ms. Sherman is the CEO of Sherman Entertainment Enterprises. A subsidiary of her company is The Sessions, a premier event for music producers. The Sessions has garnered participation from Jon Wilkes (drummer from the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus); Maestro (Grammy Award-winning producer); Keith Kennedy (VP of TJ’s DJ’s Record Pool) and many others. In addition to running her own company Ms. Sherman works for Lex Marketing and Promotions. Lex Marketing and Promotions is the top marketing and promotions company in Florida.

Speaking of her many roles, Ms. Sherman says, “I have enjoyed every position I have played in this business. Each stop along this path has prepared me for the next so I feel that everything I have done has been necessary to position me where I am now. I love what I do—that day that I no longer love it will be the day that I walk away.” Equipped with invaluable experience and relationships, Ms. Sherman looks to continue making strides in the music and entertainment industries.

To learn more about The Sessions Producer’s events click here.

For more information on 2010 SOHIPOTOME events email

The last Tupac Shakur couldn’t have said it any better: “Wars come and go, but my soldier stay eternal.”

Also, below is the press release + flyer on her upcoming event, The Sessions Remixed, that will take place next Tuesday @ Club VIA in Atlanta, GA.

We’re excited to announce a new event to hit the Atlanta area, slated for March 16, 2010, called The Sessions Remixed, presented by Sherman Entertainment Enterprises, to be held at VIA (262 Pharr Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305). This event will combine the efforts of several companies and organizations to enable those already involved in, or those looking to be a part of, the music industry by slightly altering an already existing event—The Sessions.

The event will have three primary segments with each segment lasting 45 minutes. There will be a networking mixer, the music producer’s session/panel presented by ASCAP, and the music business seminar given by JaWar. These combined segments will equip attendees with quality information through an interactive platform, thereby increasing their interest in and retention of the information given.

Panelists for the ASCAP music producer’s session include Focus (The Game,  Busta Rhymes); Maestro (Lil Wayne, David Banner); Nitti (Yung Joc, 8 Ball & MJG); Terrence Battle (Jennifer Hudson, Toni Braxton); and Simon Horrocks (Affix Music-Urban Music Licensing for Film/TV).

The music industry event scene is saturated in the Atlanta market; however The Sessions Remixed will provide a meaningful environment conducive to the successful exchange of information and resources. Through this exchange, attendees will effectively be able to promote their materials, services and products.

Those that purchase the “Producer’s Session” tickets will be given an autographed copy of one of the Music Industry Connection books by JaWar. They will also be granted one, one-minute track play as participation in the session. Additional track plays will be available for an additional $10/track. Any additional tracks should be one-minute as well. All tracks should be on an audio CD in mp3 format.

The $5 general admission will also be available at the door the night of the event. The Music Industry Connection book series will also be available for purchase during the event.

For further questions or information, please email

Congrats Terri my Terri!

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Breathtakingly Fine Possibilities: I don’t see NOTHING wrong…with being FINE!

From the desk of BFP:

Well, I’m one of those people that doesn’t do ‘either/or’ very well. Nothing is all bad…nor all good. I believe a black woman’s body is the absolutely most beautiful creation every conceived. Actually (and not to step on anyone’s religious beliefs), I happen to be the Creator (God) is a black woman. Humanity had it’s origins from the womb of a black, African woman, so it makes sense to me that God made (wo)man in Her own image, then why not think of God as a black woman? Besides, I have not come into contact with anything more divine than a black woman. All the black women in my life have played ‘saviour’ roles for me, therefore, my soul resides with them.

That said, I don’t think it’s a contradiction for black women to display their bodies in whichever form they choose. The problem is rooted in the fact that the degree of admiration for her body and the degree of respect are not consistent in our contemporary world.

I think black women are so many things. They are brilliant, strong, nurturing, and they are also fine as hell. I once wrote a blog, ‘Are being fine and smart mutually exclusive?’ and wondered why black women feel as though they can’t be/do both? It’s as though we’ve bought into the notion that if a woman shows her body she can’t be of much substance. And vice versa, if you’re smart, why would you show your body? It’s that either/or thing I hate so much.

