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Nicki Minaj shocked the world during the MTV Video Awards when she publicly called out Miley Cyrus with a Queens-induced, “What’s good, Miley?”. Cyrus, who interjected her .02 when it came to Nicki and Taylor Swift’s short-lived Twitter beef, was speechless as the camera cut to her. In a new interview with the New York Times Magazine, Nicki gave some final words on why she called Cyrus out.

‘‘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.’’

But that’s not the only thing Nicki discussed in the in-depth interview.

Nicki went on to mention how what’s popular when it comes to a woman’s body has evolved from back in the day:

‘‘Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?’ ”

And to answer that question, probably no one.

And then only Nicki could end an interview by kicking the NY Times writer out of her hotel.

The writer asked about the beef between Meek Mill and Drake, but insinuated that Nicki loved the drama:

‘‘Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness—’’

The room went quiet, but only for an instant.

‘‘That’s disrespectful,’’ Minaj said, drawing herself up in the chair.‘‘Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?’’

As soon as I said the words, I wished I could dissolve them on my tongue. In pop-culture idiom, ‘‘drama’’ is the province of Real Housewives with nothing better to do than stick their noses where they don’t belong. I was more interested in a different kind of drama — the kind worthy of an HBO series, in which your labelmate is releasing endless dis tracks against your boyfriend and your mentor is suing your label president for a king’s ransom. But the phrase I used was offensive, and even as I tried to apologize, I only made matters worse.

‘‘What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama?’’ she asked. ‘‘Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama?’’

She pointed my way, her extended arm all I could see other than the diamonds glinting in her ears. This wasn’t over yet. ‘‘That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?’’ she asked. ‘‘Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?’’ she continued. ‘‘To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.’’ She called me ‘‘rude’’ and ‘‘a troublemaker,’’ said ‘‘Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way’’ and, at last, declared, ‘‘I don’t care to speak to you anymore.’’

And that was the end of the interview.

Image Credit: NYT

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  • noirluv45

    To some, the “angry Black woman strikes again,” but to me, what Nicki displayed was righteous indignation, and I agree with her. She rightfully checked Miley and she rightfully checked the interviewer. Many times Black woman are accused of being angry, all the while no on dare question what caused the anger/righteous indignation.

  • Her words never existed out of thin air. For a long time, black entertainers like Nicki have been underestimated, stereotyped, and disrespected. Nicki Minaj spoke to Miley Cyrus on stage and the haters acted like she was threatening to kill Miley or something. Nicki Minaj and other black artists have been unfairly tagged with the “angry black woman” slander when they are human beings who want to grow as human beings. The truth is that docility is never liberating. Being honest, courageous, and helping others is liberating.

  • Mico

    Although I do feel she is a bit self serving with this, she is absolutely correct. I am glad that she at least is continuing this much needed conversation about cultural appropriation and black struggles and am happy she called out Miley for her bs. I do have continued criticism of her and other mainstream rappers who play into the white power structure and whose lyrics and music doesn’t contribute anything positive to the black community. However, I am glad she can at least stand up for herself and is not doing the fake media dance that many celebrities of color do, acting like cultural appropriation, white standards of beauty, etc are nonexistent and everything is oeachy and colorblind.