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Monday, 21 December 2015

Nicki Minaj Defends Reciting Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise

RISING: Nicki Minaj

TRINIDADIAN-BORN rapper Nicki Minaj has defended her recital of a well-known poem by the late legendary poet Maya Angelou.

The hip-hop star raised a few eyebrows last month when she recited Angelou’s poem Still I Rise during A&E’s Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America.

Social media erupted with people criticising Minaj for not being dressed appropriately enough while reciting Angelou’s iconic work.

The singer was wearing a black and gold mini dress.

Minaj responded to those critics in a recent interview with Billboard, saying that people were missing the whole point of the poem.

“It was the most spot-on poem that Nicki Minaj could have ever 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. I love that she said that, because she doesn’t even realise the poem is discussing sexiness, owning your sex appeal,” Minaj said.

She then quoted the lines from the poem again: “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,” Minaj added.

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