Why can a black woman be fine and have a beautiful mind? Black women ARE, and have always flawlessly exhibited both!

Some sistas say, ‘when people see a black woman’s ass, all they are thinking is that they want screw the hell outta her.’ Well, some might, but with anything, that doesn’t mean that she should let them, or that what they think should even matter to her.

I think a lot of this has not to do with how people view black women’s bodies, particularly their booties. It’s actually more a matter of HOW BLACK WOMEN VIEW THEMSELVES.

When black women begin to view their bodies as blessings and not curses. When they see their bodies not as just an ‘asset’ but a complement, an enhancement to all the other things that make them divine…they will begin to care less about what other people think about them, and begin to fully embrace all the possibilities to be considered about themselves.

Essentially, to me, many of the views you have of yourself are reflecting in the judgments other people develop of you. The level of self-respect and confidence you convey, is most often reciprocated back to you.

And finally, I asked the sistas who responded if my Facebook or Twitter pages contributed to the problem…and perhaps it does. Although, I think what separates my pages from some others on is that I ALWAYS maintain the respect factor. I think that what I do not only shows appreciation for a black woman’s beauty, but also for her essence!

There have been countless times that I’ve reached out to many of my followers/FB friends, with the only intention being to say, ‘hello’. To ask how things are going in their live and just to remind them how beautiful they are….nothing more. Many of them I have gotten to know a little bit more because in me asking them about themselves, we’ve realized other things we share in common. To me, that’s essentially what my pages are about….being attracted to one’s physical attributes, but being even more impressed by one’s intellectual and spiritual possibilities.

That is also why I write as many blogs as I do, trying to get people to think a little more, in ways they may not have considered before. Trying to get them to not think so much in either/or terms, but think more broadly about things that on the surface seem so cut and dry.

Black women have to begin to own more of themselves. In addition, they must take ownership of their image in the world. Black women cannot respond to other people’s definitions of them, they must begin to develop the definition of who it is they are, and who they eventually will become.

Well, I said all that to say, I am the Black woman’s #1 fan. I find value in EVERYTHING about black women…their minds, spirits, and most definitely and unapologetically their bodies! …and even more, I revere the Black woman…and God, She is so amazing!

BetterTV Hosts take shots at Venus’ wardrobe malfunctions too far…

Although it has yet to be confirmed, Bossip made a post about BetterTV host and alleged future womb-warrior for Matthew Knowles’ seed, Alexandra Wright (whose real name is Andra Lowe). I’m sad to say that this post isn’t about their relationship AT ALL though.

It wasn’t until I got to college that I realized just how senseless and petty the female species can be. I saw just why we have allowed our own fear and malicious intent to get in the way of connecting, communicating and growing with each other. It’s shameful. Gossiping about each other, plotting on each others mates and just being plain conniving only scratches the surface.

No race is eliminated from the category although black females lead the pack in this one. With STRONG black female alliances like Black Girls Rock, Essence, WEEN, NABFEME and several others, the unity within industry females is PISS POOR. Is it considered lame now to be a voice of strength to another woman who many not be having a good day? Is it only the mans job to uplift, encourage and compliment the ladies?

Alexandra Wright was extremely out of line for the comments that were made about Venus Williams and the controversy surrounding her wardrobe “malfunctions”. It wasn’t really the fact that she commented on the issue…it was the manner in which she delivered her opinions and HOW MANY TIMES she reiterated it. I’m ignoring the fact that she continuously claims how “nasty” Venus’ behind looked because she honestly sounded envious.

Instead of congratulating the sister her performance at the match, she joined another “envious” woman in making fun of Venus’ shapely curves and protruding backside.


Bloggers, media and critics have been taking hard shots at Venus for her choice of color and style of court wear but Venus politely served this nice rebuttal.

Via NY Daily News

Williams took to Twitter to explain that she, in fact, has on her knickers.

“I am wearing undershorts the same color as my skin, so it gives the slits in my dress the full effect!” she wrote.

Williams, who has her own fashion line, called EleVen, noted: “My dress for the Australian Open has been one of my best designs ever! It’s all about the slits and V neck.”

“Anything I wear on the court probably you can wear 20 years from now,” she boasted.

If Venus didn’t have all that donk and a body fit for a queen, no one would be buggin’. *kayne shrugs* I’m just sayin’…

Get the Memo: Kim Porter “serves some” to the paps with class X 3bg & Estelle Album Listening Suite X BET Honors & Diddy

I would hope that women in entertainment PERIOD would take a glimpse at how you are REALLY supposed to handle the paparazzi. We all know that the paps have no limits to what they will ask or say. But Kim Porter let it be known with the quickness that discussions of her family and personal life were off limits. The fact that folk feel the need to pick sides, patronize and include her in the “Battle of the Bad Boy Baby Mamas” is foolish!


While most view Kim mainly as the ex-girlfriend and the mother of 4 (3 with Sean “Diddy” Combs), people ignore the fact that she is a business woman and entrepreneur as well.

Via Revival of Our Artistic Roots

Three Brown Girls in the year 2004 launched a company that captivated society and became the ultimate answer to marketing experts in search of their next ingenious campaign. Being pioneers in their industry, longtime friends, experienced in several fields, and having heavy connections to the stars, Kim Porter, Nicole Cooke- Johnson, and Eboni Elektra formed the industry’s first Ultra-Tainment firm aiming to fill a void in the entertainment, television, music and fashion sectors. Although they quickly became labeled as brand ambassadors, other services include celebrity hosting and stellar event production.

Last weekend, 3BG hosted Estelle’s album listening party in LA in true Grammy style! Branding maven and publicist Marvel Britto and several other public figures made appearances for all that is Estelle! Kim Porter beamed and blushed for the camera as a true hostess does and looked DIVINE doing so! Don’t believe me? Head on over to Bitchie Land for the scoop!

And you can’t mention Diddy without mentioning the BET Honors that premiered last week. His speech was centered around being raised by his hard-working, single mother and how she inspired the almighty “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” tag line we so love today. I’ve included a recap of MJB killing a retro dedication as an extra treat!


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Hot off the PResses: DivaSpeak TV Mini Episodes 6-10

Why bother with regular cable! Deev’s got you covered! GET SOME!






Also, Amanda Diva’s new line of custom-painted handbags are available now for your purchasing pleasure on KarmaLoop’s site! There are only 5 designs and 6 of each design so get your exclusive jawn STAT! And as always, tell her who sent you!

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For the Record: What exactly is “good hair”?

Like Solange I decided (no pun intended) to take the “big chop” (or the “BC” as they refer to it in natural hair world) and went au natural. The motives behind my decision was mainly about the amount of money I was spending each month on products, styling and the time it took to get my hair done. Society creates so many stigmas against beauty and appearance and I really prided myself on how “laid” my wrap always was.

Truth is, the rebel in me just wanted to take that chance and rid myself of all the financial, physical and psychological constraints that I allow society to put on me. It’s been almost three years since I’ve had a relaxer and although the first year was brutal. I literally used to walk past the perm aisle and start shaking. It takes a different type of person to go natural and bear the brunt of the world an their cruel opinions.

Spiritually, I feel as though it has brought me closer to myself. I was forced to look at the “man in the mirror” and face my flaws and strengths, and that is truly humbling.

Physically, I felt better because of the lack of toxins that I was exposing my body to every 6 weeks.

Psychologically, I am more aware of who I am and am no longer am concerned of the stares, gawks or lame remarks from other folk who can’t cope.

Chris Rock’s new film “Good Hair” is a breath of fresh of for me. I have no issues with folk who still use perms or other chemicals on their hair. I just know that if they were properly informed & educated it would feel a certain kind of way. Thoughts? Opinions? Discuss.

Peep clips of Solange & Chris Rock and the Good Hair trailer below:



Hot off the PResses: x Nicki Minaj Exclusive Interview

Nicki [Honey Mag Spread]From DAY ONE, Tuesday Knight has always been a die-hard supporter of Onika Maraj, affectionately known as Nicki Minaj. During the inception of this blog, I would post nothing but positive footage of Nicki Minaj and break down the transformation of her career to my junkies and the response was overwhelming! I saw the moves she was making and although alot of folk doubted her ability and talent, I saw right to the source: NICKI IS ABOUT HER BUSINESS.

I attended the Core DJ’s Retreat 9 in Atlanta, GA and found out that she would be a performer at one of the events and made it my business to come out and support the Nicki Minaj movement. Alot of times females get so caught up in their own insecurities and direct hate and discontent towards other women because they “envy” their positions. I have never been one of those women. I can identify with her greatly because a real hustler gives you what you want to get their foot in the door & once they gain their momentum and control, the transformation begins. I did the same thing getting my foot in the door as a publicist. Working odd jobs, taking huge doses of rejection & being constantly tried by EVERY man in the industry did not stop my focus. People change. Images change. Talent is undeniable.

I look up to both Necole & Nicki and think am proud of the type of women they represent. Necole linked up with Nicki for an exclusive interview and guess who has the scoop…


In your lyrics, I notice you often refer to yourself as the Black Hanna Montana or Nicki Lewinski, Why is that?
I will not address being Lewinski since I do not go by that anymore. But, as Hanna Montana I have been able to optimize everyone of her talents and become a business woman and artist, that is why I use the Hannah Montana reference. I think of myself as a real girly girl and the kids like me now for some weird reason. Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) is really young and making lots of money and I don’t think we ever see that in the black community, with black artists. We saw it with Raven Symone but I decided I wanted to take it to another level.

My first time ever posting you on my site was when Sickamore brought me your mixtape and sent the promo pic where you emulated one of Lil Kim’s poses when she first came out.  Do you think that is where the Lil Kim comparisons stems from?
Of course, that picture played a huge role. I do say my little freaky shit in raps but everyone does. Every dude I listen to reference sex somewhere in their rap.

Have you met Lil  Kim and how does she feel about you as an artist?
I do not know. I did meet her when I was with Lil Wayne during the I AM Music  tour.  We chopped it up and I gave her  props, but we haven’t spoken since. I got nothing but love for her, I think she is one of the key players in this female rap thing, so you can not do nothing but salute Kim.

In one of your records you were talking about the different labels that passed on you. I know you mentioned Sylvia Rhone and just some of  things that they may have said such as “She wants to be the next Lil Kim or Lauryn Hill”  and they also told you that you could not sing and rhyme on a record. What were some of the major concerns for the labels when you were taking your record to them?
I never took my project to anybody, they always came looking for me. I think their perception of me was something that already been done before. My goal was to say , “no there has never been a Nicki Minaj this is brand new, a breath of fresh air. You either get it now or get it later but I am going to take over. They had concerns about me singing and rapping. Not Sylvia, just in general. I always heard great things from Sylvia. There were a few people who mention you are going to confuse the listeners so i think that I waited to sign because I felt I needed to solidify Nicki Minaj. I wanted people to know and understand her before I signed to a label. Because, once you sign to a label, that label has the power to change or create you. But, Nicki Minaj has already been created. So now its just time to go!

A few months ago, The music editor at XXL wrote you a cute little letter saying,  “the ball is in your court to bring female rap back”  and that you are going to take over, How did you feel when you first read that letter?
I was astonished (laughs). I have not used that word in a few years. That was an honor and I think it’s time. I think everybody feel as though it’s time to usher in a new wave of girls and to be talked about as the chosen one from such influential people, that makes me happy. Necole, when you first wrote about me on your blog, you did not get me yet. You had the lollipop picture up but that is the only thing you saw but you didn’t give me a chance. The thing is, everyday is a new accomplishment for me so talking to you is an accomplishment. Because one step at a time I change people’s perceptions of Nicki Minaj.  So to have that written about me on XXL, that is a blessing.

I do not expect everyone to like me I know there is going to people that are going to hate me. I’m the same way, there are some artist who I love and there are some artist who I do not like. You have to at least give artists a chance but, I think with the girls a lot of people do not give us a chance because they might see us wearing a sexy outfit and they say, “this is a gimmick, blah, blah blah…” But, some of us actually have talent. That is a big part on why I decided to tone down my image because I want people to think about the talent first. I’m still going to be dressing and being crazy because I feel all girls should feel sexy. I’m not going to be over the top because it takes away from my talent. I do not want that any more.

The XXL editor was saying that as a male, what he expects out of a female artist is for their flows to be crazy and for them to have sex appeal. He said that the ladies needs someone they can relate to and the men needs someone they can lust over? Do you agree?

Of course. Everything in that letter was right on point. For people to say that is not true, they are in denial. I’m booked every weekend. Everywhere I go there are 90% girls with the pink hair and the pink lipstick and the pink this and that. The point is girls want to be like someone they think is cute. Young girls, college girls want to have fun. “Word, Nicki is wearing those bangs, the pink weave, oh I want to try that.” Dudes want to look at someone they can lust over that looks a particular way. The girl they are forbidden to have. And when you put those together, you have a lot of angry female rappers cause they can not put it together.

So do you think that some females rappers are more focused on appealing  to men and they should be appealing to women?
Of course, women buy records and are loyal supporters period. That is why Mary J. Blige still has a career. Women love Mary, they listen to her records and they can laugh with her and cry with her. That is what my girls do with me.

Back in the days, Ladies Night had all the hot female rappers. If you could create a 2009 version,  what female rappers would you have on there?
I got love for all the girls. I wish I could get all the females on there and do a thousand bars and wild out.

In some of your records you kind of reference certain things that would make the average person assume that you are a lesbian or bi-sexual. However I noticed in interviews you will dodge questions about your sexual orientation. There are some people that feel as though you gave black women who were afraid to be “free” with their sexuality a voice (especially in Hip Hop) but then you sort of pulled back. How do you feel about that?
I pulled back on a lot of things so to specify that is kind of unfair. When I started to see how influential I was,  I toned a lot of things down. I want to think more before I speak, I want to think about every message I’m sending. I did not realize I had 10 year old fans. When you are in that position its your job to be responsible. I say what I say in my rap.

I believe that rap is art. Its like people want art and life to coincide. Sometimes it doesn’t and some times you do not want it to. Sometimes you want to have an interview and not discuss anything about sex. That’s how i feel sometimes. I do put the block up because I feel like all people want to talk about is sex. I give you enough in my record.  You know who I am and you can hear what I’m saying. It’s just too much.

I saw a video of Maino trying to get at you, why wouldn’t you give him a chance?
Maino is crazy. If you are from New York you would understand. I love Maino but we were just having fun that day. Maino is very aggressive and he did a lot of time in jail. if you deal with a dude who did a lot of time in jail there is a certain aggression that they have. Its kind of sexy and scary at the same time….

Is it hard for you as Nick Minaj to date? Do you find it harder as you grow as an artist?

I can not date. I do not date anybody. I’m too busy and so focused on getting the prize. I go weeks without speaking to my best friends and it hurts me. But, I know that in a couple of years when I’m buying them houses and cars they will understand. Right now its not about me dating. I sign boobs at my shows and I kiss the girls and all . That is the closest I get to dating.

One day I was on twitter and a DJ stated “It’s cool that young minority females look up to Nicki Minaj but I wish they would look up to someone else like Michelle Obama. How do you feel about that statement?
I don’t take any disrespect for that comment. I would love my girls to look up to the first lady, she is a black powerful woman. I’m glad Obama is in office its monumental and good for black people. The point is when you discipline or teach children you have to do it in a way that is realistic or you are just wasting your time. To tell a 13 year old girl to go and listen to every one of Michelle Obama speeches, you are being illogical. No, 13 year is going to do that. She might love Michelle Obama, as we all do but she is also  going to want to listen to some female rappers and some singers. She is going to do what all 13 year old girls do. My job is to balance reality with advice. And, I think I do a great job with that. When ever I do my  my shows I might do the freakiest song and stop it and let them know, “yeah  this is all in fun, go to school, get your own money, pay your  own bills  and be a boss.”  I always do that and I always promote keep your cookies exclusive. I never been loose in my life. The last thing I want a little girl to take away from my record is to be loose with a thousand dudes. I never been like that. So I always say that. Again, a lot of people do not come to my shows and do not witness these things. But, the girls that know Nicki Minaj and follow me know that. So I do not feel guilty because I know I’m balancing it with positive stuff. I have tons of positive records that no one talks about.

What does it takes to be a Barbie?, You call most of your girls Barbies.
Its like a term of endearment for me. I use to call people “sweetie” and honey now I say Barbies. A lot of girls call themselves Barbies. Nicki Minaj did not invent that. People always add something to their Barbie name and because I love the Harajuku culture I made my Barbie the Harajuku Barbie, I thought it was unique and no one has ever said that kind of Barbie before. The girls ran with it, they gave it a life of its own. I never set out to be on no Barbie Movement. My Barbies made the barbie movement.

How do you feel about Amber Rose and seeing her “come up” when 6 months ago no one knew who she was? Now, she’s beginning to develop herself as a recognizable brand…

Stuff like that excites me because it goes to show some people lose hope in life.

Amber will be the first one to tell you that she was a stripper for years. I meet so many girls that has giving up hope and it goes to show you never know what God has in store for you or when its your time to shine. The only thing you can do is grind it out and believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Amber is dope, sexy and fashionable. She is also a humble person.

There were rumors that you had to dissociate yourself with Gucci Mane when you signed with Young Money. Are you still on good terms …

Of course. Me, Gucci and Bobby V just did a record and we are about to work on something tonight. Gucci is my baby and anybody who questions that is a hater and needs to sit down. Gucci will always be my baby. He’s like my big brother. Me and Gucci have a relationship that is behind this fake sh*t. Most people do not know that when I first came to Atlanta, Gucci embraced me and we did song after song, after song. At that time, my buzz was no where near where it is now and he just rode it out with me. I’m very grateful to Gucci. Me signing with Young Money did nothing to change my relationship with Gucci. We still have the same manager so we will always have a special tie to one another, no matter what.

As a female in the industry, do you think there is a false perception that you have to sleep your way to the top?

I think you can tell who is a smart person and who would sleep with someone to get to the top. I think if you have talent, you do not have to sleep with anybody. I never slept with anybody in the business and I do not plan to. I think people mistake sexual power with something nasty and sleazy. I do what the boys do. The boys take their shirts off , they work out,  they feel on their crotch. Why don’t people talk about that? Did they sleep their way to the top? There are tons of gay executives in hip-hop, people aren’t talking about the fact that these dudes may be sleeping their way to the top, because I know a couple.

If you could pick one record that could be your introduction to Nicki Minaj to a new audience, what song would it be?

The song, “Can Anybody Hear Me” is a song that I show my vulnerable side and I explain my low point. Only if you are a real Nicki Minaj fan you will know of it. All the other songs get so watered down and everyone knows it. Itty Bitty Piggy is like the biggest thing I ever done. When I do that song at my shows its like Elvis is back home. Those two songs are a good contrast of my personality because I’m playful on one and serious on the other.

If you weren’t rapping what do you think you’d be doing?
I went to school for acting so I probably be acting. I also love law and i watch forensic files all the time and I’m interested in how people solve crimes. I would probably be a criminal defense lawyer or something crazy.

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